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  1. A true race ready aluminium hardtail that ticks all the right boxes. Click here to view the article
  2. Aluminium hardtails still make up a large portion of mountain bike sales in South Africa and the world throughout. The majority of these bikes are pretty standard, but there’s a few brands that have really honed in on this market and created bikes that stand out above the rest. With Titan Racing’s new Drone Hardtail, they’ve managed to do just that and pack many features into this racey little hardtail whilst still maintaining a price point. Updated Geometry Bikes these days need to be rougher and tougher to handle the trails we tend to ride. The new Drone is somewhat slacker and further stretched than its’ predecessor making for a more balanced ride. It starts with all-new geometry. A slackened head angle to 69 degrees, increased reach and a transition to shorter stems and wider bars throughout the size curve. This results in the Drone offering more predictable steering and a centred rider position for better control. The Drone is a racing hardtail that benefits from the modern era of geometry where bikes feature both ample climbing and descending capabilities. The Frame The new Drone frame looks completely different to its’ counterpart with its’ low sloping top tube offering riders a considerably low stand over height. The seat gusset was manufactured with the same design standards as Titan Racings’ full suspension Cypher, and the headtube resembles the same lines found on the rest of Titan Racing’s range of bikes. It’s obvious when looking at this bike that it fits into the rest of the family of bikes they have on offer and upon closer inspection the same attention to detail is evident. A few of the standout frame features on the all-new Drone include 12 speed – 1x specific gearing throughout the range, internal cable routing, boost axle spacing, and thru-axles front and rear. The frame is made from X6 ultra lightweight aluminium and it has been finished off with smooth welds. From a distance you can be forgiven for thinking it’s a carbon bike with the high gloss smooth finish they’ve achieved. Stealth dropper cable routing finishes off the frame feature list nicely and an increase in tyre clearance lets you take full advantage of wider-volume tyres, up to 2.35 inch on more challenging trails. The Build Kit Available in four men’s options and one ladies variant, there’s a full house of nicely spec’d bikes to choose from at different price points. Starting with the Expert, a SRAM SX 1 x12 bike with a Manitou fork, the Comp, with the new Shimano SLX 1 x12 drivetrain, and then the Elite and the Pro, feature RockShox Sid forks with the new Shimano XT 1 x12 and the SRAM GX 1 x12 drivetrains respectively. The whole range features an in-house TRC cockpit with wider handlebars, shorter stems, lock-on grips and a Fizik saddle. The wheels are Sun Ringle Helix rims mated to Vittoria Barzo 2.25 Tubeless Ready tyres. With build kits like these it truly ticks all the boxes for a real race-ready hardtail. Drone Pro | RRP 24 999.00 | More info on this model Drone Elite | RRP 22 999.00 | More info on this model Drone Comp | RRP 19 999.00 | More info on this model Drone Expert | RRP 15 999.00 | More info on this model Drone Calypso Expert | RRP 15 999.00 | More info on this model Geometry Back to Basics The all-new Drone hardtail is the equivalent to a hot hatch pocket rocket. It offers riders all the frills of an up to date race bike in a condensed package that will get you round the track or down the next section of flowy single track with a grin. A hardtail should be simple and fun, and Titan Racing have delivered just that. It’s a hard wearing hassle free bike that can get you through many a race and even an Epic with little to no upgrades. Titan Racing is a brand focused on the consumer and they set out to offer customers more than just another bike. They strive to offer next level products at fair value money where they aim to improve their customers riding experience. Their designers look to create frames with forward thinking geometry, functional designs and stylish looks. They pair this with clever part choices to allow the best in category bikes for their customers. They call this the SMART Choice. All Titan Racing Bikes feature a unique 5 Year Multi-User Warranty. Please make sure you register your bike. https://www.titanracingbikes.com/register-your-bike/
  3. So I see Titan Racing has just released what looks like a new aero road bike, the Vanquish (Comp) 2021: Its available at BikeAddict and CycleLab, for R32k and R34k respectively (though the Reynolds deep section carbons are a mistake, I think? Not at that price) Its not even on the Titan website yet. Oops, here it is.
  4. Of late, the road scene has been humming with new products. The new Titan Racing Vanquish is for those who want to focus on speed and speed alone. Of all the forces you need to overcome on your bike, one of the greatest energy-sappers is air resistance. Characterised by its wide tube shapes, integrated cockpit, hidden disc brakes, and seat clamp, the Vanquish is a legitimate aero bike. A low weight frameset paired with a decent ride quality delivers a competitive package that feels lightning-fast and is ready to push some big watts. A high modulus carbon fibre frame produces aerodynamic efficiency and stiffness through the use of kammtail shaped tubes. The aerodynamic shape channels air to pass through freely while remaining lightweight and stiff in its design profile. A wider stance seat stay allows air to pass through the frame, aiding in lateral stiffness and allowing a broad 32mm of tyre clearance. An airfoil seat tube contours and conforms to the shape of the rear wheel. Utilising the FSA aerodynamic cable routing system, the integrated cable routing is fed via the headset into the frame producing a low profile clean finish, keeping the Vanquish posed and sleek. The fork bears no shortcuts, presenting an equally wide stance, increasing airflow, and aiding in stiffness. In the line-up, Titan Racing has introduced four Vanquish models; the Team, Pro, Elite, and Comp. Disc brakes are featured throughout the range and the cockpit comprises of an FSA aero bar and stem, and a Prologo saddle. Of the four bikes, the two hero models are the Team and the Pro. Treated to a Reynolds carbon aero wheelset and SRAM AXS E-Tap wireless gearing, these two bikes are serious racing machines with no inadequacies in the spec department. The whole range is wrapped in Vittoria 25c rubber. As with all Titan Racing Bikes, the Vanquish features a unique 5 Year Multi-User Warranty which is transferable between owners for the first 5 years from the original date of purchase. Vanquish OverviewHigh modulus carbon frame and fork with kammtail shaped tubing. Integrated cockpit. Hidden disc brakes and seat clamp 32mm tyre clearance. FSA aerodynamic cable routing system. Four models; Team, Pro, ELite & Comp. 5 Year Multi-User Warranty. Vanquish Comp Carbon - RRP 33 999.00 Vanquish Elite Carbon - RRP 46 999.00 Vanquish Pro Carbon - RRP 79 999.00 Vanquish Team Carbon - RRP 119 999.00 The popularity of aero bikes and the fascination of going faster with less energy have fueled the demand for product. Certainly, aero bikes are quicker than their round tubed counterparts, and Titan Racing's Vanquish looks the part. While significantly lighter, the aero bike initially drew inspiration from time trial bikes, designed to save you watts by slicing through the air like a freshly sharpened samurai sword. Paired with a balanced combination of speed, weight, and compliance, the Vanquish does just that. Visit Titan Racing website - www.titanracingbikes.com
  5. The Prudential PE PLETT takes place from the 3rd to the 6th of March, 2021. Starting in Crossways Country Kitchen, day 1 sets off into a few flowy sections of single track and ends some 4 days later with a beach ride across the Otter Trail into Natures Valley. Riders have all been upgraded as a result of the new COVID regulations. To keep areas of the village to a minimum of 200 riders, Red Cherry Events has decided to place batches of riders into separate hotel rooms each evening. This will reduce the amount of contact that riders will have with one another and thus assist in facilitating a safe 9th staging of the Prudential PE PLETT . The route consists of 310 kms, traversing through 27 private farms, multiple forestry and conservancy areas and concessions that are normally completely inaccessible to the public. Consistency is required as route highlights include traversing the Tsitsikamma Mountains, following ancient elephant migration routes and enjoying some spectacular coastal scenery on a portion of the Otter Trail. Having Titan Racing on board as the official bike partner adds another level of value to an already prestigious event. With a stacked race village that offers complimentary wine and beer, and luxury tents for all riders, Titan Racing will also have spot prizes up for grabs each day from their apparel and accessory ranges. The highlight of, course, is the back-up bike support offered to all riders throughout the event which ensures all entrants the ability to finish the event in the unfortunate case of a major technical issue. The Cypher is Titan Racing’s XC/Marathon bike which was launched in 2019 and has seen many podium finishes by the Valley Electrical Titan Racing Team as well as other riders. Rossouw Bekker and Robert Hobson will be representing the Valley Electrical Titan Racing Team at the event, fighting it out for the podium each day. Going into their third year of racing together since the launch of the Valley Electrical Titan Racing Team in January 2019, the duo has proved to be a force to be reckoned with. As a boutique race, entries are limited exclusively to 200 riders. Event entry fees range from R15,900 for a team or R10,900 for solo riders, and clients of Prudential Investment Managers receive a preferential rate. The entry price includes three nights’ accommodation in luxury tents with mattresses, linen, pillows, all food and beverages, a great goodie bag valued at R2,500 per person, and transport of gear from village to village. Ahead of the race, participants can also benefit from a bespoke, professional training programme developed by expert cycling coach Bruce Campbell. The 2020 event sold out, so to avoid missing out in 2021, book your place early by going to www.peplett.co.za.
