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At the Interbike Outdoor Demo in Bootleg Canyon earlier this week we had a chance to see a couple of new bikes from Tempe, Arizona-based Titus, but didn’t have time to ride them or get the full scoop.
But we caught up with the Titus crew on the show floor, where the company’s marketing manager, Jeff Titone, walked us through the line.
The big news is carbon bikes with a new look. The 105mm travel X Carbon cross-country race bike is completely re-tooled for 2010 with a swooping carbon fiber main frame, and full carbon rear stays (including dropouts and brake tabs) with an s-bend for heel clearance. A size medium will weigh less than 5 pounds with shock and hardware. The bike has a clean look with internal cable routing (including hydraulic hose), and a stainless steel plate on the down tube for impact protection.
Another bike with a new look is the FTM Carbon, a trail bike with 135mm travel in a 5.25-pound frame plus shock package. Like the X Carbon, it’s got internal cable routing, a “R.U.B.” protection plate on the downtube, and fully carbon rear dropouts, brake tabs, and suspension link. As it’s a longer travel trail bike, the FTM Carbon gets a tapered steerer.
Finally, the Rockstar 29er turned our heads, with 100mm of travel in either aluminum or titanium. It’s got a tapered head tube and carbon rear stays, and the geometry has been slightly revised over last year’s 29er to accommodate the increased suspension travel.
A cool aspect of the Titus line is the fact that the two principal full suspension models, X and FTM, are both available in carbon, titanium, or aluminum, depending on your preference and budget. All the geometries and features carry between the three materials, which means for example, the FTM Titanium has a tapered head tube-not something we’ve seen much of these days.