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GCN’s First Look: Titici Flexy Gravel Bike

GCN’s First Look: Titici Flexy Gravel Bike


– Italian brand Titici
got in touch with us to tell us about their new range of bikes. And we thought, frankly, that you might wanna have a look as well. Particularly as there’s
some pretty innovative tech going on here. Now, we are in the Dolomites. They’re based just down the road, so they kindly brought one of their bikes up for us to have a look at. And I’m glad they did because this, to my mind, is an absolute stunner. (intense music) Now, I confess, I hadn’t
actually heard of Titici until very recently but I
probably should have done. It’s an Italian brand
with a long heritage. They started in the sixties. Began making bike frames in the seventies. Latterly, mountain bikes and cycle cross, but then after renewed
investment this year, they relaunched onto the
road and also gravel as well. In total, there are
five bikes in the range. Two road bikes, two
MTBs, and then this one, which as I said is the gravel. Now they all share a
number of key features. So, they’re hand made in Italy. Custom made in Italy, should I say. And they all share this feature. The PAT, which is their patented
plate absorbing technology. Basically, it’s the top tube here. Labeled Flexy, which is not something you’d necessarily normally associate with a premium frame, but
it’s here with good reason. Because it’s designed to
absorb more vibration. And apparently a study by
the University of Parma found that is does exactly that. It absorbs 18% more vibrations
than a standard frame. Despite the incredibly thin profile there, the top tube is actually a
tube all the way through. There is a gap separating
the top and the bottom walls. Now the construction of these frames is also really interesting. Given that it can be custom
made at no extra cost, you can work out that these do not come out of a mold, which
is the most common way of making carbon bikes. Instead Titici make their
carbon tubes in Italy and then they finish individual ones to the required length. Then, in order to join the tubes together, they wrap them in what’s called Progressive Bandage Workmanship. So it’s basically wrapping with strips of pre-preg carbon fibers, that’s like raw carbon fiber to securely and then seamlessly join
the two tubes together. Before baking it in an
oven and lo and behold, that’s what you get. Now it’s not the lightest
way of making a carbon frame. Although, having said
that, this medium sized gravel frame is still only around a kilo. But light weight isn’t purely the point here. The point is actually to
have a completely custom, carbon Italian bike and let’s be fair, there aren’t many of those
knocking around anymore. To get those custom fit measurements, you can head along to one of their dealers and get measured up or
if you know your own, you can input them on their website. Where you can design your
own color scheme as well, which is something that
Lasty in particular would love, I’m absolutely sure. We’ve described this as a gravel bike. Mainly cause that’s how to
Titici actually define it, but as anyone who’s
familiar with GCN will know, we’re never really sure
exactly what a gravel bike is as I’m sure, actually, most bike
manufactures do not really know. To try and put this in some
kind of context though, I think it sits between a cyclocross bike and a road bike. It’s a little bit more responsive, little bit more lively than a cross bike. The chain stays are a little
bit shorter, for example. But it’s not quite a road bike. Part of that will just be
due to the fatter tires. This has actually got 40s on. And you can at Titici
squeeze 44s on as well. You could very easily
use it for cycle cross. Just put some thinner tires on there and unlike many gravel bikes out there, it’s not festooned with bosses for mud guards and racks. It’s a much purer, simpler frame. (intense music) Now given that the frame can
be completely custom made, you can of course also
choose whatever components you’d like to put on here. This one has been adorned
mainly in Italian finery. You’ve got fi’zi:k on there. We’ve got 3T on there. We’ve got Vittoria and well as that Shimano Ultegra
mechanical drive train. And before we leave it, I’d
like to come a little closer. Just for one second, we’ll have a look at the exposed carbon weave
there, instead of decals. That is a nice touch. Like I said, this bike
is an absolute stunner. If you forgive me though, I’m gonna go off and ride it now. The Dolomites are littered
with amazing gravel roads and also some kinda simple
mountain bike trails that I think could be right
up this bike’s street. Do make sure you subscribe to GCN before leaving this video. Just click on the globe to do so. It’s completely free and
then if you wanna see some more content, how about: What can gravel bikes do
that road bikes can’t? It’s an absolutely classic GCN video and that one is just down there. Or to see what a cycle cross bike is as we try and define yet
another genre of bikes click just down there.

100 comments on “GCN’s First Look: Titici Flexy Gravel Bike

  1. 1:45
    that gap seems to be a reminiscent of how close Dan is with his hair. The bike should've been called 'the Toupee'.

  2. Looks like the rear tire, seat tube interface would clog up if you ride it in the mud. It might be good for CX, if it was dry. There shouldn't be a problem on gravel roads.

