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Old 04-09-03, 10:08 PM
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Originally posted by WorldIRC
Right now it is only a rumor i guess. I am hearing this from other members on the forum. I guess we'll just have to wait and see I guess. I really want to know whats going to happen. HAH, if USPS switched to Huffy, then my friend would only believe in Huffy.
Thanks for the clarification! :thumbup:
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Old 04-10-03, 03:21 AM
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It's the truth, written in Lance Armstrong's own book, "It's Not About The Bike". Anyway, if you guys have seen pictures of him riding in a time-trial early back then, it's obviously a Litespeed Blade.
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Old 04-10-03, 05:30 AM
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I read an article in Bicycling magazine last night that Lance was testing a new aluminum bike for Trek. Of course there were no pictures. WorldIRC, I had a Trek 4500 a couple of years ago and the headtube had a sticker that said made in China. Of course it was easily removable unlike most bike stickers.
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Old 04-10-03, 07:29 PM
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Very interesting, it doesn't matter though. MOST aluminium mountain bikes are made in Asia, be Taiwan or China. Anyways, someone figure out what bike he's using.
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Old 04-10-03, 07:41 PM
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Originally posted by fubar5
Maybe Litespeed has a deep and dark secret...Maybe there is a conspiracy....Maybe Litespeed and Trek are....ONE!!! NOOOOOOOOOOOO say it ain't SOOOOOOOOO.
Maybe Litespeed is Trek's father. Use the force Trek.
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I know that many pros ride a diffrent bike then what the label says, but I always thought trek's carbon fiber frame was uniquely shaped in that there would be a very noticable diffrence between it and a lightspeed. All the pictures that I have seen of Lance and the USPS gang were riding bikes with the, what I thought was unique, shape of a trek frame. Do they go as far as platic surgery on the bikes (more than just stickers and paint) to mask what they are riding, or are they very simply actually riding treks?

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Old 04-10-03, 09:31 PM
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Why doesn't someone just call Litespeed lol?
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Old 04-10-03, 09:46 PM
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I can just imagine what my Litespeed rep would say if I called him. I'll pass on this one.
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Old 04-10-03, 09:50 PM
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I think if I called my Trek rep he'd come over to my store and beat me. Hehe.
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Old 04-11-03, 11:01 AM
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perhaps this helps you a bit!!


Trek semi-compact in development
Lance Armstrong recently hinted to Cyclingnews European Editor Tim Maloney that he was testing a new bike for "the Tour and maybe even in Liège this year." That comment generated a flurry of emails from Cyclingnews readers who claim to have seen and talked to people about this new bike.

We hear that Lance has been riding a new semi-compact OCLV frame, a similar configuration to the LeMond frames now being ridden by Saturn. Word from our readers is that Trek supplied Lance with compact and semi-compact designs and the semi-compact shape got the nod from Big Tex.

A new OCLV frame shape is a big undertaking for Trek. Cyclingnews understands that the Waterloo, Wisconsin, firm spent $100,000 on new tooling for the lugs for the Women's Specific Design OCLV frames, so Trek will be working closely with Lance and US Postal to get the new design exactly right before committing to tooling.

That said, the combination of the latest OCLV and titanium LeMond frames provide a venue for less costly experimentation - it's a lot easier to change the shape of a welded titanium joint.

Sources at Trek are remaining tight-lipped about the new bikes.

http://www.cyclingnews.com/tech.php?...003/news/apr11
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Old 04-11-03, 06:07 PM
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stridercc, Lance was definitely riding a Litespeed back then, when Trek did not have OCLV technology. Still, Trek sponsered him but was not able to create a bike good enough for him, until carbon fibre OCLV technology came about.
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Sorry a should of been more specific, I was talking about recent years at the tour and stuff.

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Originally posted by oxologic
stridercc, Lance was definitely riding a Litespeed back then, when Trek did not have OCLV technology. Still, Trek sponsered him but was not able to create a bike good enough for him, until carbon fibre OCLV technology came about.
I think there needs to be some clarification here. From what I understand, the Litespeed that Lance rode rebadged as Trek was a TT bike because Trek had not perfected OCLV for a TT frame at the time. The first OCLV bikes were being offered by Trek since around 1992.
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HAHA This is getting so many posts. I thought he was riding Litespeed Vortex as his daily bike other than the TT?

Whatever it is, hopefully it'll be my final post, can't be bothered to talk much about this ..... lol
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Old 04-28-03, 02:47 AM
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Here we go again with the same old bull**it as usual. First of all what makes you think that campag is better than Shimano, perhaps it's because Trek uses Shimano on their bikes, they have been the great victories of the TDF for the past 4 yrs or so. Secondly Campag stuff is a bit too over priced in my own opinion, plus the shimano stuff have been noted for smoother shifting than that of campag.

We talk about Treks being made in two countries, this being USA and Taiwan, I'm not aware of Merida manufacturing alluminium frames for Trek, but I am aware that Giant use to make the alluminium frames for Trek, also all Trek bikes made in Taiwan are made by Giant.

Now lets talk about the Treks made in the USA. The higher end Treks are made in the USA, like the OCLV and the ones USPS use for the TDF, but I will guarantee you that the labourers who are working in the Wisconsin factory are imported laboureres from both China and Taiwan, that have been paid a slightly lower. Also don't get me wrong here but the Taiwanese are one of the best welders in the world, and they have the technique to weld almost anything, plus they are not afraid to spend big $$$$$$$$$ to buy top quality welding products. I could not care less where the bike is made, whether it being Taiwan, Italy, France or USA, providing the quality control meets quality standards. Also lets not forget that Team ONCE's Giants are made in Taiwan and designed by a Taiwanese.
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Old 04-28-03, 07:15 AM
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Originally posted by Albinoni
Here we go again with the same old bull**it as usual. First of all what makes you think that campag is better than Shimano, perhaps it's because Trek uses Shimano on their bikes, they have been the great victories of the TDF for the past 4 yrs or so. Secondly Campag stuff is a bit too over priced in my own opinion, plus the shimano stuff have been noted for smoother shifting than that of campag.
uhm, excuse me, but other than one tongue in cheek posting
no one is talking about campy vs. shimano.
the original post (and I posted it) was about a new frame
from Trek (compact geometry, well semi compact I believe)
being used by USPS, not the new Shimano 10 speed,
or Campy Electro, or the wages or brazing/soldering skills
of Taiwanese workers.
Lets keep to the topic here, ok?
If you want to get into the entire campy vs. shimano
thing there are multiple threads on road forum
thanks,
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Old 04-28-03, 11:14 AM
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To fuel the speculation.... There are some pictures of the new bike and components posted on Lance's official website:

http://www.lancearmstrong.com/lance/...256D15006F21CD
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