A titanium bike has a reputation as being a ‘bike for life’ and, whether or not that’s true, even in a world dominated by carbon fibre, titanium remains an excellent metal from which to make a frame.
It’s lighter than steel and has an enviably smooth ride quality, while if in the hands of a skilled builder, retaining a level of stiffness which ensures there’s still plenty of fun to be hand. It’s lighter than steel, too, but on the flip side, is often more expensive.
The ‘bike for life’ tag comes from titanium’s anti-corrosive properties, along with the fact it can be repaired, whether that’s polishing the surface of the metal itself, or handling a knock to the hard-wearing frame. As an aside, there’s no doubt in our mind that a well designed titanium can look damn good, too.
So it’s little surprise titanium still remains a popular option with riders making a long-term, considered purchase they expect to stand the test of time.
If you’re still not convinced or are in the market for a ti bike, we’ve picked out six which caught out eye for 2016.