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    2013 Titus Carbon Rockstar

    Was able to build it up yesterday, initial "down the street and around the park" test ride tells me its much stiffer laterally then the aluminum version, the feel of carbon over rough ground is far superior to that of aluminum. This is my first carbon frames MTB, it came in a 25.66 lbs minus the front derailleur, I ordered the wrong direct mount, should be just below 26 lbs with the front mech installed. Not bad for a large framed 29 with decent tires. Speaking of tires, the Michelin Wild Race'R's seem pretty nice, tons of volume, the 2.1 rear is smack at 2.1" and the 2.25 front is actually 2.3". Everything went together really well except for having to pull apart the rear brake line to thread it up into the frame, kinda a PIA because I would not have had to shorten the line otherwise but now it is a very clean look. Hope brakes are ridiculously easy to bleed, so much easier then avids. Here are the build specs:
    2013 Titus Carbon Rockstar (large)
    2013 Rock Shox SID RCT3
    FSA C40 headset
    Truvativ AKA 80mm stem
    Easton Carbon Haven 711mm
    Truvativ T40 aluminum zero setback
    WTB Silverado
    SRAM XO gripshift
    SRAM XO 170mm cranks w/ 24/38/Bash
    Shimano XT pedals
    Shimano XT 11-36 cassette
    SRAM X9 medium cage derailleur
    SRAM XO High direct mount front derailleur
    KMC 10SL chain
    Hope Tech Evo stealth w/ floating rotors 160 rear/183 front
    American Classic MTB 29 wheels
    Michelin Wild Race"R 2.1" rear, 2.25" front tubeless with CafeLatex
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    nice build. waiting for review

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    What kind of clearance do you have with the 2.1 tire? How big a tire do you think it could take?

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    A 2.35 should fit with no problems.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mojo722 View Post
    What kind of clearance do you have with the 2.1 tire? How big a tire do you think it could take?
    It is the same rearend as the alloy RS. I could fit and use a WTB Dissent 2.5 with no problems in both RS frames.
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    Finally got a ride in...WOW!

    That's the one thing that keeps coming to mind...the other is HOLY F@*K this thing is fast! My first thoughts were how much more laterally stiff it was while climbing, it just wants to thrust forward, much stiffer then the aluminum version. The RT3 with full lockout and RS SID with lockout makes it even stiffer when you are on the flats but I did most of my climbing in the "pedal" mode on the shock, it just claws up loose, rocky trail. The shock seems a bit more compliant then the one on the AL version. When the trail turned down is when it really excelled. Carbon has a weird property, it soaks up all the vibration yet allows you to feel the trail. I found myself going scary fast. With the 10mm thru axle conversion on the American Classic wheels, I had no issues with the tire rubbing the chainstay, back end felt much stiffer then the AL version with CB wheels. I wouldnt change a thing on my component choices, the Hope brakes are the real deal, super quiet and strong. The XO gripshift is quick and natural. I was very impressed with the MIchelin RaceR tires, rolled well yet traction was not an issue.
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    Quote Originally Posted by craigstr View Post
    That's the one thing that keeps coming to mind...the other is HOLY F@*K this thing is fast! My first thoughts were how much more laterally stiff it was while climbing, it just wants to thrust forward, much stiffer then the aluminum version. The RT3 with full lockout and RS SID with lockout makes it even stiffer when you are on the flats but I did most of my climbing in the "pedal" mode on the shock, it just claws up loose, rocky trail. The shock seems a bit more compliant then the one on the AL version. When the trail turned down is when it really excelled. Carbon has a weird property, it soaks up all the vibration yet allows you to feel the trail. I found myself going scary fast. With the 10mm thru axle conversion on the American Classic wheels, I had no issues with the tire rubbing the chainstay, back end felt much stiffer then the AL version with CB wheels. I wouldnt change a thing on my component choices, the Hope brakes are the real deal, super quiet and strong. The XO gripshift is quick and natural. I was very impressed with the MIchelin RaceR tires, rolled well yet traction was not an issue.
    The stiffness difference in the rearend is 100% the wheels. I used the same wheels in both versions with no noticeable difference. Never felt the need to use the platform/lockout setting on the shock, either.
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    Quote Originally Posted by shiggy View Post
    It is the same rearend as the alloy RS. I could fit and use a WTB Dissent 2.5 with no problems in both RS frames.
    Shiggy, are WTB 29er 2.5 Dissents ginormous like the 26" versions are? Just curious, as you're using it as a standard and I've seen how big they are on 26"...

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    2013 Titus Carbon Rockstar

    Quote Originally Posted by dv8xin View Post
    Shiggy, are WTB 29er 2.5 Dissents ginormous like the 26" versions are? Just curious, as you're using it as a standard and I've seen how big they are on 26"...
    Specs here: http://mtbtires.com/site2/tire-specs...ak-and-dissent

    The Dissents just fit, on a 28mm rim, barely.
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    i just check on the england page and i noted that we can order from theirs for $1300 with shipping incluided

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    Nice build ! Have you had any issues with pedal strikes? BB is pretty low on this frame, and that is the only thing that concerns me with my build and weather I'll be truly satisfied with it.

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    Also, what is the correct direct mount fd. I got the XT M786 2x10.

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    BB height is pretty standard for a 100mm FS 29, I have not had one pedal strike and I live in Tahoe which is very rocky & rooty. That looks like the correct front derailleur. To answer your question from another thread, the "integrated" headset only means that the bearing cups are molded into the carbon frame, you still have to purchase the integrated headset which includes the bearings, crown race, & top cap. I went with the FSA CF 40
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    Thanks for the info. I got the other headset you posted on one of these threads. I believe it's Cane Creek, but I'm not so sure if it comes with the top cap. Again, your build looks top notch!

