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    Titus update: 1 Dec 2010

    Titus Bikes is alive, if not yet well. Since the acquisition of the Titus brand, trademarks and assets by On-One Bikes on 23 November 2010 we have been working hard to sort out what we have, where it is and how to move forward to serve the loyal and future owners of Titus bicycles.

    Frankly, the company is a mess. Suppliers have gone unpaid. Component part source documents are incomplete. Warranty claims have been stalled. We still do not know what we do not know—but we are working on it.

    1) Stevo, On-One's chief designer, is currently in Asia sorting out the pieces sourced from Taiwan and China.

    2) All Titus Bikes product in Tempe AZ is being shipped to our US partner in Oregon to be checked against the inventory records and assembled into complete frames, ready for sale, as quickly as possible.

    3) Retaining and acquiring adequate parts for warranty replacement and learning which parts we need. (*see separate warranty statement below)

    4) Former distributors, dealers and employees have been and are being contacted to help fill in the information we need that is not in the records.

    5) A new website is in process, along with transfer of the Titus Bikes domain names and other Internet accounts.

    6) We are having constant discussions of how we will move Titus forward. Nothing in the current product line has been ruled out.

    7) Titus Bikes will continue as a stand-alone brand. We are here for the long haul
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    There is a lot of work for us to realize our ambitions so don’t expect any big headlines or re-launches this side of Christmas but we may have a little stock to sell in the mean time, so sign up to the newsletter on the Titus or On-One sites to stay in the loop.


    * Titus warranty from On-One
    The recent ownership change of Titus Bikes has created worries regarding support of replacement parts and warranties. On-One Bikes highly values the many loyal Titus owners worldwide and will support them as much as possible.

    How will we do it?

    At the moment we are still gathering information on exactly what inventory we have available. Who the Titus suppliers are, what pieces they have in process, and what they can do for us in the future. What the common warranty claims are and how to fix them.

    As soon as we can get a handle on what we have to support our Titus riders we will be resolving warranty claims and servicing replacement parts needs.

    On-One is striving to be fair to both sides. We want Titus owners to be able to keep using their bikes, and we want Titus Bikes to become a healthy company for the long term. Even though Titus Bikes is now a new company and not legally obligated to honor any warranties, On-One wants to do the right thing.

    Warranties apply only to the original owner of the frame with proof of purchase. Cost of warranty replacement will not be known until we secure agreements with the Titus suppliers of the component parts. At worst, the owner would be charged our cost for the part. If replacement parts are not available a generous upgrade path will be offered.

    Owners of Titus bikes without warranties will be able to purchase parts at a minimal cost.

    All warranty frames and components will be required to be returned to your regional Titus office (there will be on in the USA) at the bike owner's expense.

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    Thanks a lot for keeping us posted Shiggy! I look forward to what On One will do with the Titus brand and I'm glad to see you are trying to do the right thing with current owners of Titus bikes.

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    Thank you very much...proud owner of a 2010 El Guapo...and love it!!!
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    There is still hope... awesome!

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    Hate to say it but that is more information about Titus than I think we ever heard from Titus!

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    Thanks very much for the update and the information!
    Things look really promising for the brand and for us, costumers, this is great!
    I have to agree with Vesp up here, this is the kind of CS we are looking for!
    Keep it up guys!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Vespasianus
    Hate to say it but that is more information about Titus than I think we ever heard from Titus!
    Ouch! That kinda hurts.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Titus Jeff
    Ouch! That kinda hurts.

    Sorry, I was just trying to make a funny. In reality, that is information that Titus should/would not want to reveal anyway.

    Honestly, I think this was a good thing for the Titus brand. A fresh start, not tethered to old debts and expectations.

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    Good to hear

    I really didnt want to give up my 10 Guapo anyway! Website is back up.
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    So Shiggy, does this mean you're going to relinquish you role as moderator of these forums in order avoid potential conflicts of interest?

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    Good News!

    Thanks Shiggy! Essentially my entire stable is made up of Titus bikes (I own 4) and hated to think that they might be relics. Particularly since they all ride well. Keep up the good work, your on the path to retaining Titus loyalists!!

