Titus FTM All Mountain Full Suspension

DESCRIPTION

  • Butted 6000 series aluminum front triangle
  • Light Rail System featuring asymmetrical
  • 135mm rear wheel travel
  • Four oversized, sealed main pivot bearings
  • Fox Float RP23 w/ three position Pro Pedal

USER REVIEWS

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[Jul 25, 2013]
thechez
Cross Country Rider

OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
5
Strength:

Sturdy, efficient, tough as nails, precise, stiff

Weakness:

Heavy, no thru axle on rear

I was worried at first that the bike was just too heavy for my liking. I'd say mine is about 28 pounds. I haven't gotten weight weenie on it as I tried to color match it. This is the 2011 aluminum model of the FTM line. It's a burly beast that backs down from nothing. For having a 140 fork it climbs well(minus it's portly weight) and descends like a beast. I doubt it's in the gravity category but compared to my last bike(Yeti AS-R) I can really push this thing through the rocks and it doesn't whimper one bit. I get no brake feedback on the rear end or dive in the travel. With the Monarch RT3 it just gobbles everything up. I leave it in the "Trail" position and it does it all. I have a Revelation up front and the steering is very precise and it can turn on short notice. I have Chris King fun bolts on the rear and the rear end is very stiff. Shame they don't put a thru axle on this and have no plans to do so in the future. Overall it's a fun bike that will go just about anywhere you want minus a dh course. If only it could lose a pound or so it would be easier to climb.
I've been taking into more rocky and gnarly places than smooth trails and it's a joy. It does a great job at gobbling up anything in it's path and keeps me on line. Not a race rig but more of a charge the mountain kind of ride.
Great job by Titus on this one. If I somehow(SOMEHOW!) broke mine I'd buy another.

Similar Products Used:

Schwinn Homegrown, Yeti AS-R, Voodoo Canzo

[Sep 18, 2012]
Pier
All Mountain Rider

OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
5
Strength:

This is the new 2012 carbon FTM.
With the addition of the new Fox CTD shock it really climbs like a goat! It feels so light and manurable up and down hill. Am using a Fox 32 with 120mm and works just great. On my first long ride in trail it felt like I had owned it for long... fits perfectly.

Weakness:

You should require a special tunning for the shock to be 48mm stroke instead of the standard 50mm, but I just left it that way and so far it hasn't been a problem

I occasionally do marathon races and was concerned maybe I should choose a shorter travel bike but after using it am sure I made the right decision. The bike is just great and am so happy to have chosen it.

Similar Products Used:

KTM Comp R1

[Jul 07, 2012]
DianeWong
All Mountain Rider

OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
5
Strength:

Very good climber, outstanding descender, pedals great, rides and handles nice, the gold anno color is beautiful and has not faded. I am rating the 2009 FTM(1 1/8" headset) which was purchased from Jenson in September,2010 along with a Fox TALUS fork. The bike weighs in at 27.1lbs complete with Gravity Dropper Turbo seatpost.

Weakness:

Some early FTMs had chainstay issues(according to the forums). So far there have been no problems,but I'm careful to keep an eye on things!
I must unscrew the QR skewer nut in order to remove the rear wheel(this is a non issue for me).

This is an excellent light/medium duty trailbike for this 190lb 5'8" rider. It isn't quite as burley as my '04Titus Switchblade,yet it does everything better and it's lighter. It must be stated that the Switchblade was,and still is, a fine bike,but the FTM is what I grab for trail rides. I bought the frame and built it up exactly how I wanted it including the wheels.
Ride On,
George

Similar Products Used:

'04 Titus Switchblade TALUS

[Jan 06, 2011]
ryderjin
Weekend Warrior

OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
5
Strength:

In my perspective, nearly the ideal cross-country/trail geometry:
Climbing -- even on super steep grade -- is predictable, never squirrelly (even without locking out the fork), which is weird because the bike has so much travel. Efficient, fast-tracking. (Honestly, I climb better on this than on my hardtail.)