  6. Titan Racing has established its form of doing things, so fundraising would be no different. They have created a one-off limited edition of their new dual sus, the Cypher, inspired by the Titan God Zeus, playing on the brand's name and the most powerful of the Greek gods. To pull off such a feat, Titan Racing has partnered with the international business tycoon, Belron, and their global charity partner, Afrika Tikkun. Belron, already being invested in the sports industry, has raised some €11 million through employee participation in their annual sporting events since 2002. This vital funding has benefitted Afrika Tikkun’s charity programs throughout South Africa. Funds raised will be utilised in the procurement and distribution of food parcels, PPE, and education for those most in need during this challenging time. The Bike In the first year since inception, the Cypher has gained immediate traction within the market, selling out all stock. Placed as the SMART Choice, the Cypher offers exceptional value with modern design, geometry, and component spec, making it an unrivalled competitor in the 100mm/120mm race/marathon bike category. Jared from BMC airbrushing the custom decals on the Zeus Cypher.The Titan Racing Team has designed and created the Zeus limited edition as a genuinely one-off piece of art valued at RRP: R80 000.00 / €4000.00. The lucky winner will receive the Cypher sent to them at no additional charge anywhere in the world. Cypher key specs: Frame: CYPHER FULL CARBON BOOST FRAMESET Speed: 12-SPEED Fork: ROCKSHOX SID SELECT 120mm Rear Shock: DELUXE ULTIMATE REMOTE ONELOCK 120mm Brakes: SRAM LEVEL TL Groupset: SRAM GX Grip: TR LOCKRING GRIP Handlebar: CARBON 760MM RISER Rims: TR Carbon 28H Saddle: FIZIK TAIGA Seat Post: X-FUSION MANIC 125MM DROPPER Tyres: VITTORIA BARZO 29″ X 2.35 XC-TRAIL The Cypher is a fully-fledged racing bike with enough flair to tear up the descents and power through the climbs. Racing snakes and weekend warriors will feel equally at home with its pedal efficient platform and progressive geometry. The Cypher features a flip-chip enabling the rider to customise the geometry for the trail conditions at hand. In the low position, the head angle is reduced by half a degree, and the BB drops by 6mm. This allows riders to take full advantage of the bike and hit the descents and technical sections with elevated velocity. Designed explicitly around 1x drivetrains, a gently progressive leverage ratio is balanced between the ability to resist harsh bottom outs while still allowing the full use of travel. Progressive means that more force needs to be applied the further into the travel the rear axle moves to compress the shock – this makes for a supportive ride feel that is stable and composed. The leverage rate has been optimised so that it is not overly progressive, allowing for full use of travel. Anti-squat figures have been calculated to function optimally around 85-115% on 32T - 34T chainrings, those being the most popular size for 12-speed drive systems. Keeping up with industry trends and innovations, the Cypher uses BSA threaded BB cups as opposed to press-fit for ease of maintenance. Additionally, the frame has internal cable routing solutions for a stealth dropper post, all gear shift cables, rear brake, and a remote lockout cable for the rear shock. The rear-axle standard is Boost 148, which allows us to maximise tire clearance without compromising on the rear center length. The Cypher can carry two water bottles inside the front triangle where they can be easily accessed while riding, a must for racing. A low standover height is perfect for those technical sections and showing your buddies your best whip. Read more about the Cypher & Cypher RS. HOW TO ENTER Everyone can now directly support this cause and help fight the pandemic by purchasing entries to the Sweepstake.1 Entry = €5 3 Entries = €10 5 Entries = €15 10 Entries = €20 Follow the link to enter: https://go.rallyup.com/afrikatikkunzeusbike Prize Draw Rules: 1. Purchase as many entries as you would like to improve your chances of winning and further your impact! 2. Winner will be announced following the completion of the Spirit of Belron Round the World Challenge on the 27th of September 2020. 3. The Cypher Zeus prize bike will be shipped to the winner following the end of the competition. 4. Earn extra entries when you share the Prize Draw link and get your friends to enter. 5. Thank you for participating and good luck! Thank You's This project would not have been possible without the support and collaboration of the various partners. Further, the most important contributor to this mission is all of the donors, local and abroad. We would like to thank you for supporting our cause and assisting the impoverished communities experiencing the brunt of this pandemic. With the number of individuals facing extreme poverty in our nation, we challenge all who are capable of making a difference to please do so. WE ARE ALL IN THIS TOGETHER. Despite the hard times ahead, we as a brand, Titan Racing, are committed to our vision of sharing the pure joy and empowerment of riding a bike. While things may differ, there has been a global shift back to cycling, celebrating the unity and thrill two wheels can bring you. We maintain our promise to bring you bikes, apparel, and accessories that offer best in class value, serving the cycling community, and furthering our part in helping those impoverished communities in need. We want to thank all of our loyal customers, supporters, and fans who have continually invested in Titan Racing throughout the years. Without you, this journey would never be possible. Keep safe & keep pedalling. Belron® is the worldwide leader in vehicle glass repair and replacement with more than 10 major brands including Carglass®, Autoglass® and Safelite® Autoglass, operating in 40 countries, across six continents. Belron® has a strong tradition of giving back and supporting the communities in which it operates. It also recognises the impact it can have as a global community by working together to raise money. Since 2002 Belron employees from around the world have come together to take part in the annual Spirit of Belron Challenge – a fundraising and sporting event which includes triathlons, duathlon and marathon – all in aid of Afrika Tikkun. Over the years of partnership, Belron® people have raised over €11million. With the roots of the company firmly in South Africa it was felt that the right thing to do was to give back to the communities there. Afrika Tikkun is a nonprofit organization that provides interventions according to a holistic and integrated understanding of children's developmental needs and youth in South Africa. We believe that every child deserves to have access to everything they may need to become a fulfilled adult and reach a level of economic sustainability. Our Cradle-to-Career-360° model offers South Africa’s youth a basket of services, including health, social, and educational interventions, from early childhood to early adulthood. We want to say a special thanks to Jarred at BMC, who did an excellent job of bringing our design to life. Without your creativity and level of skill, this project would not have been the piece of artwork and valuable charity driver, it is today.
