I'm racing in a mini Spring series, the first 2 races were with by carbon 26'r full squish and the best time I could get after 2 races was a 1:11 (1 hr 11 minutes) over all lap time, and a 5th place finish. I felt like the bike really handled the single track well along with the suspension on the bumpy down hills.
I decided to put more of a fun factor in my next race (3rd race of the series) and try my new YBB custom set up as a SS (similar geo and tubes as the RSL).
In practice it felt sluggish and a little slow in the tech single track. But after the race, I beat my best time by over 5 minutes, and my ave. speed went from 10.8 to 11.6 mph, and also finished 10 seconds behind the guy that has dominated the series. In racing 5 minutes is huge.
Oh, and by the way, he’s in the 20-30 year old class and I’m in the 50+ class.
What my point is, take some lap times to compare the two bikes, see which one is really faster. You may be delightfully surprised.
One thing for sure, Ti is more fun to ride.