With no shortage of value, the question is do these alloy Cyphers retain the pedigree of their carbon siblings?
Last year Titan Racing ushered pedigree cross-country race bikes into their lineup. The 100mm Cypher RS and 120mm Cypher sold like hotcakes and racked up some pretty decent results on the race tracks too. Now, that technology has been melded into more affordable alloy versions which are pretty formidable on the trail.
CYPHER RS ELITE
The Cypher RS Elite is an all-alloy 100mm cross-country race bike that features the same geometry and suspension layout as it’s carbon sibling we tested last year.
The key numbers are a 68.5° head angle, a 74.5° seat tube angle, and a 460mm reach for the size large with the flip-chip in the low setting. Essentially these numbers mean the front wheel is not tucked in underneath you which can make you feel like you are going over the bars, the hips are more above the BB than behind it so you can put the power down more efficiently and the bike can be set up with a shorter stem which improves handling everywhere.
The Cypher Comp is an all-alloy 120mm cross-country race bike with a slightly more relaxed geometryfor marathon racing and back-country missions.