Titus X Aluminum XC Full Suspension

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  • Butted 6069 aluminum front triangle
  • One-piece carbon fiber seatstay
  • 105mm of rear wheel travel
  • Four oversized sealed main pivot bearings
  • Fox Float RP23 w/ three position Pro Pedal

User Reviews (6)

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Todd   Cross Country Rider [Aug 21, 2014]
Strength:

Light weight. Fast XC "race" geometry.

Weakness:

Short headtube make front feel flexy/twitchy. Company bought out by UK company and no longer produced.

Bought 2012 model from Titus after the chainstay snapped on my older FS bike. I needed a frame quick but didn't want to pay $$$ for the newer stuff. I stumbled onto the Titus website by accident and found they were liquidating their 2012 frames after being bought by a UK company. So the price was right. And the Titus Racer-X was well known as a top notch performance XC ride. I ordered a small red frame but the same day got an email from Titus that red was no longer avalible. Only Ano Black or Ano Blue . I went with Ano Black. It has really wild shaped tubes (triangular downtube, oval shaped & curved top tube) and carbon fiber rear triangle stays. Very cool looking frame.

Even though the plan was to transfer all the components from my older bike to this frame, I ended up buying almost everything new for the build. The only old components used were the wheels, shifters, pedals, and saddle. All complete the bike weighs in at exactly 25lbs.

On the trail the bike shows it's racing demeanor. It is definetly not a comfortable "trail" bike as the rear suspension is pretty stiff and almost seems like it's not even moving (until you see the o-ring on the shock shaft has moved). Adding to the bike's harsh feel is the 100mm Rock Shox REBA fork. Itself not all that plush. Its not until you rocket through a rock garden or heavily rooted section of trail that you realize how well the bike tracks and keeps it's composure.

The only beef I have with the frame is the headtube. It's a straight tube 1-1/8" design and only 4" long (on the small frame). The result is that with a farely stiff fork there seems like some front end flex is happening in rough terrain. Not enough to throw the bike out of wack, but enough that you become aware of the front end "vibrating" on big sharp hits. At first I thought it was a loose headset, but even after making sure it was tight there was still this weird "vibrating" feel on certain hits. I would have like to have seen a little longer headtube with some gussets for extra stiffness. But then that would add extra weight to what is a XC race frame.

Overall this is an excellent frame! It's a shame that Titus is no more and this platform will never have a chance to get any tweaks or improvements. And since this particular version (2009-2012 X-Alloy) never sold as many as the imfamous "Racer-X" it is nearly impossible to find used ones and forget about finding any NOS frames. The UK company that bought Titus still offers some frame replacement parts (stays, rockers, bushings,etc..) but those will be gone soon also.

Similar Products Used: Trek Y-33, Mountain Cycle SLiX, Jamis Dakar Pro, Raleigh Inferno XC, Gary Fisher Sugar 3.
OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
5
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magixuser   Weekend Warrior [Oct 17, 2011]
Strength:

Light, stiff and very efficient pedaling.

Weakness:

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.
OVERALL
RATING
4
VALUE
RATING
4
Veda   Cross Country Rider [May 17, 2011]
Strength:

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!

Weakness:

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...
OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
5
Erbang Sitoruz   Cross Country Rider [Jul 24, 2010]
Strength:

It uses less power to go biking with Titus X.

Weakness:

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.

Similar Products Used: Generally I use my hardtail Specialized S-works M5 with Avid XO groupset, Shimano XTR crank and fork SID World Cup
OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
5
gearjunkie88   Cross Country Rider [May 12, 2010]
Strength:

Light, responsive, geometry

Weakness:

None

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
OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
4
DJ   Cross Country Rider [Mar 05, 2009]
Strength:

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.

Weakness:

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.
OVERALL
RATING
4
VALUE
RATING
4
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