Rockstar new design, featuring 100mm of travel available in Aluminum and Titanium Hydro-formed top tube and down tube with optimized butting profiles Oversized, tapered headtube flares from an 1 1/8" headset bearing to a 1.5" bearing for razor sharp handling The flowing tube shapes and unique butting profiles have been optimized through extensive FEA analysis and simulated load testing New Full Carbon Construction Swingarm. The all-new seat stay features a full carbon dropout, carbon yoke and new s-bend shaping for enhanced heel clearance
Strengths: Climbs like a goat. Corners and turns like a 26er. Very light rear end (which is another plus on cornering). Tapered headtube and sleek form. Titus head badge is beautiful. Monarch RT3.
Weaknesses: Could use a better paint job on the 2012 version (blue). Perhaps they could do away with the stickers next time.
Not really a weakness but chainstay is quite long, it doesn't encourage an all-mountain demeanor.
The 2010 model of this bike has a low BB, so thank you Titus for bringing up the BB of the 2012 version and still maintaining a reasonable wheelbase.
This is a really good climber. Plus it's a 29, i could easily outdo my 26er friends, and even 29 HTs. Corners very well too. Coming from an aggressive 26er myself, i finally got on the 29er bandwagon but on one condition, that my bike should handle like a 26er. Looking at many reviews, and demoed 29ers (Jet9, Rip9, Titus Rockstar '12), this bike handles like a 26er the most. It took me 3 rides to finally migrate my MTB skills to the 29er platform.
Turn the Monarch into its wide-open setting and the bike encourages you to be playful during trails. Come race-day, just adjust the Monarch RT3 into it's stiffest setting and you'll have a race bike. Overall, this bike has a very stiff handling, good climber, and (if one has a very solid skills) can win an enduro race.
A Little Warning: if you're like me that can only maintain 1 full-sus bike, do not transfer your 26er drivetrain (at least the chain) to the Titus Rockstar. This bike has a long rear triangle, it will put a lot of stress in your chain, get stuck while mashing an up-hill, and you'll just break your drop-out hanger (yeah i did break my drop-out hanger). :)
Strengths: Well made, well executed design that works in a variety of XC and trail applications. FSR rear suspension with no brake jack, and excellent pedelling manners (platform only of use on roads).As good going up as down, low BB for great cornering. Carbon rear soaks up trial chatter brilliantly.
Weaknesses: Could use a 142X12 rear, and shorter chainstay. Paint isn't the most durable.
Been riding for over 25yrs. This is my third 29er and by far the best. Perhaps the best bike I have owned. It can be an XC racer or aggressive trail bike with just a few minor mods. Mine see's regular use on the North Shore, Squamish and Whistler and just did the 4 Kings. I can attest to it's durability. Looking fwd to turning this into more of an XC bike and adding an El Guapo 29 to my stable. At current frame prices I don't see much if anything that can compete with this Titus.
Ignore the last review. Take the PP off when decending, drop the shock pressure a tad, and lower your tires below 35lbs. This bikes fantastic!
Weaknesses: Poor traction and small bump compliance, not a very efficient peddler and very poor build quality.
My rear chain stays are 141mm apart and need to be clamped down to fit the 135mm hub, I doubt that this is intentional pre tensioning from the manufacturer. There's also some weld debris stuck inside the top tube that makes a noise when you ride, poor quality bearings.
Chronic brake jack.
I have to say I'm disappointed in the Rockstar. I demo'd quite a few FS 29ers before stumbling upon a new frame going cheap on eBay. It's fairly light, but lacks the finish of more expensive bikes. The overall finish isn't too bad, but the small things like bushes in the rear suspension and the lower arm pivot bolt alignment just aren't as good as the larger manufacturers. I had really hoped that these smaller 'boutique' frames would offer a great alternatives to buying a bike from a larger manufacturer and then having to spend $$ upgrading it to what you want.
It's not really a dog of a bike, just not as good as I'd hoped. I just think that the finish isn't good enough and the suspension compliance in the rear is all wrong. I'm going to change the IFP pressure and see if that helps, I have to run 100psi ( I'm 70kgs ) to get 20% sag and it still doesn't use full travel. I've done about 400kms on it so would assume that the rear shock was broken in by now.
Similar Products Used: Gary Fisher Superfly 100, Trek Paragon, Roscoe 3, Anthem X, Fuel 9.9, Yeti Big Top.
