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Save The Rim Brake! BlackHeart Bike Co Releases Road Ti-r, a Road Rocket without Disc Brakes

BlackHeart Bike Co Road Ti-r Dura Ace hero(Photos/BlackHeart Bike Co.)
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“Do you make rim brake bikes?” BlackHeart Bike Co says they get this question from potential customers “at least once weekly”. And until today, the answer has always been “Sorry, no…”. So, allow me to introduce the new rim brake-equipped BlackHeart Bike Co Road Ti-r.

This is essentially the same bike as the super popular, award-winning Road Ti that we touched on last year, but has been adapted for rim brakes, hence the lil’ “r” on the end there.

BlackHeart Bike Co Road Ti-r ENVE rim brake fork
(Photos/BlackHeart Bike Co.)

The new Road Ti-r features a modern, aero design paired with an ENVE rim brake fork. The bike is up for pre-order until July 31st. Deliveries are expected in March of 2025.

BlackHeart Bike Co Road Ti-r rear tiangle

BlackHeart says that they do need a “minimum order to trigger production”. So, all of you rim brake lovers tell your rim brake loving friends and get your very own Road Ti-r ordered today.

BlackHeart Road Ti & Road Ti-r Geo and Retail

Retail: $1000 (deposit)
Frameset: $2149
Blackheart Bar & Stem: $2449
Zipp Bar & Stem: $2599
ENVE Bar & Stem: $2849
Build Kits:
SRAM Red AXS D1: $6399
Shimano Dura Ace Di2: $6399

Road Ti and Road Ti-r Geo

BlackHeart Bike Co Road Ti-r geo drawing
BlackHeart Bike Co Road Ti-r geo chart

Sizing

BlackHeart Bike Co Road Ti-r sizsing chart

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Bumscag
Bumscag
21 days ago

$2150 Ti frame and carbon fork? Seems a little TOO cheap, even for Taiwanese product. The geo looks perfectly average for what it is, but that price is firmly in the “what corners did they cut” category?

Zach at BlackHeart
Zach at BlackHeart
20 days ago
Reply to  Bumscag

It’s $3,149 for the frame, ENVE fork, and Ti or Carbon seatpost. $1,000 deposit + $2,149 balance. No corners are cut

Jon
Jon
18 days ago
Reply to  Bumscag

It’s not ‘too cheap’. Do you know how much a Ti frame is out the factory door in Taiwan? (I do). They’re a fair bit less from China.

Tom Wenzel
21 days ago

In related news, I am begging car companies to bring back the drum brake. Because nostalgia matters to me more than having something that works well.

ross
ross
20 days ago
Reply to  Tom Wenzel

poor comparison, especially being that rim brakes are lighter and much easier to service – you ever worked on a drum brake before?

Zach at BlackHeart
Zach at BlackHeart
20 days ago
Reply to  Tom Wenzel

Haha. People ask so they receive

Speed565
Speed565
19 days ago
Reply to  Tom Wenzel

You do know drum brakes are often use at the rear of car for hand brake?! It’s because they require less force to initiate stopping.

Alex
Alex
18 days ago
Reply to  Tom Wenzel

What’s for dinner at Tom Wenzel’s house tonight?

A large serving of sarcasm. Yummo.

blahblahblah
blahblahblah
18 days ago
Reply to  Tom Wenzel

trucks still use drum brakes

Jason DW
Jason DW
18 days ago
Reply to  Tom Wenzel

Discs ftw!

Bob Mortimer
Bob Mortimer
16 days ago
Reply to  Tom Wenzel

Discs brakes work on cars, they don’t on race bikes. OK for Deliveroo and Noobs but not anyone trying to press on especially in wet sketchy conditions where a sudden brake might be applied.

Sirclimbalot
Sirclimbalot
20 days ago

I like rim brakes for being lightweight and easy to service. I still run them on my commute tracklecross bike in the front. But .. all that integrated cable madness cancels out the ease of service. Alas, I’m assuming these are made on demand, thus the beauty of the approach – if there is no demand, they’ll be no sitting inventory to manage.

TheKaiser
TheKaiser
20 days ago
Reply to  Sirclimbalot

What do you mean when you reference integrated cable madness? The cables on this bike route outside the headset, so there is no cancelation of the ease of service of rim brakes.

John
John
20 days ago

Needs some aluminum brake track wheels and then you’ve got yourself a bike. I’m somewhat convinced that disc brakes on road bikes are a consequence of the desire to run carbon rims; which are not practical as braking surfaces. For those of us not so gullible/materialistic, and or are plenty satisfied with open pros…are in the camp that are not pining to replace bikes every few seasons anyway.

James Lumbert
James Lumbert
19 days ago

Currently my main ride is a stock Taiwanese titanium rim-brake frame by Ora. I built it with Ultegra 11sp mechanical and mounted Hed RA Black alloys with their turbine brake track. I hafta say that this frame is all I’d hoped for. Cosmetically, the welds/joinery are as meticulously done as any custom build I’ve seen. The bike is worthy of the Cane Creek ee calipers that pinch the tracks on these beautiful Hed wheels. Rim-brake framesets are a delicious bargain just now in our disc dominate road bike universe. That suits me fine. All five of my road bikes are rimless, as are the 7 commensurate wheelsets, 3 of which are high end carbon. And since I don’t ride in rain, excepting occasionally getting caught, I find the braking horror stories odd to me. Viva le rim-brake!

mud
mud
18 days ago

Love that premium road bikes are still available with rim brakes. But the rim brake/carbon rim combo can be deadly in the rain, no?

tertius_decimus
tertius_decimus
18 days ago

While I am not in search for a new bike and I am almost broke as of now due to the war, I welcome a new rim brake bike. Unironically, wish all the best to this manufacturer and thank you for keeping rim brake tradition for road bikes. Hopefully, whoever buys such a frameset, will be greatly delighted to ride the bike daily.

Alison leach
Alison leach
11 days ago

Raced on rim brakes for yrs no problem

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