Product DescriptionTitus exclusive ATF-formed 6000 series aluminum front triangle Advanced Thermal Forming uses a super heated, pressurized gas to soften an aluminum tube so that it may be formed into complex shapes and butting profiles inside of a clamshell mold. The resulting tube has optimized strength and weight profiles, providing for a lighter and stronger frame.
- 1.5" Headtube offers greater strength and compatibility with newer long-travel, single crown forks
- ISCG tabs for chainguide mounting
- All-new, redesigned rear triangle featuring ATF technology
- ATF seat stay is formed from a single, continuous tube to boost stiffness while shedding weight from the previous three piece design
- New design saves 156grams over '09 rear triangle
- 155mm of travel controlled by a custom-valved 2010 Fox RP23 shock
Date Reviewed: September 29, 2012
Strengths: Climbs incredibly well- scary good. Holds a line well, very light for 150mm frame, corners well, looks sweet.
Weaknesses: Low BB takes some getting used to. Not the same attention to quality as the old Titus but still a solid build. The head tube was not reamed out properly but Brant, not On One/Titus, but Brant made good by me.
The low BB takes some getting used to. I have the v2 El G. With a 150 Sektor on the front and fatty tires my BB comes to about 13.25 inches. If I had a Lyrik it would raise it to about 13.5. More in line with other AM sleds but still a bit low. It's a trade off though as the bike corners like a slopestyle ripper. The HTA is more trail-bike like with the 150mm fork, about 68 degrees. A proper 160 fork would slack it out a bit more.
I bout this bike to replace a gen 1.5 SC Nomad. The Nomad beat this bike in the DH category as that bike could plough through anything and eat it up. However, that is one of the same things that made the Mad feel sluggish on the less gnarley trails and it felt overkill for general trail riding. It also suffered incredibly from pedal feedback and tech climbing was not its strong point. Great bike though.
The El Guapo is super nimble and feels much more like a trail bike in tight singletrack but has true AM pedigree and can hang with the best of them when the trail points down and things get fast. It is also the best iteration of the Horst link that I have ridden, and I've been on a few. No bob, traction in spades, doesn't squat on steep climbs - it's just the titties.
Bottom line, if you are not looking to drop $2500+ on a Knolly, SC, Ibis, Turner, etc. this should be one to consider.
Price Paid: $1000.00
Purchased At: Titus / On One
Similar Products Used: Past frames: KHS xc604, Salsa El Kaboing, Ragley Blue Pig, MotoLite, SC Blur 4x, SC Nomad
Bike Setup: El G v2 with Sektor 150 air, x9/XT mix, KS dropper post, Oozey wheels and a high-mid level component mix. Sick bike.
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