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blue ridge versus appalachian LITESPEED?

Old 04-07-21, 01:51 PM
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blue ridge versus appalachian LITESPEED?

LITESPEED blue ridge versus appalachian?
anyone know the difference between these two? i am looking for a gravel bike. anywhere else good to post this? THANKS.​​​​​​​
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Old 04-08-21, 02:09 AM
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Thread here on Blue Ridge owner opinions. May/Jun 2006

Two threads, here and here, Mar 2009.

I'm not sure if you've found these. From what I gathered here and in a few very old scattered reviews, since these bikes were most prominent in the early days of the internets, the Blue Ridge came into existence as the Appalachian was phased out. They used the same frame, supposedly, Appalachian was sold as a CX bike and Blue Ridge as a touring bike.
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If they only support 700x28 they do seem pretty outdated for a gravel bike. If you can still find them, be sure tire clearance, fender clearance brake mounts, fork, axle style. bottle mounts, rack mounts, dropout style, etc. meet your needs. None of those specs are listed. You do not want to be surprised when it shows up with SS dropouts, no rack or bottle mounts and a QR 130 rear axle spec.
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Originally Posted by Badger6 View Post
Thread here on Blue Ridge owner opinions. May/Jun 2006

Two threads, here and here, Mar 2009.

I'm not sure if you've found these. From what I gathered here and in a few very old scattered reviews, since these bikes were most prominent in the early days of the internets, the Blue Ridge came into existence as the Appalachian was phased out. They used the same frame, supposedly, Appalachian was sold as a CX bike and Blue Ridge as a touring bike.
hey man. THANK YOU for all that.
so can i please ask you if you know what i need to do to find a proper fork for a litespeed appalachian? it seems i found a bike and now i need a proper fork for it.
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hey man. THANK YOU for all that.
so can i please ask you if you know what i need to do to find a proper fork for a litespeed appalachian? it seems i found a bike and now i need a proper fork for it.
You're very welcome. Unfortunately, I don't know much about those bikes other than chats with a couple of friends who had Litespeed bikes and what I could find in a quick internet search. To get a fork, you first need to know what headset it uses, and what diameter steering tube fits through it.
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You're very welcome. Unfortunately, I don't know much about those bikes other than chats with a couple of friends who had Litespeed bikes and what I could find in a quick internet search. To get a fork, you first need to know what headset it uses, and what diameter steering tube fits through it.
so diameter steering tube is the ID of the tube? which i am almost positive is 1”?
what is meant by “what headset it uses”? i ees to google headset (sorry) but am i looking for depth snd a brand? or a type of headset? or what?
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You're very welcome. Unfortunately, I don't know much about those bikes other than chats with a couple of friends who had Litespeed bikes and what I could find in a quick internet search. To get a fork, you first need to know what headset it uses, and what diameter steering tube fits through it.
also. does this get me closer?
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You're very welcome. Unfortunately, I don't know much about those bikes other than chats with a couple of friends who had Litespeed bikes and what I could find in a quick internet search. To get a fork, you first need to know what headset it uses, and what diameter steering tube fits through it.
also. does this get me closer?
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Appalachian and Blue Ridge are the same framesets, marketed to two different customers. The Blue Ridge was sold with 700x28 tires, while the Appalachian was sold with wider tires. They are nice riding bikes. I have a 58cm App, but I am searching for the 61cm. (No, it is not for sale.)
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freesafety22 it doesn't help me. I just don't know about the bikes, but if you know how to look, you could probably call Litespeed and tell them the frame serial number and they could tell you all you need to know.

About the headset, and why I mentioned it. The the inner dimension, inner diameter (also abbreviated ID), of the bearing is critical. They might be the same size, or tapered (this means the top will be smaller than the bottom). You need to know this when buying a fork to make sure the fork you buy is the right Outer Diameter (OD) to mate to the bearings' Inner Diameter(s).
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I think that is pretty close in age to mine. I bet it is a 1" steerer.
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Originally Posted by beech333 View Post
I think that is pretty close in age to mine. I bet it is a 1" steerer.
Not 1-1/8"?
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Not 1-1/8"?
Mine is 1". It was 1" threadless(with a spacer to get 1 1/8 for the stem. It is now 1" and threaded.
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Mine is 1". It was 1" threadless(with a spacer to get 1 1/8 for the stem. It is now 1" and threaded.
thanks. sorry for being such a knob. all the terms are new to me.

i will try to find a diagram i guess.

i do understand the 1” ID of the tube. which means i need a 1” front fork.

i don’t understand how (or why) you convert from thread less to threaded. actually i don’t understand what this means either.

i also don’t understand what is meant by 1 1/8” for the stem. is this 1 1/8” of a stack to raise the handlebars? or something else i guess.

also there is aluminum, carbon fiber snd some kind of moly steel as options? but no stainless front fork?
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No worries. They were new to me once too.

1" threaded is the old standard. Imagine just about every bike from maybe 1985 back to 1920's(there was no real cutoff date, as they all overlap a little). The fork steerer (part inside of the frame) has threads at the end of it and when the headset is inserted, the end of the fork does not really stick out so you see the threads. They take a stem that is shaped like a 7. The longer portion fits down into the forks steerer tube.

Threadless bikes do not have any threads on the steerer. (Realize this makes me sound like an arse, but not meant that way.) These usually stick about 1-1.5 inches out beyond the headset. The stem that attaches to these is straight, with holes at both ends. These are threadless stems and they initially were 1", because that is the diameter of forks before the threads were added.

Later, I think they were made to be 1 1/8 because they are stiffer (guessing here) and therefore considered faster. When 1 1/8 caught on, some people wanted to try to convert their 1" threadless forks to allow 1 1/8, which is much more common, so you can get shims.

Pictures would probably help, but I don't have time atm.
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