2012 Titus Rockstar 29er Shipping, First Model Under New Ownership

2012 Titus Rockstar 29er full suspension mountain bike now shipping

Having just come back from the ashes earlier this year after being bought at auction by Planet X Bikes, Titus is now shipping their first bike under the new ownership.

The Rockstar 29er full suspension mountain bike has an alloy front triangle built by Sapa Extrusions in Portland, Oregon…for now…and a carbon rear end. Quick story: Sapa, the largest U.S. frame manufacturer that builds frames for several brands, recently announced that they’re quitting making frames. Sapa will continue to to produce tubing and parts, though, and Planet X Bikes’ marketing head John Stevenson says they’d like to work with upstart Zen Bicycles to continue making the frames in the U.S.

“Making frames in the USA has several advantages,” wrote Stevens in a press release. “Shipping from Asia is increasingly costly, and we can do small runs in the US, with quick turnaround. US manufacturing has business advantages as well as heritage values for us.”

The “Made in the USA” sentiment is particularly appealing since owner Planet X is based in the UK. Cool, no? OK, now, about the bike…

2012 Titus Rockstar 29er full suspension mountain bike made in the USA

Compared to the 2011 model, the new Rockstar gets a shorter head tube to help keep weight centered and a slightly higher bottom bracket for better clearance. The seat tube shape was modified to improve clearance at the stays and rear wheel. The suspension design and action remains the same.

The butted, hydroformed alloy front end is powdercoated, then the shock and rear triangle are assembled. The chainstays have stainless steel chain guards to protect the carbon. Rear wheel travel is 100mm and the geometry is designed around a 100mm fork.

Claimed weight for a Large with Rockshox Monarch RT3 rear shock is 6.4lbs. They come as frames only for $1,299 and are sold direct via Titus’ online store. Hopefully that full carbon version (possibly still to be called the Racer-X) is up next.

Comments

dan - 12/14/11 - 9:15am

is it still an fsr suspension design? from the looks of it i think so but it is not mentioned in the story

NotJensVoigt - 12/14/11 - 10:31am

It is. I talked to Mike at Titus, and it’s essentially the same suspension design and leverage ratios as the Racer-X, just moved up to 29er format.

wv cycling - 12/14/11 - 11:31am

Very nice frame, and it’s great they’re attempting to keep pride and tradition in their frames.

D. - 12/14/11 - 5:02pm

Holy crap, On-One shipped a 29er this year. Barely. Sure feels and looks like December.

jonny blaze - 12/14/11 - 8:31pm

Does Titus has to get Specialized approval before using the FSR rear suspension design?

Trulyspokin - 12/15/11 - 9:02pm

If my memory is right, it’s actually called a Horst link which Specialized is buying the rights to as well.

Diesel - 12/16/11 - 2:02pm

A 29er, but no XL frame for us tall guys?

Also bummed that the Dirty Disco is not offered in large sizes as well.

marcus - 01/03/12 - 6:11pm

Got mine 2 weeks ago, large. Built up with stans flows, fox F29 100mm, sram XO, etc.
Wanted an affordable frame upgrade for a fisher hardtail.

At first the shock was super damped, hardly moved at all. Took abt 50miles for it to get active, respond to flood and damping adjustments.

Really like how this bike rides, feels active, but doesn’t bottom out (I weigh 170lb).
Not a super light bike, but climbs really well, suspension seems to have little or no pedal input.
No weirdnesses or brake jacking from the suspension.

Carbon rear end is noticeably smooth.

Great value for the money, exceeded my expectations.

marcus - 01/03/12 - 6:12pm

Oh, and found out abt it from this review, thanks guys.

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