2016 Litespeed T3 Disc
As much as most of us love the idea of an all-day gravel grind, or even some multi-day bikepacking, the reality is that most of us are slipping our rides in between family, work and other obligations. Most of us also probably don’t live in the middle of nowhere, so we’re dealing with all sorts of surface types, from smooth or broken tarmac to rooty or rougher gravel. This type of reality riding is what a versatile bike like the Litespeed T3 Disc is perfect for.
Though a lot of folks rave about the soft, supple, comfort-oriented ride you will get with good titanium bikes, that description is apt to put off as many people as it appeals to. But with the T3 Disc, you won’t have to worry about exchanging the efficient, responsive ride that you love in your carbon frames for the comfort vibration absorption you can expect from a ti bike. Hand-crafted from 3Al/2.5V titanium, the T3 Disc has received the strategic tube shaping that Litespeed has dedicated to their other bikes, so that a tapered and oversized top tube, flattened and ovalized seat stays, and a biaxially ovalized downtube will result in a bike that handles beautifully, is stiff and responsive while still offering a smooth, comfortable ride.
And then having disc brakes on the bike increases the multi-use versatility that will make you start thinking about all those rough or even gravel roads you could explore on this bike. Now, this is not a gravel bike, per se. Litespeed makes one of those too if you are seriously keen on spending most of your time on gravel. But this is a bike that can certainly handle some mixed surface adventures with ease. And that is just as well because it has an aggressive race geometry closer to the T1 than a gravel bike, so it is made to go fast.
For the handling the Litespeed Flat Mount Road Fork combines with the 44mm oversized head tube to offer a precision with just enough feedback from the road to feel in control. The fork has a 12mm through axle to enhance the responsiveness of the handling, though they have stuck with a 135x10 quick release rear axle. And to guarantee the rigidity in the rear triple-butted chainstays meet up with a PF30 bottom bracket for a stiffness factor even a big legged sprinter would love.
Available in six sizes and compatible with electric or mechanical groupsets, the Litespeed T3 Disc is that perfect all-rounder waiting to make the rest of your road bikes obsolete.
Frame: 3Al/2.5V titanium
Fork: Litespeed flat mount tapered disc (optional +$400)
Rear Stay: Titanium
Fork Axle: 12mm Thru x 100mm
Head Tube Diameter Top: 44mm
Head Tube Diameter Bottom: 44mm
Headset Included: No
Bottom Bracket Type: BB30 Press Fit
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: Disc
Seatpost Diameter: 31.6mm
Seatpost Included: No
Seat Collar Included: Yes
Rear Axle: QR x 135mm
Sizes: XS | SM | MD | ML | LG | XL |