The best titanium mountain bikes you can buy
Titanium mountain bikes have a well-deserved reputation for their ride quality thanks to the thin-walled, high strength tubing and it's been a popular - if expensive - choice for off-road frames since the early days of the sport. We've rounded up some of the nicest examples on sale today for your pleasure.
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If drop bars are more your thing, then take a look at our article on the best titanium gravel and adventure bikes you can buy too.
- Ribble Ti HT — from £2,299
- Sonder Signal Ti — from £1,799.00
- Seven Cycles
- Van Nicholas Revelstoke & Zion — from £1,888 (frame)
- Lynskey Titanium Bicycles — from US$1,950 (frame)
- Stanton Switchback Ti, Slackline Ti, Switch9er Ti, Sherpa Ti & Switch9er FS Ti — from £2,000 (frame)
- Kingdom Vendetta X3 & Void — from €1,375 (frame)
- Sonder Cahoot — £3,499 (frame)
Ribble Ti HT — from £2,299
Ribble's titanium-framed hardcore hardtail has a 150mm travel fork, progressive, and slack and low geometry. It promises to be a super compliant and capable hardtail mountain bike. It's built from triple butted 3Al/2.5V titanium tubing for compliance and durability, which makes for a strong frame with Ribble's carefully placed, and rather attractive, CNC bridges helping the cause, as well as helping to keep the weight as low as possible.
A bare frame will cost you £1,799 if you want to build your own.
Sonder Signal Ti — from £1,799.00
One of the least spendy titanium bikes you can buy, the Sonder Signal Ti is a 29er hardcore hardtail built from 3Al/2.5V titanium with a long wheelbase and low bottom bracket for railing fast, flowy singletrack.
Over in Watertown Massachusetts, Seven Cycles makes some of the most renowned titanium hardtails and suspension bikes you can buy. They're a long, long, long way from cheap, but if browsing bikes like the Hightail XX and dual suspension Mobius SL doesn't have you drooling, you've got no soul.
Van Nicholas Revelstoke & Zion — from £1,888 (frame)
Across the North Sea, Van Nicholas offers two models of titanium bike, and neither is run-of-the-mill. You can choose the Revelstoke and have it built up with Van Nich's eye-catching single-sided fork (surely it's a tine — Ed) or pick the Zion 29er and add a Rohloff hub gear and Gates carbon belt for simplicity and reliability.
Lynskey Titanium Bicycles — from US$1,950 (frame)
You won't find a bike that isn't made of titanium from this brand, making road, mountain and grave bikes, Lynskey has something for everyone. The mountain bike range comprises the PRO cross-country hardtail in 29er and 27.5-inch wheeled versions and the Live Wire hardcore hardtail that you can set up with 29 x 2.5in tyres or 27.5 x 3.0s. Complete bikes start at US$4,950. If you don't want to go through the hassle of importing them yourself talk to UK dealers MoonGlu or Pedal Revolution.
Stanton Switchback Ti, Slackline Ti, Switch9er Ti, Sherpa Ti & Switch9er FS Ti — from £2,000 (frame)
Stanton offer all their bikes in steel or titanium, which means they can build you a titanium hardtail for pretty much any scenario, and there's even that rare thing a titanium full suspension option for the very deep of pocket.
Kingdom Vendetta X3 & Void — from €1,375 (frame)
Hailing from Copenhagen, Kingdom produce some very lovely looking bikes indeed. The Vendetta is the brand's hardtail while the Void is an innovative full-susser featuring additive manufacturing (aka 3D printing) of frame components that can't be made by conventional means.
Sonder Cahoot — £3,499 (frame)
A titanium tandem mountain bike is a rare and wonderful thing that's capable of far more than you'd expect in the hands of a skilled team. Every Cahoot is custom built, so you can have every aspect tailored to your exact needs.
Have we missed something out? Feel free to let us know in the comments and we'll put it right. If drop bars and dirt are more your thing, then check out our roundup of the best Ti gravel and adventure bikes.