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Check out this custom Titici Relli – ready to tackle Badlands

Sam William Andrews' gravel bike is a unique sight in the UK

Tonight's Bike at Bedtime is this sweet-looking gravel machine that belongs to Sam William Andrews, a gravel rider who has been quickly making himself a name in some prestigious gravel races across the UK and abroad. Now, the Briton has updated his weapon of a bike for the tail end of the season, which is to include the notoriously hard Badlands race in Spain. But before Badlands, let's have a closer look at the details of the bike, shall we? 

 2023 Titici Relli front

Let's start with the frame, which is a custom Titici Relli. Titici hails from Asola, Italy, and entered the bike markets with BMX and mountain bike frames in the 80s. It then moved on to building bikes around its "flexy" concept, which incorporates different vibration-absorbing tube shapes into the bike frames. 

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Sam's quite a tall guy, so his Relli frame is size XL. The first thing most folk notice about this Titici Relli - and other Titici bikes - is the very, very thin top tube. The plate-like shape is aero, but Titici also says it reduces vibration by up to 18 percent. The Plate Absorber Technology (PAT) allows the specially shaped horizontal tube that tapers off to become a single sheet of carbon and at its thinnest part, the tube is only 10mm tall. 

2023 Titici Relli
2023 Titici Relli top tube

Moving down to the seat tube, we have the Arch Absorber Technology (AAT) system. This should, similarly to PAT, reduce vibration to the frame working as a shock absorber, strategically curbing shock impulses between the bottom bracket and the saddle nodes. 

2023 Titici Relli drivetrain 2

With the distinct shapes of the frame covered, we can move on to the look of it. The paint job is not just any stock design. The hand-painted frame took six months to finish, and the beautiful purple with a silvery frosted effect is the work of Tony Spray, whose name can be found near the bottom bracket.

2023 Titici Relli rear tyre

In terms of components, Sam has the bike rolling on the newly released Hunt 42 Limitless gravel wheels, wrapped in Goodyear Peak gravel tyres in 40mm width. 

The saddle is Prologo Scratch M5 and the rest of the finishing kit is all Deda, including the nice flat-top handlebar. 

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2023 Titici Relli crankset

In terms of shifting, Sam is relying on a mullet setup, mixing up mountain bike rear end with road front. The oval 46T chainring is by Garba, attached to SRAM Force crankset

The rear mech is SRAM GX1, which has enough range for the 10-50T Eagle cassette.

2023 Titici Relli rear mech

Sam still has a few races before his season concludes at the UCI Gravel World Championships in October, and next on the list UCI Houffa Gravel Race in Belgium, followed by the Badlands in Spain and Kings Cup gravel champs in the UK. 

If you want to follow Sam's off-road racing, his Instagram can be found here


Remember to also check out our other bike at bedtime features - they're full of dreamy builds like this.

Suvi joined F-At in 2022, first writing for off-road.cc. She's since joined the tech hub, and contributes to all of the sites covering tech news, features, reviews and women's cycling content. Lover of long-distance cycling, Suvi is easily convinced to join any rides and events that cover over 100km, and ideally, plenty of cake and coffee stops. 

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Miller | 6 months ago
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Yebbut can you sit on that top tube without it snapping?

Lovely bike, I'll look out for it at the King's Cup event.

 

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Secret_squirrel | 6 months ago
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That's the biggest front ring I've ever seen in a mullet set up. Same size as a grx big ring. 

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IanEdward | 6 months ago
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I'm just in awe of that saddle/bar position, he must have some core strength to ride distance over gravel in that position!

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