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    Litespeed Titanium Bikes(gravel)

    Just curious who makes these and are they any good. My sole experience with a similar bike is my Firefly but noticed Litespeed at the local bike shop. They feel light and the metal looks and feels thinner(subjective) along with welds that while they may work were not what I would expect from a high end bike. Are these bikes comparable to a BikesDirect, a Seven or something in between? Just curious. The store's been carrying them for a while but unlike Moots, Seven, Firefly, even Bikesdirect's sold Motobecane never seen one on the road

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    They are made by the American Bicycle Group, who bought them out a decade ago. With the buyout they tried moving to carbon fiber, probably in an attempt to be more profitable.

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    Litespeed were a pioneer in Ti frame manufacturing, starting in the late '80's. Through the '90's they were a premium frame used by many pros including a certain LA who won the TDF on one.

    They also made frames to Eddy Merckx's specs, branded as Merckx AX. I have one from 1995. Wonderful frame and excellent quality.

    I don't know the inside story, but at some point the original owners sold out and Litespeed have been under new management for quite a while. They are still made in the USA according to this. I cannot comment on the current relative quality. https://www.bikerumor.com/2016/02/19...manufacturing/
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    i remember litespeed from around 20 years ago, although not well. vague recollection has it looking like a better product although i may be judging it unfairly from the eyes of my firefly.

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    You could post a close up photo or 2 of the current welds and then we could compare. 20 years ago they were excellent, as good as anything out there.
    We just don’t realize the most significant moments of our lives when they’re happening
    Back then I thought “well there'll be other days”
    I didn’t realize that was the only day
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Y9yrupye7B0

    There's sometimes a buggy.
    How many drivers does a buggy have?
    One.
    So let's just say I'm drivin' this buggy...
    and if you fix your attitude you can ride along with me.
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GekiIMh4ZkM

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    Quote Originally Posted by bikerjulio View Post
    You could post a close up photo or 2 of the current welds and then we could compare. 20 years ago they were excellent, as good as anything out there.

    no i would not sneak a photo in the bike shop

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    Here's some of my '95. Based on other Litespeeds I used to look at back in the day, I'd say this welding was representative of that era.

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    We just don’t realize the most significant moments of our lives when they’re happening
    Back then I thought “well there'll be other days”
    I didn’t realize that was the only day
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Y9yrupye7B0

    There's sometimes a buggy.
    How many drivers does a buggy have?
    One.
    So let's just say I'm drivin' this buggy...
    and if you fix your attitude you can ride along with me.
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GekiIMh4ZkM

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    these are of my firefly which is a year old and very close close-up. and the welds i saw on the litespeed in the store almost reminded me of the aluminum welds i see on so many bikes these days maybe not as bad, but closes.


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    Here's my 2000 Litespeed vs my 2011 Lynskey. I'm not sure if the Litespeed was made under ABG or if the Lynskey folks were still running the show. I think it's Lynskey-built, but I'm not 100%.


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