*to Hanlon's razor: Never attribute to malice that which is adequately explained by stupidity.

Friday, 15 March 2013


That's almost affordable.  Titanium is the right material for bikes: rides as nicely and as durably as steel, weighs as little as plastic (carbon), usually costs double the prices listed here.

If you can afford custom...  Moots.


  1. Why are folks not into what others really do? I am screenshoting this for a post...that was me asking for permission btw.

    Bike looks cool...must cost twice as much if you buy it here...no?

  2. "Why are folks not into what others really do?" Yes, and thanks. I don't see you as the road-bike type, and some music you've had on clips is not my thing, but it's all good.

    Go ahead with any pics from here. Most of them are not mine... This is from the manufacturer's site, and they wouldn't mind any traffic, of course. The big deal about these bikes is the titanium frame: double the cost of steel, is a steal. Not only is titanium more expensive, but tooling it is, and most titanium frames out there are to custom measurements, upping the price a great deal more. Custom measurements is very cool, but doubles the price again (2x2=4 times the price of a stock steel frame), or worse. Much of the advantage of custom-measurement can be had from changing some of the other parts, and there are many opinions on ideal fit anyway.

    Bikes in Japan are not as badly priced as you'd guess. Maybe 120% list of the States, and there are never sales in this country, but it still beats Canada. Moot though, I am 6'+, and even for their height Japanese ride bikes too small, not just 'mamachari'. Shimano parts are much cheaper here. Do not know where you'd get a titanium bike here, even if ti fit. I'd mail-order from the States for a full sized frame, and get hit with maybe 20% duty. Were I getting this, I'd bring it back on a flight.

    1. Had no idea the frames were actually smaller. Figured the pedal area would be lengthened as opposed to the whole frame.

      My friend bought the same Bravia T.V. In Hawaii that I have here (Same identical unit with a different #) and he got it cheaper...in Hawaii. Tha fuuuck? Competition!!! Consumers best friend!

  3. What is the componentry like?

    I am quite happy with my aluminium frame, I would be too scared of cracking a carbon one, but there has a be a downside to titanium.

    1. On the Lynskey? Don't know. Anyway, you could get anything you wanted if you bought the frame. I should think for a road bike, if you are buying a titanium frame, you'd want no less than Shimano Dura-Ace. Too spendy for me, I'm, afraid.

      I have never had the pleasure to ride titanium, so everything I say is hearsay. Some say it is 'whippy', or flexible. That's good for smoothness, but poor for power-transfer; however, most of us do not transfer that much power. No known downside to titanium, but price. I am with you on carbon: got rid of my carbon fork. See here: