Our premium road machine, this newly updated edition offers exceptional comfort and superb performance however long (or short) the ride. It’s hard to overstate titanium’s remarkable qualities. Roughly twice the strength of aluminium, titanium is half the weight of steel and handles with the ease of carbon. Featuring Pearson House Design geometry for a sustainable riding position, the most striking feature of the new 2022 edition is the finish.
We’ve moved away from the classic ‘Ti’ look in favour of more subtle graphics, designed to reveal something of the material beneath. The handiwork of designer Richard Hall, our ‘urban camo’ is a nod to the artwork associated with our mental wellbeing “Inside Out’ charity rides, providing occasional glimpses of the base titanium material. The free-flowing lines in a figure-of-eight captures the sense of freedom cycling can bring, and is a nod to the mental, as well as physical, benefits of the sport. Our other design showing a matt titanium rear and ‘go-faster’ stripes popularised in the 1970s.
All Pearson’s titanium bikes are made using hand-drawn 3AL titanium for the main three tubes. The highest quality titanium available, it is triple butted to ensure strength and agility when riding. The expert knowledge required in its manufacture means that it’s lighter and more expensive to produce. However, the end result makes for significantly more exciting performance. Created for longevity, titanium won’t rust or corrode and is more resistant to heavy impacts. (Lower quality, single-gauge titanium is prone to cracks or fractures.)
Other updates include new ports on the chainstay, seat tube and downtube to allow for either mechanical or electric derailleurs. Direct disc mounts ensure the utmost braking power and 12mm through-axles minimise flex when the wheels are rolling. We can’t be sure Sir Isaac Newton was thinking of road bikes when, in 1687, he alighted upon his ‘first law’ – that objects in motion will remain so until acted upon by an unbalanced force – but this machine would likely have turned his head. In fact, it’s a frame so durable that had it been created in Newton’s time, it would likely still be going strong.