Sage Titanium Announces Powerline 29er Hardtail

Jan 21, 2020 at 13:01
by SageTitanium  

PRESS RELEASE: Sage Titanium

We are proud to be launching the Powerline; a new mountain bike model that sits amongst our Optimator cross-country and Flow Motion all-mountain bikes. The Powerline offers riders a versatile and modern hardtail that can handle everything from endurance XC events to down-country shredding.

At the heart of the Powerline — like all of our bicycles — is its Made in the USA titanium frame that’s light and nimble through rock-strewn descents, while being flat-out-fast when sprinting over the top of a climb. A 67.5° head tube angle gives the bicycle excellent stability, even at high speeds, without sacrificing pedaling efficiencies.
Build Your Powerline
- Made in the USA
- 130mm fork
- 2.4 tire clearance
- three bottle cages
- 67.5° head tube angle

The Powerline’s tire clearance for 29x2.4" tires paired with a fun-loving-but-not-too-slack modern geometry makes it the perfect candidate to be built with titanium as there’s no material better for an all-day ripper of a mountain bike. Its titanium tubing has been hand-selected by our founder and chief designer to best compliment the Powerline’s progressive geometry and deliver a ride, unlike any other hardtail.



An internally routed dropper post combined with our patented CCS Cable Clip System (US Patent No. 9,545,975), keeps the aesthetics of the Powerline super clean and shows the level of detail put into every one of our bikes. Our CCS also keeps the Powerline compatible across all drivetrain styles for the life of your frame. We designed the Powerline to be ahead of the curve while being practical in the present so that today and for years to come, it can deliver on a level of performance that we see as unrivaled and will never bridle your adventure or performance.

See more on SageTitanium.com


130 Comments

  • 179 16
 Pretty sweet Ti hardtail - for 2014.
  • 46 13
 This sort of geometry still makes sense in a lot of places internationally. Ontario says hi, for example.
  • 42 2
 Perfect for a rip through the glenn with grandma
  • 31 7
 @sherbet: You mean On-terrible.
  • 21 5
 What's going to be announced next...The new 26" aluminum hartail bike with 80mm of travel up front? Will it come with the Shimano air shift system?
  • 6 2
 @nouseforaname: We're not too bad once you get away from the center of the universe.
  • 55 2
 @nouseforaname: Having ridden both, there's some pros and cons to both. I kinda like transitioning quickly between short steep climbs and out of nowhere downhills. It keeps it mixed up well. There's a lot of damned good riding here, and we're a stone's throw away from Quebec's UCI level stuff. My hometown has hosted more than a few international level events.

Ultimately, anyone can talk all the shit they want on more tame riding areas; we still exist and companies still do sell things to us. While most of the market has left us left behind (cough 66 degree head tube angles on 120mm bikes) there's still some rides out there for us. I didn't look at the Tallboy and go "gross that's a disgusting bike because it won't work here." I'm aware that other terrain exists.

This Sage honestly looks very sorted for a hell of a lot of riders that are either realistic about their needs, or aware of where they're riding. Don't hate, love the ride!
  • 12 6
 @Chillwacker. Looks like a Lynsky built frame! Not worth the price. Too many modern HT offerings to settle for a frame with 2010 geometry!
  • 5 6
 I was going to say, 67.5 for a hard tail is about right, get out of here with this 65 deg HTA on hard tails, but then I looked at the rest of the geometry....
  • 5 0
 The should have called it the anti-donut
  • 4 9
flag Fix-the-Spade (Jan 21, 2020 at 17:15) (Below Threshold)
 @nouseforaname: Could be worse, could be Calgary.
  • 7 0
 @rivercitycycles: You could have a Nukeproof Scout for every day of the week for that coin.
  • 6 0
 $3,100 US For a frame!
  • 30 0
 @rivercitycycles: But if you think of it like a $3100 dollar "Time Machine" that takes you back 10 year's ago it's not such a bad deal... ???
  • 4 0
 @stiingya: Dang... that is ROUGH. Well said.
  • 12 3
 @Fix-the-Spade: you are wrong. I've lived in Calgary. They have great mountains 45 minutes away, and are the friendliest people in Canada. Some of the best bike shopstoo. Youngest population too. Calgarians are 100% go when there's outdoorness to be had. If I'd picked up a winter sport, we probably never would have left.
  • 4 0
 @stiingya: But getting that bike up to 80 MPH is going to a bitchSmile
  • 8 1
 @Fix-the-Spade: What? Calgary has a lift access DH park, plus Moose Mountain and Bragg Creek
  • 2 1
 This bike is so DOWNCOUNTRY
  • 8 0
 sagetitanium.com/products/flow-motion-hardtail

