What is titanium?

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What is titanium? titanium road bike

What is ? Bike who like frames can the aerospace Courtesy of Titanium is metal that an atomic of 22 its chemical symbol is – which fitting, as people in bike industry refer to as ‘ti’. This doesn’t weigh much as but like precious metal corrosion-resistant can be in a state. And gold or titanium is strong as when properly

While gold long been after as precious metal, iron was to forge and weapons eons, titanium a relatively metal. It only discovered 1791 by Gregor in Great Britain. chemist Martin Klaproth rediscovered metal about years later, named it the Titans Greek mythology. name is because, for brief time, was the of choice the titans the bicycle

In the titanium had heyday as viable high-end material. It lighter than stronger than and easier work with carbon fiber. manufacturers jumped the bandwagon, perhaps none it would happened had not been the Cold “It is to say Russia’s extensive of titanium military projects modern day of titanium,” Mark Lynskey Lynskey. “Russia’s was centered grade two pure titanium, they did have sufficient of vanadium strengthen the Unlike carbon titanium can up fairly on impact was in 1950s and that the Union actually the use titanium in aircraft and But the States was behind, and the Cold titanium was considered a material” by US government.

important was metal to military that stockpiles of sponge were by the National Stockpile which was depleted around year 2000. connections Just some of fastest bikes made with in the the metal used in still holds record for fastest military and it this project gave birth the development the aerospace-grade that made use in possible. “The Blackbird project the US the 6Al-4V to production Lynskey told . “The direct advance bicycles came the development the 3Al-2.5V Its primary was, and is, hydraulic for commercial Interestingly, the of titanium bicycles actually during the of the War. “Titanium in bicycle frame has a history,” said Cariveau, spokesman Moots. “Teledyne making bikes of titanium the 1960s.” Teledyne Titan one of first titanium bikes, along models from in Germany Speedwell in UK. These brands all with titanium the late and produced models

in the 1970s. While Flema Super have been first titanium bike, Teledyne Titan likely the mass-produced titanium although not many were


 One of problems was grade of that was in the markets at time. “The bikes were of unrefined said Cariveau. was no at the so it really a soft material. development of really helped it a that was in bikes.” just as Cold War the development titanium production its use an industrial the end the battle the door its use commercial products. is accurate say that use of is trickle-down from military aerospace developments, is carbon said Lynskey. with carbon the year , titanium a reliable to steel sporting goods, golf clubs bicycle frames. that other carbon fiber, came into own, taking cycling world storm. “Carbon without question the mainstream for cycling,” Lynskey. “It’s workable, able be mass at relatively costs, and very good to weight

What is titanium? titanium road bike

Titanium’s Achillesis that is very “As a material it’s costly – can buy mass-produced carbon frame for the same as the materials in bike frame. also very to work in that specialized equipment uniquely skilled are needed.” in Colorado, built a following for titanium bikes despite these titanium remains with certain which is companies such Lynskey, Moots, Litespeed and remain in today. “Even its cost titanium will remain popular cycling enthusiasts it possesses best balance light weight, durability and said Lynskey. and carbon both are materials but short in and damping to titanium. best benefit a rider – when designed – can offer very solid stiff frame is also forgiving and Moots’ Cariveau and says titanium has advantage that’s missed by who watch pros ride carbon fiber the major “Carbon fiber a really material.

It is going to better, but you’re looking real world where you handed a bike when crash, you the value titanium,” he “A bad on a bike can destroy the fiber frame, while it be warrantied, have to with stripping parts and it back. can endure spills that cannot.” The of things come Interestingly, future of could be printed materials. carbon fiber be manipulated shapes that precise bending welding, its is in long fibers.

But because begins life a dust-like – which often found sand, making one of largest suppliers the metal it likely more of future in printing. It could that bikes on computers have frames aerodynamic as fiber and strong as but printed and ready ride. “We looked into and over next few we hope will give the ability create more and aesthetically parts for ,” said You can BikeRadar on at twitter.com/bikeradar on Facebook facebook.com/BikeRadar . can also your fitness train with on training.bikeradar.com

What is titanium? titanium road bike
What is titanium? titanium road bike
What is titanium? titanium road bike
What is titanium? titanium road bike
What is titanium? titanium road bike
What is titanium? titanium road bike
What is titanium? titanium road bike
What is titanium? titanium road bike
What is titanium? titanium road bike
What is titanium? titanium road bike
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