Before the carbon bike frame craze hit, aluminum was the desired bike frame material.
Aluminum is lightweight, stiff and durable, making it still one of the most popular bike frame materials.
Aluminum is also more readily available than carbon, making it cheaper and more affordable.
Bikes with aluminum frames are made from an alloy, not pure aluminum, with tubes and pipes having been “butted” to lighten the weight and produce a more desirable strength to weight ratio.
Aluminum-framed bikes aren’t as light and stiff as those with carbon frames. These bikes, however, deliver a rougher ride and dent easily. Aluminum-framed bikes will also wear out and corrode over time.
When you think of titanium, you probably think of airplanes, biomedical implants, and golf clubs.
Titanium, has, however, come to be a premier material for bike frames.
Bike frames made of titanium have a distinct silver look to them.
Titanium-framed bikes feature all one desires in a quality bike: light weight, stiffness, a comfortable, springy ride and long-lasting durability.
Like aluminum and carbon, titanium is combined with another metal to create a strong, sturdy alloy for the bike frame.
Titanium is strong as steel, but weighs a fraction of the weight. It is very durable, resistant to denting, corrosion and rusting.
Titanium-framed bikes have a more comfortable ride, better performance, longer durability and continue to look good over a longer period of time than the other bike frame metals. Titanium can also handle a beating due to rough, prolonged use.
As the saying goes, you get what you pay for. Titanium bikes are the most expensive of the options, but the quality, dependability, durability, performance and comfort of a titanium-framed bike will be well-worth it and will give you many years of enjoyable riding.
Titanium’s unique properties make it ideal for a variety of uses, including bike frames.
While we at Titanium Processing Center don’t have pre-made titanium bike frames, we have a variety of titanium grades in different shapes and sizes that can be used to produce high-quality bike frames.
If you have a project that requires titanium tubing, contact us today to learn about our inventory of titanium products.
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