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    dealer network?

    Any news on how Titus will be distributed going forward?
    Inquiring minds want to know.
    Especially those with a significant number of new and demo bikes in stock.

    Mostly selling bearing kits and hangers lately. Trying to keep the owners on their bikes.

    As far as I'm concerned, the stocking Titus dealers are critical to the revival of the brand.
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    Good job!

    Go Titus. We're rooting for you.




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    This is starting to really sound like great news. I'm glad because I absolutely love my 08' Racer X 29er (hint, hint On-One).

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    Oh yeah, EG lives on.. still want to pick up a main pivot bolt when the hardware is available.. where's the newsletter link on the Titus site?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Bikerbob.com
    Any news on how Titus will be distributed going forward?
    Inquiring minds want to know.
    Especially those with a significant number of new and demo bikes in stock.

    Mostly selling bearing kits and hangers lately. Trying to keep the owners on their bikes.

    As far as I'm concerned, the stocking Titus dealers are critical to the revival of the brand.
    You should change your name to Titusbob

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    Please Help! I have an 09 FTM with a broken 09 Seat Stay Drop out. this make 2 Light Rail Seat stays for me. I heard the 2010 FTM Seat stay was redesign to be stronger and stiffer. if you have any I'll take one. I'm currently out for the last part of the season, and was starting to look at some new frames. Please hurry

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    Quote Originally Posted by CupOfJava
    So Shiggy, does this mean you're going to relinquish you role as moderator of these forums in order avoid potential conflicts of interest?
    I already have. Note the status change in my user title. Just remaining as a mod for the Washington and Oregon regional boards (my home areas). 2mellow did the same thing when he went to work for Niner Bikes.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Bikerbob.com
    Any news on how Titus will be distributed going forward?
    Inquiring minds want to know.
    Especially those with a significant number of new and demo bikes in stock.

    Mostly selling bearing kits and hangers lately. Trying to keep the owners on their bikes.

    As far as I'm concerned, the stocking Titus dealers are critical to the revival of the brand.
    Bob, the dealer network status it is still being discussed and no firm direction has been set. I have made sure that Dave and his team in Rotherham are aware of you and your support of Titus. They have plans to contact you and other dealers personally. We do not want to leave you hanging.

    I am based in Washington state and just getting office setup.
    email for me is shiggy.onone.titus at gmail.com
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    Quote Originally Posted by DeerhillOG
    Oh yeah, EG lives on.. still want to pick up a main pivot bolt when the hardware is available.. where's the newsletter link on the Titus site?
    Please Standby

    It looks like they were able to just revive the existing Titus site. I have requested the addition of the newsletter signup link, as well as the news updates.
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    Quote Originally Posted by malen
    Please Help! I have an 09 FTM with a broken 09 Seat Stay Drop out. this make 2 Light Rail Seat stays for me. I heard the 2010 FTM Seat stay was redesign to be stronger and stiffer. if you have any I'll take one. I'm currently out for the last part of the season, and was starting to look at some new frames. Please hurry

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    Malen, we have been looking at your post from last week. We want to make your bike whole again ASAP.

    All of the Titus stock is on its way to Oregon. Next week we have a team coming in from the UK to inventory the stock. Only then will we be able to supply replacement parts.

    Soon there will be a form on the Titus site for warranty claims. Soon. I will send a reminder to web guy.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Titus Jeff
    Ouch! That kinda hurts.
    Jeff, your posts here have been invaluable to us. Thank you. Please continue to say it as you see it.
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    Excellent feedback. I might even take the X back from the LBS that is selling it for me. No way I will ever part with the EG. What a bike! Good to hear that the Titus brand will remain. Cheers, good job

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    muck-core

    Shiggy, I suppose we can assume if you're a key player in the Titus/On-One rebel alliance that all future frames will be optimized (or I guess "optimised") to run every tire known to mankind with ample clearance in mucky conditions.

