The Titan Racing Skyrim offers a versatile trail bike for South African trails

The Titan Racing Skyrim Range offers riders a versatile trail bike that is suitable for most conditions found on South African trails. Built around the 27.5 plus wheel size with modern trail geometry, the hydroformed frame is specced with robust components that will withstand the abuse of rough trails without breaking the bank.

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When it comes to trail bikes, Titan Racing has a strong belief that 140mm of travel is the sweet spot. The essential purpose of a trail bike is a bike that is capable of riding uphill and downhill with ease. 140mm is enough to deal with the technical stuff on most trails when things point downhill while still keeping the bike responsive for climbing. The Skyrim was designed around modern trail geometry trends showing how much trail bikes have improved from previous years. Trail bikes in general have a longer reach and a slacker head angle which make these bikes so appealing to trail riders as it directly effects the handling of the bike. With that said, the Skyrim is no exception and it embraces these advances in bike design and is a strong competitor at this price point of the trail bike market.

 


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The Skyrim feels comfortable on long flat sections and inclines that require you to stay in the saddle and pedal which shows how much of an all-rounder the bike really is. The bike has a light feel to it when on the trails which means the Skyrim is not limited to only descending but aimed at riders who are looking for more travel and a relaxed riding position for various disciplines of riding.

 

Choosing to go the Plus bike route yields certain benefits for rider. The Skyrim is specced with 2.8 inch tyres which result in extra dampening due to the increased tyre volume, this helps absorb bumps from rocks and roots often found on our trails. Combining this with the much larger contact area found on Plus tyres generally result in more grip which is always welcomed by trail riders. The combination of these results in a bike that offers the rider more confidence, benefitting the average rider to really get the full enjoyment out of the trail they are on.

 

The frame features new Boost technology which allows for larger tyre clearance and an improved chainline. Another advantage of Boost is a stiffer wheel which has less flex under hard cornering which is a real positive for trail riders. The Skyrim range has internal cable routing which keeps the cables out of harms way and presents a neater looking bike.

 


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Spec wise the bike comes in three levels. All three levels come standard with a 100mm dropper post, wide riser bars, and short stem. The Skyrim trail bike is a versatile bike that offers good value for money and is easily upgradeable at a later stage should you feel your progression is outpacing the components. This would be a great bike for someone wanting to progress in their trail riding or mountain biking, ticking all the right boxes it poses great value at an affordable price.

 

The Skyrim trail bike range:


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Skyrim Elite RRP 25 500.00. Full specification here.

Skyrim-Comp.jpgSkyrim Comp RRP 23 000.00. Full specifications here.

Skyrim-Trail.jpgSkyrim Trail RRP 18 500.00. Full specification here.





29 Comments

TheJ, Feb 22 2018 07:55

Why are companies still trying to push 27.5?

Hilton., Feb 22 2018 08:04

Skyrim, you say?:

 

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Captain Fatbastard Mayhem, Feb 22 2018 08:07

Why are companies still trying to push 27.5?

HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA!!!

keithbe, Feb 22 2018 08:27

27.5 plus on 3 inch tires rock! (and climb over them rather effortlessly) 29ers on 3 inches would look weirder than (6fatties)

Robbie Stewart, Feb 22 2018 08:55

So why did the testers deem it necessary to fit a different fork for the photo-op? Surely their opinion of the bike is rather skewed now? Are they not so subtly implying that to make this a proper trail offering the stock fork is not a suitable option? If at the prices indicated one needs to spend another R11 000.00+, then I would go for more established offerings instead, making this a a moot point, really.

 

Captain Fatbastard Mayhem, Feb 22 2018 10:12

So why did the testers deem it necessary to fit a different fork for the photo-op? Surely their opinion of the bike is rather skewed now? Are they not so subtly implying that to make this a proper trail offering the stock fork is not a suitable option? If at the prices indicated one needs to spend another R11 000.00+, then I would go for more established offerings instead, making this a a moot point, really.

 

Or, maybe he likes a bit of a burlier fork because he charges hard... Maybe it's Cliff's personal bike, which was used for the photo op. If you know Cliff, he's a big fella and he charges HARD. 

 

25k with a recon silver, 2x11 SLX/XT mix, 100mm dropper, 27mm (internal) rims, monarch RL shock. That's a bargain in anyone's books. 

 

That's less than what the Trance 2 sold for 4 years ago, with arguably a better fork than that POS 32 was, and an overall better spec.

 

If you want to swap out the Recon, then do it. But realise that at THIS price point, this bike is absolutely magnificent value. Buy a mattoc on special for 7k (landed) if you must, and sell the recon for 5k. 

sawystertrance, Feb 22 2018 10:16

Where are these photos taken?

Chavo, Feb 22 2018 10:26

Where are these photos taken?

I could be mistaken, but it looks like The Glen to me

Chavo, Feb 22 2018 10:30

I'm not so sure a reach of 445mm on a large can be considered to be embracing the modern geometry of longer. At 67 degrees HA, slacker sure, but some modern trail bikes have at least 20-30mm more reach for a Large frame (especially when Large is a 21" frame). Or am I missing something?

