Titus Fireline Ti 29 Evo..

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  • scrufftv
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    Looks like the FSA Gravity 2 which is available for just over £20 in the UK is the same spec, 55OD and 49ID. here is a link to a picture with the little bearings: http://fotos.mtb-news.de/p/722650

    Worth a try, will report back when fitted.

    scrufftv
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    Here’s mine with the Orbit headset lower cup installed:


    IMAG0264 by scrufftv, on Flickr


    IMAG0265 by scrufftv, on Flickr

    Fourth outing today, and I’ve almost got everything set up perfect. Burly build with 140 mm Pikes, Flows, reverb and Vault pedals. 70mm -6 deg stem and flat 760mm bars. Originally had some 120mm Rebas and some Crests on it but this suits the aggro feel much better.

    Might try going back to the external lower cup again as having tried it with the Pikes I liked the extra slackness ( but not the bar height ).

    Very pleased with the ride, excellent sprightly climber and a very confident descender, a proper all rounder.

    One thing that not many people have picked up on so far that needs mentioning is the strange feeling of the front center shrinking when you stand up and stomp. The bias is to enable seated climbing and if you like to be out of the seat allot you might find the bars feel too tucked under you. This surprised me on the first outing, but a few cockpit changes have got it almost under control.

    Hob Nob
    Member

    Where did you get the lower cup from in the end? Is it a boat anchor in weight?

    Cheers

    scrufftv
    Member

    Halfords, FSA Gravity 2 . no heavier than the Smoothie Mixer it replaced, probably a touch lighter.

    Hob Nob
    Member

    Cheers. I might invest in one.

    chute6
    Member

    Just thinking about chopping in my 456 carbon for one of these Ti Firelines but couple of questions I keep thinking about

    Bearing in mind I’m a heavier rider around 100kg and 6 foot 3 and like fun bikes rather than race bikes

    I been looking at 140mm forks either some pikes or some new revelation dual position airs (140/110)

    I know 140 is probably more than enough but I’ve seen a few set of pike dual position airs (150/120) and I really fancy the idea of the bigger stations but not sure if it’s one step too far??

    Thinking of xt build with xo trail brakes, Renthal bars, hope bits & hope hoops on stans flows.

    Open to all suggestions and looking for some advice from you guys

    Cheers

    dantsw13
    Member

    I used to have a C456, and now have a Fireline. They are a similar style of bike, but the Fireline has the29er advantages added in too, and the Ti frame gives a much suppler ride than the harsh C456 IMHO.

    I run mine with the 120mm Manitou Tower Pro, which also comes in a 140. i’m also 100kg fully kitted out.

    Gee76
    Member

    I came from a ti456 which wasn’t d h.too much of a change. A mate has the c456 tho and has just gone to a soul and reports how the steel is much less harsh.

    I’ve (slave) fitted some pikes and they looked and felt great the front end gets a bit high. They were earmarked for my new Spider tho so went to the new bike.

    I’ve just fitted a set of x-fusion trace forks and after one ride they’re pretty good. 34mm stanchions are as stiff as pikes really (and a step up on the revs I had prior). Damping isn’t bad so far either tho I need to get them on some proper rocks really. So far tho for the money they compare very well to pikes!. (as most reviews suggest)

    chute6
    Member

    Comfort is the main reason I’ve been thinking about a change from the c456 to be honest & that I’m likely to be working in Abu dhabi for 2-3 years. Most of the riding over their seems to be generally harsher than it is here but with plenty of long winded climbs and I may be using the bike to get around a little bit.

    The pikes seems a good option being stiffer and I’ve seen a few new sets on eBay for £475ish for the 140mm rct3
    Just unsure if it would be better to have the dual position 150/120mm set and then get some flat bars to lower the front but should still be great for climbing????

    Think fox are too expensive and their 2013 damping was crap.
    I’ll check out those xfusion forks tho

    Gee76
    Member

    Aye the Ti456 definately had a level of comfort when I first rode it. the 29er wheels of the Fireline then took that on a level when I moved to that. So yeah for a Hardtail its pretty comfortable.

    Aye the pikes are very good. Like mine a lot. However managed to pick the x-fusions up for £230 lightly used so quite a saving so it’ll be good to see how they compare as I get them both more dialled.

