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Lighter than steel and stronger than aluminium, titanium has long been considered one of the best – and most luxurious – frame materials .
While carbon fibre is clearly the material of choice for top racing frames, titanium is no slouch either when put to good use. Titanium might give up some weight compared to the best carbon frames, but the ride quality is excellent, with a renowned smoothness over rough ground.
Beyond those enticing qualities, titanium also boasts excellent fatigue life, and thanks to its inherent corrosion resistance, can be left unpainted for a unique, elegant finish that will look as good in 25 years as it does now.
Titanium does have a reputation for being expensive, and that’s not undeserved, but if the prospect of a titanium frame is appealing, it’s worth taking into account the complete lifespan of a bike. If it lasts you the rest of your riding life, then the value proposition starts to look a lot better for titanium.
We’ve rounded up nine of the best titanium road bikes as reviewed by the BikeRadar team. The best titanium road bikes in 2022
Reilly Gradient: £3,249 Reilly T325: £3,798 Ribble Endurance Ti: £3,299 Sabbath Mondays Child Mark II: £2,880 Dolan Titanium ADX Disc Ultegra: £2,402 Kinesis GTD: £4,000 Moots Vamoots Disc RSL: $14,505 […]