  3. Are opus bikes any good? I visited a local shop with a opus vivace Di 2 and it was 4999 down from 10 000. Just wasn't sure because although everyone says brand doesn't matter its the parts I've just never heard of opus and when searched their stock bikes don't seem to go for that high. Just making sure I spent my money in the right place

  4. No wonder you called that Trek of yours a gravel bike when you specify a gravel bike as something that sits between a CX and a road bike. A gravel bike is, and has been, known as something that blurs the lines between a CX and a mountain bike. It's an adventure rig, a do-it-all type of bike that let's you cut through the woods out on to the open country roads, down a gnarly gravel road and back in to the woods again. That's a gravel bike.

  5. The community will hate this comment but GCN videos are now just becoming adverts. Look how many start with the "includes paid promotion" sticker in the corner. how long before we cant listen to any GCN advice because they are being paid by someone to say it

  6. 40 mm tires? Where can I find such tires? MTB tires are often too wide and cyclocross only go to 33 mm in most cases.
    It's hard to find proper knobbies for my hybrid for the times I feel like going offroad. Purchasing a whole new bike would be a bit too crazy.

  7. For those complaining… They've stated it's a paid promotion of the product.

    The amount of high quality, free and insightful material they put out , what do you expect? They need funding.

  8. Basically I've just watched an advert haven't I? GCN need to be more honest with us. Let's get real it ain't a review if they aren't allowed to say anything negative.

  9. A bit of topic but I just got a new bike on Friday and I'm wondering if anyone else feels kinda bad for their old bikes when they are consigned to to the shed for future tinkerings?

  10. Why would you have an entirely custom Italian frame "adorned" with all Italian components and NOT put Campy on there? Seems a bit of an oversight.

  11. Yer it's like this bike! I'm thinking of getting a gravel bike it would suit my riding style.
    Hay GCN what's a bike like this cost? Just an approximation will do…. thanks

  12. If you're running an Adblocker when watching stuff on GCN and you're bitching about them doing promos then humanity is lost on you.

  13. I have a steel bike with down tube shifters and a set of gravel tires. It works for triathlons, road races, and gravel just fine.

    Who am I kidding pleas give me money for a bike or 7.

  14. "This one has been adorned mainly in Italian finery. We've got fizik on there, we've got 3T on there, we've got Vittoria, as well as that Campag- oops, I mean Shimano Ultegra mechanical drivetrain"

  15. In Australia I genuinely think any trails you can't ride a road bike on you will need a mountain bike. At least for part of it. And unless you got a team car so you can change bikes, that means you need a mountain bike for your ride. I really don't get this new trend of these very limiting bikes. I'd just get a mountain bike if I wanted to go off-road.

  16. So it's carbon so it will brake after a crash… but it's heavy? And expensive? Sooo…. I will stick to a Titanium bike, like the T5 gravel, just as light, stronger and more comfortable. No brainier really.

  17. Hey Si – in the US "gravel bikes" have the trends of: Slacker HT/ST than cx, lower BB than CX and road, taller stack than CX and that 3rd bottle mount 😉

  18. 1:37 "Absorbs more vibration than a 'standard frame.'" What is a standard frame? Can you do a first look at one of those?

  19. It's a very nice looking frame (colour notwithstanding) but I'd just rather buy a MTB, save myself a lot of dough and just be done with it. To me it sounds like a bike searching for permanent employment. It's nice but it's too niche.

  20. Very nice but try finding a price at a dealers ? Fed up with long intro adverts followed by a bike advert GCN. Area looks fantastic all the same 👍

  21. And here's its 20 year old predecessor, the Ibis Bow Ti, albeit in mountain bike form: https://www.ibiscycles.com/about/303030/18_john_castellano_part_iii/
    Then there were John Castellano's other bikes of similar ilk: the Silk Ti, Ripley, and the Fango, these with flexible chain stays. All have this exact same basic principle: part of the frame flexes to reduce the impact pulse. The only novel things here are the carbon fiber and the top tube. Titici might have patent(s) in Italy or Europe, but it probably wouldn't hold up in the US. Nice looking bike though…

  22. As best I can find tell, 3T C35 wheels are not tubeless compatible. Kind of makes discussion about what size tyres it can fit a bit redundant in my opinion.

  23. At 1:15 you said "Plate Absorbing Technology" while the actual is at 0:08 mentioned "Plate Absorber Technology". The definition should be the same as what Titici mentioned.

  24. Good looking bike, but I come to read all the silly comments on the design. Seems a lot of people here know how to lay up carbon and can tell how strong the frame is just from looking at it.

  25. Not even geometry information available on their website. Three dealers listed worldwide – you sure they are a real company?

  26. Magic looking machine………. "Hey honey, wanna fly to Italy for a nice holiday?, I know you've always wanted to go there" (he he he)

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