He was born and grew up in my family, as Matteo Pedrazzini describes the Titici company.
Our last Test bike has as protagonist this Italian brand whose origin dates back to 1961. Many changes have been occurred since then, the steel changed for carbon and although the manufacturing methods have evolved remarkably, the brand continues with an end to end philosophy with the client. Custom-made, craftsmanship and a proud Fatto a mano in Italia in all their frames.
Since 2017, this process of evolution has a clear protagonist, the Flexy system. Titici builds all their current frames following this philosophy applied in the Top Tube of their frames. This characteristic is reflected in a tube that starts conical and ends flat in its union with the Seat Tube, Titici tells us that this method achieves 18% more absorption of vibrations than a “normal” tube and as well it’s a visual element differentiating of these frames which leaves no one indifferent.
We could try its gravel variant, you know how RAW likes this discipline, and we were delighted with the dynamic behavior of the frame. The flexy system seems to be specifically designed for this modality, we believe that it is precisely to this discipline where the most benefit can be obtained. This means a very comfortable ride when we leave the asphalt, and believe us if we tell you that we tested it in complicated situations, and it fulfilled. The frame is not especially light, but it is not a determining feature, it is its absorption of irregularities for gravel, where it notably fulfills its purpose.
Our unit had carbon rings 3T DISCUS C35 team, with a set of Vittoria tires. As for peripherals, handlebar, stem, and seatpost from 3T again, along with a Fizik Antares saddle. The group Sram force 1×11 was the only non-Italian element of the set. We would have liked to have an even more high-end unit to lose weight and make use of 100% of the potential of the Titici Flexy Gravel, however we think it is an option to take into account, the hand-made, comfort and differentiating aesthetics of its Top Tube system made us enjoy testing it a lot.
Photos by: Brazo de Hierro