Bike Setup: Full XTR, I9's, carbon bars and stem, Fox Fit RLC's.
a Cross Country Rider
Date Reviewed: April 23, 2012
Strengths: Climbs like a mountain goat. Great value. Downhill like you're on a dirt bike. Speced with a Fox RP23 w/ boost valve on the rear combined with a a Fox Fit on the front makes it hover over terrain. Easy suspension set up.
Weaknesses: I have a small frame so the BB is low causing me to be mindful of pedal strikes. The BB actually sits lower that my Santa Cruz Superlight 26. The newer version has a raised BB height and shorter top tube to maintain your center of gravity, in essense fixing this minor problem..
For the $$ this bike is fast, supple, fast, comfortable, a great value...did I mention fast?!?
Weaknesses: i hear a lot of complaints about pedal strikes but the BB height is the same as an spec epic, titus racer x, and other Cross country bikes. I think having the suspension setup right is key to this bike.
I took me a very long time to put money down on a 29er. to many changes in such a short time made me cautious. I did a 50+ race on my new Titus Racer X and thought I should ride the new Rockstar as I really loved the Racer X. I rode many other 29ers at this point and was not real floored until i got on the Rockstar. Great climbing and corning straight out of the box and it out performed the epic 29 for me. It was lighter then a lot of bikes in this class and equipped with far superior parts. I would say I am extremely happy with the rockstar. I think of all the reviews I have read the complaints were all the same. The complaints about pedal strikes but the BB height is the same as an spec epic, titus racer x, and other Cross country bikes. I think having the suspension setup right is key to this bike, I have had too much sag and I would strike pedals but if I stuck to about 20% I had no issues. This bike is so dialed it doesn't need pedal platform assist, I don't use the propedal on mine at all. Cost on this bike was around 4500.00 MSRP so paying less is always good I gave 5 chilis for this fact and 4 chilies overall as there is always room for improvement but I am greatly satisfied.
Similar Products Used: Specialized epic 29, Specialized camber 29, Santa Cruz Tallboy, Giant Anthem 29
Bike Setup: Fox RP23 boost shock, Fox Fit100 fork, XTR Derailleurs, shifters and cassette, FSA Cranks, Crank Brothers cobalt wheels, Thompson post and stem, carbon IDIO low rise bar, Conti Mountain King tires, Magura Marta Brakes.
a Cross Country Rider
from Oakdale, CA, USA
Date Reviewed: November 2, 2011
Strengths: Light, Excellent Stand over Clearance, Quick Handling and solid downhill manners
Weaknesses: Bottom Bracket Needed to Be Chased on a New Frame, Some Pedal Strikes
I was concerned about pedal strikes from earlier reviews and, indeed, there are some minor issues at first. However, with the height of the Talas set at 120mm it pretty much eliminates the issue. I also found that running the shock with the right sag makes a substantial difference in reducing pedal strikes and making the bike feel solid. The front end is rock solid for a Cross-Country bike and the bike improves my limited downhill skills considerably. The bike improves climbing over a 29er hardtail, but it has trouble digging in on very steep climbs. That said, the bike and frame accelerate quickly, keep speed well and the corning is excellent. This bike would be an excellent endurance racer, especially with a set of lighter wheels. This frame was picked up from On One/Titus as one of their clearance frames...great deal but I ding Titus on the Value Rating for providing a frame which I had to take to the dealer to have the BB threads chased...they are aware of the problem from earlier posts. Bottom line, a great frame for general cross country riding and it can handle some tougher terrain if necessary. I don't understand an earlier post that indicated the rider preferred an 80mm shock on this frame. On easier Terrain I run the Talas at 95mm; and rough terrain 120mm. This set up appears perfect as you get the best of both worlds.
Bike Setup: Fox29,BontyXXX,R1,XTR,Masterpiece-11.4kg
a Weekend Warrior
Date Reviewed: May 16, 2011
Strengths: Stable at speed. Very good climber. Rolls over everything. Great all around bike.
Weaknesses: Low bottom bracket means LOTS of pedal strikes. Steering is a bit slow.
This bike makes a great trail bike. It can do anything and go anywhere. The RX29 I had definitely felt faster while the attitude of the Rockstar is more laid back. The super low bb is an annoyance because I have pedal strikes in every ride as compared to none with my previous.
