2018 Litespeed T1SL
Once you ride a Litespeed T1SL, you’ll wonder why all those folks in the professional teams aren’t riding titanium frames for their long days in the saddle. Lightweight, comfortable and durable, the Litespeed T1SL will be the perfect racer for your weekend exploits while remaining comfortable enough for your solo endurance challenges.
If there is one charge often leveled against ti bikes it is that they are slightly heavier than modern riders expect. Though that occasionally may be the case, the Litespeed T1SL is a ti bike that will satisfy even the most weight conscious of riders. After all, the SL in the name indicates its Super Light-weight. At just under 1000 grams in a size medium, the T1SL offers the sort of stiffness to weight ratio that will make it a dream to climb up your favorite hills.
Considering Litespeed’s long history making high quality frames, it’s no surprise then that they can make a high performing, lightweight titanium frame that will give you the rigidity and responsiveness that you would hope to get in a stiff carbon frame, but without losing the amazing ride quality that is what makes titanium such a great material for cycling. And they have managed all this while still making it the lightest production ti frame made in America. Part of the secret ingredient is the top tube has been made from a single sheet of titanium so that they could create exactly the taper to the tube that will reduce weight and increase the stiffness. Similarly, the oval-ish downtube has been developed to act as the sturdy backbone of the frame without increasing weight.
They have also developed oversized, triple butted, asymmetric chainstays to ensure maximum power transfer while using a PF30 bottom bracket means that that most important intersecting point can be mega stiff and suit nearly any crankset you can imagine. Size specific tubesets guarantee consistent performance for each frame. That means that Litespeed has made certain to use only the amount of material that each frame size would require. Consequently the XS for example, has not been given the tube thickness of the XL since smaller riders are not going to be putting out the watts that cyclists a foot taller will be pumping. So you are saving that weight while not compromising the rigidity, since they have taken the precaution of double butting the bottom bracket and the headtube.
The Litespeed T1SL Has been designed to be the perfect titanium racing bike for the person who appreciates expert workmanship and lightweight performance. It is available in six sizes.
Frame: 6AI/4V and 3AI/2.5V titanium
Rear Stay: Titanium
Fork Axle: QR x 100mm
Head Tube Diameter Top: 44mm
Head Tube Diameter Bottom: 44mm
Headset Included: No
Bottom Bracket Type: PF30
Cable Routing: Internal, electric or mechanical compatible
Front Derailleur Mount: 34.9mm
Front Derailleur Pull Type: Bottom pull
Front Derailleur Swing Type: Bottom swing
Wheel Size: 700c
Brake Type: Caliper
Seatpost Diameter: 31.6mm
Seatpost Included: No
Seat Collar Included: Yes
Rear Axle: QR x 130mm
Sizes: 46cm XS | 47.5cm SM | 49.5cm MD | 51.5cm ML | 53.5cm LG | 55.5cm XL |