Go Back  Bike Forums > Bike Forums > Classic & Vintage
Reload this Page >

Titus? Frame ID

Notices
Classic & Vintage This forum is to discuss the many aspects of classic and vintage bicycles, including musclebikes, lightweights, middleweights, hi-wheelers, bone-shakers, safety bikes and much more.

Titus? Frame ID

Old 03-23-21, 05:55 AM
  #1  
MarkusT 
Senior Member
Thread Starter
 
MarkusT's Avatar
 
Join Date: Mar 2014
Location: Northbridge, MA
Posts: 134

Bikes: 99 GT XCR 3000, 01 Titus Racer X, 80's PUCH Meteor MTB, 14' Crosstrail Elite, 92&93 Bridgestone OX-3, Marin Point Reyes (polished), 80's Mongoose Hilltopper, Giant Cypress SX, 96 Giant ATX 890, 95 Kona Explosif

Mentioned: 1 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 24 Post(s)
Liked 8 Times in 7 Posts
Titus? Frame ID

Hi All, just picked up this "Titus" frame off of ebay, but am now sure it's not a Fireline but maybe 99 or 00 HCR frame? Someone put on aftermarket decals, I believe. I've not found any serial numbers anywhere. 73mm BB, which started on the HCR frames in 99. Not sure now if it's titanium or alum. Any help in trying to determine model/frame material would be appreciated!

Thanks!







MarkusT is offline  
Old 03-23-21, 07:38 AM
  #2  
easyupbug 
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Jan 2013
Posts: 1,634

Bikes: too many sparkly Italians, some sweet Americans and a couple interesting Japanese

Mentioned: 7 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 268 Post(s)
Liked 132 Times in 101 Posts
Sure looks the dark silver of TI rather than light silver of Al and looks to have the harder surface of Ti with far fewer signs of use (scratches, rubs, etc.) than an Al frame as well as the typical beautiful weld beads we see on Ti. You could soak the RD hanger in salt water bath for a few hours, maybe over night, Al will react and Ti unaffected. I would not recommend screwing with that gorgeous frame but if you can find a place to use a file and get some shavings, if you put a torch to the shavings they will ignite and burn with a very bright light.
easyupbug is offline  
Likes For easyupbug:
Old 03-23-21, 08:57 AM
  #3  
MarkusT 
Senior Member
Thread Starter
 
MarkusT's Avatar
 
Join Date: Mar 2014
Location: Northbridge, MA
Posts: 134

Bikes: 99 GT XCR 3000, 01 Titus Racer X, 80's PUCH Meteor MTB, 14' Crosstrail Elite, 92&93 Bridgestone OX-3, Marin Point Reyes (polished), 80's Mongoose Hilltopper, Giant Cypress SX, 96 Giant ATX 890, 95 Kona Explosif

Mentioned: 1 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 24 Post(s)
Liked 8 Times in 7 Posts
Wow, interesting easyupbug! Might be something I'll try later on. Thank you!
MarkusT is offline  
Old 03-23-21, 06:39 PM
  #4  
unworthy1
Stop reading my posts!
 
unworthy1's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2004
Posts: 11,388
Mentioned: 71 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 775 Post(s)
Liked 352 Times in 285 Posts
sure looks like Ti to me! And some nice looking welds, too!
unworthy1 is offline  
Likes For unworthy1:
Old 03-23-21, 10:01 PM
  #5  
Jeff Wills
Insane Bicycle Mechanic
 
Jeff Wills's Avatar
 
Join Date: Mar 2008
Location: other Vancouver
Posts: 9,545
Mentioned: 31 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 676 Post(s)
Liked 314 Times in 208 Posts
Yes, titanium. Titus was one of many builders that rode the titanium wave in the '90's and then went poof with the economy's challenges in the '00's. Here's the story of their dissolution:
The Story Behind Titus Bikes’ Demise - Bike Intelligencer
__________________
Jeff Wills

Comcast nuked my web page. It will return soon..
Jeff Wills is offline  
Likes For Jeff Wills:
Old 03-24-21, 08:54 AM
  #6  
MarkusT 
Senior Member
Thread Starter
 
MarkusT's Avatar
 
Join Date: Mar 2014
Location: Northbridge, MA
Posts: 134

Bikes: 99 GT XCR 3000, 01 Titus Racer X, 80's PUCH Meteor MTB, 14' Crosstrail Elite, 92&93 Bridgestone OX-3, Marin Point Reyes (polished), 80's Mongoose Hilltopper, Giant Cypress SX, 96 Giant ATX 890, 95 Kona Explosif

Mentioned: 1 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 24 Post(s)
Liked 8 Times in 7 Posts
Thanks Jeff. Guess I'll never know what model this is and I'm surprised there is no ser#! Things that make you go Hmmmm. :-)
My plan is to use 8 spd XT components and other parts I have around and remove the Fireline decal.

Thank you!
MarkusT is offline  

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off


Thread Tools
Search this Thread

Contact Us - Archive - Advertising - Cookie Policy - Privacy Statement - Terms of Service - Do Not Sell My Personal Information -

Copyright 2021 MH Sub I, LLC dba Internet Brands. All rights reserved. Use of this site indicates your consent to the Terms of Use.