If you're wondering why you're being asked to drop over $8.5K on a road bike that's clearly not built out of carbon fiber, it's because it's made from another timeless material, titanium. Yes, folks, and if that's not enough, some titanium machines can even outlive their owners. Not to mention you get a lifetime warranty on this sucker.
The crew behind the Illuminati is none other than Wittson, a designer and manufacturer of custom bicycles. Over the company's history, they've specialized in nothing other than titanium frames and components. When asked, "What types of frames do you produce?" Vidamantas Zukauskas, the founder of Wittson, answered, "As long as it's from titanium and has two wheels, it can be manufactured." Did I mention that they work closely with teams like Campagnolo, Vitus, Mavic, and countless others?
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If you ever reach out to Wittson for an Illuminati, you will ultimately be buying a bike tailored to your needs and likes, including the secondary components. But, if you like what you see and trust that Wittson equipped this bike with components meant to help it shine as bright as possible, you can take the hassle out of things and leave the 12-speed Campagnolo drivetrain in place.
a couple of touches help the titanium frame come to light, and believe it or not, those touches are carbon fiber. The fork, for example, is carbon fiber and should be more than enough to reduce vibrations taken up by the front tire. Speaking of tires, a set of Vittoria Corsa 28 is mounted on a pair of Campagnolo Bora One 35, also carbon fiber. The seat post and saddle are carbon as well. With a hand-brushed finish, this sucker is ready to make you look like the Silver Surfer of cycling riding a 7.9-kilogram (15.6-pound) bike.
But why go through all the trouble and cash to get yourself a titanium bike? History and cycling research tend to rave about this material as the perfect base for bikes meant to go the distance. From tensile strength to great fatigue life and corrosion resistance, titanium seems to be a material that should be on your radar. Oh, and when I mentioned that such a bike can outlive you, I wasn't kidding; with proper love and care, you may just pass it on to a subsequent generation, and that's worth considering dishing out $8,600, isn't it?