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Older Litespeed with a 1" fork/HS?

Old 08-16-10, 08:45 AM
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Older Litespeed with a 1" fork/HS?

Yesterday I went to check out an older Litespeed Obed to replace my recently-stolen XC bike. The Litespeed was in great shape, but there was one issue- I think it had a fork (Answer Manitou Ti Sx) with a 1" steer tube and 1" Aheadset. The bike was listed as a 1995 frame, but I checked the '95 Litespeed catalog and the Obed for that year was sold with an oversize headtube. As far as I can figure, the only possibilities are:

1) This one is even older than '95 and takes a 1" fork (although that fork wasn't made until '97 as far as I can tell- was it ever released with a 1" steer tube?)
2) The bike takes a 1 1/8" steer tube but is fitted with a reducer headset and 1" fork.
3) I suck at measuring somehow.

I didn't disassemble the headset because I was in this guy's kitchen, but I took off the top cap and measured the steer tube OD with a tape measure- 1 inch, no more no less. Am I crazy? What's going on here? Even if it is 1", I might buy it for cheap and just ride it into the ground, although I would hate to have a Ti frame sitting around and not be able to upgrade it a little...
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Old 08-16-10, 09:53 AM
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If it's truly an Obed, it's 1 1/8":


Also, you can confirm many things for yourself at Litrespeed's site. They have PDFs of their catalogs for '90-91 and '93-2000 ('94s also had 1 1/8 HTs):


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The only way to tell would be to pull the fork out and have a look. I've been told (by Litespeed themselves) that since they used aluminum adapters in their head tubes, it was possible to convert the 1" headtubes to 1 1/8". That was fifteen years ago, so the new owners of the company might not be willing to help you out.
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