    I’ve never been one for dual position forks… can’t seem to cope with the albeit minor changes in Geo and just more to go wrong for me anyway.

    There is the FSA Gravity Headset mentioned above if ya wann drop a bit more height of the front end too!

    Chute6-
    Keeping in mind we’re different heights… I did ~8 rides with a fox float 140 on mine, then dropped the fork to 130mm and liked it better immediately. 120 might be even better. For one thing, less travel reduces what my buddy called “the stapler effect” of long travel hardtails. Also the fireline has a decently long head tube, so even with flat bars the front end feels tall with a 140 fork.

    Taller fork raises the BB…

    130 with flat bars feels good.

    The pike is just a bit shorter though compared to the fox

    chute6
    Member

    I kind of like higher front ends and slacker head angles coming from a more dh/fr background but at the same time, don’t want it to be a pig to climb.

    Reading up on the pike rct3 it looks pretty easy to add spacers to alter the spring rate and at the other end, alter the travel which is cool because it would allow me to play with it to find what feels right.

    The only problem is I can’t seem to find any shops selling them in white and not a fan of the all black look.

    Also, anyone had any experience using a 10mm axle on these frames? Like the superstar 10mm qr and bolt through hubs to match? Read a bit about them stiffening the rear up in a horizontal motion, ie less of that sideways flexy feeling.

    Gee76
    Member

    Be careful with the pikes as you need new air springs (£30 ish) to adjust the height. The springs aren’t very available just yet either. The pink bottomless tokens seem a good idea tho to tune the curve. Not got to playing with mine yet.

    The trace forks I mentioned have a shorter a2c height than other forks so keeps the bb lower (& bars) for a given travel. The Trace’s also have a pin and ladder setup internally so can easily be played with to try different heights! (at no cost if your reasonably handy).

    Running a dt rws on the rear of mine and fits fine. Seems nice n stiff but again I carried it across from the ti456.

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    chute6 – Member

    The only problem is I can’t seem to find any shops selling them in white and not a fan of the all black look.

    I think the white is DPA only.

    I kind of like higher front ends and slacker head angles coming from a more dh/fr background but at the same time, don’t want it to be a pig to climb.

    I hear you- my background as well. with a 140 fork the head angle sits around 66.7… for 29’er thats very slack. I found with the flox float 140 this resulted in pretty bad wheel flop while trackstanding on level ground. Not a problem I had with the 140 fork on other 29’ers (kon Honzo, yelli). It’s not just the head angle, longer fork also raises the BB etc.

    what bugged me more was the resulting change in head angle as the fork goes through it’s travel. Charge into a g-out corner and your head angle changes ~5 degrees… too much! What i like about the shorter fork is that it keeps the handling more consistent thoughout the fork travel.
    Anyways it’s a subtle thing but just dropping the fork 10mm was a big improvement.
    I have a pike on my other bike (banshee prime) but I sort of like the fox on the fireline since it’s easy to change travel.
    Also added a through axle on mine (sunn ringle charger pros) Not a huge difference but everything counts with stiffness.

    I like the fireline so much I got carried away last ride and dislocated my shoulder… so it’s waiting for my recovery.

    chute6
    Member

    I like your style emailsucks98 -that old saying of “if you’re not crashing, you’re not going fast enough” is defo true, lol

    Is there an chance on some picks of your bikes Gee76 & emailsucks98??

    Would quite like something I can change down to about 130mm travel so don’t mind buying other springs if they arent too expensive.

    I run some 36 kashima talas 180 rc2 forks on my canyon & love the travel adjust feature, hence why I was thinking of these dual position air pikes.

    I’ve seen some 2013 34 floats for around £600 in freeborn bikes which would be easier to adjust but if I’m right in thinking are heavier and longer a2c so no good really.

    Just want to get my hands on one now………

    Hob Nob
    Member

    This is mine 🙂

    it’s got a 140mm Revelation on it at the moment, but I really don’t like how it feels. I have a 160mm Pike off my Enduro i’m going to shorten to 120 for it. Trouble is the steerer is pretty short at 180mm. That’s too short with the current external lower cup, I reckon with one of those FSA headsets it should just give me enough steerer out the top for the stem.

    I really like it, apart from the fork, which feels like turd.

