Titus Loco Moto 2003 Full Suspension

4.82/5 (17 Reviews)

Product Description

Super-Solid-Single-Pivot-Performance. The Loco's revolutionary low-pivot point on a stout Super-Solid-Single-Pivot-Performance. The Loco's revolutionary low-pivot point on a stout motocross-inspired swingarm glides on huge 1.25" angular sealed cartridge bearings to provide performance that rivals most 4-bar linkage designs on the market. Set the shock in one of four positions to alter the travel between 4" and 4.75", while simultaneously adjusting the spring rate. The shorter the travel, the stiffer the spring rate. The longer the travel, the more plush the ride. The new for '03 front triangle is both stiffer and stronger than ever before.

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Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by JC Foot

Date Reviewed: November 23, 2014

Strengths:    Handles technical trails with great ease. Climbs well although don't have a shock that eliminates bob so could be improved with that modification. Comfortable for epic rides.

Weaknesses:    Not a race bike.

Bottom Line:   
Bought in 2003. Still riding and can't justify replacing it since it only needs an occasional tuneup and performs great on the local off road trails in Minnesota including Cuyuna. This is a bike that just let's you relax while the bike handles the technical difficulties on the trail without rider interference. Frame finish is anodized and no marks on the frame so it appears this bike will last indefinitely even with frequent riding.

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by HiHo sliver a Racer from Cleveland, Ohio

Date Reviewed: April 13, 2011

Strengths:    Had the WOW factor back in 2003! It's now 2011! The bike has held true for me. Climbs like a GOAT! Loves drops, rock gardens, turns like a porsha 911, the powder coating has held up well ! I know this bike has inspired many to go out and buy a $2000.00 bike just to keep up with her! (lol). . . . Many have said to sell and update. And they'll be saying the same words ten years from now ! ! !

Weaknesses:    Makes -a- lot -a- noise when maintenance and grease is needed and due! But is that a bad thing or a good reminder? ? ?

Bottom Line:   
Could be a Rembrant or Picasso of mountain bikes ! Only time will tell, and me who own three. :-)

Who should buy this bike? Any one who love a great bike that dose it ALL !

Who should not buy it. - :-(. Any one who's wife wants them to stay on the couch and work on their spare tire around his belly !

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Favorite Trail:   Vulture knob

Duration Product Used:   More than 3 years

Price Paid:    $2300.00

Purchased At:   Ohio bike and boards

Similar Products Used:   Trek, Giant, specialized, and Jamis .

Bike Setup:   The works! ! !

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Dave Einfeldt a Cross Country Rider from Salt Lake City

Date Reviewed: August 9, 2007

Strengths:    Really stiff ride. tracks really well on downhill. very responsive. strong and simple

Weaknesses:    not a downhill racer.

Bottom Line:   
Got a steal on ebay from some old fart that overbought his skill and then retired to florida right after he bought it. 3 years old and totally unused.
took my fork and wheels from my adept and put them on this bike. I've never descended so fast. a hint from an actual mechanical engineer for those guys out there breaking frames. Get nicer shocks and it really reduces the stresses in your frame. Impact really hurts a bike and really spikes stresses at welds. which are the weakest part of a frame.
this bike is not meant to take long drops. but I have mine set up to eat up single track and it does. I've had it out on slickrock a few times and it climbs really well. not like my mantra but then again I've never ridden anything that climbs like the klein mantra. but this isn't top heavy like the mantra and bombs down singletrack very well. plus it just looks bad ass on the trail. I have guys stop me and ask how much my bike weighs and they are really surprised when they pick up this 26.5# beauty. Looks like monster with the XTR wheels and the fox fork. but really does everything wonderfully. I'm an XC freak and this bike does really well. Oh and XO rocks It shifts whenever and wherever regardless of torque applied or mud in the cogs.
If you know what you are looking for ebay can really set you up well.

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Favorite Trail:   Anything In Moab or the Wasatch Crest

Duration Product Used:   1 Year

Price Paid:    $1300.00

Purchased At:   ebay

Similar Products Used:   Klein Mantra/Adept/Palomino. Ellsworth Joker

Bike Setup:   XTR wheels, XO triggers and deraileurs. 2006 Fox float 140 front and float rear.

Overall Rating:3
Value Rating:3
Submitted by Brian a Weekend Warrior from Bragg Ck, Alberta, Canada

Date Reviewed: February 5, 2004

Strengths:    Simple design, low maintainance. Long travel with light weight.

