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  1. #1
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    Let's see your titanium bikes...

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    I'm not aware of a specific ti show-and-tell thread and am a bit tired of running searches to see other people's ti bikes.

    So... anyone fancy posting up a photo or two, and maybe a few words about what they like about their bike or what led them to choose titanium?

    I can start (if I must!) --

    I ordered a custom Enigma Etape at the end of July. 90 days later, she was delivered into my hands:

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    I chose ti because I love steel but was hoping for something just a bit more forgiving on longer rides. I'm not quite pushing my mileage boundaries again yet, but the future looks bright. I went the custom route because stock geometries are persistently short. There's only so much you can do with stems and handlebars. I got my steel roadbike set up near enough, but the result was the bike was not "under me" properly -- apparently my centre of gravity was too "behind" the bike, so the handling suffered. On the Etape, I'm in much the same position but further forward. The results seems to be a bit less effort needed. Meanwhile, the reach is good and the bike has that just-right balance between responsive and stable.

    The entire custom build experience with the Enigma team was A+, too. I highly recommend.
    Last edited by Rebecca19804; 12-04-2013 at 05:24 AM.
    Rebecca

    Riley - custom 2014 Enigma Etape
    Bridget - 2010 Surly Cross Check
    Lorelei - 1979 Puch Princess mixte
    Astrid - 2014 Viking Bromley singlespeed mixte
    Lucy - bespoke 2012 Brompton S1L


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  2. #2
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    Ooohhhhhh, pretty! I love Ti bikes
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  3. #3
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    This was my first ride on my custom ti Guru.
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  4. #4
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    Blast from the past

    From waaay back ... here's the thread announcing the arrival of my Ti Lynskey.

    Jobob's Midlife Crisis (bike)

    and a pic:



    Nearly five years later, it looks pretty much the same, except since then I lowered the stem & replaced the brake levers and the bar-end shifters with Ultegra carbon brake-shift levers. And the bike has a few scrapes, but most of those date back to a couple of weeks after I first got the bike. The joys of unpainted brushed Ti.

    2009 Lynskey R230 Houseblend - Brooks Team Pro
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  5. #5
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    Quote Originally Posted by Crankin View Post
    This was my first ride on my custom ti Guru.
    Lovely!
    Rebecca

    Riley - custom 2014 Enigma Etape
    Bridget - 2010 Surly Cross Check
    Lorelei - 1979 Puch Princess mixte
    Astrid - 2014 Viking Bromley singlespeed mixte
    Lucy - bespoke 2012 Brompton S1L


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  6. #6
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    Quote Originally Posted by jobob View Post
    From waaay back ... here's the thread announcing the arrival of my Ti Lynskey.

    and a pic:



    Nearly five years later, it looks pretty much the same, except since then I lowered the stem & replaced the brake levers and the bar-end shifters with Ultegra carbon brake-shift levers. And the bike has a few scrapes, but most of those date back to a couple of weeks after I first got the bike. The joys of unpainted brushed Ti.
    That is stunning! I know what you mean about scrapes - mine's already got some scuffs on the top tube. I understand these can be easily buffed out but am telling myself they add character.
    Rebecca

    Riley - custom 2014 Enigma Etape
    Bridget - 2010 Surly Cross Check
    Lorelei - 1979 Puch Princess mixte
    Astrid - 2014 Viking Bromley singlespeed mixte
    Lucy - bespoke 2012 Brompton S1L


    Visit my blog: velovoice.blogspot.co.uk

  7. #7
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    Mootsie when she was brand new.Click image for larger version. 

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    Living life like there's no tomorrow.

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  8. #8
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    Quote Originally Posted by Wahine View Post
    Mootsie when she was brand new.Click image for larger version. 

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    I never thought I'd say this about a mountain bike, and don't take this the wrong way, but it's cute! I think it's the top tube.
    At least I don't leave slime trails.
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    Saving for the next one...

  9. #9
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    My TI Terry Isis (2005). I love this bike more than a human should love a hunk of metal. It was my third road bike and I ordered it sight-unseen based on geometry dimensions! When I took it to a fitter a year later, I was terrified that she'd tell me it wasn't going to work for me but I was pleasantly surprised to hear that I bought about as close as possible to custom from an off the shelf frame.

    I really wasn't on the hunt for TI specifically when I bought it, but that's how it came. Once I rode it, I was sold. It was like riding on glass!! I did find that it got a little too 'flexy' or 'spongy' when I was 30 lbs overweight, but at my normal weight, it's wonderful.

