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Old 09-12-21, 06:27 PM
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Surprise gift today - Litespeed titanium content

I'm in West Virginia for a college softball recruiting visit with my daughter and this morning get a surprise text from a friend. I get messages like this once in awhile because of my C&V interest (my wife says obsession). My friend's sends me a couple of photos and a text wanting to know if I was interested in a bike that was the dad's of his daughter-in-law. He had passed away quite awhile ago and the bike hadn't been ridden in 10-15 yrs. He was going to give it to me free if I was interested.

Well, free peaks the curiosity. The initial glance at the dark picture showed a dirty bike. Then I blew up the photo and saw Litespeed decals and a Flite saddle. Uh, yeah, "I'll take it" was my text back.

I'm not back home until Tuesday and the curiosity is killing me so I had my wife take photos and send then to me. Dura Ace components, 8 spd and Mavic Open 4 CD wheels. The stem has to go. Definitely excited to get home and check this one out.

Anyone with an idea on the year? It may not be truly C&V








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Old 09-12-21, 10:12 PM
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Look up "Litespeed Tachyon"; it's one of their early triathlon frames. Those will be 650C wheels.

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Old 09-12-21, 10:25 PM
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someone would want $800 for that around here
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Originally Posted by scozim View Post
Anyone with an idea on the year?
1997/98 according to this: 1998 Litespeed Tachyon

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1997 would have been the 9s 7700 gruppo, this one looks to have the immediate predecessor, 7410 crankset.

650c-wheeled bikes usually show a lot of head tube, so this one must be a very small size.

It's getting to be that any bike with a 1" head tube is C&V these days.

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Old 09-13-21, 04:19 AM
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Originally Posted by dddd View Post
1997 would have been the 9s 7700 gruppo, this one looks to have the immediate predecessor, 7410 crankset.

650c-wheeled bikes usually show a lot of head tube, so this one must be a very small size.

It's getting to be that any bike with a 1" head tube is C&V these days.
Bikepedia lists 96 and 97 as 8 spd and with the Kestrel EMS fork. So maybe it's closer to that vs 1998. 1996 lists all Dura Ace and the Flite saddle while 97 lists all Ultegra and Avocet O2 Air 40r.

The joys of figuring these out especially when we all personalize bikes ourselves.

I'm thinking it will measure to a 49 or 51 cm frame
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Originally Posted by Drillium Dude View Post
Look up "Litespeed Tachyon"; it's one of their early triathlon frames. Those will be 650C wheels.

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Thanks. At least having the model helps. I've always known about Litespeed, just never paid attention to them
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You are one lucky . . . fella. (smile)

Many Litespeed catalogs prior to about 2005 are available in PDF format at

https://mombatbicycles.com/MOMBAT/Bi...Litespeed.html

Gotta say I'm rather envious. Congrats.
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I got home from my trip tonight and anxiously took the bike to my shop to clean it up and check things out. Overall it's in good condition.

Large chainring is a Specialized 54t. Everything else is Dura Ace. Decals for the Tachyon model are gone.

The sad thing is this is way too small so it will move on. 46 cm to the top tube and 51 cm to the top of the seat tube. At 5'8" I can't make it work without looking awkward. It will eventually be sold locally with permission from my friend who gave it to me. Here's some cleaned up pics.













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... truly C&V
Sleek Sheep Slippers!
They come with?
Cleated?
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Awesome that it still has the yellow oem fork.
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Originally Posted by machinist42 View Post
Sleek Sheep Slippers!
They come with?
Cleated?
Ha, I'm sure I could talk my wife into parting with them
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Looking at the insane prices people are asking for Litespeed frames on ebay, I think you might be able to get a prety decent price for just the frame, stripped of all parts (Exept that horrible stem), even if the size limits desirability.
If it was my bike, I would sell the frame, and use the proceeds to get a frame in a suitable size, and most likely also have the hubs laced to a nice set of 700c rims.
That way you could get a very nice bike in your size for free.
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I'

, 8 spd It may not be truly C&V

8 speed and 1" threaded headset ----- id say youre in the right place
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It's a nice touch to leave it intact since it's only original once and who really needs 650C wheels these days? Could get a pretty penny to the right buyer.

That slipper shot is like a Quentin Tarantino moment. He has a bit of a foot fetish.

Not that there's anything wrong with that!
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