Weaknesses:    cracked 2 previous frames (2001, 2002) at top/head-tube weld. Took a long time for Titus to warranty frames. On th epositive side, they provided a no-charge complete 2003 frame in exchange.

Bottom Line:   
An OK frame for cyldesdale riders ((6'6", 220 pounds).I've been riding for 17 years and these are the first frames I've broken (say no more). I cracked 2 of them doing x-country riding/racing and moderate freeriding (nothing bigger than 5'). The new 2003 frame's built up as a play bike (I got a XL Trek 98 for x-country). I suspect this frame may manage 1 or 2 seasons of abuse until it's replaced by an XL Bullit. Bottom line is the first couple of years design was defective, warranty response was OK. I hope this one is better but I'm not holding my breath. Rides well when it's all in one piece. I'll always have a doubt in the back of my mind when riding it though.

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Duration Product Used:   2 Years

Purchased At:   Calagry Cycle

Similar Products Used:   Santa Cruz superlight,

Bike Setup:   Now build for freeriding.

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:4
Submitted by pfunk from bay area, ca

Date Reviewed: January 27, 2004

Strengths:    small size for short people, but not short on quality or function. I'm 5' 3.5" so my options were limited. It's a great options for anyone under 5' 4".

Weaknesses:    I found the 4.75 mode to be too unreponsive for most types of riding I do. Not really a weakness in my opinion, but wanted to point it out. I've run my loco in both 4.75 and 4.5. The 4.5 mode is still very plush and sokes up everything, while still being responsive when hammering out of the saddle (especially in up and down terain).

Bottom Line:   
It handles every kind of riding I do (not a freerider by any means, but I enjoy the techy stuff and hiting small drops) and climbs well too. The long wheel base provides great stability on decents. I've been nothing but pleased with the quality, duribility and the entire riding experience.

The new stable platform shocks that are available will probably reduce any single pivot issues (although I'd say bob isn't really an issue now, except at times in 4.75 mode).

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Favorite Trail:   single track of any kind

Duration Product Used:   1 Year

Purchased At:   1130

Similar Products Used:   being my first fs, I don't have much base for comparrison. I did demo the sc juliana in small & medium before buying and preferred the stability of the longer wheel base on the loco.

Bike Setup:   2003 extra small, zocchi atom race 100, xt drive train, terry butterfly saddle, v's

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Eryk a Weekend Warrior from New Jersey

Date Reviewed: January 24, 2004

Strengths:    Relatively light, simple efficient design, great all around bike. Great on technical trails and great descender.

Weaknesses:    Weak hanger - bent several - still better than ruining the frame. Other than that no weaknesses on the new design.

Bottom Line:   
This is actually my second frame, the first one (2001 design)cracked right by the head tube after 13 months of use. Titus has replaced the cracked front triangle at no additional cost, and have been great about it. Dealing with this company has been a pleasure - given the circumstances. The only surprising thing about my new frame are the 3 instead of 4 shock positions - normally this frame should have 4 positions. The new X design frame is great: stiff, light, and strong. I have used it for another year and there are no issues. I'd recommend users not to use Truvativ cranks on this frame as the shifting is really lame, and ghost shifts are constant, problem dissapeared with RaceFace Turbines. The bike is a great in technical sections high bb makes it easier to go over obstacles and if you have a 4 inch fork handling is very precise and quick. I would recommend this bike to any rider who wants to move from hardtail to suspension with the added benefit of longer travel.

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Favorite Trail:   Any technical and twisty trail

Duration Product Used:   2 Years

Price Paid:    $1025.00

Purchased At:   Beyond Bikes.com

Similar Products Used:   '01 Titus Loco Moto, '99 Schwinn Homegrown Factory Team

Bike Setup:   Avid Mech Disks, Manitou X-Vert 105mm Air Fork, Fox Float R air, RaceFace Turbine cranks, Sram9.0ESP, XTR, Velocity rims on Hayes/Hugi hubs, Chris King, Thompson, Sun Ringle...

