Strengths: Climbing and comfort, it truly is a ride all day bike.
Weaknesses: The price, when mine was new they retailed for $2500-$2700ish, now with the Isogrid downtube ( saves wieght, adds stiffness ) $3500.... I would love to put the new Solera on a scale, they say it's 1/2 lb lighter. I love Titus ( I have 3 of them ) but they tend to be a little optimistic in the weight department.
I only weigh 150 Lbs, so I cannot say how stiff it would be for a 200Lb masher, but for me it is plenty stiff enough, the downtube is bigger than my HCR mountain bike !
First let me say that I was a manager at a bike shop for over 10 years and have owned and ridden, many, many bikes. I was going to order directly from Titus ( I was a dealer ) but this deal was too good to pass up on Ebay. $1300 with full carbon fork. This bike replaced my Bianchi Reparto DeCorsa XL Boron which I owned for close to 9 years.
Mine is the full Titanium frame, stock 54cm and weighed 2.8 Lbs out of the box. The finish and welds are as good as any that I have ever seen ( Seven, Merlin etc etc ) it really is a thing of beauty. Built up she weighs 16.5 Lbs, with a mix of Dura-Ace and Hope Pro 3 custom wheels and FSA Carbon cranks.
The ride is amazing, a mixture of speed, suppleness and stability. It's greatest strength is climbing, the bike climbs like a mountain goat, egging me on to faster up every hill. I was in Vermont in August and did the Smuggler's Notch hill loop, 65 miles and 6000ft of climbing, ( 79 miles coz I made a wrong turn... ) The last climb was 9 miles to the top of Smuggler's Notch. It rained for close to 60 miles, poured so hard that I had to stop as I couldn't see anything. It was the most incredible/ toughest road ride I have ever done. My girlfriend was waiting for me in Stowe, she couldn't believe that I didn't bail, the bike wouldn't let me... She took a picture of me when I finished, I was smiling from ear to ear !
Every time I go for a spin, be it 20, 30 or 50 miles I come back smiling, every single time.
It is the best bike that I have ever owned, and should last me until I cannot ride anymore. What more can I say :) 2 and a half years, 5000 miles and loving it more and more !!!
Similar Products Used: Bianchi XL Boron, great bike, couldn't afford to keep 2 high end road bikes. I always worried about the steel frame and corrosion. Tested a Titus Oseo, crazy light, 15 Lbs dead, crazy fast and about as stiff as a concrete block. 2 hours on that and couldn't wait to get off...
Many versions of Trek Oclv's, Madone's, Giant TCR carbons, the reps always tried to get me on one of their bikes. They just never tugged at me, good bikes, but not for me.
Rode a couple of Seven's and Merlin's liked them very much, but we weren't a dealer and I always rode what we sold. And that's when I started looking to get the Titus, I already had an HCR Ti, and a Racer X, but they were just so much more money for the road frames... Then EBay...
Bike Setup: Dura-Ace 9 speed, Cane Creek SL brakes, FSA SL-Light Carbon Cranks Std rings, Hope Pro 3 hubs on Marwi Titanium spokes and alloy nipples, Mavic Open Pro rims, Conti GP 4000 tires, Hope Headset, skewers and seat clamp, Thompson Master seat post, Thompson OS stem, SDG Ti-Fly seat, FSA alloy bar. Future upgrades will be the Easton EC90 SLX fork and handlebar. Then I'll be done, untill I can afford the new 10 spd Dura Ace...