  7. Download attachment: Titan Cypher Zeus - 1 .jpg South Africa is facing an unprecedented challenge due to the COVID-19 pandemic, leaving millions without an income. For a nation with such significant unemployment, this has resulted in impoverished communities feeling the brunt of this pandemic. Businesses throughout South Africa are joining forces to combat the COVID-19 epidemic and its devastating results. The outpouring of solidarity and support sparked by this shared challenge has been phenomenal. Titan Racing is one such company that has joined the mission. Through their fundraiser, Titan Racing hopes to raise R500 000.00 / €25 000.00 to help those in need. Click here to view the article
  8. Press Release In 2019 Titan Racing launched their much anticipated new full-sus, the Cypher, a fully-fledged racing bike with enough flair to tear up the descents and power through the climbs.A 24-month project for Titan Racing, the Cypher, was well received and their carbon variants were sold with ease. An aluminium version has been in the pipeline for some time and was due to hit dealers early this year however, due to Covid-19 unexpected delays arose, and the stock has only landed much later than anticipated. The idea behind the aluminium Cypher was to provide an equivalent ride-feel as their carbon Cypher and further deliver it in a more affordable package. To achieve this Titan Racing went back to the drawing board and designed the new aluminium frame around the same kinematic and geometry foundation as their carbon bike. A feat not as easy as it seems when comparing 2 different materials for construction. The carbon variant has been a success and we have seen it raced to many a podium via their young Valley Electrical Titan Racing Team, so the commitment to the development of the aluminium version has been just as keen. The end result is a race-ready xc/marathon bike that further rivals its' competitors in ride quality, build quality, and price. With consumers on an infinite quest to get more bang for their buck, Titan Racing have really pushed hard to get the most value out of this new aluminium range whilst still delivering a bike that looks and feels at home on the start line. It is with no doubt that mountain bikers will take a keen interest on the new range of aluminium Cyphers. THE BIKEStructurally the new aluminium Cypher uses hydroformed ultra-lightweight X6 aluminium with smooth welding at key intersections. Aesthetically the frame has the same lines as its’ carbon counterpart and the headtube and seat gusset have been smoothed out to give an illusion of a weld-free frame. A neat feature here is the headtube that resembles their newly launched aluminium hardtail, the Drone, which is a design element that can be found throughout the brands product offerings. Further, a threaded BB has been used just like the carbon version for ease of maintenance, double row bearings fill all key pivot junctions for added stiffness, as well as a Boost 148 rear thru-axle to finish off the rear end. This delivers a beefy package that is both lightweight and extremely durable. As with the carbon variants the geometry is progressive and on trend. The Cypher RS boasts a 69° head angle with the flip chip in the high position and 68.5° in the low. The 120mm Cypher runs a 68° head angle with the flip chip in high, and a 67.5° in low. Reach on a large is 460mm, and the whole range benefits from a shorter stem/wider bar combo cockpit. Both the aluminium Cypher & Cypher RS feature a flip-chip which adjusts the geometry half a degree on the head angle and six millimetres on the BB, and internal cable routing for a dropper post, all gear shift cables, rear brake, and a rear remote lockout. Boost rear-axle spacing allow tire clearance of up to 2.35 inches letting you reap the benefits of larger volume tires. The frame has been designed with a low stand over height allowing the rider more control in those technical sections, and 2 water bottles comfortably fit inside the front triangle. A real must have for anyone wanting to race or do longer rides. The difference between the Cypher RS and the Cypher is the latter having 20mm's extra travel. In addition to this the Cypher features 780mm riser bars, 2.35" tires and a 125mm Manic dropper post compared to the RS variant with 750mm bars, 2.25" tires, and no dropper post. Both offerings are readily capable to take on a multitude of terrains and events with the choice being the riders to match their preferred style of riding; racing snake or trail shredder. OPTIONSThe new aluminium Cypher range is available in six colour/spec options. The Cypher RS 100mm comes in the Elite at the highest price point, followed by the Comp, Expert and a ladies version the Calypso Expert. The Cypher 120mm version comes in two options, the Comp and the Expert. VIEW RANGE: https://www.titanracingbikes.com/mtb-range/ CYHER RS ELITE RRP R39 999-00 CYPHER RS COMP RRP R31 999-00 CYPHER RS EXPERT RRP R27 999-00 CYPHER RS CALYPSO EXPERT RRP R27 999-00 CYPHER COMP RRP R32 999-00 CYPHER EXPERT RRP R28 999-00 ABOUT THE CYPHER & CYPHER RSThe Cypher and Cypher RS is a short travel bike based on the metric shock standard. Using a metric standard shock allows for the design of two travel variations using the same frame by taking advantage of the ability to adjust the stroke length of the shock without affecting the eye-to-eye dimensions. A difference of 7.5mm on the stroke translates into 20mm of travel at the rear axle resulting in two variants; the 100mm Cypher RS which has a 37.5mm stroke length while the Cypher has a 45mm stroke. The decision to include a flip-chip into the design expands the riding capabilities of the Cypher and Cypher RS, enabling the ability to customise the geometry to the preference of the rider for trail conditions. In the low position, the head angle is reduced by half a degree, and the BB drops by 6mm. A gently progressive leverage ratio is balanced between the ability to resist harsh bottom outs while still allowing the full use of travel. Progressive means that more force needs to be applied the further into the travel the rear axle moves in order to compress the shock – this makes for a supportive ride feel that is stable and composed. The leverage rate has been optimised so that it is not overly progressive, allowing for full use of travel. Anti-squat figures have been calculated to function optimally around 85-115% on 32T – 34T chainrings, those being the most popular size for 12-speed drive systems. VERDICTTitan Racing is a brand focused on the consumer and they set out to offer customers more than just another bike. They strive to offer next level products at fair value money where they aim to improve their customers riding experience. Their designers look to create frames with forward thinking geometry, functional designs and stylish looks. They pair this with clever part choices to allow the best in category bikes for their customers. They call this the SMART Choice. The new aluminium range definitely fits this brief and the Cypher & Cypher RS will be the answer to many a consumers question of which bike next. All Titan Racing Bikes feature a unique 5 Year Multi-User Warranty. Please make sure you register your bike.
  9. If you fancy a weekend break away, filled with riding well marked trails, live music, a beer tent and all the great vibes of a real stage race without having to break the bank, then this event is for you. The Weekend Warrior series is a new platform aimed at making stage racing events more accessible to the avid rider. The platform is based on packing in all the activities you would experience at a normal stage race into 2 days and hosting it over a weekend to accommodate everyone who works a full week and doesn’t have the luxury of taking leave to ride their bike. Titan Racing bikes are on a mission to offer next level products at fair value money where they aim to improve the customers riding experience. They call this the “SMART Choice”. Partnering with the Weekend Warrior series enables more riders to get the opportunity to experience the thrill of entering a stage race and the excitement of riding a multi-day event. With the relatively low cost of entering hopefully more riders will be bitten by the bug and help grow and sustain the cycling industry in South Africa. What does the Weekend Warrior package look like?2 Day Stage Race with 3 distances: Bronze, Silver or Gold Race village with Chill Zone, Food Court, Tented Village, Hot showers & Live music Fully stocked watering holes and complimentary supplements by Endurade Your own 3-man tent Finishers medal The first event for 2020 will be held Weekend Warrior Grabouw; grown by Tru- Cape. Taking place at the Elgin Grabouw Country Club, 4-5 April. Adults entry is R850 while kids under 14 come free. For more info visit http://www.weekend-warrior.co.za/wwseries/grown-by-tru-cape/ Titan Racing will be present at each event giving riders the opportunity to view their new range of bikes as well as take their new carbon XC/Marathon bike, the Cypher, on a pre-marked 5km test loop.
  10. Titan Racing have introduced a new range of commuter bikes labelled under their Transporter Range. These bikes are aimed at doing one job well and that’s commuting in style. Long gone are the days when a commuter bike had to be your old 26” and whilst we do have the option of going single speed, no one is hating gears on that final climb back home after a long day at the office. Click here to view the article
  11. With Titan Racing’s latest additions to their carbon fibre line up including the Switch gravel bike, Valerian road bike and the latest, the Cypher dual sus. It’s exciting to see the brand refreshing old ranges and still adding new bikes to their lineup. The Transporter range comes in two styles, a fully rigid urban bike and a hybrid option which has a little extra comfort with the inclusion of a suspension fork and shock absorbing seat post. The Transporter range is built on lightweight aluminium frames with pannier mounts. The pannier mounts offer unlimited mounting options for customizing your bike in terms of racks. 700c Rims with high volume tires are standard across the range, Shimano drivetrains, and disc brakes. The bikes are cleverly named after popular global cities from around the world. The Berlin and the Madison are the rigid urban versions of the transporter. Some stand out features of the range include Tektro hydraulic disc brakes, retro styled mud guards, tan coloured grips and a retro tan saddle. The Boston and the Verona are the hybrid options with the added aid of suspension. Key features in this range include all- terrain tires for extra grip, an SR Suntour suspension fork, shock absorbing seat post and adjustable stem. While commuter bikes are purely designed to get from point A to point B, Titan Racing has created a range of Transporter bikes with sleek designs and functional features. With the high costs involved with owning a car, rising fuel prices, and increasing traffic, maybe riding your bike instead of your car isn’t such a bad idea. You can build fitness, reduce your carbon foot print and start your work day on a healthy note. All Titan Racing bikes feature a unique 5 Year Multi-User Warranty. Berlin - RRP 7 499.00 Madison - RRP 7 499.00 The Berlin and the Madison are the rigid urban versions of the transporter range. Boston - RRP 6 499.00 Verona - RRP 6 499.00 The Boston and the Verona are the hybrid options of the transporter range featuring suspension. Visit the Titan Racing website for more details on the Transporter range.