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by etal a Weekend Warrior from israel

Date Reviewed: December 8, 2003

Strengths:    Strong ,solid but still light frame (frame can handle a 6" dual crown fork and still weighes only 5.5 lbs)
Good pedaling efficiency (with SPV rear shock)
Low standover height
Single pivot low maintenance
Titus high quality workmanship & construction

Weaknesses:    - Rear disc brake cable routing could be better
- Top cap on fox vanilla right leg touches the frame when turning the fork 120+ deg to the right (more of fork problem i guess)

Bottom Line:   
Researched FS bikes for a long time and when I finally decided to make the plunge the loco came up as my top choise. I wanted a bike that could do it all, Longish travel for bombing through technical stuff and still light and efficient for xc rides ,the loco-moto fills the bill perfectly.
The manitou SPV really does its job at eliminating bob in while pedaling although I suspect that this hurts small bump compliance somewhat. The fox vanilla fork is great ,at first I was afraid that a 5" front would really hurt the climbing ability of this bike but I was surprised to find out its quite the opposite. Technical climbs are even easier then on my old hardtail due to the better tracking rear suspension and I can stay seated much longer.
This bike will may not win races or stand up to 7" travel bikes freeriding but as a jack-of-all-trades trail bike it is just perfect.

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Favorite Trail:   anything goes

Duration Product Used:   3 months

Similar Products Used:   Coming off a stumpjumper hardtail this is my first FS bike. Demoed an enduro, jekyll, sugar, hollowpoint ,superlight and fluid.

Bike Setup:   Swinger 4-way air rear shock and fox vanilla RL fork. xtr/xt discs ,sram x7/x9 triggers & rear Der. , WTB Disc Lite/Velocity wheelset ,misc other xc parts.

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:4
Submitted by Troy a Weekend Warrior from Morrisville, NC

Date Reviewed: November 20, 2003

Strengths:    Stiff, solid feel. Handles 4'drops w/my rather slovenly 200+lbs w/no problems. It is my first "good" bike. I researched many different types of 4-5" rear travel bikes, and decided on this one because of the single pivot's low maintenance. There are other bikes in this price range that are comparably equipped, but I don't believe that they are as reliable as this bike is, or their manufacturers don't stand behind their product like Titus. It is the perfect bike for someone who rides aggressively, yet doesn't want a 36lb. bike. It is truly an all conditions mountain bike.

Weaknesses:    I've gone through 2 deraileur hangers, and 1 seatpost collar....big deal

Bottom Line:   
I purchased this as basically a Frame w/ a headset, rear shock, seatpost, bar, stem, and brakes. Frank (the Titus Dealer) put the leftovers on from parts I had. I could not be happier with my purchase. I love going to the garage to get the bike and being able to ride...all the time. Reliable, reliable. reliable! I have become a much better rider as a result of this bike. I was a big skeptic of bike shops and bikes that some of their employees tried to sell me,after being burned with my first "shop-bought" bike. I am not wealthy, and I thought long and hard about parting with the money, but trust me, this bike is worth every penny. There might be better bikes out there but not for the money. I give it 4 chili's for value because I am poor and a tightwad, and don't believe a good bike should cost $2000+. Overall, I give it 5 chili's because of what having a quality machine like this has done for my skill, fitness level, and sense of well-being on the trails.

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Favorite Trail:   Kitzuma, Picklesheimer Fields, any Raleigh area trail

Duration Product Used:   6 months

Price Paid:    $2000.00

Purchased At:   Frank's Cyclery

Similar Products Used:   None, previous bikes were hardtails, and really crappy ones at that. I had taken a buddy's Intense Uzzi SL to the mountains and enjoyed it but I believe this bike has that beat.

Bike Setup:   XT drivetrain, Rhyno lite/Deore wheels, Manitou QR rear shock, Fox Vanilla 125R fork, Avid Mech Discs

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by John a Weekend Warrior from Apex, NC, USA

Date Reviewed: November 17, 2003

Strengths:    Climbs well, Descends well. Good looking Frame. Very Happy with the Swinger 4 way air shock.

Weaknesses:    Took me two years to talk my wife into letting me get one.

Bottom Line:   
I bought this bike as an all purpose trail bike and I dont think I could have done any better. A very solid bike that decends well and much to my surprise climbs well. There is some , very minimal, when you stand and mash but if you sit and spin its smooth as silk. The geometry instilled on new sense of confidence in me on some down hills I never previously attempted. Made quick work of several large log pyramids! A great all around trail bike!!

Frank at Franks cyclery got me dialed in so the bike fits absolutely perfectly. If your thinking about one these check em out at Franks!

