Jan 27, 2004 6:21 PM
|I am starting to race alot this year. My team picked up a sponser, and I want to do well. Anyway, I am interested in the titus Drop U, but am not sure about buying another full aluminum ride. I am planning on doing alot of centuries this year, and want to know if it would be okay. Let me know what you think! I was also looking at a TREK 5200????|
|I have the 5200....||rrjc5488|
Jan 27, 2004 7:47 PM
|and its a great bike. Its light for racing, the carbon frame is extremely comfortable. I have not done a century on it yet, but I've gone on an 80 mile ride and I felt great on it. The may 2000 issus of bicycling did a review on it (i have the 03 model) and here are some of the comments: "seven words about the bike: muted road feel. crisp handling. comfortable. fast." "forget it if: you were raised on steel and cant warm up to carbons toned-down ride quality." and it got 3 and a half chainrings out of 5.
Really, the only bad thing i can say about the frame is the lack of replacable derailer hanger, so if you get into a major crash you might end up with an unridable frame.
I wouldn't let that keep you from buying it though. I'd say definitly go for the 5200 over the titus, cause its light and fast for racing, and really comfortable for your centuries.
Hope it helped, good luck.
|re: Drop u||gtx|
Jan 28, 2004 8:59 AM
|Both should have excellent warranties, though I think Titus may also even have some kind of no-fault crash replacement warranty--might check that out. Drop U should be fairly comfy with longish 41.5 c-stays--in other words it doesn't have the super short c-stays and tight geometry common on many AL race frames that consequently get a bad name for "harsh" rides. Titus is a farily small company with a very good rep. If you have a problem with the frame I think you can deal directly with them to get things resolved, whereas if you have trouble with the Trek you'll be dealing with the LBS. I also like the compact design for the looks and ease of clamping into the repair stand. I never really liked any of the OCLVs I've ridden but I haven't ridden the Titus, so... I'd say you can't really go wrong with either.|
|re: Drop u||gf99|
Jan 28, 2004 10:11 AM
|I have a couple of Titus mountain bikes, one of which I had replace under warranty. I was able to discuss the issue with one of the owners and had my replacement frame in two weeks (most of that two weeks being time in transit). First rate company.|
|Great race bike.||JS|
Jan 28, 2004 3:13 PM
|Had one for a year, excellent fit which is why I bought it. Honestly it's a little harsh but nothing a 25 tire can't fix. Get the Anodize finish it's bulletproof.|
|re: Drop u||JSHU|
Jan 28, 2004 3:29 PM
|I was able to ride the Drop-U demo bike for a couple of weeks. I rode it on the rides that I usually ride my Masi Gran Criterium on. I didn't feel like it was too stiff. I did notice that it wanted to launch forward when I stood up and put the power to it though. I think this is do to the compact geometry. It also could be because the bike I am comparing it to is a 10 year old 25 lb. Masi. This thing was 16 lbs. and almost new.
I must say I was very impressed with the bike overall. So impressed that I ordered a custom ti road bike from them.
If you live near Tempe call Titus and see if you can pick up the demo bike for a couple of days.