Titus El Guapo
Price: $6,250, Frame $2,195 with RP23
Price Range: $4,575-$6,865
Weight: 33.1 lbs, frame 6.6 lbs with shock
+ Fox 36 Talas RC2
+ Crankbrothers Iodine wheels
+ Continental Rubber Queen tires
+ X.0 and XTR drivetrain
The Titus El Guapo is named after the main villain in the movie ¡Three Amigos! circa 1986. El Guapo was a rugged looking dude who rocked ammo belts crisscrossed over his shoulders. While the Titus isn't adorned with live ammunition, it still packs quite a kick.
The bike comes armed with a 1.5-inch headtube, ISCG05 tabs and 155 millimeters of rear-wheel travel. It comes with a smart, ready for anything parts—Crankbrothers Iodine wheels, Fox 36 TALAS RC2, Continental Rubber Queen tires and a mix of X.0 and XTR drivetrain parts. However, even an arsenal of high-end parts won't do any good if the bike doesn't ride well. Thankfully, that's not the case.
On the trail, the stiffness of the El Guapo's frame, fork and wheels boosted confidence in gnarly sections and made the 68-degree headtube angle feel less nervous than we would have expected. The bike never seemed to get overwhelmed—even on the fastest lines, the bike begged to be pushed harder and faster. When pointed up, the bike never wandered like a drunk, and the full-length seat tube made this bike capable of being ridden all day long.
All of Titus' full-suspension bike license Specialized's Horst Link, and the suspension on the El Guapo felt smooth and active during both pedaling and hard braking. This made for some bob, but a flick of the ProPedal level curtailed most of it.
At 33.1 pounds, the El Guapo is ready to take on everything, from all-day explorations to stomach-turning shuttle runs.
Bottom Line: A stiff, burly bike ready to take on anything, anytime