Saturday, 17 January 2009

Bike geekery 2.

More of Stuart's bikes.

Titus Motolite.

Aluminium framed full-sus. Shimano XT drivetrain with Shimano XTR shifters. Shimano XT servo-wave brakes. Hope Pro II hubs with Mavic XC717 (front) and XM819 UST (rear) rims. Bontrager Jones ACX tubeless tyres with Stan's sealant. Rockshox Revelation 426 forks. Fox RP3 rear shock. Easton EC70 CNT carbon bars. Thomson Elite stem and seatpost. Chris King headset. SDG Bel-air RL saddle. TIME ATAC XS pedals.

Not a Transalp candidate despite being superb in every way. Very expensive but has proved itself to be money well spent after 3 years and many hundreds of miles. Climbs superbly thanks to 4-bar rear suspension and is very confident and stable on steep, rocky descents. Pretty fast for a full-susser, but just a bit too heavy and too complicated to rely on for 8 days in the Alps.

A thoroughbred.

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