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Favorite Trail:   Beaver dam,Hog Run, Tsali, Regency

Duration Product Used:   Less than 1 month

Price Paid:    $2700.00

Purchased At:   Franks Cyclery at Briar Creek

Similar Products Used:   My first FS bike. My other bike is a Klein Attitude comp

Bike Setup:   A mix of everything. Fox Vanilla RLC forks, Manitou swinger 4-way air rear shock. Race Face cranks, mavic 618 rims with avid single digit v brakes. the rest is a mix of lx and xt Shimano

Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:5
Submitted by SPR a Cross Country Rider from seattle, wa

Date Reviewed: November 2, 2003

Strengths:    Simple design, good finish (ano). great handling on singletrack. Not too much bobbing with the rear shock unlocked, but there is some for sure. Adjustable rear travel.

Weaknesses:    front end cracked after 15 month use, Titus replaced no questions asked. Wish they and other high end frame manufacture's would offer more size options. I was between a medium and large 23.25" and 24.0" A large Switchblade 23.75" felt best but I didn't want to shell out another $500

Bottom Line:   
Good value, but Titus really should have done a recall on the old front end design. Way too many of these have cracked. Can't give it a 5 rating for this reason.

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Favorite Trail:   Thunder Mt. Utah

Duration Product Used:   2 Years

Similar Products Used:   hardtails only.

Bike Setup:   Mix of XT, Race Face, Avid disc's, Marzocchi Atom 80 fork, Float RL rear shock

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Kyle a Weekend Warrior from Phoenix, AZ

Date Reviewed: September 26, 2003

Strengths:    Pedals great, light weight, swinger air shock is awesome- on the flats its like a hard tail

Weaknesses:    none so far

Bottom Line:   
This bike works very well, I cannot say enough about the Manitou swinger shock. It works like a hard tail on the smooth stuff yet when it hits bumps it sucks them up. Now unfortunately my fork seems dated and its only 6 months old. I only have a couple rides on it so far but everything seems well constructed and the stand over height is good too. I was looking for something with good travel that didn't weigh a ton, the Loco-Moto fits the bill. In AZ, see the guys at South Mountain Cycle they know their stuff.

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Favorite Trail:   Trail 100

Duration Product Used:   Less than 1 month

Price Paid:    $1100.00

Purchased At:   South Mountain Cycles

Similar Products Used:   old GT I-drive- heavy but was durable

Bike Setup:   Swinger air shock, Sherman fork, disk brakes, xt components

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:4
Submitted by Moggie from Pittsburgh, PA

Date Reviewed: August 18, 2003

Strengths:    This bike can a handle just about anything. Takes abuse rather well and yet it is light and agile enough to cut through tight, twisty single track. Perfect bike for any fun-seeking rider.

Weaknesses:    Cheap chain, cheap seat, but who cares. Noticed some occasional creaks coming from the bottom bracket, but could be nothing (I’m not a bike mechanic). Just annoying.

Bottom Line:   
I’m new to the sport. In fact, I nearly hated mountain biking until I got a Loco-Moto. Now you can’t get me off the trail!

Out of the bikes I test rode, this was the one bike that felt strong beneath my feet. Just felt like I could do more with this bike. An all-around, great bike! Log piles, rock gardens, climbs . . . bring ‘em on!

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Favorite Trail:   Bavington

Duration Product Used:   3 months

Purchased At:   Dirty Harry's

Similar Products Used:   Owned a '97 Raleigh M-400 (old school). Test rode ’03 Specialized Epic Disc, Kona Kikapu, and Santa Cruz Superlight.

Bike Setup:   Medium Frame, Rock Shox Duke XC, Fox Float R Suspension, Hayes Hydraulic, XT Rear Deralieur, LX everything else.

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Phil Ford from Azusa, CA

Date Reviewed: August 13, 2003

Strengths:    This is an update on my 2000 Locomoto. I recently purchased the front 03 triangle from Titus. This thing rocks! It is much stiffer and tracks much better through the rough stuff. I would recommend this up grade to any Locomoto owner with the older style. Those looking for a true simple and fun ride this is the BIKE! Go Loco!

Weaknesses:    der. hanger is weak but better than buy new der.

Bottom Line:   
Awesome ride! Great company in Titus!

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Favorite Trail:   Raptor Ridge

Duration Product Used:   Less than 1 month

Price Paid:    $1150.00

Similar Products Used:   junk

Bike Setup:   XT, X-fly 100 mm.

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Billy Mathisen a Cross Country Rider from Fairfax, VA

Date Reviewed: August 3, 2003

Strengths:    Versatile, Wieght, stiffness, quality and finish

Weaknesses:    derailer hanger. they really need to invent something that replaces the derailer hanger all together - something that won't beak and cause maintenance downtime.

