Despite titanium’s “look at me” aesthetic, there’s just a certain something about that brushed Ti look. Foundry found an ideal middle ground here: just the right amount of exposed metal combined with a healthy hit of powder blue and, praise the bike gods, an understated logo. It creates a balanced look that screams, “Look at me, I’m dressed sensibly.” I like it a lot, and that aesthetic sets the tone for the Flyover’s balanced ride.
Let’s get the obvious out of the way first: At 17.76 pounds out of the box, the 3AL/2.5V Ti Flyover is slightly heavier than a carbon race bike — take the Cannondale SuperX, for example, at 15.94 pounds — and yes, you’ll feel it on the racecourse. So why even consider it if I’m a racer? Because the Flyover makes up for that extra weight with exceptional handling. You’ll probably like the Flyover for its maneuverability (great for those who aren’t excellent bike handlers) rather than shun it because of its extra pound and a half of heft. So, if you’ve got the fitness and muscle but perhaps lack some of the off-road technical skills, the Flyover is right up your alley.
About that handling: It’s really, really good. One of our testers described it as neutral: not too twitchy, not too slow. The 65mm bottom bracket drop hits a good middle ground between stable and responsive, and the 72-degree head tube angle does much the same. Some added whippiness comes courtesy of the 425mm chain stays, which get the rider’s weight over the rear wheel for cornering control. The 64.16mm trail is big (compare to a comparably sized Specialized S-Works Crux with 62mm trail), yet handling never felt sluggish. Perhaps the relatively short chain stays offset the longish trail; Whatever the cause, the Flyover always felt stable and responsive.
In the lab, there were few surprises. The bottom bracket is decently stiff at .48mm of deflection, which is only slightly more flexy than some aero road bikes like Trek’s Madone (.41mm deflection). The Flyover’s head tube area didn’t fare quite so well, deflecting .76mm. We didn’t feel much steering sloppiness on the course, though, which could be a testament to the Whisky carbon fork and DT Swiss wheels with thru-axles front and rear that stiffen things up a bit.
The build is pretty much spot-on for cross racing, with SRAM’s Force 1 hydro kit at the center of it all. The 11-32 cassette offers plenty of range for racing or heading out for a gravel road ride. We like the Zipp Service Course cockpit and Whisky #9 CX Carbon fork that quiets chatter up front, and while the DT R23 wheels are admirably stiff, we suspected they contributed to a bit of harshness over rough, bumpy trail. This wasn’t too much of a problem, since that stiffness is balanced against the forgiving ride of the Ti frame.