Same overpriced nonsense with a slacker head angle and a bigger fork. Everyone happy now?
  • 6 1
 @friendlyfoe: OH YEA... all the broz and doez will be jealous of those 29x2.2, you read that right 2.2 tires you rolling with on your 150mm hard tail... it's down to be up country baby...
  • 4 0
 Beautiful exotica and coincidentally the patent number is also the price...
  • 6 0
 @Fix-the-Spade: you know Calgary is like, right next to the rocky mountains right?
  • 3 0
 @nouseforaname: a place to stand, a place to grow, ontary-ary-o
  • 9 1
 You guys are all drunk on the kool-aid; any decent rider could shred on this AND have a sick bike for bikepacking at the same time. De-program and open your minds brothers and sisters.
  • 1 0
 lmao right??
  • 3 0
 @ Chilliwacker Came here to write this.

Why buy a bike that will "last forever" if it's geometry is only in vogue every 6 years and for only 6 months....
  • 1 0
 They didn't get memo
  • 13 1
 @JTepic: Titanium, when done correctly, will last longer than you. However, geometry has a shelf life. If you ride geometry older than about 2 years you run the risk of getting food poisoning and other ailments. Geometry degrades over time, from exposure to UV light and especially any increase in income you come across.

Be careful! Ride safe! Don't use expired Geometry.
  • 5 0
 @Fix-the-Spade: Moose mountain and Canmore are both less than an hour away... come ride Razor's edge and try it out
  • 1 0
 @sherbet: my riding area is tame and I have a blast on a bike with a 65 degree head angle, and then when I take it to Quebec City I still have a blast on gnarly tech. That's the difference. I ride a lot of rogue man made trails with pointlessly tight switchbacks at home and have plenty of fun. There is an argument to be made for bikes being too long and too aggressive "geomotron, pole" but this bike is far from those bikes.
  • 2 1
 @Garethccc: Sounds more like somebody's dipped into the bikepacking Kool-Aid. I'll keep my shredders and have more tech fun, including loaded for BPing.
  • 1 4
 @nouseforaname: I've only ever been to Calgary for work. So I'm well aquainted with the airport and various industrial facilities nearby. Last year I made the mistake of going to Calgary for work at the end of an epic holiday where I went to Stevie Smith's park in Nanaimo, Whistler, Sun Peaks, Kamloops, Kicking Horse, Revelstoke and then I went hiking round Lake Louise. Driving along the Trancan to Calgary from Lake Louise was a bit of a come down, just a bit. You're probably right, but I don't think I'll ever be excited about going to Calgary.
  • 1 1
 @rivercitycycles: Sir, your protractor is SOOOOOOOO 1801.
  • 1 0
 @Mntneer: Not good for people with slow reflexes, or chemical dependencies.
  • 1 1
 There’s nothing sweet about crushing your gonads on that top tube
  • 34 0
 $7k
2003 ti motobecane
like new
  • 2 2
 Hahaha
  • 3 0
 @youknowitsus: hahaha

stop being vegan
  • 23 2
 I don't know what people are griping about?! This bike would be awesome. Maybe not for hitting big jumps, or 5 minute descents, by todays standards, but would be fantastic for anyone riding hours on end of single track and fire roads. We don't all live on the west coast. This would be great here in NS.
  • 6 5
 nah that STA is way too slack
  • 5 0
 It would be a pretty sick bike for the technical single track on the east coast. Near where I live, there’s lots of climbing (sometimes more than descending ????)
  • 9 0
 @hamncheez: 73.75* seems pretty good to me, given these intentions.
  • 8 0
 @kittenjuice: I'm with you guys, this isn't meant to be a super aggressive hardtail. Seems like this is basically marketed as an Intense Sniper, Mach 4 SL or SB100 without the rear suspension. That means the STA is actually steeper than it seems because there's no rear squat. Probably equivalent to 75* if this was a FS bike. BTW their website is fantastic, first time I've seen this brand.
  • 2 3
 @hamncheez:

