Master of None
Me: 195 lbs w/gear, 34" inseam, brown hair in need of trim, brown eyes, farmer tan
Weight 34.0 lbs
2007 Titus El Guapo medium, black ano
Manitou Nixon Platinum 145mm, 120 PSI, 5wt Silkolene Pro RSF, modded damper
Fox Vanilla RC 8.5" x 2.5", 250 PSI, 10wt Silkolene Pro RSF, PUSHed, modded damper
425 lb x 2.5" Titanium spring
Avid Juicy 5 brakes with Hope 2-piece rotors, 200mm/180mm
Syncros FR 10mm x 135mm T/A rear hub
Syncros FR 20mm T/A front hub
DT Swiss RWS 10mm rear axle
DT Swiss EX 5.1d rims
DT Swiss Revolution spokes
Kenda Blue Groove 2.35" Stick-E front
Kenda Nevegal 2.35" DTC rear
Maxxis tubeless rim strips
Gore Duke 4" seatpost
WTB Laser V seat, ti rails
Shimano M647 pedals
Truvativ Stylo crankset, 32t
E-13 bash ring
Blackspire stinger guide with MRP wheel
Shimano LX 9sp cassette, modded to 6sp 12-32
SRAM x.9 shifter & rear derailleur
Cane Creek S3 headset
FSA FR-220 stem 45mm
Titec HellBent carbon bar 680mm
ODI Rogue lockon grips
This is pretty much my dream bike. The handling is amazing, very confidence inspiring, and the suspension is better than I ever imagined. Climbing is very, very good with little bob. I will often stand and push a hard gear and the suspension does not move with the pedal strokes but it still remains compliant over rocks for maximum traction. The PUSH mods did add a small platform damper to the Vanilla RC, although it is very light. Dropping the fork down with the Infinite Travel makes climbing more comfortable.
The coil shock in the back made the suspension come alive! With the stock Pearl shock it blew through the mid travel, had too much compression damping, and would never get full travel.
I tested the rear suspension in both of the pivot locations with the coil shock. In the upper pivot the bike felt more firm and stable in the rear, felt like it was ready to take anything you can throw at it. In the lower pivot the rear suspension felt more active with a slightly smoother ride but was not as firm. I prefer the upper pivot location, although the difference was pretty slight.
I've filed down the edges of the plastic cable guides to save my knees. So far so good!
All in all a great bike, and I'm very pleased with the frame. Fit and finish is great, the black ano is great although I would have preferred laser etched logos. The geometry is perfect for me and the frame is quite stiff. Good job Titus! But please, ditch that shock.