Seeing a titanium bike these days is a bit like seeing a triple rainbow: rather rare, and quite magical. Thankfully the crew down at Cove Bikes saw fit to hand me their latest ti creation, the Hummer 650BJ, for a short but sweet sojourn with the rare bird.
The Hummer 650 BJ is the second of two new bikes at Cove to be shod in the ‘tweener wheel size (check out the heated discussion surrounding their as-yet unnamed other bike HERE). That being said, this bike is a full production model, and will be available for purchase later this month. A frame will run you $2,000 and a build kit will also be on offer.
Thanks to the super lightweight frame and smart spec, this bike has an almost puppy-dog enthusiasm for the ups. Push hard enough and you can find the outer limits of the bike, but one has to ride way out of the 650 BJ’s intended zone to do so.
Clean lines and well-sorted geometry make this a perfect XC/AM crossover rig.
Cove is never one for subtle names, and the 650 BJ certainly takes after its predecessors in that regard.
Our bike came with a one-off build kit featuring a mix of primarily XT and XTR components. An official SRAM build kit will be on offer for those who want a ride right out of the box.
A clutch rear derailleur helps things run quietly out back. The 650 BJ also features sliding dropouts to help tweak the wheelbase depending on your riding needs. Also present is a 142mm thru-axle, which helps keep the rear end from noodling about.
The RaceFace NEXT carbon cranks were another nice touch, while the BB30 bottom bracket provides a nice stiff interface. When it was time to stomp on the pedals and get going, this bike takes off like a rocket.
Seek and ye shall find. Detailing on the drive-side chain stay.
Suspension duties are handled by a 140mm Rock Shox Revelation RCT3. The fork features a 3-position lockout, ensuring that the front of the bike sticks to the ground, unless you want it to. Our bike rolls on XT hubs laced to Sun Ringle Inferno 27s, but the build kit will feature DT Swiss 350 hubs laced to 480 hoops.
Dropper posts have become an essential component to any high-end trail bike nowadays. The spec of an oversize seat tube makes this a go, while a Cove-branded WTB Rocket V offers a lightweight perch.
The cockpit is comprised of yet more RaceFace components, with the Next bar taking center stage. It’s not monstrously wide, but on this bike, it doesn’t have to be. Plus, the carbon helps to dampen out the small-bump chatter that causes hand and arm fatigue.
The welding on this bike is exquisite. There has been a lot of time and effort put into crafting this bike, and it truly shows in the final product.
Does the new Hummer turn your crank? Does titanium still have a place in a world filled with so much fantastic plastic? Let us know in the comments below…