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Wittson welcomes Spring with new titanium Custom XC 27.5er

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As a young boy, I had posters of Lamborghinis and Ferraris on my bedroom walls. I loved the flawless aesthetics and meticulous no-expenses-spared approach to creating the ultimate machines, and these days I get the same feeling looking at titanium bikes like Wittson’s. My admiring eyes can appreciate the care and craftsmanship involved, even though I’ve never been able to experience the ride.

Wittson Custom Ti Cycles’ Vidmantas ‘Vitas’ Zukauskas has been making titanium frames since the mid 1990’s for road giants Colnago. When the company moved production to Asia, Zukauskas introduced his son into frame building and started Wittson Ti Cycles as a family operation. With a wealth of knowledge from his years of road racing and coaching, Zukauskas builds Wittson bicycles for customers worldwide.

Wittson spent the last days of winter building this mouth-watering machine for cross-country riders, simply called the Custom XC 27.5er. Check out the details of Wittson’s latest XC creation after the jump…

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The Custom XC 27.5er’s frame is built from cold-worked, stress relieved grade 9 titanium tubing, which is sourced from the same Swedish supplier used by aircraft manufacturers Boeing and Airbus. Wittson uses various types of tubing suited to each frame’s purpose, and the Custom XC features a 1.5” head tube, double butted seat tube, bi-ovalized top tube, hydroformed down tube, chain- and seat stays, and dropouts (with replaceable aluminum hangers) made by Paragon in the USA. This frame is designed around Wittson’s XC race geometry, and built specifically for 1×11 gearing.

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Component wise, the Custom XC comes equipped with Wittson’s full carbon 27.5” fork, an XX1 drivetrain set up with Grip Shift, Formula Rx brakes, Chris King headset, DEDA handlebars, stem and seatpost, Thompson seatpost clamp, and a Stan’s NoTubes ZTR Crest wheelset rolling on Schwalbe Thunder Burt tires.

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The Custom XC also comes with some nice finishing touches like clean internal cable routing for your shifters and brakes, an Elite Custom Race bottle cage, carbon spacers, and anodized bolts. The complete bike weighs just 19.4lbs, and the frame carries a lifetime warranty. The frame comes in a brushed finish only, and the complete bike sells for approx. $5,767.00 USD.

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Roy
Roy
7 years ago

those holes in the down tube for cable routing look sketchy! I really hope that those frames have passed the new ISO or previous EN standards. Drilling 2 holes in the highest stressed part of a mountain bike, after putting a big bend in the tube to ‘help’ the buckling action along is risky. Looks really clean on his road bikes, but this aint a road bike

Veganpotter
Veganpotter
7 years ago

That’s not the highest stressed point but it is in the area. Cracks normally happen at the weld. Sometimes they happen lengthwise(with the tube) but starting at the weld and going back. I’ve seen a couple older Lemond Ti bikes crack here with the cable stops(external cable routing). This should be more than within reason for two small holes, also, this isn’t a full rigid bike which helps the headtube stress

M.C. Slammer
M.C. Slammer
7 years ago

I have been interested in this builder for a while now. I can’t seem to find any reviews from US customers who have been through the design/build/ship process. I would like to have the opinion of someone who has actually laid eyes on and spent some time riding a Wittson frame. Seems like every site/blog/mag that has done a feature on these guys use exactly the same pre-caned talking points. Any real live Wittson owners out there?

JBikes
JBikes
7 years ago

I just don’t see the allure of a rigid fork on a “normal” mountain bike (i.e. non-fat). I grew up when mountain bike became popular and suspension forks were basically non-existent. The early models left much to be desired, but a modern short travel fork? I really see no reason to not run one, not that I really care if people do go rigid

Belgium Cycles
7 years ago

The Wittson frames are the result of more than 25 years of experience in welding/assembling the best frame in steel and Titanium. They are building racing machines as well as comfortable bicycles. They are not to be compared to Chinese or Russian builders promising a “noodelly” light light-weight frame with poor welding.
The reviewed frame (here above) is solid and pass all the tests required, out there.
Belgium Cycles located in Colorado is the importer and service-center for Wittson in North-America. We are just updating our website and will have a dedicated page for these piece of “bicycling-jewelries”… Most of our frames are custom frames.
As for another review (…), we are just expecting a “Bestia” frame (XC 29er) and I will make sure to post pictures. This frame will be raced on (endurance type races) and there will be tested in every way possible…
Belgium Cycles

Heffe
Heffe
7 years ago

On their website, the welds look kind of crude compared to moots/kish/kent eriksen et al.

myke
myke
7 years ago

JBikes why don’t you go ride a rigid fork and then see what you think. i see more and more people doing the same! BTW i live and ride in SoCal fully rigid and its great!

Peter
Peter
7 years ago

M.C. Slammer, I believe you can contact actual owners via Wittson’s Fb page review section

piktasis
piktasis
7 years ago

Most of those frame are tailor-built, or very limited series. Superb customer support. In Lithuania, there are some (wittson former known as 4ti ) were build in 90′ and still racing.

Jody Bett
Jody Bett
7 years ago

I own a Wittson road bike and cant praise it enough. Compared to my Pinnarello and other bikes Ive owned its very ridged and responsive yet not harsh to ride. It climbs and sprints well even though its not the lightest bike Ive had. I’m very glad of my purchase and know I’ll be keeping this bike for some time.

Lee
Lee
7 years ago

I am a Wittson Frame rider and I am proud of it!!! I don`t understand why people criticize workmanship before even seeing or test riding Frames! These Frames are SOLID! You ask me, how do I know? Because I have been riding a Wittson Road bike frame for a while now. I didn`t criticize or wonder. I just went…. no risk, no fun and ordered one. So, when I got it. I checked it out and the first thing I always look at when I look at Ti bikes, are the welds. Welds are the builders signature! And these welds are truly one of the nicest that I have ever seen. BB30 and Tapered headset are original and allow sweet options. I even asked Wittson if they could build me a matching Ti fork. Guess what… they did! And they work great! Looks good too and absorbs everything coming while still staying rigid during cornering. And as I say, if someone can build a Ti fork that works, then they definitely can build bikes! I mean, I have a family. Wittson took the risk to built me a fork. That’s trust at its perfection! I am very satisfied riding my Wittson through the mountainous regions and over rough roads in Switzerland and can only say that Wittson stands for trusted quality, whichever kind of frame you want! AND that is for a LIFETIME!!! So, go ahead and visit their website. Masterbuilders Vitas and his son Mindaugas are a couple of very cool guys and take their time to answer any questions about their frames. Its their life!

raimondas
raimondas
7 years ago

I am a proud owner of a Wittson bike. I must say that I have not ridden anything so responsive efficient. It feels as if every single piece of energy that you put in drives you forward. Nothing is wasted. I truly think that my Wittson bike is a friend for life. And I second that Vytas and Mindaugas are really cool and take care of your bike with great sense of commitment and responsibility. The Wittson bike is a statement. It won a Lithuanian design award in 2014. I highly recommend.

TomM
TomM
7 years ago

I’m ordering a Wittson Custom Road Frame as we speak and I so far so good. Mindaugas always gets back to me within a day. Managed to sort out my wish to have the frame built for callipers but with paragon disk drop outs for future upgrades and took me through each part of the design. Just looking forward to finally seeing the frame!

01slinky07
5 years ago

The bikes come withoutna weight limit, but with a full lifetime guarentee… you wont get that from any other mass produced piece of … i have one, being shipped right now. The service so far, has been excellent to outstanding.. will be sure to spread the news as to the ride quality, (or not), once the build is complete. Mine is the bestia 29er

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