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Old 02-21-13, 02:03 AM
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Nice work on bianchi. My cx frame finally finished and shipped !!

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Finally started to build this up. It's about halfway done now. Just waiting on the hubs, rims, and cassette to come in to finish it up.
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Old 02-21-13, 02:34 PM
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Originally Posted by YOJiMBO20 View Post
Finally started to build this up. It's about halfway done now. Just waiting on the hubs, rims, and cassette to come in to finish it up.
I see a Moots YBB behind your Litespeed.
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That Bianchi... My god. Its a work of art.
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Old 02-21-13, 02:54 PM
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That Bianchi... My god. Its a work of art.
Thanks. That's quite a complement. It was a fun build!

Thanks for all the complements everyone.
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Old 02-22-13, 08:54 PM
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hey sjrider what size is your bike? it looks like it has a long tt in relation to the seattube. looks great!
That looks like a 51. If that's the case it has a 54cm effective top tube.
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Old 02-22-13, 11:50 PM
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What stem is that?


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Originally Posted by Epicus07 View Post
What stem is that?
Looks like a Rotor SX. Here is the newer version, S3X:

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Old 02-23-13, 01:11 PM
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Very cool stem. Def not in my price range
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Old 02-28-13, 08:20 PM
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Another place I can post this! Finally finished this up. The ride is amazing!
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Old 02-28-13, 08:23 PM
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bootiful. that reminds me...i need to get a thomson seat post for mine.
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Originally Posted by YOJiMBO20 View Post
Another place I can post this! Finally finished this up. The ride is amazing!

Nice clean Ti rig. Looks sharp .... I like it!!
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Update - different seat

Here's my commuter

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Man, if an Archon is your daily driver commuter, I'd LOVE to see what your weekend warrior is.
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Man, if an Archon is your daily driver commuter, I'd LOVE to see what your weekend warrior is.
You're looking at it. I believe that a bike should be ridden.
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Originally Posted by Epicus07 View Post

What stem is that?

Originally Posted by fa63 View Post
Looks like a Rotor SX. Here is the newer version, S3X:


It is indeed a Rotor S3X stem (like the one above) coupled with a Rotor SP1 seat-post. I bought it specifically because I travel with this bike regularly and it has a single Torx bolt instead of two hex bolts like most stems, which is one less variable that can go wrong and also because the Campagnolo groupset also uses the same Torx bolt design.

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I posted a "teaser pic" of my Litespeed a page or two ago , but i have since cleaned it up and this pic is dated tonight and is a pic of the bike in its current ready-to-ride (for me) format .

HAte to post up a book --- but long story short, i was a fair to middlin track racer spanning from the mid 90's to about 2003 --- I never cared too much about the road bike as long as it was reliable, and didnt get in my way or slow me down in the occasional crit i entered ---- I got a killer pro deal from Co Cyclist on one of their "team deal" Litespeed frames and that was that --- bike was built up balls to the wall for the time period , originally Dura Ace 9 , then in late 02 or '03 when D-A 10 started trickling down to the moderately connected riders i managed to snag it --- you might notice the Front Der and headset is Record though, -- this model Litespeed has a big seat tube and i just wasnt sure what size friggin' adapter i needed so i pulled a Campy FDR out of a parts drawer and it worked fine -- and Shimano has decided long ago to stop making headsets for some reason.

Another concession to stiffness is the straight seat stays -- at this time Litespeed had already been speccing the curved seatstays for a few years , but the pro's were complaining about the flex and supposedly this particular frame model was routinely sold sub contract to other firms to paint in their team colors for pro racing glory -- and the curved seat stays would have instantly been recognized as a Litespeed trademark


I was stoked -- I had a $5000 bike with a full pro build long before 5k bikes became commonplace, for about 1500 out of pocket -- it had the full Dura Ace kit to include the somewhat rare D-A seatpost (pictured below) -- which now i guess is obsolete due to integrated and aero seat tubes

This bike has cashed in a ton of crit prime's , logged thousands of recovery day miles , and overall has been a solid companion ------