Going downhill: Okay, it does feel 'shorter' than the 135mm would have you think... but tracks quite well. (I am still tweaking the excellent Fox RP23 setup for the bike.) If you have decent technique, you can bomb with this bike. Horst Link is executed quite well here... predictably, though not plush suspension. The tapered front headset definitely adds to the sense of control when you need it.

Just a tiniest bit of pedal-bob when you are spinning along, but otherwise feels quite fast, efficient, and light.

On top of all that, it is "Made in the USA." Not that other countries can't make good bikes, but this is a point of pride for some, becoming a rarity nowadays.

Weakness:

This is the 2010 frame model, and they dealt with the early 2009 problems with 1) bad carbon "light rail" stays, and 2) the low bb issue. This year model is the one that they should have put out in the first place.

Two weaknesses remain:
1. Cable-routing. The standard routing takes it through the rocker. And it is just not a good place for this. While I do not have any ghost-shifting issues, there is unnecessarily annoying cable rattle/rub.

2. As most of you know, Titus went bankrupt and was just bought out by a new company. So future support remains questionable. Hopefully not, as On-One seems to be stepping up.

3. Possible cosmetic issues: The paint is flawless. But 2010 model uses decals, which is bound to get scratched up easily. Probably saves a bunch of change (and may be easier to replace) but for a frame of this level, I would expect a bit more work here...

I do have to confess, while the frame seems well-made, I cannot comment on its long-term durability.

With all that is going on with the ownership of the once mighty Titus brand, one might question the point of writing a review of a product that may never see the light of day again. Well, I am writing this review because the FTM really deserves to continue on. The 2010 model, possibly with some minor tweaks, stands as an amazing cross-country leaning trail frame.

Summary: Awesome (ideal?) trail bike for those coming from the cross-country side.

[Dec 14, 2010]
bruteman
Weekend Warrior

OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
5
Strength:

Awesome anodized orange finish, strong climber, able downhiller.

Weakness:

None yet

Perfectly suited for the rocky, steep terain here in Korea. No flex problems at all. I love it. Probably would be a little heavy for lighter riders, but if you're also a person of girth this bike won't let you down.

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Jamis XLT

[Nov 25, 2010]
tmarko
Cross Country Rider

OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
5
Strength:

2010 FTM Carbon:
Stiff, light, quick, stable, good standover clearance
clean look with internal routing

Weakness:

future of company unknown,
subtle difference between pro-pedal/non pedal setting for the RP23 shock (needs to be revalved in my opinion.
having to break a hydraulic line to route the rear disk thru the frame's internal routing.

After riding and demo'ing several bikes and then riding this one, it was clear which bike I wanted. I was looking for a long travel bike with handling traits more towards the cross country side of things than a full-on free ride bike. Its not quite as plush as the Mojo but quicker and stiffer, and had a better overall ride quality than the LTc. Its climbing ability is awesome, especially in the really steep w/the fork in the 100mm setting. Descending is rock solid, especially with the fork in the 140 setting. The QR15 (a 1st for me) combined with the 1.5" to 1 1/8" steerer tube makes for a very solid front end which aids in both attacking rock garden corners and just rocketing downhill with confidence. For normal singletrack attacking, the 120 fork setting allows for quick but stable handling. Overall the handling is neutral but quite cabable of handling tight singletrack. Both the front triangle and the rear end are stiff and solid. To me, its the best overall ride I've ever been on. Sure, there are some with more or softer travel or quicker handling but with less travel but every time I go for a ride now, I think its just an AWESOME ride. Its light, stiff & nimble enough for long distance racing but solid enough for all day high country adventures...

Similar Products Used:

3 previous Racer-X's, GFisher Hi-Fi Pro Carbon (broke), Ibis Mojo,
Blur LTcarbon

[Oct 13, 2010]
Tiptx
Cross Country Rider

OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
5
Strength:

Fantastic build quality, predictable handling, durable, stiff Very light, agile and comfortable. Great looking (Sexy).

