Ti. The magical mystery metal of dreams for most hardtail riders. It never rusts, seldom breaks, rides nice, and looks, well...like Ti. Magic pixie dust comes with every Ti frame, I suspect.
GT is playing with one right now over at The Cyclist.
I have never owned a Ti frame. I have owned a few off the rack bikes, a lot of hand made steel frames, one custom aluminum frame and a few high end FS bikes, but never Ti. Is it a big deal? Not really, I mean it is not like it makes or breaks me, etc, but I have to admit that, once I get a bit more time on the singlespeed bike I am building up now and I figure out some frame geometry, etc, I am looking long term to a Ti frame of some kind. Likely not an Eriksen or Moots, but there are some decent options out there like the Lynskey Ridgeline, Vassago Ti frame, etc. Who knows, maybe I will pop for a really nice, handmade to order frame, but that would be a long shot given my typical budget in life.
And you know, it would not be all magical compared to a great steel frame or even a really nice aluminum sled, but there is something about Ti. It calls to me. I don't get all wadded up over it and lose sight of having fun on whatever I am blessed with being able to afford...run what ya' brung, etc...but I have to admit that in many ways it defines the ultimate statement of having 'made it' to the promised land of welded tubes and satin finishes. And it simply rocks as a hardtail SS choice. Beauty, eh?
So, God willing, I will have that SS Ti frame one day, but until then I will keep pedaling what I have now and be happy. Hopefully GT will lie to me and tell me the Lynskey is really not all that great, that light bikes are overrated, that Ti is not as good as it seems, I really don't want one at all, and he can't wait to ride a heavier, slower, painted, steel, non-magical, no pixie dust impregnated singlespeed again. I would feel soooo much better.
One can only hope.