It’s truly exciting to be back… Back on the bike, back on the trails and back at writing my own personal blog!
Currently, we still have strict #lockdown measures in place in South Africa and this meant not shredding any trails for a good 3 months. So, when I was finally able to go outside and ride, I had the opportunity to test ride the Titan Drone Calypso 29er Expert.
Let’s jump straight into it!
Hello hardtail, but don’t let that fool you! The Titan Drone Calypso Expert was designed as a 29er racing bike for women specifically. The frame is made from hydroformed aluminium to make it lightweight and provide a good amount of stiffness. A great benefit of purchasing any new Titan bicycle is the Multi-User 5 Year Warranty.
Here are the specs on the Titan Drone Calypso I took for a spin:
- SRAM SX Eagle 1×12 drivetrain
- Boost 148 axle
- Manitou Markhor 29er fork with 100mm of travel
- Shimano MT200 hydraulic disc brakes
- Vittoria Barzo 2.25 MTB (Tubeless ready)
- Fizik Taiga saddle
- 750mm wide handlebar
- TR lock-on grips (this keeps the rider in contact with the bike at all times)
The Bike in Action!
It’s been a while since I’ve been on a bicycle, not to mention a hardtail, but alas, it was like taking off where I left last. The Titan Drone Calypso Expert is build for our typical XC and Marathon style riding and racing in South Africa. I can only imagine how this bike will perform in a 30km or 50km race.
So to put the SRAM SX Eagle 1×12 drivetrain to the test, we took the bike out to Franschhoek Pass. The Pass is approximately 22km long, climbing 444m in the first 7km’s – thank goodness for that 12th gear! Not the most technical terrain, but we soaked up some mountain views, dodged some cars zooming passed and headed back down. Which meant, time to test the Shimano MT200 hydraulic disc brakes – and, I was pleasantly surprised. The brakes was low on noise and relatively resistant to heat, after making them work hard snaking down the pass.
Overall, the weight of the Drone Calypso Expert was no problem at all. You would think, aluminium = heavy, but that’s not the case and I enjoyed the hydroformed aluminium frame’s stiffness. But, to test out the bike’s racing and more technical capabilities, we then took the bike out to G-Spot in Stellenbosch. Always a favourite trail of mine, with free flowing single tracks and perfect berms! [Special shoutout to Stellenbosch Trail Fund]
I’ll wrap this up, so you can see the bike in action for yourself! The Titan Drone Calypso Expert retails for around R16,000.00 (ZAR), and if you are a beginner to intermediate female rider – I would recommend this bike for you! Basically, it is a buy-&-ride immediately kind-of-bike! 😉