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The New Titanium Hardtail from Otso Cycles is a Hoot (Ti)

Otso Hoot Ti hardtail in woods
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As a brand, Otso Cycles is best known for gravel, fat, and adventure bikes. Bikes like the Otso Voytek and Fenrir are incredibly versatile and have filled the mountain bike slot for the brand, but now they’re getting official with their first trail MTB – the Hoot Ti.

You may guess from the name, but the Hoot is all about having fun on the trail. Equipped with a custom 140mm travel Fox 36 Performance Elite Fork, the Hoot has a 3Al/2.5V grade 9 titanium frame with slack, modern geometry.

More importantly, the frame takes a big departure for Otso in eschewing their Tuning Chip dropout system in favor of 3D-printed titanium dropouts with a SRAM UDH. The Tuning Chip system is not compatible with UDH or SRAM Transmission, so it’s not that surprising to see something different here.

Designed around 29 x 2.6″ tire clearance, the frame has short 425mm chainstays with a 65º head tube angle and 76º seat tube angle. In addition to the 3D printed dropouts, the Hoot also utilizes a 3D printed chainstay yoke which is needed to get the chainstays to be so short. The Yoke also allows for a unique dropper post-routing port lower in the frame along with two cable clamps for shifting and brake routing for a clean look. Other than the dropper cable, all other cable routing is external with clamps along the downtube.

The Hoot may be geared towards trail fun, but it still has some mounting options with a four pack on the top of the downtube, and two on the bottom. Other frame details include Boost 148mm spacing, 180mm native post mount brakes, and a 73mm BSA threaded bottom bracket.

The custom 140mm travel Fox 36 fork features the Grip X damper, a 44mm offset, and an all-black look that Otso claims is not available off-the-shelf directly from Fox.

Pricing for the Hoot Ti starts at $3,300 for the frame only in S, M, L, or XL (add $900 for the custom Fox fork). Complete builds start at $6,100 with their base build featuring Shimano SLX 1×12, or $7,200 with SRAM GX AXS Transmission. As usual, the Otso Custom Configurator will allow you to pick and choose many parts of your build to customized it to your liking. Available now at Otso dealers, or the link below.


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3 hours ago

Bead blast finish sets this apart from almost all other mass-produced ti frames and looks really nice. Curious why some photos show a gusset at the top tube/seat tube junction and some don’t. Does it have a gusset?

51 minutes ago

Good catch! The sizes small and medium do not have a gusset. The large and XL do. We added the gusset to the two bigger sizes because there is more seat tube above the top tube and it needs support.

2 hours ago

She’s a beauty. With Mike Pederson backing it, you know it’s the real deal.

29 minutes ago

What makes this Ti frame worth almost $1000 more than the Esker Smokey Ti frame that was also just released? You can get the Esker with a fork for less than just this frame.

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