Just in: Pretorius Outeniqua

Titanium road bike from a boutique British brand

by Mat Brett   May 15, 2012  

We’re lucky enough to get some good-looking bikes in for review here at Road.cc and this new titanium model from Pretorius is another head turner in an understated kind of way.

You might not have heard of Pretorius before so let’s start by telling you a little about the brand…

Pretorius Bikes is a shop just off Shoreditch High Street in London. It’s been around since 2008. They offer Colnago, Scott and Cinelli bikes, and their own titanium models too. Like the other two options in the lineup – and the majority of ti bikes out there – the Outeniqua road bike is made from 3Al-2.5V titanium (meaning there’s 3% aluminium in the alloy, and 2.5% vanadium) which has excellent fatigue life and resistance to corrosion.

The Outeniqua’s frame is pretty classic looking; they’ve not gone over the top with the shaping here. The top tube slopes very slightly downwards towards the seat tube but it’s far from the most compact of compact geometries. The top tube slims down a little along its length too – from 38mm to 34mm – although you have to look pretty closely to spot that.

If you think the head tube looks chunky, that’s because it is. It has a 44mm internal diameter, taking a Chris King 1 1/8in InSet bearing at the top and a 1 1/2in external headset cup at the bottom, the extra width being designed to provide more front end stiffness. The fork is an Enve Road 2.0 which is full moulded carbon fibre, including the dropouts, and it weighs in at just 350g.

The down tube is oversized although, with a 42mm diameter, not excessively so, and the seatstays taper down from 22mm at the bottom bracket shell to 19mm at the dropouts. Speaking of the dropouts, they’re a neat half-moon design while the cable stops and bottle cage mounts are neatly welded in place.

There’s nothing too strange about the Outeniqua’s geometry. We have the large (58cm) model in on test and that comes with 73.5/73° frame angles, a 57cm effective top tube and a 19cm head tube – that’s including the stack height of the headset. It’s certainly a race-centric set-up – your ride position is low and stretched – but you wouldn’t call it extreme.

Our model has a brushed finish so any little scratches are easily buffed away with some wire wool. You can go for a painted finish if you prefer. Custom paint jobs are available and start from £200. You can also choose from a range of eight different decal colour options and select the headset colour.

The Outeniqua is available as a frameset including the Enve fork and Chris King headset. That will set you back £1,950. You can have it built up however you like so we opted for high-end components throughout… well, the guys at Pretorius did offer. We have a Campagnolo Super Record groupset, Reynolds Thirty Two carbon-rimmed wheels and Schwalbe Ultremo ZX tyres.

The handlebar, stem and seatpost (31.6mm diameter) are all carbon offerings from Enve while the saddle is a Selle Italia SLR which is, of course, the best saddle in the world (according to me). Oh, and we have a bottle cage and bar tape from Arundel on there too.

That little lot weighs in at 7.2kg – which is a highly respectable 15.8lb – and retails for £5,999.

Everyone around here reckons it’s a really good-looking bike. Cool, classy… words like that are getting bandied about. But so far we haven’t got a clue how the Pretorius rides so the next item on the agenda is to get out and get the miles in. We’ll let you know how we get on; there’s a full review coming your way shortly. In the meantime, check out the Pretorius Bikes website.

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That looks chuffing gorgeous! You can keep your lurid carbon bling - this is close to bicycle perfection if you ask me.

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posted by Martin Thomas [582 posts]
15th May 2012 - 8:13

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Almost chuffing gorgeous. Red decals on the wheels and groupset, blue brake pads and green, GREEN headset!? Headset and seatclamp should always match of course. What pedals are you putting on - yellow speedplays?

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posted by arrieredupeleton [563 posts]
15th May 2012 - 9:32

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lovely Wink

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posted by Bigcog [18 posts]
15th May 2012 - 10:13

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I could live with the red decals (titanium and red goes - check out any Enigma). Good point on the brake pads and headset. I'd change the pads. As for the green headset...hmmm. You'd either have to swap it for a different colour or change the tyres to these Vittorias http://road.cc/content/review/15731-vittoria-open-pave-evo-cg-folding-tyre No great hardship there cos they're brilliant.

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posted by Martin Thomas [582 posts]
15th May 2012 - 10:19

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A beauty!! Should be a prize on Fantasy cycling I reckon. Wink Wink as I certainly can't afford it.

posted by Alan Tullett [1457 posts]
15th May 2012 - 10:29

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This is a great looking machine. I happen to love subtle flashes of colour on a bike like this. Nobody buys brake pads just to colour coordinate do they?

posted by andrewcook [7 posts]
16th May 2012 - 18:38

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Slight correction to the location info given in the story: the shop is just off Kingsland Road, rather than Shoreditch High Street. Essentially the same street, though, and a straight ride up from the City since we got rid of the one-way system Cool

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posted by trevorparsons [13 posts]
16th May 2012 - 21:39

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andrewcook >> I happen to agree with you! ... and I'm afraid that somebody DO buy brake pads by the colour Wink

posted by morits [23 posts]
23rd May 2012 - 8:30

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For that money it's not particularly light, I would hope for better. My steel road bike in a 59 is a lot lighter at 6.8kg!

posted by TheDoctor [79 posts]
24th May 2012 - 21:32

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