2018 Passoni XX Ti
Aside from the fact that Passoni regularly create gorgeous bikes, what is so fun about the company is that they are not afraid to push the boundaries of what is acceptable material mixing when putting together their frames. The Passoni XX Ti is a prime example of the Italian company putting their deep knowledge of titanium and carbon into developing a bike frame that makes best use of those materials best qualities.
The XX Ti takes titanium tubing and uses it where it will do the most good. Grade 9 titanium is worked according to different thicknesses, rigidities, and compliances in order to make the top tube, down tube and rear triangle as responsive as it needs to be for serious riders, while keeping that adored ti compliance. And then for the down tube, they employ some T800 woven carbon that has been resined in Italy so that the ride quality can benefit from the strength, compliance and durability of high quality carbon. And then the way the ti is lugged around the carbon at the bottom bracket and seat tube/top tube interfaces is worth the price of admission. Again, grade 9 ti is used for the lugs, though grade 5 titanium is used for the head tube, bottom bracket shell and dropouts. And the bottom bracket is 68mm English threaded for that classic look and the ability to fit just about any crank option. The head tube has been tapered from 1"1/8 upper to 1"1/2 lower, to provide tons of stiffness which will increase your confidence on those tricky descents. The Passoni customized Columbus FEL full carbon monocoque fork with its light and stiff straight blade design will also guarantee a no-nonsense feel to the handling helping to keep everything stable with point-and-shoot accuracy.
But the most important factor for how well this bike will fit you is that it can and will be made to measure. It’ll cost a bit more and maybe take a touch more time, but when it’s finished, you will have a super bike designed around all your size and ride requirements. The carbon seat tube has been designed to work as an integrated seat tube/seat post set up to a maximum length of 750mm. You will want to be pretty sure of your seat height, but once you have that nailed, then you will be able to enjoy the type of acceleration and power transmission that a really well designed integrated seat post can offer. Don’t fret, though, if you hate the idea of having to sticking to one seat height, since a traditional seat post is also available upon request.
Even before you fall in love with the way it rides, you’ll probably fall in love with the way it looks. The mix of the pure titanium and the carbon will elicit ooohs and aaahs from even the most hardened member of the group ride. And if you really wont to blow their socks off, then you can opt for custom painting as well for an extra fee. The Passoni XX Ti will be that one bike in a lifetime that will be the example by which you will measure every other bike you’ll ever have the chance to ride.
Frame: Titanium grade 9 and Titanium grade 5, T800 carbon seat tube
Fork: Columbus FEL customized Passoni
Rear Stay: Titanium
Fork Axle: QR x 100mm
Steerer Tube: 1 1/8” - 1 1/2”
Headset Included: Yes, integrated
Bottom Bracket Type: 68mm | English threaded
Cable Routing: External, internal rear brake cabling available, electronic & mechanical compatible
Front Derailleur Mount: 34.9mm
Front Derailleur Pull Type: Bottom pull
Front Derailleur Swing Type: Bottom swing
Wheel Size: 700c
Brake Type: Caliper
Seatpost Diameter: 31.6mm
Seatpost Included: Integrated seatmast
Seat Collar Included: Yes
Rear Axle: QR x 130mm
Sizes: 50cm | 52cm | 54cm | 56cm | 58cm | Custom sizing and geometry (+$0)
Colors: Pure Titanium, Custom paint +$795
Frame Finishing Kit +$1200
2 Passoni bottle cages (painted to match)
2 Passoni water bottles
Passoni Cinelli Dinamo stem (painted to match)
Passoni Cinelli Neo Morphe or Neos carbon handlebar (painted to match)
PMP carbon or titanium seatpost