    Gee76
    Member

    Quick snaps in garage…


    Untitled by GeT76, on Flickr


    Untitled by GeT76, on Flickr

    chute6
    Member

    Cracking looking bikes and think I like the white coloured forks better.

    Hob nob- what is it about the revelation that you don’t like?

    Have you weighed your fireline hob nob? Looks a very similar build to what I’ve been planning. My 456 carbon is 25lbs all in but I’ve seen quite a few on here at a very similar weight. Is 26-27lb a reasonable estimate with pikes, hope hoops flows and xt single ring etc?

    Those xfusions do look nice, is there much noticeable difference in performance good or bad from fox/rockshox/marzocchi/manitou

    Thanks

    Hob Nob
    Member

    They just feel like RS of old to me, I had a set of Revelations a few years ago & hated them, harsh initially and then once moving, far too soggy. The Pikes are a completely different fork 🙂

    Mine is pretty much 25lbs as it is, although a parts bin special, it’s all light parts. The Pike is less than 100g extra in weight than the Revs, I think the wheels you will add a fair chunk on, but i’d be surprised if it was more than 26-27lb.

    Lester
    Member

    my fireline, which im selling, came in at 27lb with reba 120s and american classice disc wheels

    Selling your fireline – could be interested (along with many others i’m sure!), can you say what size and how much?
    cheers

    Gee76
    Member

    Pikes RCT3 150mm were 1900g bang on. That’s 75g more than my Rev RCT3 with 20mm maxle (both black). Well worth the extra weight for the performance.

    The Trace’s are 1875g so just 50g heavier than the Rev’s. (white so obviously lighter :D)
    Only one ride on the Trace’s so was playing around with air settings still but so far pretty good and fuss free. Minimal settings to play with (so could be a good thing depending on your point of view) but so far they just work. Massive range of rebound adjustment, Plenty of support in midstroke, stiff plush all the things you want. Can’t comment on recovery/composure in real choppy section as yet.
    I need to ride them a bit more (and the pikes too) to form a thorough comparison but so far I’d say they’re pretty close on performance for my usage.

    All up mine was about 24lb, but I’ll do a check when i get a mo as the setup has changed a fair bit.

    Lester
    Member

    @jimandfrisco

    size 18″ medium, im 6ft ridden 3 times

    Jim the price is £550 posted
    includes smoothie mixer headset and bottom bracket ( £760 on one)
    the frame is immaculate with no scratches or damage or marks.
    selling as i bought a moonlander fatty 🙂

    Lester
    email is in my profile 🙂

    CHute6, here’s a review I wrote on mine

    I’m 5′-9″ and went with the 18″ based off the reach #, which I’m very happy with. It’s still more compact than a medium yelli screamy and a 150mm dropper post fits for me. Only the headtube is a bit long but that was an easy fix with the chromag flat bars.

    Since these photos I’ve upgraded some parts since I like the bike so much. XO carbon cranks with a wolftooth DRM chainring, Specialized purgatory 2.4 tires, 150mm KS dropper, TA rear axle. I also have a wolftooth 42t cog I’ll put on soon as the shoulders ready (2-3 more weeks). Pics were with the fork at 140mm.
    Haven’t weighed it.

    Of the AM hardtail 29’er frames I’ve owned this is by far my fave. Only custom geometry could make it fit slightly better for me, since I’d prefer a 17″ ST with 15.75″ Reach. Otherwise I love the geometry- the chainstay length, head & seat angles and BB height are perfection.

    chute6
    Member

    Thanks for the pics and I think your review emailsucks98 is about the most comprehensive out there.

    The new pikes seem to be the fork to go for and the 140mm rct3 are 8mm shorter axle to crown than the fox 34’s.

    Out of interest, spoke to TF Tuned this morning & they confirmed they could drop the travel in 10mm increments but it involves re-machining the air shaft for around £60 but obviously if you wanted to go back to 140mm then it would need a new air shaft. Pretty fair I think. I did ask if there’s much difference between the dual position and solo air & they confirmed the solo air is the better performing fork if you can live without the travel adjust.

    What are you guys thoughts on tyres?

    Might have to try and get some more hope parts on there yet, lol.

    Think the world needs to produce more anodised blue parts

    Gee76
    Member

    Think I’d hang off until the official springs arrive. Won’t be long. That way you have two springs for £30ish rather than one at twice the price.