Bike Setup: Rockstar aluminum med, XT Drivetrain, XX Reba 120mm with 20mm Thru-axle, Hopes with Arches, Maxxis Crossmark Tires, Thomson Seatpost and Stem (80mm), RF SixC Low Rise, Avid Elixir CR with 180mm front and 160mm rear, and Fizik Gobi XM Saddle
a Cross Country Rider
from San Antonio, TX
Date Reviewed: May 16, 2011
Strengths: Corners and climbs great. Suspension design is old-school (Horst link), but it's still an awesome design and works great... very little pedal bob, but nice and forgiving on rocky & rooty terrain.
Weaknesses: I had a couple of problems building the bike. First, the bottom bracket threads were a little tweaked and the cups wouldn't screw on. I had to have my LBS chase the threads. Second, finding the right headset was tricky. This bike only takes the 44mm upper headtube cup and 49.57mm lower headtube cup. Apparently, not all 1 1/8" to 1.5" headtubes are the same.
For the past couple of years, I've tried to fall in love with 29ers and have owned a couple of 29er hard tails. Maybe the problem was that I was used to riding a really awesome 26" full suspension bike and nothing could compare to it. Maybe I needed to try a full suspension 29er. So, I bought a Rockstar and it changed my life. I am now in love with the 29er platform and can totally see what all the hooplah is about. This bike is so responsive, corners like it's on rails, climbs stuff I've never been able to climb, and gives me such confidence when descending. I did a 24 solo last year on my 26" Titus X. On the course, there were 3 tricky places that I was not able to clear on any of my training laps or during the actual race. I rode the Rockstar on the race loop a couple weeks ago and cleared all 3 of these tricky spots. I haven't had problems with the bottom bracket being too low. In fact, the bottom bracket is higher than the Niner MCR.
Similar Products Used: I haven't used anything exactly like this. But, I've owned a couple of 29er bikes: Niner MCR, Salsa Juice. Plus, a few
26er full suspension bikes: Fisher Sugar & SuperCaliber, Titus X.
Bike Setup: Rockstar Frame (small)
Rockshox Monarch shock
Fox F29 taper with 15mm QR thru axle
FSA Gravity DX Pro tapered headset
Stan's Crest wheels
Maxxis Ignitor (front, running tubeless with Stan's)
Maxxis Crossmark (rear, running tubeless with Stan's)
X0 3x10 crankset
X0 rear derailleur
X0 front derailleur
SRAM 1080 cassette
SRAM 1071 chain with 120 links (the standard length was too short)
Easton Monkeylite XC handlebars
Easton 100mm stem
WTB Pure V seat
26.3 pounds (with pedals and bike computer)
a Cross Country Rider
from Fort Lauderdale, FL
Date Reviewed: January 2, 2011
Strengths: Bike can do it all from XC racing to AM. Climbs very efficient, on the downhill it rips through the technical descents and rock gardens. The bike is very laterally stiff, rails thru corners and can be built relatively light.
Weaknesses: The bottom bracket is low (12.6") so climbing over big rocks and boulders can be tricky. I've learned to time my pedals now so is a non-issue for me but I can see others hating it.
I've had this bike for about 6 months and I love it more each day. What I like about it is how versatile it is. It's a very stable ride that inspires confidence and it makes you want to ride over anything. Every time I take it to a new MTB park or unknown trail, it rips through the most technical sections and climbs like a beast. I have been riding less than 2 years and this bike has helped me become a better, faster and more confident rider. As of late I have been racing it at the FL state series. Overall I'm very happy with it and would highly recommend it.
Similar Products Used: Racer X 29er, Ellsworth Evolve, Intense Spider 29er,
Bike Setup: 2010 Rockstar (small)
Fork: 2011 Fox 100mm RLC FIT QR 15mm Tapered
Handlebar: Easton Monkeylite SL
Stem: Sette Edge 110mm
Drivetrain: Sram 2X10 XX throughout, Chainrings 39-26
Brakes: Avid XX 160mm rotors
Pedals: Crankbrothers eggbeaters Ti
Seatpost: Thompson Masterpiece
Saddle: WTB Rocket V
Wheels: Stans Arch w/ AC hubs DT Swiss supercomp spokes
Tires: rear- Maxxis Ikon front- Schwalbe Nobi Nic
Total Weight: 25.1 lbs
a Cross Country Rider
Date Reviewed: July 29, 2010
Strengths: pedals extremely well with very little bob, frontend with 15mm axle is very stiff and goes where you point it. Standover height is awesome. Super plush supension and head angle is great leaning more toward am than xc, but still climbs as good as my hei-hei 2-9, decent weight at 30lbs with build kit 1, many areas to drop the weight fairly cheap though, mainly crank, bars, seat and post etc.
