Alright, what's the deal with Ti springs? I know that a lot of people are using ti springs in order to save weight, obviously. There are several companies that offer ti springs, yet no one really knows what's "the best" ti spring out there.
I've done a little bit of research lately but haven't found any valuable input so far. To me it seems like most people who buy a ti spring buy one for the sake of having a ti spring on their bike because "it's a ti spring" and "it's lighter than a steel spring".
There are several companies offering Ti springs. Nuke Proof, DSP, RCS and Obtainium seem to be the main players, right? Some other companies such as Manitou had been offering ti springs as well, but as far as I know they either don't offer them anymore and/or only label them anyway.
What's "the best" ti spring? The spring should run as close to the spring rate as possible and be as light as possible, right? Isn't that the main point in a ti spring? Yet it seems like there are huge weight variations betwen the different manufacturers.
Let's say someone needs a 400x3.00" Ti Spring for his Fox DHX 5.0
Obtainium - 321 grams + 39 grams for the Fox adapter -[HTML_REMOVED] 360g (Sicklines)
Nuke Proof - 363 grams (claimed)
DSP - 437 grams (claimed)
RCS - 395 grams (claimed)
So based on those numbers, I'd either get a Nuke Proof or an Obtainium Ti spring as they are a lot lighter than the DSP and RCS spring.
Weight is only one variable though, there's a bit more to that. Obtainium springs are said to rub the reservoir of the shock for instance.
What is your experience with those manufacturers? Did you weigh any of the springs? What about the quality of the spring?
It would be awesome to get some feedback. As I said, Ti springs are quite common and nothing excotic, yet it's really hard to find some reviews and opinions concerning which spring one should get and which spring one should avoid.
Any feedback is appreciated!