MvdP, Feb 22 2018 10:41

Or, maybe he likes a bit of a burlier fork because he charges hard... Maybe it's Cliff's personal bike, which was used for the photo op. If you know Cliff, he's a big fella and he charges HARD. 

 

25k with a recon silver, 2x11 SLX/XT mix, 100mm dropper, 27mm (internal) rims, monarch RL shock. That's a bargain in anyone's books. 

 

That's less than what the Trance 2 sold for 4 years ago, with arguably a better fork than that POS 32 was, and an overall better spec.

 

If you want to swap out the Recon, then do it. But realise that at THIS price point, this bike is absolutely magnificent value. Buy a mattoc on special for 7k (landed) if you must, and sell the recon for 5k. 

 

Seems like a lot of bike for the $$$$

 

are the frames all identical in the range?

Captain Fatbastard Mayhem, Feb 22 2018 10:54

Seems like a lot of bike for the $$$$

 

are the frames all identical in the range?

 

 

 

Frame / Shock / cockpit / brakes all constant across the range, fork the same on Elite & Comp, changes to a 120mm Suntour on the Trail, wheels change on the Trail

 

Drivetrain changes as such:

 

XT / SLX mix for the top one

NX for the middle

Acera for the trail.

Letum911, Feb 22 2018 11:10

I know jack sheyt of trail bikes, but it is easy on the eye!! From the little that I know it seems like a lot of bike for the price, personally I would go for the bottom of the line, swap out the fork for a Mattoc (currently R5k on CRC), get a N/W chainring from rapide and when the time comes a nice derailleur at the back. Final result will be a well spec'd bike for sub R30k

Headshot, Feb 22 2018 11:15

Haters always gonna hate... In today's over priced world this thing is a bargain. I swap between a shortish size L HT bike and a far longer XL enduro bike. They both work very well with the HT being the quicker steering of the two. This whole "it must be as long as F..k or its K#k" isn't really borne out on the trails.

 

The fat tyres are far more crit worthy. They suit beginner and intermediate riders because they give grip and confidence at slower speeds.

 

You could ride the stock fork into the ground and then upgrade and it would still be a bargain.

Letum911, Feb 22 2018 11:28

The fat tyres are far more crit worthy. They suit beginner and intermediate riders because they give grip and confidence at slower speeds.

 

You could ride the stock fork into the ground and then upgrade and it would still be a bargain.

 

Might be a stupid question but could one swap out the 27.5+ for a 29" hoop if that itch needs a scratch?

Jewbacca, Feb 22 2018 12:17

Pity there isnt a Frame Only version.... I could see myself building one of these up 

Headshot, Feb 22 2018 12:21

Might be a stupid question but could one swap out the 27.5+ for a 29" hoop if that itch needs a scratch?

I wonder, it could be a tight fit? I'd just run it with normal i.e 2.6 or under 27.5 tyres. 

Nick, Feb 22 2018 12:29

Pity there isnt a Frame Only version.... I could see myself building one of these up 

 

At those prices, you could buy one, sell the parts you don't like, and get building for far cheaper than most other frame only options. I know a good place to offload the parts  :whistling:

Jewbacca, Feb 22 2018 12:45

At those prices, you could buy one, sell the parts, and get building for far cheaper than most other frame only options. I know a good place to offload the parts  :whistling:

hahahahahaha look at you with your good ideas..... (goes back to check the spec and guestimate how much he could get back...)

Jewbacca, Feb 22 2018 12:49

Do the guys who organised the photo shoot even ride? I mean, the rider is wearing ankle socks.... 

PhilipV, Feb 22 2018 02:01

with arguably a better fork than that POS 32 was, and an overall better spec.

 

 

I won't go that far. I had a Recon, and still have a 32, both did duty on the same bike. 32 is better. by far. But that is off topic. 

PhilipV, Feb 22 2018 02:01

Do the guys who organised the photo shoot even ride? I mean, the rider is wearing ankle socks.... 

At least The Glen is very photogenic right now. 

Jewbacca, Feb 22 2018 03:43

At least The Glen is very photogenic right now. 

I always imagine myself in Middle Earth when I ride down there... That place is magical

Hairy, Feb 22 2018 04:24

I always imagine myself in Middle Earth when I ride down there... That place is magical

The Glen is the "place" to do bike or product shoots as of late ..... 

BaGearA, Feb 22 2018 08:27

Might be a stupid question but could one swap out the 27.5+ for a 29" hoop if that itch needs a scratch?

yes 

BaGearA, Feb 22 2018 08:30

So why did the testers deem it necessary to fit a different fork for the photo-op? Surely their opinion of the bike is rather skewed now? Are they not so subtly implying that to make this a proper trail offering the stock fork is not a suitable option? If at the prices indicated one needs to spend another R11 000.00+, then I would go for more established offerings instead, making this a a moot point, really.

 

I feel Robbie makes A VERY valid point , the awesome value for money doesn't make up for that fact that the bike was reviewed with A fork that does NOT come on any spec that will retail ( saying you could just but another fork and replace it is irrelevant )