    You can get them from the states if your really keen too! Check eBay.com.

    Oh yeah I also noticed a rare white pike single air on eBay at £450 too if its still on!

    Thanks Chute6.
    On the Pike- I have the 150mm solo on my Banshee Prime and have a 160mm air shaft waiting for installation. swapping the air shafts doesn’t look like too much more work than putting spacers into the fox, but I’m not sure rockshox makes a 130mm/29″ air shaft. the 160mm airshaft was about $30usd.

    Who knows though, with the shorter length of the Pike and the right headset, maybe it would be fine at 140mm.

    The pike really is an awesome fork- I’ve had mine since august and it’s definitely a cut above.

    Tires- I’m a huge fan of the specialized butcher front / purgatory rear combo- at least for Pacific Northwest / BC conditions thats a winner combo.

    Gee76
    Member

    I’ve a Purg too for muddy and rough days (great tyre) but running a conti mk2 2.2 BC rs upfront. Thought it’d b a bit frail (585g) but so far its OK for my riding. Survived garburn a couple times… I’m pretty light on front tyres tho.

    On the rear I’m a bit heavier so running a Saguaro. Great tough (700g) fast roller and muddling thru the odd bit of deep mud OK so far this winter.

    About to build up a couple of light bicycle carbon wide rims 35mm shortly so interested to see what that does to the tyres. Thinking I may be able to move to slightly lighter 2.0 & 2.1 tyres… Or just reap the benefit of the larger volume of my current 2.2s on the ht.

    Hob Nob
    Member

    I run a Butcher/Purg setup on mine (well, to be fair the whole wheelset is straight off my Enduro).

    They are pretty good – i’ve used the Butcher before, so know it’s kinda like a faster rolling, slightly less grippy Minion, which is fine for what I use the bike for.

    A lot less grip on an HT in general though. Thats taken me some getting used to.

    chute6
    Member

    Well that’s it, I’ve joined the club now.

    Picked up my 20″ Titus Fireline ti frame from on one today and bought those RS Pike solo air 140mm in white off eBay (new and never fitted to a bike) so feeling pretty smug atm.

    Ordered my hope hoops on stans flow EX and hope headset.

    Still none the wiser on tyres tho???
    I really rate the captain tyres in 26″ as I like faster rolling tyres but what about 29″
    Same story with maxxis ardents?

    Anyones thoughts on on one tyres?

    Gee76
    Member

    Good man, another Buddy of mine has just made the leap too. Nice combo too.

    Ive so far stuck with something grippy up front but as you say you can get away with something a little less draggy on the back.

    As well as 29″ wheels rolling better, the extra grip from the larger contact patch means an easy rolling tyre can still be practical. Double bonus which means you can cover ground rather efficiently 🙂

    dantsw13
    Member

    I’m considering the Michelin Race’R for a rear when stuff dries out. Currently running Smorgasbords front and rear – good grip, even in mud, but not exactly fast rolling.

    chute6
    Member

    I’ve been thinking about some specialized captain tyres as I always liked the fast rolling ability plus they are a lot cheaper than maxxis and still nice and light.

    Any experience with these guys?

    Can’t wait to ride it now

    chute6
    Member

    Also what size rear tyre will fit into the rear tyre??

    dantsw13
    Member

    My smorgasbords are a big 2.25

    chute6
    Member

    I’ve been reading good things about the maxxis ardent, especially in the 2.4 width.

    Run these tyres on my 26″ canyon and they seem to be light with low rolling resistance and a large casing to absorb the impacts etc

    Not sure whether a smaller 2.4 size would fit tho

    Gee76
    Member

    My Saguaro 2.2 comes up at about 57-58mm wide on pace to tl28 rims with a 23,mm inner dia. Still plenty of room at the sides.

    Can’t wait to see how big they come up on 30mm inner dia rims!.

    nimo
    Member

    I run captain 29er tyres on my fully rigid ss inbred. I find it a great alround tyre with loads of grip and very fast rolling. I only change to something bigger ( conti rubber queens) for superfast days, like last weekend at Bike park wales. Great value too.

    Gee76
    Member

    Doh darn phone autospell… That was on pacenti tl28 rims!

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