Weaknesses: none other than the bottom bracket threads needed chased. i had read a previous article stating the same problem months ago and figured it would be remedied. not the case.
this was a tossup between the rockstar or tallboy with my final choice mainly to steer clear of an all carbon frame and the excellent suspension and wheelset that is the same for all 4 builds, for the same price as the rockstar i would have been stuck with rock shok stuff with a quick release on the tallboy. the suspension on this bike is just unbelievable, I don't regret my choice at all
Similar Products Used: kona hei-hei 2-9, 09 29er stumpy
Bike Setup: stock with build kit #1, sram x.9 stuff with heavy crank, 15mm rlc fox fit fork, fox rp23 with boost. Went with stans flow/hope pro 2 wheelset with specialized captain control
a Cross Country Rider
from Wilkes Barre PA USA
Date Reviewed: July 13, 2010
Strengths: Rolls over everything in it's path. Handles well, climbs and decends w/o problem.
Weaknesses: Low, lots of pedal smack
Great bike, I'm much faster and more confident on this bike than on any other I've owned. The Haven's are awesome. My only real gripe is that it is low for where I ride (lots and lots of rocks). I wind up smacking the crank arms more than I think I should on a 29er.
I ordered this bike in January and got it 3rd week of June. Titus had one excuse after another but never a straight story.
Was it worth the wait? Not sure if any bike is worth waiting that long for. Hence the 4. Quicker delivery and or just a straight answer from Titus and it would have been a 5.
a Cross Country Rider
from Santee, Ca USA
Date Reviewed: June 30, 2010
Strengths: This Bike is awesome! It has met all my expectations. Climbs like a billy goat and rolls very fast! One of our trails recently got bulldozed due to a fire and and was one of the first to climb the hill with fresh dirt and rocks, I climbed the hill, everybody else in my group walked, I could not believe that I climbed it, people were cheering me on at the top. It handles like my 26 in bike if not maybe better. Have no complaints after 4 rides. I notice my speed on the trails is much faster and when I'm behind my friends I'm not working as hard as they are, I just want to pass them. The SRAM XX rocks on this bike
This Bike is for sure a ROCKSTAR, I don't know if I will ever ride my 26 in bike again. I can't get over how well it climbs and how much faster it is. The build weight was 25.5lbs with pedals and 27.7lbs with GPS(edge705), and seat pack(tube,2air tubes, tire levers, multitool). I'm a converted 29nr now. I highly recommend this bike.
Similar Products Used: First 29nr, IBIS Mojo SL, full XTR
Bike Setup: Fox front F29 and rear shock RP23, SRAM XX, Stans ZTR crest rims with DT Swiss 240 hubs, Maxxis Aspen tires, Formula R1 brakes, XTR Pedals, Thomson seat post, Monkey lite XC bars
a Cross Country Rider
from Austin Texas
Date Reviewed: June 5, 2010
Strengths: I own a RacerX 29er and tested a Rockstar recently to see what all the hype is about. This will mainly compare it to other 29ers I've ridden, RacerX in particular.
The Rockstar has a very active 100 mm of travel. This is the first thing I noticed, and many at the LBS have commented on the same. It moves into the travel easily, and is nicely efficient, like the RacerX.
Weaknesses: I didn't like the Schwalbe on the front end of my demo bike. I plan to ride it again shortly with my wheels/tires- with luck I'll update this review then.
I also have a G2 fork on my RacerX, so I can't comment on how that changes the handling- I'll just mention I like fast handling bikes (I decided the Spider was too quick for my taste), and the Rockstar fits the bill. I doubt any 26er converts will complain about the big wheeled handling unless they like twitchy 26ers.
Descending was improved over my RacerX, which has 80 front and rear, also due to the active suspension. I didn't notice much if any penalty in climbing, but again was thrown by the sb8 rear tire- thus my plan for another ride on my wheels.
My bottom line - not sure if I'd be able to justify the upgrade, even with a sweet deal at my LBS currently. The RacerX is just too nice of a baseline. I'm still considering an SC Tallboy - but nobody around seems to have one to ride.