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    I saw a vid where the guy talks about having the frame correctly (nicely) faced for proper seating of the bb. Did you do this craig or is the frame all ready for the bb? Very important according to the video. Though you could inform me on this, since you're the only one with one of these frame builds.

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    The video was on this frame in particular or all frames in general? I think for the most part you just have to make sure there is no paint on the flat surface the bearing cups sit up against and that there are no metal filings in the threads. My frame was good to go from the factory and my GXP BB went right in, in the four months I've been riding it, I have had no issues.

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    Vid said all frames in general, and the guy stated it was a shop job, being that the tool used was expensive. Just wondering, as it's my first build and I don't want to do anything wrong and have to have it redone. Thanks for your help. Bike looks real nice !

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    Just build my Rockstar

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    Weight 12,03kg/ 26,5lb with frame size M (2,64kg/ 5,82lb)

    First impressions: Feels light, fast, stiff and awesome to ride. Even here in Finland with rock gardens and never ending roots.

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    Lookin' sweet. Any updates on frame durability, finish, quality control, etc on your bike Craig now that it's been a few more months?

    With those frames listed at $1K right now (small and medium) on the Titus/OnOne site it's mighty tempting.... assuming they are up to snuff quality-wise.

    I know you're a brand ambassador so need to be positive, but any insight would be helpful. Thanks.
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    Krob, I've had zero issues. Been racing the crap out of it and love it. Paint is holding up very well, pivots are staying tight and quiet. What else could you ask for?
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    Another nice build. Looks good ! Give us feedback on the ride quality/frame quality if possible guys. I'm waiting on my fork to put this thing together. I feel like a kid right before Christmas...lol !!

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    First, sorry my bad english, but I'm trying my best.

    I can put more feedback after I service my front fork. Cant get everything out of the bike before that, but feels very promising!

    Thank you Craig for your pics, specs and all the information of the bike. It really helped me and encouraged to choose Titus, cause there are zero reviews and very little information of the bike available.

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    That b/w frame with the easton rims and their large logos looks REALLY good!

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    Quote Originally Posted by craigstr View Post
    What else could you ask for?
    A size large at $999?
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    Yeah, I think they sold them all. The UK site says available for preorder at $1158, available in 48 hours. I'd give Michael Golinski a call in Portland, ask him when they will be available.

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    Craig. can you give a review of the frame? how much does it weight, how is the qualite and have it benn something bad with the fram now after half of a year or how long you have ridden on it.

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    Its been great. No issues other then having to tighten the rear pivots a few times. Paint is holding up great. I love it. Its a little heavy for an xc race bike but as an endurance racer or trail bike I dont think you can beat it.

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    Hello!
    Question about pivots: are they made with ball bearings or with bushings?
    P.S. Sorry for my English

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    All the suspension pivots run on sealed bearings except for the horst link (pivot on the chainstay/seatstay junction) which has traditionally always been a bushing on titus bikes.

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    Hi Craig,

    Just passed the first 500km's with my titus, and what a ride . The thing lets me smile every time
    However, i was wondering, today i noticed some squeaky sound in the rear. I checked al screws but that did not really solve it. If i gently push/pull the rear wheel (in the direction of the rotation axis/perpendicular to the bike) you can reproduce it whilst not riding. Do you have expierence with it/ have suggestions where i could look to get it out?
    Tnx for answering

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    I have had to take apart the rear horst bushings a few times and lube them up and reassemble with loctite. That has produced some slight play in mine but never a creak, that is the only issue I have had.

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    ah ok. Well, e-mailed the question to planet-x so curious what they come up with

    You ride it without a dropper by the way?

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    Yeah, I havent used a dropper for awhile, the Rockstar turned into my full suspension race bike for races like Downieville and the Dirty Harry is for smoother courses or courses with a lot of climbing. I fell I dont need a dropper on a 29r as i feel more "in" the bike as opposed to "on" the bike like a 26. The other thing you can check is that the derailleur hanger is tight and put a light coating of grease on the inside of the hanger where it contacts the frame.

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    Hi craigstr,

    If have bought my Rockstar nearly the same time you got yours. I have been riding it a lot and it is in need of servicing. The FSR system is getting play so my bearings need to be replaced and the bushings need to be refreshed. However I can't find witch types of bearings and bushings are used on the Rockstar. I think that the following types are being used: 6902-2RS-MAX Enduro Max bike bearing 15x28x7 and 698-2RS-MAX Enduro
    Max Bike Bearing 8.00x19.00x6.00. But I don't know the type of bushing that is used. could you help me out on this?

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    Capt Hook...I have never had to replace the bearings and I am not familiar with the spec. The bearings should have the size engraved on them. Are you referring to the rear horst link bushings? If so Planet X has them Titus Horst Bushings | Planet X. You can also check with Vince or Brandon in Portland at 503-894-8956, they may have the specs you need and may even have some.

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    Quote Originally Posted by craigstr View Post
    Capt Hook...I have never had to replace the bearings and I am not familiar with the spec. The bearings should have the size engraved on them. Are you referring to the rear horst link bushings? If so Planet X has them Titus Horst Bushings | Planet X. You can also check with Vince or Brandon in Portland at 503-894-8956, they may have the specs you need and may even have some.
    Hi craigstr, thanks for helping on my question. Via Planet X I got the following information about te type of bearings used on the Rockstar Carbon:

    Bearing - 6802 x4
    Bearing – 698 x 4

    Since Planet X not Always has them on stock. It might come handy for Rocktar Carbon owners.

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    Hello Craig, whats your opinion on the rear bushings (chain-seatstay connection)? installed some new ones today, however had to tweak the thing a little with shims, not completely satisfied. Allthough i cant say i notice it whilst riding, it is still some mental frustration
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