Which is better for a clyde, Steel or Ti?
I've got a Dekerf Implant at the moment and love it, but it got me thinking into having Chris Dekerf build a special Ti version (maybe even a 29er!!! ) of it at some point, but what's better for us big guys, Ti or Steel, Steel or Ti?
I would lean toward the steel . Steel can be less flexy , while still being compliant .
Also if steel cracks from our Clydeness , it can be welded cheaper .
Yeah I gotta question. You got any excuses tonight Roy ? -Antonio Tarver
There is room for it all, just ride what you like to on what you like to...that's freeriding. -rbn14
how much of a clyde are you
im running around 230lbs all in, on a ti habanero. just a little bit flexy, nothing too disturbing but very comfy.
you can go custom to make it stiffer- if thats what you want. they can do that for USD1000 which kicks ass for custom TI.
i think they can do a niner too.
Let it flow, let yourself go, slow and low, that is the tempo.
I'm 240lbs looking to go custom if that's what I decide.
Thanks for the input guys...
surly and rigid
Well it depends what tubes you get it made with. Straight guage ti rides like steel and is just as stiff as steel but wont rust or fatigue. If you get standard butted ti tubes expect a nice smooth ride but more flex with a bigger guy. Now you could get say a straight guage downtube and a butted top tube. Mix it up basically but it depends on the builder and such. Steel is cheaper but Ti is lighter. You can get something made stiff enough out of ti no problem.
DeKerf has been designing and building long enough to know what he's doing. His frames were top notch in the 90's when I first ran into him.
Originally Posted by Just J
I'm certain that if you tell him what you want out of the bike, he will
1. build it
2. make suggestions on what will and won't work
3. tell you to stick with steel
My guess is that he can build a ti frame that you'll love.
Yeah Chris's frames are still top notch, we are working together on this possible project, so I'll post more when I have some more details, here is the drawing I've been working on...
Originally Posted by velocipus
Being Dekerf's UK Distributor we are just waiting on the first prototype Implant Ti to come through which is going off to some magazines, I'll post some pics of that soon too...