Not really for a hardtail with a steepish HA. Considering most 160mm enduro bikes have a STA between 76-77* but then under 30* sag are around 2-3* slacker. It has a steeper HTA and therefore doesn't need a super steep STA to keep the front end weighted. Also steep STA are only really necessary for doing steep climbs.
  • 4 2
 steep seat angles aren’t just about keeping the front wheel on the ground and certainly not just for tall riders (anther misconception). They put you in a more powerful pedalling position. 73° was the norm for a long time on road bikes which are ridden from the saddle when going up, down and across - it’s a comfortable average for all grades (ever spent a day pedalling on flat from the steep position on your enduro bike?)
At the aggressive end of mtb we only sit down to climb these days so it makes sense to prioritise a seated position for going uphill that allows you to pedal more efficiently ‘bio-mechanically’ and also has the benefit of keeping the wheels planted.
I know some short riders who’ve never had to worry about the front wheel lifting as their COG is lower but they still slam the saddle forward on already ‘steep’ seat angles simply because it’s a stronger pedalling position.
  • 9 0
 Coming back to this bike lol I think the geometry makes perfect sense for a bike that’s gonna be pedalled all day, mostly in the saddle and across varied terrain. Not everything has to be an enduro bike.
  • 1 0
 @ProperPushIrons: Care to explain how a steep STA puts you in a more powerful position?
I've always believed that the biggest muscles in the back of the legs provide the most power.
  • 2 1
 @StraightLineJoe: STAs don't slacken out much with sag on a full sus because the front and rear is sagging at the same time...
  • 2 0
 @corona know your audience. You're going to come across as a virus.
  • 1 2
 @ProperPushIrons: I still honestly have no idea what the hell an "Enduro" bike even is.....
  • 3 0
 @tgent: Right, but your STA gets steeper on a hardtail under sag because there isn't any rear suspension to squish. On flat ground, a full suspension bike's sagged STA is will be pretty much the same as the static STA. It will be slightly slacker going uphill (since your weight tends to be biased towards the rear when pointed uphill) and slightly steeper going downhill. A hardtail's sagged STA will never, ever be slacker than its static STA. It's a physical impossibility. Assuming 20% sag, a 130mm travel hardtail will have around a 1-1.5 degree steeper STA (and HTA) with you sitting on it than the static geometry chart would suggest.
  • 1 3
 @ChristophColombo: I understand that, my comment was just about full suspension bike's seat tubes staying statics and not slackening when sagged. Also a good rule of thumb is 0.5 deg of angle change per 10mm of fork change. This thing has a 67.5 deg hta and a 73.75 (effective, 71.75 actual) sta with a 130mm fork, at 30% sag on the fork you're bike will sag down 40mm. So you're hta will get steeper by 2 deg and be 69.5, and your sta will be 75.75.