  12. Following Titan Racing’s recent launch of the Cypher and Cypher RS, Titan Racing will be providing a backup fleet of carbon Cyphers at the event for any riders who experience technical issues and cannot continue on their own bike. The Prudential PE Plett takes place from the 6th to 9th of February, 2020. Starting in Plettenberg Bay, day 1 sets off from the prestigious Kurland Polo Fields, and four days later the event finishes with a mammoth downhill flow trail which runs into Crossways Farm Village in Port Elizabeth. Riders are spoilt with the choice of two different routes; the Tough One and the Lite. The routes consist of 326 km and 267 km respectively, running through 56 private farms, multiple forestry and conservancy areas and concessions that are normally completely inaccessible to the public. Route highlights include traversing the Tsitsikamma Mountains, following ancient elephant migration routes, and enjoying some spectacular coastal scenery on a portion of the Otter Trail. Having Titan Racing on board as the official bike partner adds another level of value to an already prestigious event. With a stacked race village that offers complementary wine and beer, and luxury tent options, Titan Racing will also have spot prizes up for grabs each day from their apparel and accessory ranges. The highlight of course is the back-up bike support offered to all riders throughout the event which ensures all entrants the ability to finish the event in the unfortunate case of a major technical issue. The Cypher is Titan Racing’s new XC/Marathon bike which was launched this year and has been raced by the Valley Electrical Titan Racing Team in its’ Prototype phase since the team’s inception. The Valley Electrical Titan Racing young gun duo of Rossouw Bekker and Marc Fourie will be present at the event, fighting it out for the podium each day. Going into their second year of racing together since the launch of the Valley Electrical Titan Racing Team in January 2019, the duo has proved to be force to be reckoned with. As a boutique race, entries are limited exclusively to 200 riders. Event entry fees range from R14,900 for a team or R8,900 for solo riders, and clients of Prudential Investment Managers receive a preferential rate. The entry price includes three nights’ accommodation in tents with mattresses, all food and beverages, a great goodie bag valued at R3000.00 per person, and transport of gear from village to village. Ahead of the race, participants can also benefit from a bespoke, 12-week professional training programme developed by expert cycling coach Dr Mike Posthumus from the Sports Science Institute of South Africa. The cut off for the goodie bag closes on the 15th of December. The 2019 event sold out, so to avoid missing out in 2020, book your place early by going to www.peplett.co.za. Have a look at what’s in the Prudential PE Plett Goodie Bag worth R3000.00.
  13. Download attachment: PE Plett Titan Racing.jpg Titan Racing Bikes have partnered with the Prudential PE Plett premier mountain bike stage race as the official bike partner for the 8th edition of the event. Click here to view the article
  14. Explain your role at Titan Racing? My primary focus is product design and development. I’ve been in the role at Titan Racing for just over two years.The role covers everything from accessories right through to bikes. We can't change all our products overnight, obviously. So we’ve decided to start with the products where we can make the biggest immediate difference. Because of the popularity of the product and the customer base that we have, the cross-country marathon type mountain bike is our first major project. I have also revamped all the kids’ bikes and I’ve made changes to the hardtail ranges (the Drone and Rouge modes). Not all of these bikes are ready yet but they are on their way. By next year, most of our bikes will be in-house designs. By bringing more of the design process in-house, we’re hoping to have greater control over our own products. We can start to better unify the design language of each product into something that that you can recognise as a Titan Racing product. The new bikes will all have similar design elements that mark them as a Titan Racing bike. Where did you start with the Cypher design process? The design process starts with developing the parameters of the bikes. You have to decided which boxes you want to check, such as the number of water bottles, travel amount, a rough idea of geometry, and the bottom bracket standard.From the get-go, we knew that we’d be designing the Cypher around two key features: the first one being space for two water bottle cages and secondly, the use of a metric shock. How much of a constraint is squeezing two water bottles into the front triangle on the frame design? It is a huge consideration when designing the frame. There are a hundred ways to skin a cat. Think of designing a bike as a trying to fit a system together, instead of a simple singular item. The is no single best way of designing a bike frame because when you change one thing on a system, it has an impact on every other component of that system. So designing a mountain bike is all about finding a balance between the varying components.With two bottle cages, you have to juggle having a decent shaped suspension leverage curve with the restricted space in the frame. For example, certain shock lengths are off the table as they will not fit into the limited space. So designing with two water bottles in mind pushes our frame in a certain direction in terms of where to position the shock, what suspension layout to use, etc. There are only really three layout options with the shock in this position; a single pivot, swing link, or a combination of the two. We played with these three options to see which has the best kinematic characteristics in terms of anti-squat, anti-rise, and critical leverage ratio. And we ended up with the four-bar horst linkage design that is on the bike now. It is not just water bottles that we need to think of, there are several other constraints that also influence the frame design. Such as meeting our weight targets, achieving a price point, and many others. We did not intend to design something different for the sake of being different. The design of the bike has a lot to do with the parameters that we thought would tick the boxes that the customer would want. We see ourselves as a value bike offering and we want to pack the most amount of bike in as possible. What is next after you have decided on the suspension layout? While developing the suspension system, I also start sketching (electronically and on paper) the look for the bike around the pre-planned parameters (water bottles, geometry, etc).The drawings take into account the materials used for the manufacturing process and what is possible in terms of clearance, e.g. tyres, wheels, parts, and cable routing. Once you have that conceptualised, you can start going to town with the shape and looks of the bike. We considered a number of different shapes. For example, we had the top tube splitting before the seattube and even considered four separate headtube designs. Then we put the drawings into CAD and start modelling everything up as a 3D model, where you can start checking the clearances and finalising the lines. Once a design is close to the final product, I print it out on the 3D printer in the office. One of the difficulties with working in CAD is the vague sense of scale. With 3D printing, you can check in real life whether the parts are the correct proportions. The finished design is then sent to the frame factory. Here the factory’s specialist reviews the design for manufacturing and analyses the forces at a carbon ply-by-ply level. This cuts down on the amount of physical testing to optimise the frame. The Cypher is also going to be available in aluminium with the same geometries and kinematics. Working in another material comes with its own manufacturing challenges, so it will come out a little bit later than the carbon models. How do you use the same frame for both the 100mm Cypher RS and 120mm Cypher? A metric shock allows you to change the stroke of the shock by up to seven and a half millimetres without changing the total length of the shock (the eye-to-eye). So when you push that the longer stroke through to the rear axle after the leverage ratio (depending on how you’ve designed it) you can get up to twenty millimetres of travel difference.The 100-millimetre travel Cypher RS has the same eye-to-eye shock length as the Cypher 120-millimetre travel bike. To balance the extra travel of the 120-millimetre Cypher models, we fitted a 120-millimetre fork. The 120mm travel fork lifts the front end of the bike slightly because it has a longer axle-to-crown measurement than a 100mm fork. This normalizes (for lack of a better word) the bottom bracket height and the head angle to suit a 120mm travel bike. The longer fork lifts the bottom bracket height but not by 20 millimetres because bottom bracket height is not directly related to the travel amount. So depending on the fork model (they have varying lengths), the bottom bracket can change between 10 and 12 millimetres. How much does the adjustable geometry flip-chip change the Cypher? The flip-chip is placed in the seat stay between the links and the seatstay. The flip-chip allows you to further tweak the geometry with a High and Low setting. This moves the bottom bracket height by six millimetres and adjusts the head angle by almost half a degree.The idea is to tweak the attitude of the bike slightly for rider preference or depending on the courses they are riding (like our race team does). For example, riders might like the bike in the low position for XCO and the high position for Marathon. You’ve choose a threaded bottom bracket for the Cypher. How did you make that decision? We decided on the bottom bracket standard early on. It was part of the early core parameters that we started with in designing the Cypher. We chose a thread bottom bracket largely due to the negative perception around the press-fit bottom bracket maintenance and creakiness.I do not dislike press-fit bottom brackets, I think they work fine. The downside to press-fit for me is that once you remove the bottom bracket it is designed to be replaced with a whole new one. Most bike shops and home mechanics reuse the bottom bracket if the bearings are still functioning. I also don’t like the idea of throwing something away that still works. And many South Africans have a similar mentality of not discarding a functioning part. And this is when the infamous creaking often starts appearing. So from a maintenance and reuse perspective, thread bottom brackets make sense. Many modern cross-country bikes are using a flexible pivot but you’ve shied away from that. Why is that? The Cypher being our first full-suspension carbon bike, we stuck on the safe side. Like the geometry, we didn’t want to reach too far into the unknown. The horst-link is a safe option from both a construction and suspension design. There is a slight weight penalty but the Cypher isn’t heavy, it is in the middle of the range. But the design comes with advantages too, like everything else in bike design, it is a balance of the whole system. The Valley Electrical Titan Racing team have been testing the Cypher. How did their input influence the design of the bike? They were given the very first rideable samples of the bike. They have now been racing them for a good ten months. From their feedback, we’ve changed a lot. For example, the fasteners on the bike, certain tolerances, some frame shapes on the bike, and adjusted the spring rate in the shocks to be slightly more supple at the beginning of the stroke. How do you hope the consumer will view the Cypher on the shop floor? We want our bikes to be the smart choice. When you walk into a store to compare other marathon race bikes, we want our bikes to be the sensible option. The Cypher is a balance of kinematics, geometry, looks, features, and importantly price. How do you make sizing work? We have moved away from inch sizing and are adopting a small, medium, large type format. There is still reference to inches on our geometry charts but inch sizing on a mountain bike references to the length of the seat tube and with dropper posts, seat tubes lengths have reduced drastically. We want to try to get people to get a sense of their sizing using a combination of reach, stack, and effective top tube. We’ve got a size guide to help people make this decision. The sizing will also translate across bike types in the Titan Racing range, e.g. hardtail, dual suspension, and even road bikes to some extent. Find out more about the Titan Racing Cypher here.