Bottom Line:   
Quite the awsome trail bike. Set it up for the highest amount of susp. travel today and found myself climbing a steep rock garden while seated the whole time ("what the hell" was what I was saying to myself) -it was a section I always had to walk and didin't realy think it was even rideable. I have the Titus Racer X as well and while it is a really good cross country bike, I found that with a lot of the trails I ride in the mountains of VA I needed more of a trail bike setup that can handle rock gardens and steeper terrain with a bit more confidence.

This is an extremly comfortable bike as well. If you ride more than 3 hours per session you will be happy you got this thing. And while I agree with the review below that it is not a race bike or quite as efficient as a four-bar, it still will make a decent 24 hour racer simply because of the comfort factor. I highly recomend the fox talas fork as well. This thing will get you up the hill and will soak up just about anything on the way down. It steers excellent and is very smooth -with the adjustable travel it matches the adjustable rear suspension of the loco well.

To sum it up - If you find yourself getting beatup and going over the bars a little too often on your 80mm cross country bike then the loco-Moto is a good choice. Due to the adjustable front and rear suspension, it is very versatile and its kind of cool to be able to set the bike up specifically for the particular trail you plan to ride.

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Favorite Trail:   Fountain Head

Duration Product Used:   Less than 1 month

Price Paid:    $1150.00

Purchased At:   direct

Similar Products Used:   Jamis Dakar, Titus Racer X, various hardtails

Bike Setup:   Fox Talas Fork, Fox Float R shock, Mavick CrossMax wheels, Panaracer FireX tires

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Damon a Cross Country Rider from New Jersey, USA

Date Reviewed: July 27, 2003

Strengths:    Relatively light frame, low maintenance suspension design that's stiff and fairly efficient, perhaps the greatest customer service on the planet, best quality to cost ratio going

Weaknesses:    Even the best single-pivot suspension gives up some efficiency and responsiveness to a good 4-bar. I got the bike equipped with the float R shock, but would recommend the float RL in retrospect for the sake of climbing.

Bottom Line:   
This is an awesome trail bike, with the ability and flexibility to climb and descend just about anything you throw at it. It is just at home on northeast singletrack as desert trails. However, the suspension and weight make this a bike better suited to recreational (non-race) use.
I had an '02 frame which was part of a defective batch of about 200, and I eventually cracked the frame over a year after I bought it. The people at Titus took my bike, and 2 days later gave it back to me built up with a new '03 front triangle in the color of my choice. Absolutely great customer service from a company that really stands behind their product. The 03 is an very definite improvement on the 02, with any frame flex eliminated quite nicely. The bike is now really at home on single track, and handles like a dream.

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Favorite Trail:   the one where my lungs burn up one side and my arms down the other

Duration Product Used:   2 Years

Purchased At:   pedalshop.com

Similar Products Used:   Jamis Dakar, Ellsworth Truth, Gary Fisher Sugar

Bike Setup:   Marzocchi Z1 air, XT/XTR drivetain, tubeless, avid mech discs, time pedals

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Titus Loco Moto rear triangle - Ever seen this??

Does anyone have connections or know somebody looking to sell a rear Titus LocoMoto traingle? I have a friend that did this to his frame riding bigger tires with an out of true rear wheel:Read More »

Any Loco Moto's out there

I cracked the frame on my '00 Loco in '05. I was going thru some old documentation and found a set of Loco Moto Decals. Black and White, squarish, probably 02. Titus sent them to me whan I bot some DU bushings or hangers. Free to a good home.Read More »

Loco Moto Seatpost size

Hi all, I think this is my first post on the forums, so first of all hi I'm Mark from Sydney, Australia :) I have a quick question I'm hoping someone can answer. What size seatpost does the old Loco Moto take ? I'm looking at upgrading mine, but can't accurately measure it without the proper t ... Read More »

Need help finding Loco Moto der hanger

I need help finding a der hanger for my wife's loco moto. I tried a few LBS's to no avail. They said Titus can't get them anymore. Come on, I'm sure they got a used one in on a frame trade in they can sell me. If anyone else has a source, I'd love to know. She still loves the frame, and it would be ... Read More »

Loco Moto Hangers

Does anyone know of a good source for Loco Moto hangers? Apparently Titus is scaling back production and the steel ones are not even made anymore, if the same happens with alu - it's not going to be good - I'm going through these fast. I know speedgoat used to have them - but they have them on bac ... Read More »

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