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    29+ drop bar

    Rookie here, I'm about to pull the trigger on my first build.

    It's gonna be a Ti frame for bikepacking purposes.
    Drop bar specific, geometry stolen from Salsa Fargo/Deadwood with a deeper BBdrop.

    I plan to use 29x2.6" Nobby nic but I made clarance for 29+ on 35mm rim.

    Comments are welcome


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    Quote Originally Posted by ciquta View Post
    Rookie here, I'm about to pull the trigger on my first build.

    It's gonna be a Ti frame for bikepacking purposes.
    Drop bar specific, geometry stolen from Salsa Fargo/Deadwood with a deeper BBdrop.

    I plan to use 29x2.6" Nobby nic but I made clarance for 29+ on 35mm rim.

    Comments are welcome

    Hope the best for you. I assume you have welding experience? Do you have experience with Titanium? Seems like a jump into the deep in to me, but I guess that that is based on my comfort level. I have built one frame (steel) and it was an incredible experience. I liked the problem solving aspect of the process. I have two more frames in the works. Good luck, nonetheless. I look forward to watching your progress.

    Wil

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    no it's not me doing the welding, I can barely lace my shoes

    it's still an experience but there are a lot of decisions to be taken

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    Your frame builder of choice should be walking you through this.
    "These things are very fancy commuter bikes or really bad dirt bikes, but they are not mountain bikes." - J. Mac

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    the biggest doubt is about chain plates vs tubing in the rear... the plates gives more clearance but I'm afraid they are less reliable

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    1. Titanium is a lousy material to experiment geometries on.
    2. Drop bars with huge tires isn't a great choice.
    3. Don't copy geometries. Learn about them and make decisions.

    Here's where I went:
    Hybrids are back! | Peter Verdone Designs

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    I'm not really copying, I have experience on a few bikes and I have learnt my needs.

    Why you think titanium is a lousy material for such a bike?

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    Sounds like you're a better designer than I am.

    With regard to material, simply, if you are doing any serious designing of a frame, the first iteration will be far from right. It may have problems or there may be room for improvement. Instead of 1 ti bike that isn't that much better than anything else but very expensive, plan on 2 cheap steel bikes. It's worth it.

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    I don't mind steel, I just found out Titanium is not so much more expensive than steel when you go custom.
    And I have a 36+ inseam with relatively short torso, so going custom is not just a whim.

    Based on you experience, what do you think about the tubing/plates matter?

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    Yes. Tube choices are very important. Lots of bikes are destroyed by poor tube choice.

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    Ah, XACD strikes again. Or do they have a new name now?

    Chinese ti = you get what you pay for. Good luck.

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