  15. The Titan Switch features a full carbon frame, an Ultegra groupset, and Shimano wheelset with Vittoria tyres for R33,999. Bicycles do come with hefty price tags but, in comparison, the Switch is a beacon of value. Should the Switch Pro be slightly beyond your budget, there is also the Switch Elite that sports the same carbon frame as the Pro but with a more modest component selection. The Switch Elite retails for R23,999. The Frame The Switch frame is full carbon with internal routing and support for mudguards, and racks on the fork. The frame is available in four sizes, Small, Medium, Large, and Extra Large. I tested the Extra Large frame.The frame is backed by a 5-year multi-user warranty. This means that the warranty can pass onto a subsequent owner, not just the original purchaser of the new bike. An important consideration if you plan to resell the Switch (or any Titan Racing bike) within the warranty period. Build Kit The Switch arrives with an excellent level of parts. The star component is the drivetrain. It’s a full Shimano Ultegra groupset with a 48-34T chainring configuration paired with an 11-34T cassette. More on the gear ratios later. The hydraulic brakes are also Shimano's Ultegra range. As mentioned, the wheelset is also from Shimano's catalogue. At this price point, it is reassuring to see a big label brand behind the wheels. While the RS170 wheelset does tip the scale at close to 2 kilograms, they are suitably tough for gravel road riding. Titan has fitted Vittoria’s Terreno Dry tyres with a comfy 42mm width (on our test model). The Switch is fully kitted with Titan Racing’s in-house cockpit components with a carbon seatpost. The photos are a bit misleading as the bike I tested arrived with a non-standard Easton handlebar. I also replaced the stock bar tape after damaging it in transport. Titan Racing Switch Pro Specifications FRAMECarbon FM606 GravelSIZEXS-S-M-L-XLFORKCarbon FM606 12MM Thru AxleBRAKESShimano UltegraCHAINKMC X11CHAINWHEELShimano Ultegra FC-R8000 46-36TDERAILLEUR FRONTShimano Ultegra FD-R8000DERAILLEUR REARShimano Ultegra RD-R8000 GSFREEWHEELShimano CS-R7000 11-32TGRIPPlain BlackHANDLEBARGravel Drop Bar FOVSTEMTitan TDS-RD403G-8 FOV (XS+S = 90CM / M+L+XL = 105CM)WHEELSETShimano WH-RS170 DISCSADDLESelle Royal 2075HRNSEAT CLAMPAT-83 – TRCSEAT POSTTitan SP-C212 27.2MMSHIFTER FRONTShimano Ultegra Dual control ST-R8020SHIFTER REARShimano Ultegra Dual control ST-R8020TYREVittoria Terreno Dry 700 X 38C Black 120TPI TNT G+ F/VWEIGHT9.3 kgRETAIL PRICER33,999 On the gravel (and road) Titan Racing was kind enough to loan the Switch to us for over six months of testing. This is longer than we usually get with review bikes and it allowed a thorough test of the bike across all conditions. In this time, I raced (well, participated) in two 100 mile events: Swartberg100 and Around The Pot. It also accompanied me on many an adventure around the farm roads crisscrossing the Overberg and Karoo. The Switch even spent several rides serving as a road bike. Getting dirty at the Swartberg100 Gran Fondo in April. Photo credit: Peter Kirk. The Switch cruises with ease on gravel. It is an unashamedly race-focused bike which means the frame is stiff and built for power transfer. Feedback to pedal input is rewardingly sharp and allows the bike to smash out endless miles of gravel road. The Switch frame is strong and robust which contributes greatly to the stiffness. This does mean that the frame lacks some of the compliance that many other gravel frames boast. There is little in the way of flexing tubes or built-in dampening devices on the Switch. It is worth pointing out that the more compliant carbon bikes are significantly more costly than the Switch. The over-built nature of the Switch frame does not make the bike noticeably uncomfortable. Even after completing a hundred-mile race (or two), the bike never became a chore to ride. After seven hours of riding, my perceived fatigue matched my experience with other gravel bikes over such distances. One of the joys of gravel riding is that it affords you time to ponder. My feeling is that the tyres are the real heroes on most gravel bikes. The pair of Vittoria tyres that the Switch came shod with were capable of taking a considerable beating and dispensed with the task of suitably dampening the expected rigidity of the Switch frame. Even descending a corrugated Swartberg Pass after 140 km already ridden, I felt comfortable and controlled on the Switch. The Switch is a surefooted descender. The tough Shimano wheels and grippy Terreno Dry tread pair are a trustworthy pairing and reliable as a tubeless setup. Shimano's Ultegra disc brakes are superb. They showed almost no sign of fade coming down the Prince Albert side of the Swartberg Pass. Just the sort of reassurance you need to hurtle down an unpredictable gravel road. The sharp characteristics of the Switch frame mean that it thrives on gravel and tar alike. The best illustration is the Swartberg100. The race is almost equal parts tar and gravel and the Switch felt superbly suited to both surfaces. It depends where you ride but my gravel explorations include a large portion of tarred roads while transitioning between the gravel sections. The Switch was the ideal partner for these weekend excursions around the Overberg and Karoo. The large tyres do put you at a disadvantage compared to a traditional road bike though. The Titan Racing Switch Pro brought a dash of colour to rather gloomy conditions at Around The Pot. Photo credit: Oakpics. The Shimano Ultgera R8000 series drivetrain has been refined over the years to near perfection. It is an excellent choice for a gravel groupset, if you’re looking for two chainrings up front. I feel that Titan Racing made a slight miscalculation with the chainring choice, however. The 46-36 tooth configuration is Shimano’s cyclocross pairing. Perfect for an hour-long race of maximum effort with short punchy climbs but the 36 tooth small ring is painfully exhausting when hitting a mountain pass after five hours in the saddle. My riding style would prefer a 50-34 tooth setup for long-distance gravel rides. On shorter rides (and even on the road), I was fairly comfortable with the stock setup. As a quick fix, I fitted an SRAM 11-36 cassette to bring easiest gear ratio to one (36-36) but a 34 chainring would not have gone unappreciated. Conclusion If you want a carbon gravel bike with dependable components at a reasonable price, then the Switch is one of the easiest bikes that I have ever had to recommend. The frame might not have the fancy dampening features that some more expensive gravel bikes boast but it gets the job done with equal amounts of purpose and enjoyment. ProsSuperb value Dependable built kit Fast, responsive frame Feels frisky on tar too Gran fondo approved ConsSome might expect more frame compliance Chainring sizing not ideal for endurance racing Reading through the Switch discussion in the forums, it appears that a number of Hubbers have already bought a Switch. It'd be great to hear how your experience compares in the comments below.
