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Old 10-13-02, 12:10 PM   #1
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What do you all think of Litespeed?

Im planning to get a new bike in a couple of months. I know litespeed makes nice bikes, does anyone have one? What do you think of it . I was thinking about a full suspension litespeed.
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Funny you ask that now. I've never even seen a Litespeed MTB before, but yesterday I was in Springfield MO. and saw one. Looked great but I know nothing about the performance. I do know that Litespeed makes an awesome road bike though.
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Old 10-13-02, 08:49 PM   #3
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I have had my litespeed MTB since 1997 and it is still my prize possesion (two parts groups and two forks later). Point it into a technical section of single track and it will pour through it like water over Niagra Falls. They are such smoothe riding bikes...I cannot say enough about them. Good luck.
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http://www.litespeed.com/english/bikes/tanasi.html
Looks like they make only titanium frames. IMHO it's better to get an Al or steel frame and save a lot of money for better parts than to buy a titanium frame.
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I love my Litespeed hardtail. Titanium rides like magic.
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Litespeed's are great bikes. Made in the USA. They are one of the largest manufacturer's of quality titanium bikes. They acquired a smaller company (was it Moots? No, who was it?) and got a lot of their welders. They put together some very well made frames. The welds are perfect!!!

Titanium is more expensive, but it'll outlast 3 aluminum frames.

I just noticed that a mail order company, Jenson USA I think. Is advertising ZION frames. They look a lot like Litespeeds at a cheaper price. Does anyone know about ZION? May be worth doing some research.

Airborne is also a ti frame builder, with a cheaper price tag. I think theirs are made overseas however. I've seen a couple of their frames and it's difficult to distinquish any flaws, if any. The welds were good and the frames looked great. Not as nice as Litespeed's, but still nice.

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Apparently Lightpeed bought out Merlin, who were/(are) top Ti meisters.
Lightspeed have a pretty good reputation and their design consultant for road frames is Eddie Mercx. They build the Ti frame for his badge.
Ti has a great ride quality for a hardtail, but what advantage does Ti have when used for a full sus?
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not a big fan of the lightspeed "softtails." although I hear they finally came out with a replaceable rear triangle if it goes.

other than that - Litespeeds are SWEET!
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Merlin, that was who it was!

Thanks.

I bought a Pisgah frame a couple of years ago and was going to build it up for XC racing. I ended up needing some $$$ and sold it. Never got to build it, much less ride it. The welds were perfect!

I would have liked to at lease ridden the thing once!

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I'm lucky enough to own two and have enjoyed both. One is road (classic model) the other a cross frame.

They ride nice like a steel frame, but are light like aluminum. Can be fixed if necessary.
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Does anyone have the FS model they now sell. It seems nice, but this is the first bike ive seen that uses a rear Rock Shox as the dampner. Any opinions on this?
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My NRS 2 uses a Rock Shox SID on the rear. No problems in two years of hard riding.
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If any one is interested, Litespeed also makes Aluminum bikes. Have been for a couple years now.
American Bicycle Group is the parent co. of Litespeed, Merlin, Tomaso and Quintana Roo.
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LiteSpeed was using unique headset designs a year or so ago and if there was damage it meant a frame replacement. Anyone have more details? I think it was/is similar to the concept Cannondale was using.

For ti I think I would go with a Seven.
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Yeah,

Litespeed bought out Merlin Metalworks a few years back now, and the ex Merlin Team set up Seven Cycles.

If you're considering a Ti bike and can afford one, Seven would be your best bet (especially their sexy Sola series, also made in Steel)....but either a Merlin or Litespeed would make an awesome bike.

Below is a sexy looking Litespeed Tellico

http://gallery.consumerreview.com/mt...MyBike(42).asp

Check out Ebay for some great bargains...a pre 1997 Merlin were said to be better than later Merlins.

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