Titanium bicycles - everything you need to know

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Lance Branquinho

Lance Branquinho is a Namibian-born media professional who graduated to mountain biking after injuries curtailed his fascination with trail running. He has a weakness for British steel hardtails, especially those which only run a single gear. Lance is an award-winning writer who has contributed to myriad piblications all over the world including Cyclingnews, Bike Perfect, MBR, Topgear, TopCar and Car magazine.

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1 month 3 weeks ago

Seach the forums, there are lots of stories of titanium frames cracking, often spontaneously during rides. Stainless steel has a compressive strength of up to three times higher than titanium, so it makes much lighter frames that last as long.

1 month 3 weeks ago

I have had a different experience with a gravel Titanium bike. I have had it for only 6 months and had a crash at 10mph in which I flipped over the handlebars. Even at that slow speed both down tube and top tube now have slight bends in them. This does then make me question the strength of Ti, but also I am told it is repairable but the cost of repair would be the same as a new frame, so not really that repairable after all.  Would a carbon frame have cracked?  I do know that there are repairs you can do to carbon but Ti repairs do seem cost prohibitive