  16. During the team’s camp held late in June this year the team had the opportunity to share some of the experiences about the new Titan Racing Cypher. After competing on it for a few months they were really able to get a feel for riding it in different conditions and share their views on it. The purpose of the team was gain exposure for their two title sponsors; Valley Electrical and Titan Racing whilst competing nationally and abroad. Valley Electrical, an electrical contractor company based in the Western Cape, has been backing the team financial this past year. Titan Racing have provided product support for the team, which brings us to the second purpose of the team; Project Cypher. In addition to competing on the road on Titan Racing’s new Valerian road race bike they were lucky enough to ride early prototypes of the new Titan Racing Cypher RS – a full carbon full suspension 100mm race bike designed in-house by the team at Titan Racing. Forming part of the development phase of the Cypher to feed real world feedback to the team at Titan Racing Bikes, the Valley Electrical Titan Racing formed an integral part of the development of the new Titan Racing Cypher. Having the ability to do 6 month’s real world testing on different formats with the team has given Titan Racing the ability to truly put their product to the test before releasing it to the market. Between the four Valley Electrical Titan Racing Team riders they have racked up more than 35000km’s and over 2000 hours collectively. Team founder and manager, Rossouw Bekker, has been working with Titan Racing for quite some time prior to the inception of the team. At only 20 years of age he has taken on the responsibility of not only riding in the team but also managing it and securing the sponsorships for each season. Being a part of a team has always been a dream of mine which later turned into a dream of me wanting to start my own team. South Africa has a lot of young talent who just need a platform that offers them the opportunity to grow, myself included. Forming the Valley Electrical Titan Racing Team is just that. Partnering with Titan Racing who share the same values as us made sense as a long term partner. Being a part of the development of the Cypher has personally shown me what goes into making a bike. It’s a long process, but being able give feedback from a racing point of view makes me feel as if I’ve had a say in the final production bike which myself and my team are proud to ride. It’s a fast race bike with progressive geometry that enables you to take on the most challenging courses with confidence. Rossouw Bekker Want to know more about who the Valley Electrical Titan Racing is? Watch their team camp video. Keep an eye out for the team on social media: Instagram: @VEC_TR_Team Facebook: Valley Electrical Titan Racing Team
  17. Project Cypher Titan Racing has been gaining traction rapidly with the expansion of our product line and the introduction of apparel and accessory ranges. It all started when brand founder, Robbie Luis, set his sights on expanding the brand and adopting a new way of thinking; the SMART choice - striving to offer next-level products at fair value money where we aim to improve our customers riding experience.The Forge Concept Lab was established and headed up by our head designer, Cliff Beckett. The brief was clear; design a marathon/XC bike with two water bottle cages, that climbs as well as it descends. While we did not redesign what a bike is or even should be, we went back to basics and built a bike focused on the riding. A truly SMART choice for the racer that wants a bike with a little more versatility. Two Bike Options With more rocks, roots, drops and jumps scattered along XC courses and the trails we froth to ride our capabilities have progressed and steered towards riding more capable bikes. Slacker head angles, longer reach, and dare we say more travel has become frequent sightings at the weekend grind.The new Cypher and Cypher RS fits right into this new age of riding with its progressive geometry. In short, the Cypher and Cypher RS is a short travel bike based on the metric shock standard. Using a metric standard shock allows for the design of two travel variations using the same frame by taking advantage of the ability to adjust the stroke length of the shock without affecting the eye-to-eye dimensions. A difference of 7.5mm on the stroke translates into 20mm of travel at the rear axle resulting in two variants; the 100mm Cypher RS has a 37.5mm stroke length while the Cypher has a 45mm stroke. In addition to the extra 20mm’s of travel on the Cypher it is spec’d with a wider 780mm bar compared to the 750mm flat bar on the Cypher RS. Other subtle hints to the capability and intended riding style of the Cypher include wider 2.35 tires and a Manic 125mm dropper post. CYPHER RS – 100mm of travel front and rear CYPHER – 120mm of travel front and rear Cypher RS – 100mm100mm rear wheel travel 100mm fork BB height – 333mm (High setting) (*Est. Vittoria Barzo 2.25 tire) Head tube angle - 69° (High setting) Cypher – 120mm120mm rear wheel travel 120mm fork BB height – 342mm (High setting) (*Est. Vittoria Barzo 2.35 tire) Head tube angle - 68° (High setting) A Wider Range of Riding One bike with a little more variety, because every trail is not the same. The decision to include a flip-chip into the design expands the riding capabilities of the Cypher and Cypher RS, enabling the ability to customise the geometry to the preference of the rider for trail conditions. In the low position, the head angle is reduced by half a degree, and the BB drops by 6mm. This allows riders to take full advantage of the bike and hit the descents and technical sections with elevated velocity. A Balanced Bike Both the Cypher and Cypher RS have been designed around 1x drivetrains specifically. A gently progressive leverage ratio is balanced between the ability to resist harsh bottom outs while still allowing the full use of travel. Progressive means that more force needs to be applied the further into the travel the rear axle moves in order to compress the shock – this makes for a supportive ride feel that is stable and composed. The leverage rate has been optimised so that it is not overly progressive, allowing for full use of travel. Anti-squat figures have been calculated to function optimally around 85-115% on 32T - 34T chainrings, those being the most popular size for 12-speed drive systems. The Details Keeping up with industry trends and innovations the Cypher and Cypher RS frame use BSA threaded BB cups as opposed to press-fit for ease of maintenance and rider concerns over creaky BB’s. Additionally, the frame has internal cable routing solutions for a stealth dropper post, all gear shift cables, rear brake, and a remote lockout cable for the rear shock. Rear-axle standard is Boost 148, which allows us to maximise tire clearance without having to compromise on the rear centre length. The Cypher and Cypher RS can carry two water bottles inside the front triangle where they can be easily accessed while riding, a must for racing. A low standover height is perfect for those technical sections and showing your buddies your best whip. More Options We have really paid close attention to the market and delivering bikes at various price points. The Cypher and Cypher RS are available in both full carbon fibre options that feature the same carbon layup as well as more budget-friendly full aluminium versions. All the Cypher and Cypher RS bikes are spec’d with 1x12 drivetrains and shorter stems paired with a wider bar. On the top end bikes, carbon bars, seat posts, and rims are standard.Overall, the Cypher and Cypher RS are aimed to bridge the gap between quality high-end bikes that make riding more enjoyable and affordability. A genuine pledge to our commitment to quality lies with our 5 Year Multi-User Warranty that enables consumers to sell their bikes with a Warranty still in place. Geometry Read an interview with the Cypher designer here. For more information visit: https://titanracingbikes.com/mtb-range/Website: https://titanracingbikes.com/ Social Media: https://www.facebook.com/titanracingbikes/ YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCjEMuojnvt7vEHrybzWR-OQ
  18. Both ranges are available in two variants, the Pro and the Elite models. The big difference between the two models is the choice of groupset; the Pro being spec’d with the Shimano Ultegra and the Elite with the Shimano 105. To date, the entry of the bikes in the market has been well received and sales have done exceptionally well on both ranges according to Titan Racing Bikes. The Valerian Pro is Titan Racing’s answer to a fast, lightweight bike dedicated to racing. From first looks the Valerian Pro really is eye catching with its’ bold racing red paint job and Elite looks premium with its’ stealth black-on-black decals and paint job. The internal cable routing, clean lines and integrated seat clamp present an overall sleek looking bike. A closer look at the Valerian frame reveals that both the Pro and Elite models are designed with the same carbon layup. The combined weight for frame and fork is around 1500 grams. Geometry wise the Valerian sports a slightly steeper head angle at 71 degrees which adds to the bikes overall agility and racer feel. The frame presents a solid and stiff ride without any noticeable energy sapping flex. An impressive display of the capabilities of this bike lie with the Valley Electrical Titan Racing Team who have powered the Valerian Pro to multiple wins over the past few months. Tiffany Keep’s latest achievements on the bike include winning the Knysna 116km Road Race in June and the USSA 2019 event last week in the Cape. The Valerian Pro is spec’d with a pro level race ready groupset; the Shimano Ultegra with Ultegra hydraulic discs. The wheelset on the Pro is also from Shimano, a RS170 disc wheelset that complements the build nicely. The saddle and handle bars are in house Titan Racing parts and the Pro is fitted with a carbon fiber seat post. As with all of Titan Racings’ bikes, the Valerian is sold with a unique 5 Year Multi-User Warranty. A closer look at the two Valerian models: Valerian Pro (RRP 33 999.00) FrameNew Carbon Valerian Road frame with 12mm Thru AxleFrame SizesFrame Sizes: 47cm / 49cm / 53cm / 56cm / 59cmForkCarbon Valerian Fork with 12mm Thru AxleCranksetShimano Ultegra 50/34TCassetteShimano 11-28TRear DerailleurShimano UltegraFront DerailleurShimano UltegraShiftersShimano Ultegra DiscBrakesShimano Ultegra DiscHubsShimano RS170 Centerlock DiscRimsShimano RS170 Disc WheelsetTyresVittoria Rubino 700x 25C FoldingSaddleTRC TrimTechSeat PostTRC Carbon 27.2mmHandlebarsTRCStemTRCWeight8,65kg Valerian Elite (RRP 24 999.00) FrameNew Carbon Valerian Road frame with QRForkCarbon Valerian Fork with QRCranksetShimano 105 50/34TCassetteShimano 11-28TRear DerailleurShimano 105Front DerailleurShimano 105ShiftersShimano 105 DiscBrakesTektro DiscHubsTRC DiscRimsTRC WheelsetTyresVittoria Rubino 700x 25C FoldingSaddleTRC TrimTechSeat PostTRC C 27.2mmHandlebarsTRCStemTRC Frame Geometry Frame47cm / 49cm / 53cm / 56cm / 59cmStack550mmHead angle71 degreesHead tube length115mmTop Tube length550mmSeat Tube length500mmBB Height274.5mmWheelbase988mmChainstay length408mmReach392mm Visit the Titan Racing website to find out more about the Valerian and other Titan Racing bike models.
