At Clydesdale Bikes, we’re constantly looking for innovative ways to bring you custom builds that are lighter weight than anything else on the market. One of our go-to materials, titanium, is a top choice! It’s half the weight of steel so we can build bigger frames with larger tubing and still guarantee your bike will be lighter than anything else! We prefer larger diameter tubing for our bikes because you get a comfortable and compliant ride that still provides great stiffness for ideal power transfer to ensure you’re not working too hard over long rides.
Titanium also has plenty of other benefits, like fatigue resistance and strength for smaller tubing, better absorption of road buzz and bumps on gravel, and a corrosion-free tendency to support safe internal cable routing. We also love that we can paint or plate titanium to customize our bikes even more.
When compared with other materials, like steel or aluminum, titanium always comes out on top. It can flex further than both without permanent damage and withstand intense riding, as long as it doesn’t reach its fatigue limit. Many other materials, like carbon fiber, are vulnerable to serious damage, like notch damage, which can cause catastrophic failure in a bike frame. Titanium however, could literally last you a lifetime – if not longer!