Still an extremely steep hta and pretty slack sta.
  • 18 0
 What... Only 3 bottle cages? WTF
  • 16 3
 67.5 degrees?1?? I believe the people are requesting 57.6 degrees. Someone is going be in trouble for reading that backwards.
  • 19 0
 "without sacrificing pedaling efficiencies" because you can't pedal a slack bike. Because of the, you know, the fact that the slacker bike... Because of the angle... It's meant to be fast so slacker is not well...
3WATERBOTTLE!!!!
  • 6 1
 And a 71 deg STA ugh
  • 1 0
 @5afety3rd: you want the effective seat angle. 71 is the actual angle like most bikes with 77 degree effective sta have a much slacker actual sta
  • 2 1
 @fracasnoxteam: Actually using a 63* headangle hardtail for everyday use and it gives me tons of stability and do not sacrify pedal efficience
  • 1 0
 @LuccsPB: stump Evo here, can't agree more
  • 1 0
 67.5 is fine. My Krampus is 67.5 with a rigid fork and I can ride it on the same trails as my Murmur which is at 64.5 albeit a bit slower.
  • 1 0
 @srstudent: I has a 34.5” inseam, I’ll notice the actual seat angle A LOT
  • 1 0
 @5afety3rd: I’m 6’5” and have a 36” inseam, and if the actual is within a degree or two of the effective then it’s fine. It’s super kinked seat tubes where problems really start.
  • 1 0
 @5afety3rd: (for me at least!)
  • 12 1
 Don’t buy these bikes. They are built by lynskey and aren’t original. The owner designs most of the bikes and tends to mash the geometry of different bikes together in a way that makes them ride like total garbage. They are overpriced and aren’t down to earth at all as a brand. If you want a better ti bike, just buy a lynskey, they cost less and you’re giving your money to the people building your bike, not these posers.
  • 1 0
 +1. each of their designs seems lazier than the last.
  • 16 2
 8k for an owl sticker badge?
  • 28 0
 When all of your friends ride XX1 Yeti's, and you still want to make them feel poor.
  • 3 0
 What are the badges on your seat tubes made of?
  • 3 0
 @OceanPhil: free range polyvinyl chloride
  • 11 1
 "An internally routed dropper post combined with our patented CCS Cable Clip System (US Patent No. 9,545,975), keeps the aesthetics of the Powerline super clean and shows the level of detail put into every one of our bikes."

LOL.... Oh I love it when people spend the money to show how idiotic the US patent and trademark office application examiners truly are... this ranks up there with the guy who got patents for what was essentially "fire" and "the wheel".

I looked up the patent number...

patft.uspto.gov/netacgi/nph-Parser?Sect1=PTO1&Sect2=HITOFF&d=PALL&p=1&u=%2Fnetahtml%2FPTO%2Fsrchnum.htm&r=1&f=G&l=50&s1=9,545,975.PN.&OS=PN/9,545,975&RS=PN/9,545,975

"Abstract

The present disclosure relates to devices and methods of converting a bicycle frame from a mechanical gear-shifting configuration to an electronic gear-shifting configuration and vice versa. In a representative embodiment, a method of converting a bicycle frame from a mechanical gear-shifting configuration to an electronic gear-shifting configuration comprises removing a mechanical cable extending between a mechanical gear-shift actuator and a mechanical gear shifter via a cable stop of a removable bracket member secured to a down tube member of the bicycle frame, and removing the removable bracket member from the down tube member of the bicycle frame. The method further comprises mounting an electronically-actuated gear shifter to the bicycle frame in electrical communication with an electronic gear-shift actuator such that actuation of the electronic gear-shift actuator causes the electronically-actuated gear shifter to shift gears. "

So they got a patent for removing the external cable/housing guides from a frame and eliminating the zip ties or cable housing clips and replacing them with holes in the frame down tube.
  • 3 0
 Yep, looks like they did.

That being the first step in any decent marketing spiel designed to wow the consumer... they are not the first and certainly won’t be the last.
  • 4 1
 @orientdave:

There was also a US patent granted for a fart powered dart gun (many years before the movie Despicable Me introduced us to the fart gun) which I found when searching for paint ball gun patents.
  • 3 0
 @deeeight: Oh it's so much more specific than that too. Not only is it incredibly specific to the exact layout of the clamps they used, the amount of verbal diarrhea in the detailed description is so nonsensical its borderline shocking. This is a personal favourite:

"Known bicycle frames are often configured exclusively for use with either electronic gear-shifting systems or mechanical gear-shifting systems, and can only be converted from one to the other with extensive modification, if at all. For example, bicycle frames configured for use with mechanical gear-shifting systems often lack the openings in the frame tubes required for internal routing of electrical wires through portions of the frame, while frames configured for use with mechanical gear-shifting systems lack suitable mechanisms (e.g., cable stops) for securing mechanical cables and housing to the exterior of the frame. Thus, to enjoy the respective benefits of electronic and mechanical gear-shifting systems, a user must frequently have a bicycle frame dedicated to each configuration, at considerable expense.

