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Old 09-14-18, 05:26 AM
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Litespeed Ultimate

litespeed redesigned the legendary Ultimate race bike into.....wait for it

graveler. Can use 45mm tires all for
$3k. Frameset
wtf!!!! Who has that for frame people?
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litespeed redesigned the legendary Ultimate race bike into.....wait for it

graveler. Can use 45mm tires all for
$3k. Frameset
wtf!!!!
Who has that for frame people?

https://litespeed.com/collections/ul...12234517610571

There is no WTF, mi amigo. That is the cost of titanium. For perspective: Moots, Independent Fabrication, Seven, No.22, Firefly...they all are about $4,500 for a frame set. Tier below that, is Lynskey that varies as they have semi-permanent sales on. And frame/fork/headset typically ranges from $2,000-$3,000. My Carver frame was $1,500 shipped, and another $600 for the fork from Niner.


As far as the name goes...the hot market now is non-paved-road-riding. A bit strange for us who remember Litespeed's model history--buit there's marketing for you.

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There is no WTF, mi amigo. That is the cost of titanium. For perspective: Moots, Independent Fabrication, Seven, No.22, Firefly...they all are about $4,500 for a frame set. Tier below that, is Lynskey that varies as they have semi-permanent sales on. And typically ranges from $2,000-$3,000. My Carver frame was $1,500 shipped, and another $600 for the fork from Niner.


As far as the name goes...the hot market now is non-paved-road-riding. A bit strange for us who remember Litespeed's model history--buit there's marketing for you.
TI can last a lifetime so I suggest finding a nice used setup at big discount, worked for me with my Serotta

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A $3000 frame doesn't surprise me.

My custom fixed gear frameset was $2700.

A new Cervelo S5 or R5 frameset is over $4000.

That's what high end framesets cost nowadays.

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Lynskey has deeply discounted frames on eBay at times. Unfortunately I have never seen one of their gravel frames discounted there.
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TI can last a lifetime so I suggest finding a nice used setup at big discount, worked for me with my Serotta
I hear you . I bought a great Eddy Merckx Ti bike used all shimano 600 1" head tube road the hell out of it for years loved it but very Whippy.
Carbon came out and I foolishly sold it so I could buy my new Bianchi (2008) I miss that bike.
I always wanted Ti bike to keep for ever but got caught up in the Carbon whoopla......Need to go back but nothing is cheap theses days..
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I hear you . I bought a great Eddy Merckx Ti bike used all shimano 600 1" head tube road the hell out of it for years loved it but very Whippy.
Carbon came out and I foolishly sold it so I could buy my new Bianchi (2008) I miss that bike.
I always wanted Ti bike to keep for ever but got caught up in the Carbon whoopla......Need to go back but nothing is cheap theses days..

If you're wanting lower budget, look into Carver or of course Lynskey. Litespeed is clearly targeting the people shopping Moots/Seven/Firefly/etc.) Both will start around $2K for a frameset. Those are about the lowest budget you can go before wandering into Chinese titanium territory.

Forrest Carver is a helpful guy if you have any questions and is close to his email. My Carver Gravel Grinder(rigged for touring) build (rigged for hammering) still puts a grin on my face.
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