Weakness:

None for me as some may say the price but this bike is worth every penny. When it comes to MTB, you get what you pay for. If you want great without problems & something you know will handle what you dish out, you pay for it. So glad I did

This is the Carbon 2010 FTM & all I can say is WOW! Props to RBIKES.com who took such stellar care to build such a great bike for me. Adam & Mike went over the parts selection with me carefully, made the extra effort to obtain hard to get parts, built the bike exquisitely. This is the best bike I have ever owned. Mine weighs in at 24 which is lighter than my C'Dale Scapale. I did some research on the Internet about several bikes before I went into Richards or Rbikes.com & whoever said you can't find a good deal & get a great build from the internet is crazy. I got a great deal on the price and was really impressed at how knowledgeable the staff was, they gave me a lot of insight on what I was buying and also on other bikes it compares to. Thanks to Adam for being so patient with me as this build started over a year ago. It was worth every penny & absolutely one magnificant looking & now the fun is back into riding a mountain bike

Similar Products Used:

Trek Fuel, Giant VT2, Cannondale Scapale. Bikes I was considering was Ellsworth Epiphany, Turner 5 Spot, Ibis Mojo SL, Santa Cruz Blur LT as this Titus just has that something special when looking at it as it's one fantastic ride

[Jun 02, 2010]
djs165
Weekend Warrior

OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
5
Strength:

Plush Ride, Light Weight

Weakness:

None

This bike is my first FS bike. It replaces a Specialized Stumpjumper HT Comp. I have been riding the bike for about three months now and enjoy it immensely. The trails in my area are very rocky and rooty, so the FS has been a welcome change from my HT. I was concerned that there would be a decrease in climbing ability, but have not experienced any. The bike climbs well and the handling is agile. I haven't experienced any of the rear triangle issues mentioned in some prior reviews. So perhaps Titus has resolved those. I am a large rider (6'5" 220#) and the Large frame fits me well. I would recommend this bike to anyone looking for an excellent all around trail bike.

Similar Products Used:

None - this is my first FS bike

[May 10, 2010]
scpete
Cross Country Rider

OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
5
Strength:

Plush ride, precise handling, light weight.

Weakness:

None.

I demo'ed this bike this past weekend after riding the Rockstar 29'er. I have been considering a dual suspension bike and was leaning toward a DS 29'er. After riding both, I am still considering the 29'er, but the FTM impressed me and made me reconsider a 26'er as a good option. Thanks to Mike, the local Titus rep, we were able to take the bikes out for a couple of hours on our local trails to get a really good sense of their capabilities.

The FTM Carbon has 5 inches of travel and really managed all of the bumps and rocks I took it over. The bike had a very plush ride. I could tell the difference in ride firmness between this and the 29'er. It was a bit "squishier" but still a very tight ride. I didn't notice any of the flex issues of previous models, so I assume that these have been resolved.

The bottom line for this bike is that it is also an amazingly sweet bike and reaffirmed my plan to start saving for a Titus. I am not sure if it will be the FTM or the Rockstar 29'er, but either would be a welcome addition.

Similar Products Used:

Trek Fuel, Schwinn Rocket

[Nov 18, 2009]
33MTB
Weekend Warrior

OVERALL
RATING
2
VALUE
RATING
1
Strength:

Excellent geometry for aggressive trail riding, very comfortable cockpit.

Weakness:

REAR TRIANGLE IS A WET NOODLE

The geometry on this bike couldn't be better. It is comfortable and perfect for trail riding. BUT, the rear triangle has a tremendous amount of lateral flex. When the chain is on the smaller cogs of the cassette, I can actually make the tire hit the chainstay when pedaling. The tire clearence is also an issue, which shouldn't be a problem since I'm using the tires that they sell with the bike. The space between the tire and the chainstay is not equal on both sides, which seems to compound the aforementioned issue.

And yes, I'm sure after this post, someone will post a glowing review to get the average back up. But I honestly wouldn't buy this bike again unless they fix this major design/quality control problem.

Similar Products Used:

Rocky Mountain ETSX, Trek Fuel EX 7, Giant Anthem.

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