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Originally Posted by Sorcerer View Post
Titanium sounds great but I haven't tried it because it is expensive and I don't want to trust it on the kind of riding I do.
Excellent write-up.

I singled out this statement because I would think the material itself is not suspect, but the design and manufacture may be. It probably also yields the least amount of weight savings over steel. I would think, if done properly, it would be possible to make the ride quality superior, albeit only slightly, but at a tremendous additional cost.

It will be interesting to see if 3D printing will overcome the traditional manufacturing limitations of working with titanium. It will probably always be a boutique market, as carbon is able to provide a cost effective, solution to stiffness/flex and weight.

John
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