> The traditional 3AL/2.5V Titanium tubing is the same high strength material used in the most advanced aerospace applications. It is drawn, seamless tubing that can be welded with the other tubes to form the bike frame. The tubes are cold-worked to provide additional strength to the material and the correct shaped tubing for the frame’s design. This creates an extremely lightweight and strong racing machine, where the geometry of the frame is tailored by working the tube sets to create the perfect ride.
> The Astraeus utilises seamless hydroformed 3AL/2.5V double-butted Titanium tubing. This not only provides overall weight savings compared to traditional tubing, but also results in even less chance of failure.
In a traditional tube set maximum stress will happen at the weld because it is a Heat Affected Zone. For a butted tube, the maximum stress will be located away from the weld. The combination of butted tubes and 3AL/2.5V Ti have a significant advantage on weight, maximum ‘Von Mises’ Stress, deformation and safety factor over traditional tubes.
> Titanium is one of the most environmentally friendly metals. The Titanium scrap we generate through manufacturing processes and in equipment fabrication is fully recyclable.
> The combination of high strength and material formability gives Titanium a ride quality that is second to none. It’s stiff enough to prevent energy-loss through the tubing, but springy too, so road vibration is minimized enhancing comfort on long rides.
> Titanium lasts longer because fatigue life and corrosion resistance is better than any other material used for frame building in the world. How many non-Titanium frames do you know of that are guaranteed for life?
> Titanium has excellent strength-to-weight and stiffness-to-weight ratios. Using thin walled 0.8/0.9mm Titanium tubing guarantees good fatigue life without sacrificing ride quality.
> Titanium is not a fashion statement. Titanium will remain a premium - and therefore coveted - material because of the expense of the production processes required for manufacture and welding.
> Every frame we make is custom drawn. Each tube set is designed to maximize strength and performance by using differing diameters of tubing, in addition to utilizing ovalization, and biaxial ovalized tubing.
> Metals have better crash damage tolerance and can often be repaired. A few knocks in transit or racing do not normally create hidden damage issues that could shorten, or even end, the life of frames manufactured from other materials.