Titanium - element 22 in the periodic system, has a more favorable weight/strength ratio than steel, so titanium tubing can be made with slightly larger diameters without a weight penalty. Larger diameter tubing provides greater stiffness to efficiently transfer power to the rear wheel without undue flex, all without beating you up over the course of a long ride. It's a magical combination of efficiency and compliance, with geometry, add-ons and options tailored to the wishes of the customer, something that can only be done with metal frames. We also offer tubing with ovalized and special hydroformed cross sections to further fine-tune the properties of the frame.
Because aluminum is much weaker and less stiff, aluminum tubing for bicycle frames needs to be large diameter to provide acceptable stiffness. That usually creates a ride that can be harsh and tiring, especially when used with narrow, high pressure road tires. Titanium has enough strength and fatigue resistance to avoid very oversized tubes, providing a compliant, resilient ride on rough surfaces that smooths out and absorbs road buzz and small bumps alike. Steel frames, with their smaller tubes, can be almost as compliant, but aren't quite as comfortable. Steel may be real, but titanium is magical.
Titanium is even more corrosion resistant than stainless steel. It can be painted (but we don't recommend doing so) or - unlike steel or aluminum - can be left without paint, powdercoat or plating, so you never need to worry about scratches. Internal cable routing is simple because the insides of the tubes are naturally impervious to rust and corrosion. Unlike aluminum, titanium has a fatigue limit, so as long as the tubing is not stressed beyond this limit or damaged, it will never fatigue. Titanium can also flex three times further than aluminum and twice as far as steel without permanent damage. Carbon fiber is very vulnerable to crash and notch damage, after which it may fail catastrophically. The epoxy matrix also degrades over the years with exposure to the UV in sunlight. A titanium frame can literally last the rest of your life, and longer.