    About time the PNW & the UK joined forces, innit?
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    Quote Originally Posted by budgie
    Shiggy, I suppose we can assume if you're a key player in the Titus/On-One rebel alliance that all future frames will be optimized (or I guess "optimised") to run every tire known to mankind with ample clearance in mucky conditions.

    About time the PNW & the UK joined forces, innit?
    I will be doing my best! Yes, I will have input on future models. One of the (many) things I have liked about On-One bikes is their tire clearance.
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    Thanks Shiggy

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    UK’s Planet X Buys Titus Bikes
    By Singletrack.com Published: Nov 29th 2010 4:48 PM EST
    On One, the mountain bike division of Planet X Ltd, has acquired the brand, trade marks and assets of Tempe, Arizona-based Titus Bikes.

    Planet X, an Internet bicycle retailer based in the United Kingdom, purchased Titus last week at auction from the Arizona company’s largest lender. Planet X sells pavement bikes under its Planet X brand and mountain bikes under its On One brand, according to Bicycle Retailer and Industry News. Planet X does not sell mountain bikes on its U.S. Web site; only its pavement products are available.

    Officials with the UK company said in a release that the Titus acquisition complements the On One range, with the addition of high-quality, full-suspension models.

    “By leveraging our experience in carbon and titanium bike development we intend to build on the already strong Titus range,” the release said.

    Titus’ largest lender, Factors Southwest, took control of the bike company on Nov. 9 and held two public auctions before Planet X won the bidding. In addition to complete bikes, Planet X sells parts and accessories, and has subsidiaries in 12 countries around the world, including Planet X USA in Gap, Pennsylvania, according to BR&IN.

    Over nearly two decades, Titus had built a loyal rider base with bikes like the RacerX, but had seen major changes in recent years. In 2007, founder Chris Cocalis departed and founded Pivot Cycles.

    At the 2009 Interbike, Titus showed several all-new carbon fiber mountain bikes including the FTM Carbon and a redesigned X Carbon. For 2010, Titus introduced the Rockstar 29er.

    Titus didn’t do any actual frame building in Tempe. With the popularity of carbon fiber, the company depended on overseas suppliers for its carbon bikes. All the aluminum frames were welded in Portland, Oregon and shipped to Arizona for final assembly and quality control. Most titanium was similarly outsourced.

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    Quote Originally Posted by daisycutter
    UK’s Planet X Buys Titus Bikes
    By Singletrack.com Published: Nov 29th 2010 4:48 PM EST
    On One, the mountain bike division of Planet X Ltd, has acquired the brand, trade marks and assets of Tempe, Arizona-based Titus Bikes.

    Planet X, an Internet bicycle retailer based in the United Kingdom, purchased Titus last week at auction from the Arizona company’s largest lender. Planet X sells pavement bikes under its Planet X brand and mountain bikes under its On One brand, according to Bicycle Retailer and Industry News. Planet X does not sell mountain bikes on its U.S. Web site; only its pavement products are available.

    Officials with the UK company said in a release that the Titus acquisition complements the On One range, with the addition of high-quality, full-suspension models.

    “By leveraging our experience in carbon and titanium bike development we intend to build on the already strong Titus range,” the release said.

    Titus’ largest lender, Factors Southwest, took control of the bike company on Nov. 9 and held two public auctions before Planet X won the bidding. In addition to complete bikes, Planet X sells parts and accessories, and has subsidiaries in 12 countries around the world, including Planet X USA in Gap, Pennsylvania, according to BR&IN.

    Over nearly two decades, Titus had built a loyal rider base with bikes like the RacerX, but had seen major changes in recent years. In 2007, founder Chris Cocalis departed and founded Pivot Cycles.

    At the 2009 Interbike, Titus showed several all-new carbon fiber mountain bikes including the FTM Carbon and a redesigned X Carbon. For 2010, Titus introduced the Rockstar 29er.

    Titus didn’t do any actual frame building in Tempe. With the popularity of carbon fiber, the company depended on overseas suppliers for its carbon bikes. All the aluminum frames were welded in Portland, Oregon and shipped to Arizona for final assembly and quality control. Most titanium was similarly outsourced.
    Planet X USA imports Planet X product directly under agreement with us. They are independently operated and not involved with the Titus acquisition.
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    Hi! Good to hear that you are doing everything to make Titus stand on its feet again Will you keep the TITUS name?