  19. The all-new Switch gravel frame is formed from lightweight carbon fibre and is new to the Titan Racing line up as they roll out their new range of carbon bikes this year. The Switch is definitely on the racier side of gravel bikes with close attention being paid to offer an all-round versatile bike that can take on a variety of off-road terrains as riders look to push their limits of racing and adventure. A through-and-through gravel grinder, the Switch has been designed for the beaten path, weight has been kept to a minimum at every point whilst maintaining value, a key element for most as a gravel bike will not be our only bike. Taking an overall look at the Switch, the new carbon fibre frame is stiff and the fork is fitted with a carbon steerer that further reduces the weight. With the purpose of a gravel bike being an offroad bicycle, the choice of carbon fibre is welcoming as it not only keeps the weight down to offer its’ best performance but helps absorb some of the vibrations. Other features include internal cable routing which keeps cables hidden from the elements and presents an overall sleek looking bike, three water bottle mounts, 12mm thru-axles aid in stiffness and strength, disc brakes make an obvious choice as they offer braking performance in all conditions, and an increased tire clearance allows you to run wider higher volume tires for better grip and comfort. Lastly, the Switch comes with Titan Racing’s 5 Year Multi-User Warranty which is a massive bonus when buying carbon. The Switch is available in two spec options; the Pro and the Elite. Both bikes have a flawless paint job with the Elite looking more stealth and the Pro a little racier, finished off in hot red and gloss black. The Pro being the flagship model is spec’d with a full Shimano Ultegra drivetrain with hydraulic disc brakes, the Elite is generously spec’d with Shimano 105 and cable discs. Both drivetrains are fitted with gravel ratios; 46/36. The Pro gets the extra comfort of the carbon seatpost and Shimano RS170 wheelset whilst both bikes are fitted with Vittoria Terreno tubeless ready tires which will cope with the rugged terrain while remaining comfortable with the extra volume rubber. The frame geometry on the Switch is designed for tackling long-distances with emphasis on efficiency on gravel and tar, with a reach that’s optimized for performance. The head tube angle is also on the racier side and the slightly flared drop gravel bars offer a wider hand positioning for off-road riding without compromising on-road ergonomics. This really allows the rider to take full advantage of the speed and performance of this bike, once again targeting the racer. With South Africa’s vast terrain and endless dirt roads that are ripe for racers and adventurers alike, the Switch may become the answer to many of our gravel bike itches. A versatile bike offering a high-quality build on a lightweight frame, at a competitive price. Titan Racing Switch Geometry Head over to the Titan Racing website here for more information on the Switch gravel bike range. Titan Switch Pro Titan Switch Elite Take a look at the Bike Hub review of the Titan Racing Switch Pro.
  20. The team has partnered with Valley Electrical contractors and Titan Racing bikes for the 2019 season. The aim is to provide our riders with the opportunity to compete across the country to gain the experience needed for long term success. The goal is to make this sustainable long term and to potentially grow into one of South Africa’s top mountain biking teams. TEAM partners We are really excited to have secured Valley Electrical Contractors as our corporate title sponsor for this year and we hope to grow to bigger and better things with this great cape town based company.Titan Racing will be taking care of all our equipment and accessories. We are looking forward to growing with this innovative company and are proud to be part of this proudly South African brand. Team goals The new 4 rider team will consist of a group of young South African talent that will be racing across the country in all major disciplines. (road, XCO, marathon and stage races)The team will focus on the cross country national series as well as the Nissan Trailseeker series and then some stage races like Tankwa Trek, Gravel and Grape and Wines to Whales to name a few. The team also has some road racing planned for the year. Team riders Tiffany Keep Age: 18Occupation: First-year student Top cycling results: 2017: SA XCO Champion, represented South Africa at World Champs in Australia. 2018: National Champion for Cross Country, Marathon and Road cycling. Represented South Africa at World Champs in Switzerland. Marc Fourie Age: 22Occupation: Cyclist and coach Top cycling results: 2016: 2nd place at African Continental Champs 2017: Free State Champ XCO, gained experience in Europe racing World Cups. 1st place Y2karoo Stage Race 2018: 2nd at y2karoo stage race, 7th at Swartberg Gran Fondo, represented South Africa at the Epic World Cup Stellenbosch. Free State XCO Champion. Jamie Penfold Age: 17
Occupation: High school student at Paul Roos Gymnasium Top cycling results: 2015/2016/2017 : 3x Spur Nationals Winner, SA XCM champ (2017), 2X runner up in SA XCO Champs 2018: Represented SA at World XCO Champs, 4th at African Champs Rossouw Bekker Age: 19
Occupation: Second-year BBA student at IMM Team role: Team manager and rider Top cycling results: 2017: WP XCO Series winner, SA Cup Series – 2nd overall, African Continental XCO Champs – 1st , SA Time trail champs – 2nd , SA Marathon Champs - 2nd, Nissan Trail Seeker Series - Winner (Half marathon), Overall King of the Mountains at the Hot Chillee London to Paris. 2018: (first year u/23): Represented South Africa at the Epic World Cup XCO in Stellenbosch, 4th at African Continental Champs Egypt, Gravel and Grape 2-day Extreme stage race – 1st The team’s first official race will be the cross country SA Cup at Bloemendal. Keep an eye out for this team on social media: Instagram: @VEC_TR_Team Facebook: valleyElectrical TitanRacing team Twitter: @VEC_TR_team
  21. Jerseys and Shorts The Titan Racing apparel ranges can easily be split into 2 categories; the Club kit aimed at racers and enthusiasts looking for a traditional lycra kit, and the Shredder kit, aimed at trail riders and mountain biker’s looking for a loose fitting, comfortable alternative that is still functional. The apparel was designed to be extremely breathable, lightweight and highly moisture-wicking. This is achieved by using a combination of Cool-Max Fabric and breathable mesh. The cut has been labelled as slim fit throughout range which makes the kit look more fitted and sit comfortably without having excess material that bunches up. Gel grippers were used throughout and keep the apparel snuggly in place when riding. The Club kit features a full-length zipper on the jersey with three easy to reach pockets, including a cell phone pocket and mesh side panels. The bib shorts are constructed from 7 panels stitched together which help with mobility and a thick padded foam chamois ensures a comfortable sit in the saddle for those long days out. Available in men’s and ladies cuts with various colour options. The Shredder Trail kit comprises of casual cut shirts that are a slim fit. The fabric is exceptionally light and breathable and the jersey features a dedicated cell phone pocket. The shorts are made from a combination of nylon, spandex and polyester. Intended to be more robust and capable of withstanding some abuse the Shredder shorts still manage to be breathable thanks to a few cleverly placed ventilation holes. Additional features include adjustable waist straps, and zippered pockets making for easy access to store goodies. Ultimately these shorts are super versatile and allow great freedom of movement. Helmets All of the Titan Racing helmets offer superb styling and stacked with professional features including excellent airflow efficiency, removable padding and a comfortable fit. The Easy-Fit adjustment system ensures a secure fit for various shapes