For many of you the Planet X brand is somewhat unknown. Well, this company based in the city of Rotherham (South Yorkshire, England) stands out for offering us bicycles at incredible prices. If you enter its website, you will notice that it has a wide range of competitive products.
An example is Titus Goldrush. It is a gravel bike with a titanium frame, SRAM Force1 and Fulcrum R700 650b wheels for only € 1,799.99. It seems unbelievable, but it is true. In addition, for your safety, this model has a two-year warranty. Next, I detail the key aspects of this model.
From the wide range that Planet X has of gravel models, I have chosen the Titus Goldrush because I really like its geometry. It presents a frame that at first glance looks very compact having a pronounced sloping. The feeling is that this type of bicycle causes a more relaxed and manageable ride.
«This model presents a frame that at a glance looks very compact with a pronounced sloping»
Another thing that we must highlight is that its frame has added eyelets for the installation of bikepacking solutions. For example, a third bottle cage can be installed on the bottom tube part. Also, it is possible to add racks. Therefore, you can turn it into a model for long trips.
As for the material that the frame is made of, it is titanium (3AL / 2.5V). This type of alloy is known for its strength and durability, as well as being anticorrosive. In fact, there are other brands that use this type of combination such as the Genesis in their Croix de Fer Ti model, or the Escape from Enigma Bikes.
Also, one of the things I like about this frame is the shapes of its tubes. The headtube is thick just like the downtube. The upper tube and the seat tube are somewhat thinner. The bicycle does not look oversized but very much in keeping with the aesthetics of other analyzed titanium models. The seatstays end in a curve giving the set a very current appearance.
«The seatstays end in a curve giving the set a very current appearance»
There are other aspects that increase the current bicycle feeling. On the one hand, it features thru axles like most bikes today. Also, its tapered steerer together with its carbon fork and straight design give it a very modern view.
«The Titus Goldrush features thru-axles like most bikes today»
If there is something that highlights the set of this table, it is that it is possible to install wheels of both a 700c size for a maximum of 44c tires, or 650b and up to 48c tires. Therefore, you have the possibility to cover different types of surfaces.
Well, to finish the detail of the Titus Goldrush frame, you have different sizes such as Small (46cm), Medium (49cm), Large (52cm) and X-Large (55cm). As for the color, obviously being a titanium bike, there is only availability of the color that titanium offers us.
You cannot ask for more for a price that does not reach the barrier of 2,000 euros. Let me explain, the Titus Goldrush mounts the high-end group Sram Force 1. We can equate it to a Shimano Ultegra, but it is more focused on gravel, or bicycles that require a single-plate solution.
«The Titus Goldrush mounts the high-end groupset Sram Force 1. We can equate it to a Shimano Ultegra, but it is more focused on gravel»
This is an 11-speed transmission that incorporates a 42-tooth chainring alongside a large 11 / 42t cassette. In other words, a specific development for off-road cycling.
« This model incorporates a 42 tooth chainring next to a large 11 / 42t cassette. In other words, a specific development for off-road cycling»
Disc brakes, for your peace of mind are hydraulic (SRAM) so we ensure a more precise and smooth operation.
«Disc brakes, for your peace of mind, are hydraulic (SRAM) so we ensure smoother and more precise operation»
Most of the components of this bike are from the Italian brand Selcof except for the Controltech brand aluminum seatpost. I do not know the quality of these peripherals, but I understand that they are quite reliable.
« Most of the components of this bike are from the Italian brand Selcof except for the Controltech brand aluminum seatpost»
Among them, I want to highlight its aluminum drop-bar that has a 10-degree Flare. This allows us greater control over the bike on technical terrain. Also, this drop-bar only weighs 380 grams which is great compared to similar models.
As for the saddle, it is the San Marco Monza Start. It is a model suitable for both MTBs and road or gravel bikes. It has an excellent weight of 258 grams and the rails are made of steel and carbon.
« As for the saddle, it is the San Marco Monza Start. It is a model suitable for both MTBs and road or gravel bikes »
Wheels and tires
I have chosen the model that mounts 650b wheels. Specifically, they are the well-known Fulcrum Racing. They are specific gravel aluminum rims and with an affordable price.
Finally, in terms of tires, it has the Clement Strada USH with a thickness of 42c. They are tires that have a herringbone tread that have some traction in addition to allowing you to roll efficiently.
Its price is surprising: € 1,799.99. Models of this level normally exceed the barrier of 3,000 euros. We also have the same model but with Shimano GRX mount and for a price of € 1,999.99.