Sage Titanium add a new mountain bike to their line-up of US-manufactured Titanium bicycles in the form of the Sage Powerline, sitting between the Sage Optimator XC hardtail and the more aggressive geometry Flow Motion all-mountain bike. The Portland-made Powerline sits within the “Trail” category with a not-too-slack 67.5° head angle, but a surprisingly slack 71° seat tube angle, 1° slacker than the Flow Motion. Pitched as a versatile MTB, Sage Titanium say the Powerline will feel just as at home on your local flow trails, as it will racing an XC endurance event.
Sage Powerline Titanium Hardtail MTB
The Powerline sits on fast rolling 29″ wheels, with sufficient clearance for 2.5″ wide tyres. The frame geometry is designed around 130mm of fork travel and a 1x chainring drivetrain with clearance for up to 34T. Rear end spacing on the Powerline is modern at BOOST 148x12mm, chosen for the strong and nimble ride feel it brings.
While a great many hardtail manufacturer are going down the “longer, lower and slacker” route (eye-roll), it feels almost as though the designers of the Sage Powerline did quite the opposite in defiance of this rather overused phrase. The BB sits at a drop of 50mm, while the reach figures are relatively short across the Small to XL size range, from 396.8mm stretching out to just 469.3mm.
The Sage Powerline incorporates internal cable routing for a dropper seat post, and features Sage’s patented CCS (CCS Cable Clip System), bringing a clean overall finish to match the impeccable aesthetics and neat welding of the precision US-made 3/2.5 titanium frame.
Designed with input from the Sage Pro racers and ridden to victory in some of the most grueling Endurance races in Oregon such as the High Cascades 100 and the 6 Hours of Mt. Hood, Sage say the Powerline has shown a versatility that sets it apart from other hardtails within the category.
Pricing & Availability
With that mouth watering finish, it will come as no surprise that this premium made-in-the-US Ti Hardtail mountain bike is a little on the pricey side, with the frame alone coming in at an eye watering $3,100. Full builds of the Sage Powerline are also available, with all spec from drivetrain and wheels, to headset and cockpit, customisable so you can build your dream bike.