and sizes and there’s a host of colour options in each range. The in-mould construction which joins the inner polystyrene cap to the outer polycarbonate one, ensures a better shock absorption which guarantees great protection to the head. All of the Titan Racing helmets feature a 5-Year-Crash Replacement-Warranty. The Shredder helmet, best suited to trail riders and mountain bikers features 23 air vents, a clip in peak, removable padding and additional protection. Weighing only 270 grams combined with the excellent airflow it’s light and comfortable for a full day out on the trails on a hot summer’s day. The Stealth helmet looks the part with its’ aggressive race style. Aimed as a racers helmet, it’s lightweight and offers excellent airflow with an aerodynamic design. Finally the Junior Range comprises of 16 air vents, an Easy-Fit adjustment system and it’s available in plenty colour options. Gloves Titan Racing have launched three glove options; the Clutch, a full finger glove, the Twitch, a short finger glove, and the Juniour, a kids glove. The Twitch and the Clutch have palms designed with a three-panel construction made from synthetic leather for a tailored fit. Synthetic leather is more durable and easier to care for making it the smart choice. The thumbs have terry cloth which is great at absorbing moisture and wiping sweat away. On the Clutch long finger glove, the palm and fingers feature Cool Air ventilation holes to reduce moisture inside the glove and the Twitch features 9 strategically placed thick foam pads at known hotspots. The uppers of the gloves are made up of moisture wicking materials are lightweight and breathable. Both gloves have a slip-on design for ease of use. The Junior glove is made from lycra with a foam padding and non-slip grippers on the palms. Socks Stepping into the sock game Titan Racing have started with two designs. The socks are made from a breathable fabric and single layer cuff. The mid-length socks are available in multiple colours and the Club sock is their thicker, extra cushioned sock for comfort, whilst the Race is lightweight extra breathable sock for those hotter days. Full range of Apparel: Jerseys Shredder Jersey - RRP R550 Club Mens Jersey - RRP R599 Club Ladies Jersey - RRP R599 Shorts Shredder Shorts - RRP R599 Club Mens Bib - RRP R599 Club Ladies Shorts - RRP R599 Helmets Shredder Helmet - RRP R750 Stealth Helmet - RRP R750 Junior Helmet - RRP R400 Gloves Clutch Glove - RRP R299 Twitch Glove - RRP R250 Junior Glove - RRP R130 Socks Club Sock - RRP R90[/caption] Stealth Sock - RRP R90[caption] Eyewear Vision Sunglasses - RRP R350
  22. A few things to consider: 1. Bike weight Bikes can be difficult for kids to manoeuvre, and the heavier the bike the more difficult this becomes. Most kid’s bikes are made either from aluminium or steel.2. Stand over height Even when kids have learnt to ride they still need time to adjust to a new bike. A low standover height aids not only in the learning phase but also helps with balance when mounting and dismounting. 3. Quality By using high-quality brake levers and shifters it makes shifting and pulling the brakes easier for small hands and thumbs. These components are robust and investing in a good quality kids bike can save you money in the long run. 4. Accidents do happen Inevitably your little one will fall off their bike. This makes wearing a suitable helmet so important. 5. Be seen If your kids are going to ride in public areas, they need to be visible. Ensure your child has front and back lights switched on so they are noticeable to other road users. About the Titan Racing Junior Range The Titan Racing Junior Range is built on lightweight hydroformed aluminium frames designed specifically to meet the needs of kids. A mix of lightweight kids’ specific components are used to best spec our bikes in terms of quality and price. All our bikes feature a low standover height to ensure kids always feel comfortable, at ease and in control of their bike. Our bikes feature a unique 5 Year Multi-User Warranty. Choosing the right size Unlike adult bikes, where frame size is determined by the seat tube length, kids' bikes are instead sized on their wheel diameter. The below guide should let you know what size wheels you are looking for. Suitable for 2-4 years of age: 12-inch wheels Titan Racing 12” – RRP 1 349.00A balance bike or push bike provides a great platform to learn on as they can be ridden from a young age and teach children balance and coordination. These bikes do not have pedals and are propelled and stopped by your child's feet, rather than a drivetrain and brakes. Things to look for are overall weight, tubed tyres and an adjustable saddle that allows room for growth. Suitable for 4-6 years of age: 16-inch wheels Titan Racing 16” – RRP 2 995.00This category sees your child moving to a bike with pedals, brakes and a single speed drivetrain. As your child is young, the lighter the bike the easier it is to pedal. Consider an aluminium frame as it is lighter than steel. Suitable for 5-8 years of age: 20-inch wheels Titan Racing 20” V-Brake – RRP 3 879.00 Titan Racing 20” Disc Brake – RRP 4 499.00The first step towards a real mountain bike with geared drivetrains, working suspension forks and powerful brakes. These features allow your kids to ride all terrains with ease and really enjoy their riding. Suitable for 7-11 years of age: 24-inch wheels Titan Racing 24” V-Brake – RRP 4 399.00 Titan Racing 24” Disc Brake – RRP 4 999.00This size offers all the benefits of full-size bikes in terms of design and spec with the only difference being that the bike is optimized for smaller wheels. Quality suspension forks and a wider range of gears increase the capability of these bikes. Suitable for 10+ years of age: 26-inch wheels Titan Racing 24”9R – RRP 5 399.00 Titan Racing 24”9R Pro – RRP 8 899,00 26” Bikes cater for the older segment of the Junior market. Whilst we’ve progressed to 29ers, the 26” wheel size is still the wheel size of choice for many young riders. Manufacturers have now combined small frames with 26” wheels to create the perfect bike for growing kids. At this level, you should be looking at suspension, brakes, drivetrain, tyre options and build quality. Generally, the more you spend the better the bike you will get. View the full Titan Racing Junior Range. Watch Titan Racing Junior Ambassador, Luke Futter, Shred on his Hades 20”Disc Watch Titan Racing Junior Range Video Enter our latest competition to win a Titan Racing Junior helmet and gloves. Share a picture of your kid riding his or her bike on Facebook, Instagram or Twitter using @titanracingbikes and #titanracingbikes to stand a chance to win.Subscribe to our email list and Youtube channel to automatically be entered into all our competitions: Titan Racing Youtube Channel Titan Racing Email List Titan Racing Social Media: TR Facebook TR Twitter TR Instagram TR Youtube TR Email List
  23. All you need to do to enter is visit the Titan Racing website at www.titanracingbikes.com and request-a-quote on one of their bikes to be entered into the competition and you stand the chance of winning the selected model. To submit a request-a-quote you must do the following:Step 1: Visit www.titanracingbikes.com Step 2: Click on Products and choose to view one of the following ranges: MTB Range Road Range Junior Range Leisure Range Step 3: Choose a bike of your choice, and click on REQUEST-A-QUOTE Step 4: Enter your details and submit. You can click one of the following links to view the ranges directly from here and enter the competition. The Winner A big congratulation to Marietjie Lutz for winning a Titan Racing Drone Pro to the value of R 22 000.00 in the Black Friday competition.
  24. Titan Racing have announced a Black Friday promotion that will run for the full weekend. Starting 12:00 am on Friday the 23rd and ending at 12:00 pm on Sunday the 25th the promotion will see one lucky person win a Titan Racing bike of their choice. Click here to view the article
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