Titanium – Straight Gauge Tubing: Non-butted 3/2.5 Ti tubes are a great way to build a frame set. Titanium is a super durable material and yields a supple and quiet ride when compared to Aluminum, Steel and even Carbon fiber. Ti has the longest life of all bike building materials and is non corrosive, which makes it ideal for more wet environments such as the Pacific Northwest!
Titanium – Butted Tubing: Oversize, butted 3/2.5 tubing creates a light and responsive frame while maintaining the smooth ride feel of Ti.
“Iso” – Shaped Steel Tubing: Using the faceted shape of Columbus “Spirit”, these tubes yield an ultra responsive and light steel frame with a finely tuned ride. With slightly thinner wall thicknesses than “Life” these frames stand out with their bi-ovalized, faceted walls and larger diameter tubes.
Stainless Steel – Using Columbus “XCr” thinwall tubing allows for a frame with the “feel of steel” with the added bonus of high corrosion resistence. * I recommend that “XCr” frames get painted due to the affects of silver brazing in the areas around water bottle bosses and cable stops which have shown signs of corrosion over time and use in the elements.