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    Senior Member IthaDan's Avatar
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    Early 90's 17" Litespeed mountain bike.

    *Crossposted at paceline*

    After a surprising amount of interest in this bike when I replied to a WTB ad a week or so ago, I've decided to make a dedicated FS post for it.

    Let me lead with a picture and a link to a Gallery of photos:


    This picture was taken last fall, since then I've juggled pedals, saddles and the seatpost QR, you get the idea though

    I came across this beauty on my local craigslist last summer. Try as I might to make it work, it's just too small for me. Too bad because it's really fun- easily the lightest (~21.5 lbs… for an all metal 20 old bike is impressive to me) and most nimble mountain bike I've spent serious saddle time on.

    The bike is serial number #2817, and while the original titanium fork, stem and bars are still there, the rest of the original groupset is long gone. It's currently built up with M960 XTR parts save for the RD which is a M950 High-normal part. I think the hubs may as well be M950, but I'd have to look.



    This bike is a bit of a goofball- the tubing seems to be 1/16" wall straight gauge from the era when titanium was a strategic resource. The bottle cage rivnuts are 10-32 instead of M5. But who cares, look at that fork:



    In terms of condition, it's not perfect. Some of the decals are pretty scratched and there are some scratches on the tubing. It's 20+ years old. It's been ridden. It is still very pretty. That being said, the welds look perfect and there is no obvious structural any of the welded parts-the frame, fork or stem.

    As far as sizing goes, C-C seattube sure looks like 17" to these eyes.



    C-C Top Tube is right about 21":

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    * There are more pictures with the tape measure in the Gallery link *

    As far as condition goes,

    The only catch is that an owner before me had removed the epoxied in shim to take the seattube bore from ~28.6mm down to… I believe litespeed specced a 27.0mm. When I got the bike, it came with the 25.4 thomson that is on there now and a horribly kludged multiple shim scheme to [try to] get the post to stay put. I've since turned my own aluminum shim on the lathes at work, directly from 28.6 mm, to match the 25.4 of the thomson. Even if sold as a frameset, the thomson is travelling along. I'm sure there are 28.6 posts out there, and I'm also sure I can turn a shim to fit something more common, like a 27.2 post.

    More pics:

    The bike a week ago at work:


    The best shot I have of the shim and seat cluster (it does hold fast, and despite looking a little off, again, the ears be made to sit more parallel, I wasn't rushing because I wasn't thinking of selling until I responded to the WTB thread):






    ALLLLLLLL that being said, Here's the ask:
    I'd like to get $1200 Shipped and insured for the complete bike minus pedals and saddle (that O2 was difficult to locate). OR I'd like to get $700 Shipped and Insured for the frameset- frame, fork, headset (just because), stem, bars and thomson seatpost.

    Of course both prices are OBO and trade proposals are certainly welcomed (I'm 6' tall).

    The Gallery link one more time for good measure

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    Nice bike. Too bad I'm already at S-1...I'd be tempted to sell my vintage MTB for this one.
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    Frameset Sold.

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