So the basis for this patent is that other designs lack the capability of switching from internal to external routing is clearly nonsensical. Also who the hell wrote all of this? They paid someone to sit down and write this nonsense.

That alone is reason enough to never buy anything from them.
  • 3 0
 WAIT I didn't even catch the best part of what I put in quotes.
"while frames configured for use with mechanical gear-shifting systems lack suitable mechanisms (e.g., cable stops) for securing mechanical cables"

Oops. That was supposed to say frames configured for use with electronic gear-shifting systems...blah blah blah.

Bunch of muppets.
  • 1 0
 @friendlyfoe: If you pay your fees up front, and are creative in your wording, you can get a patent for virtually anything that already exists. I wish I'd written down the patent #s for what were essentially "the wheel" and "fire" so I could search the database to find the fiction written in the application. There's also the problem of continuation patent applications, where people essentially "edit" their applications after being filed, to add more and broader claims, referencing the earlier application to back date how far their protection extends if they're actually granted the patent.

Now the thing with patents like these, is some companies legitimately believe they are justified in then suing other brands for violating their patent. The owners of Smart Parts used to do that over electronic paintball guns, even though their actual patent was originally for a SPECIFIC design of gun, and it was in fact granted on the same day by the same examiner who'd approved a patent for another specific design of electronic paintball gun to another MUCH LARGER corporation (Brass Eagle). Smart parts then went around suing everyone smaller than them, forcing license agreements and bankruptcies of other brands. They never once attempted to sue Brass Eagle though.
  • 12 0
 When evil has gravel bike more trail worthy than your trail bike
  • 9 0
 You guys are brutal. This is a titanium Chameleon, almost the same geometry. Comments here are vastly different than over there. www.pinkbike.com/news/first-look-santa-cruz-chameleon-goes-carbon.html
  • 3 0
 It's cause, Santa Cruz...is like...more better. Because, they are like...progressive...and flowy...brah.
  • 5 0
 I ride a Ripmo all summer and a Fuse in the colder months with similar geo to this one. It takes about 3 rides to get used to it again and then you're hooked. I like the slacker seat angle for absorbing bumps a bit rather than having it wedged up there at 76 degrees. Gives you room to switch from seated to standing, which you do more on a hardtail. Dreaming of a ti frame to switch all the parts over to and keep for many years.
  • 9 2
 Road bike brand's interpretation of a mtb. Might be a good bike but not for the Pinkbike crowd.
  • 2 1
 Sage also makes a slack, longer travel hard tail.
  • 1 2
 @pmhobson: too bad they put kiddie wheels on it.
  • 5 0
 @garrisond5: I believe you mean "The One True Wheel Size" Wink
  • 4 0
 @pmhobson: excuse me sir, but I've chosen my wheel size now it is thrust upon me to be a right prick about it.It's in the rules. Are you new here? Cuuuuhhhmmmaaawwwnnn....
  • 4 0
 This is so funny, on one post we’re all talking about how pure and simple cycling is and how good it is for the soul.....then now we’re making big hoo-hahs and like how a 1 deg head angle difference is a matter of life and death....
  • 4 0
 Wow. There sure is a lot of hate for this frameset here. Other than the price I don't get the hate. It is not outdated geometry for XC or marathon racing. It has nearly the same geo as Santa Cruz Chameleon, Kona Honzo, Norco Revolver...
  • 5 0
 I actually think it looks great and would do well for what it was intended for. Ontario singletrack would be a good match for it.
  • 7 0
 Nothing should be limited to 2.4 tires in this day and age
  • 6 1
 The HTA is right on, the super slack stuff is a fad and will fade away like bar ends. The miss here is the 2.4 tire. Needs more clearance imo.
  • 6 0
 It sounds a bit off, like someone who's not into bikes wrote it.
  • 4 0
 The same can be said about whoever designed it.
  • 6 0
 I’m excited about the next generation of ti honzos
  • 6 0
 DoWnCOuNtRY machine lol
  • 18 0
 More like flatcountry machine
  • 4 0
 Road Country? Or is this the gravel bike I have been hearing about?
  • 1 0
 The head angle could be fixed with an angle set, but the seat tube will still be slack by today's standards. The standover height is astronomical for a size small. 31" on a small is just dumb. The bike is such a waste of fine metal.

