Titan Hades 24 Inch 9R

Mini-Me

At first glance, this looks like a ‘normal’ bike, right? Wrong. This is Titan’s entry into the completely under-traded kids’ market. It runs on a reasonably lightweight, hydro-formed aluminium frame, with a 13.5-inch seat tube and a long seatpost ensuring a one-size-fits-many approach that will let Little Johnny (or Jane) ride it for a few seasons, and a decidedly racy 71-degree head angle that will either teach them how to ride fast, or let them do so if they already drop you on the descents. The 80mm SR air-sprung fork complements the 26” double-wall alloy wheels, complete with race-ready Schwalbe Racing Ralphs.

The Tektro Auriga hydraulic disc brakes are both lighter and better performers than the cable-actuated ones normally found on kids’ bikes, the 160mm rotors plenty big enough to stop small people on small wheels, and the Shimano drive train is solid and reliable, with a decently low range of gears for little legs.

The finishing kit is all-aluminium, as you would expect at this price point, yet not boat-anchor aluminium. The whole package is surprisingly lightweight for its pricepoint, and Titan is onto a good thing here. Momsen is the other local brand pushing kids bikes that kids will actually be able to ride, other than to school and back. The Hades, and its ilk, will survive all the pavement ramping on the way home, and the jumps at the local bike park, thanks to clever speccing in the right places.

Gears, suspension, ally frame – it’s all here, just a little smaller: a scaled-down pro racer for the budding Burry in your family.

Price Around R4500
www.titanracingbikes.com

 

 

 

 

  • Nicole

    please could someone tell me what the weight of this bike is?