TRed builds superlight
TRed has an all-new superlight, limited edition evolution of their Aracnide titanium road bike called the REA Titanide. Developed by their R&D division over the past two years, the Rea is the first T°Red bike frame to officially get a TOOT Engineering workshop label, taking their metal bike craftsmanship to new levels, or rather new lows – fully custom built-to-order and available with a number of options that subvert the UCI 6.8kg weight limit… under 6.3kg with a power meter, sub 6.1kg without…
TRed REA Titanide limited edition superlight titanium road bike
Known for building fully custom bikes in pretty much any material – aluminum, steel, titanium & carbon – their craftsmanship seems to really shine best in metalwork. And while unique tubing, shaping and parametrically optimized geometry & ride quality make their bikes distinct, TRed knows that often times buyers ignore technical detail and innovation, falling back to one single stat: complete bike weight.
So, they’ve again gone super light…
TRed names their new lightweight bike project Rea – after the mythological mother of Zeus, one of the twelve ancient Greek Titans, or more appropriately one of the six Titanide women – daughter of the original earth god Gea & sky god Urano. She was the rebel that birthed & ultimately established the Olympian gods.
T°Red talks of Rea being the original heroine, a strong & brave Titanide, but also as something an outlaw. That’s where the super light comes in, outlawed by the UCI for competition falling under their 6.8kg weight limit. Three Rea custom builds are available from 6.1-6.9kg depending on what you are looking for in a superbike!
Superlight custom road bike – Tech details
This isn’t the first incredibly lightweight metal bike from TRed. We’ve already seen the superlight 6.6kg Aracnide Acciaio OOL steel disc brake road bike, and a number of other lightweight bikes of all types before that. But this new titanium Rea family in unique in bringing together T°Red’s all-Italian TOOT Engineering development workshop run by Romolo Stanco, and being the first frame itself to get the TOOT works lab naming.
This limited edition Rea Titanide (only 21 complete bikes will be made) shares the same lightweight ti frame as the rest of the new Rea family, incorporating many of the same optimizations we saw in the most recent Aracnide A03 titanium road bike – just taken to the next level. The Rea Titanide also gets a special sandblasted titanium finish with hand mirror polished graphics.
The Rea frame is TIG-welded from what TRed calls Four.Ti titanium, a mix of carefully shaped, proprietary lightweight ti tubing with bottom bracket, dropouts & headtube machined from solid blocks of 6/4 titanium.
The BB is a proven modern standard T47 threaded bottom bracket, dropouts are 12mm thru-axles with replaceable alloy derailleur hanger and flat mount disc brake tabs, and the tapered headtube gets machined-in bearing reinforcements and is built to incorporate fully internal cable routing.
Cables are routed fully internally through an ultralight, handmade-in-Spain Darimo carbon two-piece Ellipse cockpit that still allows adjustability with everything hidden inside. Then, inside through a Deda DCR headset system that still keeps the more sleek, smaller diameter upper bearing.
Finally, the TOOT T20D fork is also unique, developed in a close relationship with Dedacciai, to allow the rear brake line into the downtube, while routing the front brake to the fork. Interestingly again, TRed prefers to use traditional brake wire actuation, to control the light but powerful JuinTech GT mechanical 4-piston disc brakes with 160mm rotors.
Geometry is fully custom with the Rea, using TRed’s proprietary LeHonard parametric design software to tailor both fit & ride quality individually to each buyer – offering Xtreme race-oriented or Sport all-rounder geometries ass a starting point.
TRed Rea Titanide – Complete bike build details
To get the limited edition Rea Titanide as light as possible, TRed gives this bike a suitably premium superlight, superbike spec… starting with a SRAM Red AXS mechanical brake groupset.
More Darimo carbon components help, like the new T2 15mm SB seatpost & that crazy 4g carbon seatpost clamp, topped by a Gelu carbon saddle. It gets a specially finished Cane Creek eeWings ti crankset with matching graphics, what appears to be a Sigeyi AXO power meter spider, and 48/35T Carbon-Ti chainrings.
Wheels are TOOT’s own Yottalight 32mm deep 3KT carbon tubulars with Vittoria Corsa Speed tires glued on.
The end result of all that is this 55cm Rea Titanide that TRed sent us a photo of hanging on the scale at just 6,290g.
Other lightweight custom TRed Rea build options
Beyond the Titanide, Rea Urano and Rea Gea builds are also possible sharing the same lightweight ti frame. Urano goes even lighter – down to 6.1kg (55cm) with carbon TOOT cranks & Chris King BB, but no power meter, plus even lighter TOOT tubular wheels with carbon hubs. The Gea build is more of an everyday superbike at a claimed weight of 6.9kg (55cm) with a Force AXS group, TOOT carbon cranks, Rotor alloy chainrings, TOOT cockpit, and TOOT OOL X-Tech tubeless wheels with carbon hubs.
Pricing is expensive as you’d expect, and available on request depending on your specific build intentions. But complete TRed Rea superlight titanium bike builds start from 8990€.