Titanium bike recommendations sought.

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Trikeman
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Titanium bike recommendations sought.

Postby Trikeman » Mon Dec 31, 2012 08:10 am

Hi All,
though it has a long list of requirements, I am looking for a titanium frame/fork (or a complete bike) that will fulfil the the following. I'm used to Spesh Tarmac, Roubaix and Colnago road bikes but 'think' I want to get into Titanium. Must be;
1 Light,
2 Comfortable,
3 Sportive geometry (long distance rides),
4 Abillity to fit full mudguards (not race blades),
5 Excellent climber (stiff where needed),
6 Abillity to fit a rack,
7 Good company pedigree/back-up.
The reasons for the above is that I would like this bike to fulfil 'everything' (tall order I know) sportive rider, long distance rides, club runs, spot of commuting and generally an all year round bike.

Is there such a thing? does this exist? which would you recommend that could fit the bill - getting confused by all the company's claims - user recommendations are worth pages of manufacturers claims I believe.

Regards and thanks,

Trikeman. :wink:
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Re: Titanium bike recommendations sought.

Postby mozejo » Mon Dec 31, 2012 10:29 am

Not that I bought one because to spec it up where I wanted would have been horrendously expensive but I test rode a Qoroz which was unquestionably the most wonderful bike I have ever ridden

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Re: Titanium bike recommendations sought.

Postby Stedman » Mon Dec 31, 2012 11:38 am

Have a look at the Enigma Etape. It is built in the UK!
http://www.enigmabikes.com/bike/bike-enigma-etape.html

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Re: Titanium bike recommendations sought.

Postby Flasher » Mon Dec 31, 2012 11:40 am

Have a look at Burls, I've just built one up for winter and it's lovely, they're custom built so you can have pretty much any geometry/style/extras you like, and the cost is much the same as an off the shelf frame from other makers.

http://www.burls.co.uk/index.php

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Re: Titanium bike recommendations sought.

Postby Critch » Mon Dec 31, 2012 11:47 am

Lynskey Sportive 2013 - Nuff said. :)

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Re: Titanium bike recommendations sought.

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Re: Titanium bike recommendations sought.

Postby Cornerblock » Mon Dec 31, 2012 12:06 pm

I agree with Flasher, the Burls frames are worth checking out. Saw one in the workshop of my LBS last week just about to be built up. Looked fantastic and just over a grand for a made to measure frame!

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Re: Titanium bike recommendations sought.

Postby SmoggySteve » Mon Dec 31, 2012 12:09 pm

Dolan are a reputable name who make some good Titanium bikes

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Re: Titanium bike recommendations sought.

Postby maddog 2 » Mon Dec 31, 2012 12:38 pm

+1 Enigma

Tidy frames, with nice angles.
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Re: Titanium bike recommendations sought.

Postby ianbar » Mon Dec 31, 2012 16:18 pm

enigma also have a sale on, i have just ordered an echo. really helpful and friendly and as others have said british which was a plus for me.
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Trikeman
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Re: Titanium bike recommendations sought.

Postby Trikeman » Mon Dec 31, 2012 18:20 pm

Hi All,

MANY THANKS for your time and recommendations - what a list. I have to spend some time now looking at all the models. I really like the Enigma Etap - initially seems to tick all the boxes.

With one or two of the Ti models I could actually sell some of my bikes - I could have just one to cover most of what I do.

Oh' decisions...................

Again, a thousand thanks for taking your time to help.

Kind Regards,

Trikeman. :wink:
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Re: Titanium bike recommendations sought.

Postby awsm » Mon Dec 31, 2012 21:10 pm

Another vote for Enigma. Absolutely love mine and spent weeks looking and test riding various models before purchasing.

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Re: Titanium bike recommendations sought.

Postby Guglielmo » Mon Dec 31, 2012 22:15 pm

The Lynskey made Planet X Sportive is amazing, very similar geometry to the roubaix crossed with a cervelo RS, but more fun, livelier and much more beautiful! Made in USA too, double butted titanium.

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Re: Titanium bike recommendations sought.

Postby Hoopdriver » Tue Jan 01, 2013 06:34 am

Yet another vote for Enigma. I have one of their steel frames, not a Ti, but the company is great to deal with, very knowledgable and passionate about turning out great bikes.

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Re: Titanium bike recommendations sought.

Postby passout » Tue Jan 01, 2013 13:05 pm

I'd be looking at the Planet X website or towards Genesis. Spa cycles also have an interesting looking Ti sportive bike.
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Re: Titanium bike recommendations sought.

Postby MattC59 » Tue Jan 01, 2013 14:24 pm

Another +1 for Enigma, this is mine http://www.bikeradar.com/forums/viewtopic.php?f=40044&t=12867837
I had it built in July last year and it's fantastic. I've since changed the tyres to Ultremo ZXs and have changed the stem to a Deda Servicio Corse.

The geometry and ride are great, it's not got the rack and mudguard mounts you require, but Enigma can do anything you require. I believe hat their Etape has avert thing you're after.

I looked at some Burls bikes at Bespoked Bristol last year when I was deciding which builder to go with, and wasn't overly impressed. There was a notable dip in the tubes at he welds on all his bikes there, this indicates excessive heat during welding and creates a slightly thinner section at the weld. Not ideal. This may not be representative of all of his work, but you'd have thought he'd show his best work at a show.
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Trikeman
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Re: Titanium bike recommendations sought.

Postby Trikeman » Tue Jan 01, 2013 16:33 pm

Hi Matt,
thanks for that - yours is a cracker for sure.

I too think the Enigma Etape is what I am looking for. Spent some of yesterday and today researching all the brands/models and the Etape does meet everything I am after. I have too many bikes, one for this, one for that, one for commuting etc etc etc. I think if I do get the Etape then basically I can have a slight cull here as that one should be able to do everything I want. I preferably want to get the frame/forks and build it with some of my existing gear, DA 7900 compact kit, my favourite wheels, saddle etc.
Here's looking forward to the build.

Again, thanks for sharing your experience with Enigma.

Regards,

Trikeman. :wink:
With a huff and a puff the old man gets to the top - eventually ;o

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Re: Titanium bike recommendations sought.

Postby samsbike » Tue Jan 01, 2013 19:49 pm

Also check out Seven and Independent Fabrication


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