--- fast forward a few years -- big time racing aspirations are over , except for the remote posibility of some masters class glory if i can lose some weight! --- faced with an ever expanding waistline (10" larger than it was in my racing days! - yikes -- the sick thing is, most of my peers still consider me a relatively normal looking dude! -- America is too fat) -- i told myself i needed one of the new bikes with the "comfort, randonneur, " geometry --- then i also reminded myself that my old bike may still be serviceable with a mod or two to make it more comfy ----- so $300 later i had a new fork with an uncut steerer, a funky riser stem from Performance, and a stack of spacers -- im already ready for a slightly longer, flatter stem though, -- my last ride i had to inch my seat back a tiny tad, but that started dinking with my hip angle

My bike is not as pretty as the Hampsten (drool machine! ) or some of the other Litespeeds/Merlins/Moots on this and preceding pages, but to me, part of the beauty is where it has carried me and what it has been through ----- check the BB pic, i'd like to think this is what happens to paint on a bottom bracket when a track sprinter gets through tearing it a new one in a town sprint!?, but i think paint and titanium simply dont mix that well in truth --- My bike has a Turbo saddle that probably has 40k logged on it if i were to guess --- the D-A group is still pretty darn fresh because it corresponded with the time i almost gave up cycling totally due to burn out and focusing on my new "big boy" career (the big boy career may be partially responsible for my excess stress and weight gain too, but i gotta shoulder most of the blame for that)


Mis matched wheels on it -- true -- the rear is a MAvic training grade wheel with a D-A 12-25 cassette i believe, but the front is a cheap track wheel i found that held air , when i couldnt run down the other MAvic --(its around here somewhere -- LOL )

I threw in a garage pic to show everyone how a guy can get sidetracked from his racing aspirations. The overly large industrial lawnmower suggests that i'm now a gentleman farmer of sorts, plus i spend plenty of time on motorized 2 wheeled machines of the dirt variety -- with a lone 5 year old Santa Cruz mtb peeking out from behind a Honda ---- i originally started riding mountain bikes , then road bikes almost 25 years ago to stay in shape for motocross, then while in college i couldnt afford motocross anymore, so switched my competitive fire to the bikes --but now that i'm in my 40's the tables have turned

If my trusty old Litespeed helps me dump about 50 pounds though --- i may treat myself to a new Archon or something custon with geometry thats actually proper for a non racer, but until then, i'm gonna keep staring at spacers and weird stems while i log the miles !! --

PArty On !


dont knock the mountain bike pedals too hard 10 years ago, you could get a nice pair of Sidis for $200-250 bucks or so ---- now double it - Geez . I just run Spd's and somewhat modestly priced MTB shoes (Sidi Genius MTB) now on all my bikes -- with that stack of headset spacers and that raggedly old saddle -- you can tell i'm not a style king anymore

-friggin bike still clocks in at 17.9 lbs as it sits though ---- clinchers, heavy ass seat, and a 36h clincher track front wheel --- never had any complaints about the weight of this thing










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Here's my Merckx Titanium AX (built by Litespeed). I built it up from the frame and built the wheels a few months ago. It used to have a Wound Up fork. I much prefer the steel Ritchey that's on there now. Mostly 6600 stuff with 7800 downtube shifters.

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Old 04-15-13, 09:50 AM
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Lynskey R230
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Old 04-15-13, 12:48 PM
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Lynskey R230
Nice Lynskey but that white stem does not work with the theme or color of the bike.
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Old 04-15-13, 12:54 PM
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Nice Lynskey but that white stem does not work with the theme or color of the bike.
Thanks. The stem is what I had. Will likely be swapped for a black 3T.
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Good Taste!!!

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Old 04-15-13, 01:33 PM
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Good Taste!!!

lol. How do you like yours? Have you had it long?
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I've had it since July 2012 and have my first century in a week. I love this bike. Now, to be fair, the last road bike I owned was my early 80's Motobecane. However, I test rode a bunch of different bikes a couple years ago, then took some time off for some crappy medical stuff. I bought this as a reward to myself for surviving, and could not be happier. Wish I could have afforded nicer bits on it, but I decided it was worth buying the Lynskey with low-end stuff that can be upgraded as it wears out.
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