Buyers Guide

New Titan Switch Gravel bike?

Damocles's Photo Damocles 28 Feb 2019

Hello all, 

 

I'm new to cycling, recently bitten by the bug. I Currently have a RC3000 roadbike but would like to get something more versatile, but not as limited (in terms of road usage) as a MBT. So I decided on a gravel bike. After some consideration I decided on the 20k range, and after more research I decided on this new bike brought out by Titan, the Switch : https://www.titanrac...t/switch-elite/

 

The specs are very decent, as well as the weight (10.1 kilos for a large frame). But I have been warned about buying "cheap carbon" (and 22k is pretty cheap for a new carbon bike). Also, because of the new-ness of the bike I can't find anything in terms of reviews. So, I was wondering if there are any informed opinions around here, or perhaps someone who has bought the bike, or knows someone who has...

 

Greetings from Potchefstroom (NWU student). 

 

 

etienne_jordaan's Photo etienne_jordaan 28 Feb 2019

There is a differance between cheap carbon and a established brand offering a 5 year warranty. You are not easily going to beat that spec at that price. Unless you buy secondhand.

Simon123's Photo Simon123 28 Feb 2019

It may be cheap.  It may be Chinese under the skin.  But this is hardly an imported cheap no-name Chinese bike.   The backup should be decent, and I'm pretty sure they wont put their name to a crappy product in terms of quality with the push they've been doing on the brand as of late.

 

You could maybe upgrade a few bits to take it to single digit weight when you have money in the future though.

Patchelicious's Photo Patchelicious 28 Feb 2019

That’s a pretty good looking piece of bicycle!

wildwindfr's Photo wildwindfr 28 Feb 2019

Noticed it on my facebook feed.
Seems really good for the price.
If I wasnt so broke now I would really consider one for myself.

Eugene's Photo Eugene 28 Feb 2019

Titan stands behind their products. Most brands only offer a 3 year warranty, Titan has 5 and Titan is probably the only manufacturer that allows you to transfer that warranty to the second owner.

All that speaks volumes for their quality

Grease_Monkey's Photo Grease_Monkey 28 Feb 2019

Would not hesitate at all. Titan has been making some very good moves lately, and I for one really like the look of the Switch...

Eldron's Photo Eldron 28 Feb 2019

Nice products nice company nice employees and great value. I'm a big fan. They're starting to dabble in the nice stuff. I like!

Breezer's Photo Breezer 28 Feb 2019

My 2c. If you want a titan carbon, go for the ultegra model for under 30k. The 22k one do not have hydraulic brakes. For 18k you can get a alu silverback with hydraulic brakes.

Damocles's Photo Damocles 28 Feb 2019

Replying to all...

So, it seems that people are positive. That's been the general response. 

 

Now I just have to wait for my bursary to pay out... 

 

I Already have a nice day trip to Parys via some dirt roads planned...

V18's Photo V18 28 Feb 2019

Thats a flippen nice bike. Or build up a nice Farr steel bike. With brakes that don't need fiddling all the time.

Geronimo's Photo Geronimo 01 Mar 2019

You can buy that Titan AND sleep well at night. Excellent value for your bucks and a great looking bike. Enjoy and post some photos!!

Ferro's Photo Ferro 01 Mar 2019

Nice looking bit of kit that. At that price, what's not to like?

Eugene's Photo Eugene 01 Mar 2019

Replying to all...

So, it seems that people are positive. That's been the general response.

Now I just have to wait for my bursary to pay out...

I Already have a nice day trip to Parys via some dirt roads planned...

Isn't that bursary supposed to pay for your studies

Damocles's Photo Damocles 01 Mar 2019

Isn't that bursary supposed to pay for your studies

In a way it does, it's just for cashflow, I actually do temporary work as a lecturer as well, and in reality THIS is what will be paying for the bike, but that money is spread out over the year, so I'm using the lump sum of the bursary to purchase the bike  :thumbup:

Patchelicious's Photo Patchelicious 01 Mar 2019

Oh dear... this is not going to end well.