Titan Racing Announces the all-new Drone Hardtail Performance Race Bike

The All-New Titan Racing Drone Launched | Official Release

A true race-ready aluminum hardtail that ticks all the right boxes.

Aluminium hardtails still make up a large portion of mountain bike sales in South Africa and the world throughout. The majority of these bikes are pretty standard, but our new Drone Hardtail includes many performance-orientated features that make it fast, whilst still maintaining a wallet-friendly price point.



 Updated Geometry

Bikes these days need to be rougher and tougher to handle the trails we tend to ride. The new Drone is somewhat slacker and further stretched than its’ predecessor making for a more balanced ride. It starts with all-new geometry. A slackened head angle of 69 degrees, increased reach and a transition to shorter stems and wider bars throughout the size curve. This results in the Drone offering more predictable steering and a centered rider position for better control. The Drone is a racing hardtail that benefits from the modern era of geometry where bikes feature both ample climbing and descending capabilities.



The Frame

The new Drone frame looks completely different from its’ counterpart with its’ low sloping top tube offering riders a considerably low standover height. The seat gusset was manufactured with the same design standards as Titan Racings’ full suspension Cypher, and the headtube resembles the same lines found on the rest of Titan Racing’s range of bikes. It’s obvious when looking at this bike that it fits into the rest of the family of bikes they have on offer and upon closer inspection the same attention to detail is evident. A few of the standout frame features on the all-new Drone include 12 speed – 1x specific gearing throughout the range, internal cable routing, boost axle spacing, and thru-axles front and rear. The frame is made from X6 ultra-lightweight aluminum and it has been finished off with smooth welds. From a distance, you can be forgiven for thinking it’s a carbon bike with the high gloss smooth finish we achieved. Stealth dropper cable routing finishes off the frame feature list nicely and an increase in tyre clearance lets you take full advantage of wider-volume tyres, up to 2.35 inch on more challenging trails.

The Titan Racing Drone Hardtail mountain bike as photographed in Cape Town South Africa for Bike Network on 25 March 2020.


The Build Kit & Range

Available in four men’s options and one ladies variant, there’s a full house of nicely spec’d bikes to choose from at different price points. Starting with the Expert, a SRAM SX 1 x12 bike with a Manitou fork, the Comp, with the new Shimano SLX 1 x12 drivetrain, and then the Elite and the Pro, feature RockShox Sid forks with the new Shimano XT 1 x12 and the SRAM GX 1 x12 drivetrains respectively. The whole range features an in-house TRC cockpit with wider handlebars, shorter stems, lock-on grips and a Fizik saddle. The wheels are Sun Ringle Helix rims mated to Vittoria Barzo 2.25 Tubeless Ready tyres. It truly ticks all the boxes for a real race-ready hardtail.

 Drone Pro | RRP 24 999.00

The Titan Racing Drone Hardtail mountain bike as photographed in Cape Town South Africa for Bike Network on 25 March 2020.
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Drone Elite | RRP 22 999.00

The Titan Racing Drone Hardtail mountain bike as photographed in Cape Town South Africa for Bike Network on 25 March 2020.
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Drone Comp | RRP 19 999.00

The Titan Racing Drone Hardtail mountain bike as photographed in Cape Town South Africa for Bike Network on 25 March 2020.
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Drone Expert | RRP 15 999.00

The Titan Racing Drone Hardtail mountain bike as photographed in Cape Town South Africa for Bike Network on 25 March 2020.
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Drone Calypso Expert | RRP 15 999.00

The Titan Racing Drone Hardtail mountain bike as photographed in Cape Town South Africa for Bike Network on 25 March 2020.
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Geometry

  XS S M L XL
           
Fork 100 100 100 100 100
HTA 69 69 69 69 69
HTL 100 100 110 120 130
STA (v) 74,5 74,5 74,5 74,5 74,5
STA (a)          
STL 380 400 435 475 520
BBD 60 60 60 60 60
BBH   315   315  315   315   315
CSL 440 440 440 440 440
ATC 506 506 506 506 506
FO 51 51 51 51 51
Reach 380 400 425 450 475
Stack 610 610 620 629 638
Trail          
WB 1082 1102 1130 1159 1188


Back to Basics

The all-new Drone hardtail is the equivalent to a hot hatch pocket rocket. It offers riders all the frills of an up to date race bike in a condensed package that will get you around the track or down the next section of flowy singletrack with a grin. A hardtail should be simple and fun, and that’s what we have aimed at here. It’s a hard-wearing hassle-free bike that can get you through many a race and even an Epic, with little to no upgrades.

The Titan Racing Drone Hardtail mountain bike as photographed in Cape Town South Africa for Bike Network on 25 March 2020.

Titan Racing is a brand focused on the consumer and we set out to offer customers more than just another bike. We strive to offer next-level products at fair value money to improve customers riding experience. Our designers look to create frames with forward-thinking geometry, functional designs and stylish looks. We pair this with a clever part choice to allow the best in category bikes for our customers. We call this the SMART Choice. | All Titan Racing Bikes feature a unique 5 Year Multi-User Warranty. Please make sure you register your bike. || ENDS. ||

| IMAGES: Supplied by Titan Racing press |


2 Comments

  1. What is the weight of the Drone Pro? They never put weight in their columns.

    • Not sure on that model. Can confirm the Elite model is exactly 12.2kg (with sealant) as we have one here ready for testing.


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