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Some of you maybe familiar with the *old* Titus Ti frame I bought off Ebay about a month ago. http://forums.roadbikereview.com/showthread.php?t=166837

Anyhow, the new frame is now complete. It is an '08 floor model that maybe has a few dozen "test ride" miles on the frame. It is not a true "Full Custom" obviously since this wasn't built for her but it may as well could have been. It has the most important specs- headtube length 14.5 cm, and effective toptube length of 53 cm. Plus, it has nice stable geometry at 73.5 ST angle/71.8 HT angle, 41 cm chainstays, and 97.5 wheelbase. It is built Chorus 11, compact 172.5 cranks, Ritchey WCS wet black stem, WCS fork, and WCS Evolution SL2 bar. Thomson post, and Selle Italia Diva flow sadlle. The wheels are Neutron Ultras with Vred Tricomps but they are mine. She has black Zondas, just waiting for tires which will either be white Tricomps, Pro3s, or Open Corsa CX. It will have Ti cages from Wiggle when they have them back in stock. Here are some pics.

My wife is out on her maiden voyage as I type and I will tweak it based on her feedback. I have a dilemna in whether or not she needs a setback post as her Orbea has a good 25 mm setback. The other concern is the saddle to bar drop is about 10-15 mm more than her Orbea. This was my first build, so hopefully nothing goes wrong mechanically.
 

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looks much better... how much slope is in that tt?
and how about an update on the dean sometime
 

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FatTireFred said:
looks much better... how much slope is in that tt?
and how about an update on the dean sometime
Thanks Fred. The Titus has a 14.25 deg slope. I like this one sooo much better it's not even funny. Not only the way it looks but the tubes are built for someone who was a bit taller and heavier. The chainstays are beefier and ovalized, like a racetrack. The build was for a 5'8" 165 lbs rider and my wife is 5'5.5" and about 130-140 lbs (I'm guessing- we don't have a scale in the house) so it will be plenty stiff for her.

As for my Dean, see my sig. That should tell all. **edited content** that I wrote whilst I was in a riled up mood! :) I'm better now that I've vented. Still, I would ove to have the frame before the summer but I'm not holding my breath.
 

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your sig is what reminded me... I'm tellin' ya, threaten to cancel the order and tell him to refund your $... that is the only reason they got going on mine. working with them/him/dean titanium bicycles is a f**king nightmare
 

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FatTireFred said:
your sig is what reminded me... I'm tellin' ya, threaten to cancel the order and tell him to refund your $... that is the only reason they got going on mine. working with them/him/dean titanium bicycles is a f**king nightmare
Unfortunately, I can't cancel the order since I bought the rights to the frame from the original winner of the charity auction. (John's kid goes to the same elementary school as the winner of the auction's kid and John had donated a frame to the school's annual charity auction). The only thing I can do is take consumer action, such as complain to the BBB or file a lawsuit. I am not there yet. The 1 year mark comes around and if I still don't have a frame, I will be much closer to going that route. For now, I will trust that he will eventually build my frame.

Now that the Titus is done, time for me to start the Colnago Ext C build for myself. Record 11, 3T Doric post, Team ARX stem and Ergonova bars. White SI SLR Kit Carbonio Flow saddle, Reynolds Attacks and white fizik tape.
 

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when I first glanced at your headline, I missed the "u" in the word Titus.

Anyway, that's a great looking bicycle
 

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Real nice job. I'm a big fan of Ti and Campy. You did a wonderful job and your wife should be very happy! I would swap out the Chorus FD and add a Record, though. The carbon cage just looks much better.
 

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She needs a red seatpost clamp to go with the red headset.

Nice bike :thumbsup:
If only Chris King made colored seat clamps! You are right though. I need to search for a matching red ano seat clamp. Are the ones from Salsa or whoever else makes red anodized clamps the same shade of red?? Thanks.
 

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Real nice job. I'm a big fan of Ti and Campy. You did a wonderful job and your wife should be very happy! I would swap out the Chorus FD and add a Record, though. The carbon cage just looks much better.
Thanks Ray. I know you like Ti, judging from your sweet Litespeed Tuscany. As for the Record carbon FD, naaw... I like the finish- it matches the chainrings! :)
 

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If only Chris King made colored seat clamps! You are right though. I need to search for a matching red ano seat clamp. Are the ones from Salsa or whoever else makes red anodized clamps the same shade of red?? Thanks.
The Salsa one should be a pretty close match if it isn't dead on.
 

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Damn, that's a beautiful welding job on that frame!
Yea, I was pretty impressed with the welds too. IMO, about equal to Seven, Serotta, Dean welds. But not quite as nice as Moots/Eriksen welds. Those are the best I've ever seen.
 

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I have never seen such a beautiful weld in my life.

Your wife is very good looking and looks like she can ride.

Have fun!
 

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If only Chris King made colored seat clamps! You are right though. I need to search for a matching red ano seat clamp. Are the ones from Salsa or whoever else makes red anodized clamps the same shade of red?? Thanks.

Salsa should be pretty close though it may be a hair darker. I'd be more confident in HOPE's clamp matching personally.
 

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Salsa should be pretty close though it may be a hair darker. I'd be more confident in HOPE's clamp matching personally.
I will have to look into Hope. I kind of like Hopes a little better than Salsas for road stuff. For MTBs, I like Salsas better because they have that beefier design.
 
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