Tuesday, October 15, 2013

Anti-Carbon Wars - Revenge of the Titans!

Hmmm...I'm almost at a loss of words on this one. It seems that my mouth is still gaping open in disbelief regarding the ride quality and beauty of my new Fatback titanium ultra-cool, super-fatty.

I've played on, owned, and ridden many bikes made from aluminum, steel, carbon, and a few titanium frames, but never have I had such an incredible ride as the frames built by Lynskey (the actual builder of the Fatback titanium frame). The Lynskey titanium frames rival carbon in my opinion (which may be of little value to you, but is everything to my meticulous-obsessive-compulsive-brain). I love carbon for its stiffness and ride quality, but I loathe it for being environmentally unfriendly, its lack of durability (aka throw-away junk), spontaneous and unpredictable structural failures, and many other reasons in which I'm sure many may not agree with. Essentially carbon bikes make me feel guilty. I'm also a huge fan of USA made bikes and non-China made parts. This bike is made in Tennessee, USA!

However, until riding a Lynskey titanium frame I was not much of a titanium bike fan either since I had several experiences with a wet-noodle like ride.  Well my opinion has changed after riding this bike and my Lynskey Pro29SL.

The titanium Fatback is stiff, yet rides ultra smooth...a totally amazing combination. People will want to know how I can tell this on those fat, cushy tires...believe me I can feel a huge difference between the aluminum and titanium frames on the super fatty tires. I will be testing this frame in every possible way in the coming months and long into the future God willing.


David Adams said...

Lucky guy , that's a great looking bikee Eric, looking forward to reading how you get on with it. .

Eric Kop-ski said...

You'll hear about it soon enough I'm sure.