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    Quote Originally Posted by xtremerchobbies
    Will you keep the TITUS name?
    Seriously? Did you even read the original post?
    7) Titus Bikes will continue as a stand-alone brand. We are here for the long haul
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    Good job!

    Excellent.

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    Quote Originally Posted by xtremerchobbies
    Hi! Good to hear that you are doing everything to make Titus stand on its feet again Will you keep the TITUS name?
    Heck, Yes!
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    Sorry about that

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    Does this mean we can expect an El Guapo with drop bars?
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    Quote Originally Posted by DJ Giggity
    Does this mean we can expect an El Guapo with drop bars?
    You will probably see one and some point, but I will never expect anybody to buy one from us. I do have a grip in development that could let me be comfortable with Mary bars.

    I did have a Kona Coiler with dropbars.
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    Shiggy, what exactly is your connection with Titus and On One?
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    This sounds very promising. I'm very pleased with my '09 Moto-Lite and saw no reason to consider anything else when news of Titus' demise came out.


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    Quote Originally Posted by sxr-racer
    Shiggy, what exactly is your connection with Titus and On One?
    Sounds to me like he's running their U.S. office.

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    Great to hear. I for one am glad to see Titus continue on. The Racer X is a legendary name. Future generations deserve to experience it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by sxr-racer
    Shiggy, what exactly is your connection with Titus and On One?
    I am working with On-One / Titus as their man in the States. Spokesman/online presence/promotions/whatever is needed.
    The Voice in America.

    We do not yet have a Stateside home base for Titus or On-One.
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    Thanks Shig. Helps to know to who to send the Hit Man after!!!!!!!
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    Sounds good Shiggy

    Quote Originally Posted by shiggy
    There is a lot of work for us to realize our ambitions so don’t expect any big headlines or re-launches this side of Christmas but we may have a little stock to sell in the mean time, so sign up to the newsletter on the Titus or On-One sites to stay in the loop.
    will the warranty on these frames be valid since the purchase is made when On One is owner?

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    can you give some parts to the UK guys to bring back in their hand luggage I've recently finished building my Motolite love the thing to bits but parts were hard to get and I was having to deal direct with the importer (who was great always very helpful) but its not like going to a good bike shop down the road.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Titus Boy
    can you give some parts to the UK guys to bring back in their hand luggage I've recently finished building my Motolite love the thing to bits but parts were hard to get and I was having to deal direct with the importer (who was great always very helpful) but its not like going to a good bike shop down the road.
    I believe there will be a contain full of frames and parts going to the UK after the physical inventory is completed.

    Go to the news section of the Titus web site and there is a link for warranty and parts requests.
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    Quote Originally Posted by DeerhillOG
    Sounds good Shiggy



    will the warranty on these frames be valid since the purchase is made when On One is owner?
    The warranty statement in my OP still applies
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    Keep us posted. Titus has a loyal following and is definately a line that contributes to the sport.

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    I am working with On-One / Titus as their man in the States. Spokesman/online presence/promotions/whatever is needed.
    The Voice in America.

    We do not yet have a Stateside home base for Titus or On-One.
    Come to West Virginia!! We have some of the best trails in the world, nice people and cheap taxes! And I'll work for you for a song (and cheap parts)
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    Quote Originally Posted by shiggy
    I will be doing my best! Yes, I will have input on future models. One of the (many) things I have liked about On-One bikes is their tire clearance.
    Great, I've been feeling so insecure on the EG around those Endomorphs...
    Looking forward to a new rear tri ( with 12mm TA option too?? )

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    I always thought Shiggy would go into the tire business! Thanks again for all the info Shiggy on Titus and On one. You also answered a few tire questions for me too!!
    Disclaimer: Always get a second opinion cause I'm just guessing

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    Great news. I especially like that #7 on the list. My RX-1 will be 1 year old next month. Nice to know On-One will have our backs.

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