Are¾titanium¾bars worth the moolah?
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The scooter world is always looking for the best new thing.¾Titanium¾seeks to provide a middle ground option between aluminum and steel, offering advantages that make up for the disparity¾of weight and compatibility found with traditional materials.¾Scooter bars are typically manufactured with either aluminum or steel, however¾various scooter companies including YGW and Affinity are now adopting the use of¾titanium¾in manufacturing¾their bars. Aluminum bars are popular for those wanting to have a light scooter. However,¾Aluminum bars are far from perfect; its major flaw is their durability, proving susceptible to bends and snapsAluminum bars are commonly used among park riders wanting to minimize the weight of a scooter.¾Steel bars are stronger than aluminum but significantly heavier. Steel bars are used by large park riders or street riders who would bend or break aluminum bars.¾The introduction of¾titanium¾in manufacturing allows for a bar lighter than both steel or aluminum and stronger than steel bars.¾Titanium¾is now on track to take the reign¾of lightest and strongest bar.

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Titanium¾is more dense than aluminum and therefore is a heavier metal. Since it is stronger, you are able to use far less material¾¾without compromising strength. Due to this, bars made of¾titanium¾generally weigh less than those made of aluminum. The benefits of¾Titaniumdoesn't just stop with strength and weight- compatibility is also a factor. Aluminum bars require a thicker tubing diameter in order to maintain as much strength, resulting in aluminum bars being limited to only over sized outer diameter with a standard inner diameter. Meaning you can only use certain compression systems.¾Titanium¾bars are produced in both standard and oversized outer diameters so you can run any compression system currently on the market.¾

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So your def going to cop a pair right? Well before you get too excited, their is one major drawback to¾Titanium¾bars - the price tag. Prices for¾Titanium¾bars can range to nearly twice the cost of an aluminum or steel bar, often requiring the rider to sell a kidney. We asked a local rider who has sold both his kidneys in order to buy a pair for his main scooter and his spare if he regrets his decision. He responded, "If I could sell my brain for a third pair, i'da already dun' did it!" He then left for his dialysis appointment.

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All in all,¾Titanium¾offers both park and street riders additional strength durability over aluminum, at half the weight of a steel bar.¾ The use of¾titanium¾in manufacturing scooter parts is truly a benchmark in the innovation of the sport.¾ Riders who are truly invested in the sport now have a new option to optimize their scooter to its full potential.¾