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  10. #10
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    I want a better, lighter CX bike. Problem is, in my size (my Redline is a 44) there are only entry-level bikes. Anything even 1 component group above low-rent is a size larger.

    So…my next bike could very well end up being a custom Seven Mudhoney in Ti with carbon fork and disc brakes. I'm dreaming.
    Kirsten
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    '11 Cannondale SuperSix 4 Rival
    '12 Salsa Mukluk 3
    '14 Seven Mudhoney S Ti/disc/Di2

  11. #11
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    Quote Originally Posted by GLC1968 View Post
    My TI Terry Isis (2005). I love this bike more than a human should love a hunk of metal. It was my third road bike and I ordered it sight-unseen based on geometry dimensions! When I took it to a fitter a year later, I was terrified that she'd tell me it wasn't going to work for me but I was pleasantly surprised to hear that I bought about as close as possible to custom from an off the shelf frame.

    I really wasn't on the hunt for TI specifically when I bought it, but that's how it came. Once I rode it, I was sold. It was like riding on glass!! I did find that it got a little too 'flexy' or 'spongy' when I was 30 lbs overweight, but at my normal weight, it's wonderful.

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    That is stunning! And what a setting. We were last in Oregon in the summer of 2012, visiting my family in Roseburg. My English boyfriend still raves about Crater Lake!
    Rebecca

    Riley - custom 2014 Enigma Etape
    Bridget - 2010 Surly Cross Check
    Lorelei - 1979 Puch Princess mixte
    Astrid - 2014 Viking Bromley singlespeed mixte
    Lucy - bespoke 2012 Brompton S1L


    Visit my blog: velovoice.blogspot.co.uk

  12. #12
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    Quote Originally Posted by zoom-zoom View Post
    I want a better, lighter CX bike. Problem is, in my size (my Redline is a 44) there are only entry-level bikes. Anything even 1 component group above low-rent is a size larger.

    So…my next bike could very well end up being a custom Seven Mudhoney in Ti with carbon fork and disc brakes. I'm dreaming.
    Oh zoom-zoom that would be one sweet honey of a bike!
    Rebecca

    Riley - custom 2014 Enigma Etape
    Bridget - 2010 Surly Cross Check
    Lorelei - 1979 Puch Princess mixte
    Astrid - 2014 Viking Bromley singlespeed mixte
    Lucy - bespoke 2012 Brompton S1L


    Visit my blog: velovoice.blogspot.co.uk

  13. #13
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    Quote Originally Posted by Rebecca19804 View Post
    Oh zoom-zoom that would be one sweet honey of a bike!
    Yeah, it sure would! I'm also eyeballing a BMC. Their GranFondo carbon disc comes in a 48 and has enough tire clearance for road or CX tires. Not sure on standover, though. I'd want a decent amount. Otherwise the geometry looks about halfway between my 48 Cdale SuperSix and 44 Redline Conquest. Like…right in my sweet spot range!! I could have 2 sets of wheels for road or CX/gravel and have it as an über bike with Ultegra Di (not generally a fan of Shimano, but Di would eliminate my dislike of their brake lever sweep shifting). The shop we part-own just snagged BMC. Now to let our finances recover a lot while I dream...
    Kirsten
    run/bike log
    zoomylicious


    '11 Cannondale SuperSix 4 Rival
    '12 Salsa Mukluk 3
    '14 Seven Mudhoney S Ti/disc/Di2

  14. #14
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    This one just appeared on eBay. It has a 50cm seat tube and 52cm top tube:
    http://www.ebay.ca/itm/Serotta-Legen...6df2bbf&_uhb=1
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  15. #15
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    I need to take a new picture of mine since I did some cosmetic work on it, but I have a Ti Lemond Tete De Course which was painted at one time, but the guy I got it from had stripped it and now it has a brushed metal finish, no paint. I bought it because it was my size, a good price, looked like a good bike - husband and friends also said it was a good value. It's a nice bike, light and stiff enough and comfy. Had it for two and a half years now.

    Husband and I also bought a Ti Santana tandem last summer and we've put over 4000 miles on it. We love it and get compliments on it every time we take it out. It's much lighter than the steel one we had before, and it's polished and shiny.
    2013 Volagi Viaje
    2002 LeMond Tete de Course rebuild/"The Chimaera"
    2012 Scott Contessa Foil with Dura-Ace
    2011? budget "Takara Kabuto" Single Speed/Fixie "The Bumblebee"
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