Before the advent of carbon fiber, there was a time that the only way to make a lightweight bicycle frame was by using titanium. Titanium is half the weight of steel, twice as strong as aluminum, very resistant to fatigue, and doesn’t corrode. There’s also distinctive ride quality to titanium that has created legions of followers. Titanium is stiff without harshness, comfortable without feeling spongy, and racy without beating you up. It also looks the part. Titanium’s distinctive grey luster provides an inherent sense of quality and exclusiveness. Despite the fact that the majority of road bikes today are made with carbon fiber, titanium’s allure has not diminished. In fact, there is a resurgence in titanium bikes, and for good reasons. Here are five of them.