[CR]Titanium Hub Axles ???

From: Donald Gillies <gillies@cs.ubc.ca>
Date: Thu, 6 May 2004 09:47:17 -0700 (PDT)
To: classicrendezvous@bikelist.org
cc: gillies@cs.ubc.ca
Subject: [CR]Titanium Hub Axles ???

I have a question about Titanium parts modifications for campy nuovo record-era bikes.

(1) Are TI stem expander bolts reliable? How much should they cost? (2) Are TI axles reliable? How much should they cost? (3) Are TI seat clamp bolts reliable? How much should they cost?

(4) I presume that for a BB Phil Wood and Stronglight (Axis Light) are the only modern choices? (5) Are there any other "unobtrusive" places to install TI parts - in (particular - is there a campy compatible titanium BB spindle available?

I have found sources for stem expanders and hollow QR axles and seat clamp bolts. The expander bolts I found, new, are about $14/ea (cinelli-type, 10x order). The QR axles I found, new, are $40/ea (specify size). The seatpost bolt i found was $9. I'm just looking, out of curiousity, at the moment.

Yeah, i know, don't eat the day before. Let's say that i haven't eaten for the entire _week_ before. Let's also say that rims and tires are off limits. What's the most indiscernible and affordable way to "weight reduce" a classic bike by 1 lb or more? For example, you can probably take 200g if Brooks offers a titanium version of the seat you are using (TI B17, and rarely, TI Team Pro's available on ebay).

- Don Gillies
San Diego, CA