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Old 01-27-22, 09:37 AM
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Child of the 90s

Last month, I bought my own Christmas present - a 1995 Litespeed Ultimate! It came to me as, shall we say, a well used bike....


Campagnolo Chorus, mostly, with a Racing T triple crank. But the Ergo hoods were torn, and the NDS crank was cracked (seller made sure this was known), plus the seatpost, stem and bars needed replacing. I stripped it down, used acetone to remove the decals, and buffed it all up with strips of red Scotchbrite.



Then I applied new decals, obtained from Litespeed, and started building it up with a Racing T crankset in 175, plus a Sachs New Success Ergos and RD, which I'd taken off another bike last year.



I started out with a Centaur seatpost, and 120mm 3T Chrome Corsa stem, but when I measured it for fit, I couldn't get the saddle far enough forward, and the bars were just a bit far, so I substituted a Thomson zero setback post, and a 110mm Nitto Dynamic. Here's the bike after I completed the build, on its shakedown cruise....



Between the shakedown and the second ride, I spent time carefully tweaking the shifting, so that I had everything working just right. BUT, I decided the triple wasn't what I wanted. So I stripped it down AGAIN, and ordered a couple bits I needed for a 7410 Dura Ace build - which would make it the bike I lusted over, back in 1995...



Here it is, all built up, after its shakedown cruise....


That's much more what I wanted! That beautiful 7410 crank, the flawless shifting of the first generation STIs with the 7403 RD and 7410 FD, and those lovely first gen. dual pivot calipers. I even had a pair of PD-7401 pedals for it - the ones Look made for Shimano, which take the Delta cleats.
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I think the sachs is the nicer build but either is a true classic. I had one of these in pearl white with a record build and it is one of the few bikes I truly wish I could have back, the ride is just sweet.
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Careful, that bike is so sharp-looking, you might cut yourself.
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Originally Posted by livedarklions View Post
Careful, that bike is so sharp-looking, you might cut yourself.
I did, in fact. Several times during the build. It's got my blood in it, so I guess that makes it REALLY mine!

Then again, this is true of all my bikes - old man, thin skin, clumsy.....
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