a Weekend Warrior
Date Reviewed: October 17, 2011
Strengths: Light, stiff and very efficient pedaling.
Weaknesses: Lots of news of breaking carbon seat stays (Knock on wood, it doesn't happen to me) and Warranty concerns due to original Titus company folding.
Transferred all the parts of my Turner Flux to the Titus X so I can compare the 2 frames. Turner Flux is a very good frame but the Titus X is just a notch better. On the Titus X, I can feel there is no energy wasted in every pedal stroke, ascending steep slopes takes little effort. The carbon seatstays are light but stiff. And after a day ride you wont feel worn out and sore because the suspension does its job very well by absorbing those unwanted bumps.
Similar Products Used: Turner Flux, Intense 5.5 EVP, Titus El Guapo, Santa Cruz Superlight, Mach 5, Habanero Titanium.
Bike Setup: Titus X (small), Fox F100 RL, Crank Brothers Cobalt wheelset, XT crank, XT FD/RD/Cassette, XTR dual control brakes/shifter, Use alien Titanium seatpost, Titec Titanium handle bar, Chris King headset, WTB Rocket V SLT
Strengths: Classic XC geometry with 71 deg head angle + 73 deg seattube. Lightest frame at the price I paid. As cheap as much lower end offerings from Giant, Scott, and the big brand names. The welding is among the best out there. Frame has the stiffest rear triangle compared to any fullsus I've owned. Anodized blue color is different from the other bikes on the street. Best of all, with the RP23 Pro Pedal on I get no pedal bob when climbing!
Weaknesses: Rear triangle design is really tight for the RD makes it harder to tune.
Sold my other high end bikes including the all carbon custom Spark and Scale but kept this one. It's that special! Climbs fast and goes over bumps nicely even without modern special suspension design. It's so good I actually just bought the X Carbon, not to replace this but for a 2nd bike. I never give 5 stars on both ratings but this frame deserves it.
Similar Products Used: Far too many. High ends and low ends...
Bike Setup: X-0 groupset, Easton EA90 XC wheels, top parts...
a Cross Country Rider
from Bekasi, West Java, Indonesia
Date Reviewed: July 24, 2010
Strengths: It uses less power to go biking with Titus X.
Weaknesses: Difficult to be founded
This bike is awesome! It is very amazing for me, I can ride faster with confidence even it is being climb or descent the hill, loose stuff really well. The geometry is great. The frame is stiff and responsive -- handles turns fast and confidently. I have a small frame with components listed above and the bike weighs in at 11.1 kg. Now my odometer shows total trip more than 1000 Km.
Favorite Trail: Surrounding Bekasi and Bogor or area Province West Java
Duration Product Used: 1 Year
Purchased At: Bagus Bike, BSD, Ban
Similar Products Used: Generally I use my hardtail Specialized S-works M5 with Avid XO groupset, Shimano XTR crank and fork SID World Cup
Bike Setup: Titus X, fork Fox 32 F-Series RLC, Avid XO shifter, Avid XO RD, Avid Elixir CR, Shimano XTR RD and crank, BB Hope Pro II Ceramic bearings, wheelset Crankbrothers Cobalt, Tire Continental Race King 2.0 , Bar Ritchey WCS Carbon Low Rizer, Headset Chris King, Stem Thomson Elite and Seatpost Thomson Masterpiece, pedals Xpedo Ti M-Force, Sadle Fi'Zi:k Goby XM, Grip ODI Ruffian
a Cross Country Rider
from San Antonio, TX
Date Reviewed: May 12, 2010
Strengths: Light, responsive, geometry
This bike is awesome! It climbs over technical, loose stuff really well. The geometry is great... I often put in 20-30 mile rides and don't feel beat-up afterwards. The frame is stiff and responsive -- handles turns fast and confidently. In tight, twisty trails it's great too. Floats over rocky downhills with ease. I have a medium frame with components listed above, Shimano pedals and Ergon grips and the bike weighs in at 24.1 pounds.
Similar Products Used: Gary Fisher Supercaliber, GF Sugar
Bike Setup: Titus X, Fox 100mm fork, XX drivetrain, XX brakes, Fox RP23 shock, Crossmax SL wheels, IRC Serac XC UST tires
a Cross Country Rider
from Southern California
Date Reviewed: March 5, 2009
Strengths: Light. Fast. Stiff. Responsive. Quick handling.
Nice Polished Anodized Blue Finish. Attractive sleek look. It just looks fast. Made in the USA - at least the front triangle. I was informed that Titus does all the front triangles in house. The rear triangle: chain stay, etc. is made in Taiwan. And finally frame assembly in Tempe, Arizona.
Weaknesses: 1)Expensive Retail Price for an aluminum frame, but in this messy economy, most likely due to the increased cost in raw materials and manufacturing, but I got an excellent deal on mine Thanks to RBikes.
2) Decals on top tube and down tube are stickers. I don't think the sticker decals will last the long haul - they will eventually peel off. Would be better if the decals were painted or etched.
3) Extra set up chore to route the rear brake hose underneath the top tube and through the rear shock mount tab. The brake lever/master cylinder assembly and caliper will not fit to pass through/between the rear shock mount, you have to remove the rear brake hose from the master cyclinder, route the hose through the shock mount, reassemble the rear brake hose into the master cylinder, and bleed the rear brakes - routing the rear brake hose on the Racer X was easier, you only had to remove the rear shock from the top shock mount and pass the rear brake hose through the frames top tube shock mount - no brake hose removal and no bleeding required. Ok, not really a weakness, but I hate the chore of bleeding my brakes.
After riding the Titus Racer X for a few yrs, the Titus X is certainly an improvement. It is lighter, stiffer, faster and more responsive. Accelerates well w/ out of the saddle sprints. Climbs like a goat. Handles moderately rough descents well. Tracks the trail with good precision handling. It has the perfect rear shock spec: the Fox RP23 is as good as it gets for cross country / trail riding. Aesthetically, it has a nice anodized polished blue finish (much better than the Titus Racer X anodized finish), much sleeker shaped tubes, nice welds, one piece carbon chain stay and carbon rocker link look sick. The frame looks like a slim down version of the Titus Racer X - as if all the miles of riding the Racer X evolved into a lighter, more toned and cut up Titus X.
4 1/2 chilis for performance.
4 1/2 chilis for looks.
3 chilis for value/price - there are other high end cross country race/trail frames that are cheaper and comparable in terms of weight, materials, rear shock specs, and performance, but I choose Titus b/c the Racer X worked well for me during its time. The Titus X could only be better.
4 1/2 chilis overall.
Similar Products Used: Turner Flux, Titus Racer X.
Bike Setup: I built it up with Mavic CrossMax SL Wheels; Rock Shox SID Team fork; Race Face Deus Cranks; UST Maxxis CrossMark tires; Chris King headset; Avid Elixir Carbon disc brakes; XT shifters, XT front/rear derailleurs, XT cassette; Thomson Masterpiece seatpost; Chris King headset; FSA carbon riser handlebar; FSA stem; Specialized Rival Ti saddle; ODI lock on grips.