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Litespeed at Comp Cyclist?

Old 06-03-11, 01:14 PM
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Litespeed at Comp Cyclist?

So... are people still leery of Litespeed frames these days? I've got another thread around here with some $1200 aluminum road bike options and then today this:

http://www.competitivecyclist.com/fr...bike-9479.html

...pops up in my inbox. For another $250 plus shipping (less tax), I've got a carbon fiber bike with SRAM Rival "bits".

Paralysis by analysis is in full swing. :/
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Old 06-03-11, 04:50 PM
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Buying from CC ... good call. Buying anything from ABG (Litespeed, QRoo) ... well ... what's the saying?
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Old 06-03-11, 06:18 PM
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There's a thread on the front page right now entitled "Litespeed Warranty". I'd take a gander before buying anything Litespeed.


The Wilier that's on sale at CC for 1799, however, is pretty much universally praised. I searched pretty extensively, and I haven't been able to find any negatives written about Wilier the company or the Izoard in particular, anywhere. The exact opposite is true of ABG, however, as it's tough to find much of anything written in praise of ABG the company.

That's is a big part of why I just bought that Wilier w/Rival from CC. I've only had it for 3 days, but I absolutely love it so far. And CC was great to deal with on the purchase.

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Agree with PBD, i'd grab that Wilier over the Litespeed.
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Litespeed ain't what it used to be. Saddens me to say that as I own one but I can't recommend anyone buy anything from them anymore.
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Old 06-03-11, 08:49 PM
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This thread bums me out a little as I just ordered my M1 two days ago.
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Old 06-03-11, 10:11 PM
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I'm thinking of pulling the trigger on the Wilier as well. What a sexy bike! You guys need to post more pics for the rest of us to drool over. I was thinking about springing for the Force build or the Ultegra model from my LBS, but the price drop has pretty much convinced me to go Rival. Glad that Competitive Cyclist has also received universally good praise.
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The Force build is worth it for the Mavic K10 wheelset. If you take that into account the rest of the bike ends up being cheaper than the Rival build.
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Really? Even with the price drop? Interesting...I'll have to look into this more.
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I've been doing a lot of thinking about picking up the M1 also. I have seen people say bad things about Litespeed but don't know why specifically. Is there sales tax when you purchase from California?
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I've been doing a lot of thinking about picking up the M1 also. I have seen people say bad things about Litespeed but don't know why specifically. Is there sales tax when you purchase from California?
Nope! Another advantage to going w/ CC.
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Originally Posted by djpfine View Post
You guys need to post more pics for the rest of us to drool over.




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Picked up the Fulcrum wheels on the real cheap. A lateral move from the stock Aksiums, but I'll actually make a couple of bucks on the switch when I sell the Aksiums and I think the black/white/red Fulcrums look a lot better than the stock silver wheels. SPD pedals (mountain shoes for the ability to walk), Specialized Rib Cages (from ebay so I could get last year's black/red color that matches well), Rival mid-cage derailleur with 11-32 cassette.

Competitive Cyclist was great. You can't adjust the "featured bike" kit on the website as far as I can tell, but I gave them a call and they had no problem changing a couple of things out for me. Swapped the stem length, and even better, they swapped the standard short-cage derailleur/12-25 cassette to the mid-cage Rival derailleur/11-32 cassette for no charge. Not a big deal, I know, but still good service in my opinion, my LBS would've charged something for the same swap.





Originally Posted by zachsilvey View Post
This thread bums me out a little as I just ordered my M1 two days ago.
Honestly, going through a shop like CC is probably the best way to get a Litespeed. I think the consensus is that it's probably a fine enough bike (especially for the price), but ABG isn't a company that most people trust. However, I think CC will take care of you, and they have some leverage with the manufacturer. Just look at the Gallery on CC's website, they're selling a LOT of M1s. With their sales volume, if they go to bat for you, I can't help but believe that the manufacturer would sit up and take notice. CC has got to be one of the biggest Litespeed distributors in the country, if not the biggest.

Get your bike and ride the heck out of it, I'm sure you'll enjoy it. And if you don't, 60 day return policy at CC.

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Originally Posted by pbd View Post
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Competitive Cyclist was great. You can't adjust the "featured bike" kit on the website as far as I can tell, but I gave them a call and they had no problem changing a couple of things out for me. Swapped the stem length, and even better, they swapped the standard short-cage derailleur/12-25 cassette to the mid-cage Rival derailleur/11-32 cassette for no charge. Not a big deal, I know, but still good service in my opinion, my LBS would've charged something for the same swap...
I hate to keep threadjacking, but I thought this was interesting. Am I better off requesting for a mid-cage derailer as well? I'm coming from a Sora/Tiagra triple with a 12-25 9-speed cassette. It sounds like I may want to ask them to switch to an 11-32 also? Advice appreciated.
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Originally Posted by djpfine View Post
I hate to keep threadjacking, but I thought this was interesting. Am I better off requesting for a mid-cage derailer as well? I'm coming from a Sora/Tiagra triple with a 12-25 9-speed cassette. It sounds like I may want to ask them to switch to an 11-32 also? Advice appreciated.
It just depends on what you want. Calculate the gear ratios you use now, and think about what you want in something new. The math is simple, or you can plug it straight into Sheldon Brown's page even easier: http://www.sheldonbrown.com/gears/

I looked at what I used and what I like. My older bike is a triple as well. I like to spin up hills, like really spin, and I have some steep ones around here. Looking at the gear ratios, I figured I would be happiest with the 11-32. I was right, it feels like I could climb a tree. You can put up to a 28 cog on the standard short-cage derailleur as well if that's what you want, but you need the mid-cage to go to 32.
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