The BS marketing talk for this bike is insane. PB is a tough crowd but this one takes the cake.

Being given this bike would be like getting a new Palm Pilot for Christmas..........anyone remember those?
  • 1 0
 The reach is pretty roomy at 454mm on the Large. and the effective top tube is 639mm. The head tube is 67.5 which is plenty slack enough if you don't suck. Seat tube angle at 73.5 is steep enough too. Not too far off of my 5yr old Chromag Wideangle. And, that gets ridden on Hey 'Bud and a bunch of other double black Whistler trails with my 70mm stem, 68deg HA. All the complaining in funny. The frame looks great and probably handles very well too. I can't say much about the price as it is Ti.
  • 4 0
 CCS Cable Clip System? They patented external routing with zip ties?
  • 4 0
 How do you say "meh" in expensive past tense?
  • 3 0
 But does it single speed?
  • 3 0
 2009 called - they want their frame and a rebate check for $2K back....
  • 1 0
 For a moment, I thought the name was Powerslave. Almost pulling the trigger I noticed Powerline. Grrrrr. The maiden deserves better.
  • 2 1
 Made in USA out of Chinese ti with a 2013 HA. Maybe if it was made by overseas professionals, they would have got the geo right.
  • 3 0
 that bikes expensive as shit
  • 5 6
 All you chickensh*ts that can’t descend 5% grade without a 63 HTA, 150 mm fork, 800mm bars and 175mm dropper are a bunch of whining posers.

Can’t climb without 76 STA because you don’t know how to stand with grip and have no lungs or heart.

No skills, no endurance - e-bike mo peds on groomed bike park jump trails go pro bros stay off real trails that take skills up and down.

Sheep.
  • 2 0
 Yah do these people even climb?
  • 1 0
 lol i wonder how many people actually buy this over the many other ti bikes with MODERN geometry... Probably developed it in 2012 but weren't able to fund it til now.
  • 1 0
 It's a gravel bike without the stupid curly bars. And it's got way better go that a gravel bike for half the stuff people use gravel bikes for....
  • 2 0
 Made in the USA, trump will be happy
  • 8 0
 He's got more to worry about at the moment...
  • 9 1
 @ReformedRoadie: Really hoping we're all going to get to watch the Republican party splinter around Mcconnell's clear abuse of power. He's done more damage to your country than Trump ever will. Brett "keg stand" Kavvanaugh as an example.
  • 1 1
 @ReformedRoadie: yeah, like whether to have one scoop or two. You guys crack me up.
  • 3 0
 What's a hardtail
  • 3 0
 Nice lynskey.
  • 2 0
 Why do hardtails not get tapered headtubes? I would really like to know.
  • 4 0
 Because titanium is expensive. A straight tube is a standard off the shelf items. A larger billet with extra machine stock for a taper isn't. Have a look at the Kingdom Vendetta vs the Vendetta X2
  • 2 0
 I feel like there's non titanium examples but for titanium that makes sense. Thanks
  • 1 0
 not the best geo but gotta give them applause for not manufacturing a bike overseas and keeping it local
  • 1 1
 I seriously do not get why it is highlighted that it is "Made in the USA". It is not a guarantee of a better quality, unless you think it is 1995....
  • 1 0
 This is nearly exactly how I built my custom Ti Hardtail for Ontario riding... Charge Hard for Ontario riding...
  • 2 0
 Bikepacking.com
  • 1 0
 Portland
  • 1 1
 I'd much rather buy a Stanton - built in the UK with modern geometry.
  • 1 1
 too steep, too short, too expensive
  • 1 2
 Hard tails = slow as snails
  • 1 2
 But fun as F%$£...(maybe not this one tho with such XC outdated geo).
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