Litespeed Producing Fresh Ti Cyclocross Frameset for 2013

2013 Litespeed CX Bike Desert Ride

We mentioned Litespeed’s Ti CX bike earlier this year, and at that point they’d just released prototypes. Since then, the frame hit production and you can grab one now for cross season.

Litespeed incorporated a lot of new products for the 2013 season, as we’ll have photos and coverage of in a few days. Their titanium road and 650b mountain bike lines look killer, and are either new or completely redesigned. Tubing for the CX bike is 3AL2.5V, pretty standard for many titanium bikes. Litespeed buys the tubes from quality retailers, and shapes and machines them in house in Tennessee for some great quality control.

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2013 Litespeed CX Ti Bike Disc Side

Though shown with a 3T Luteus Team Fork, Avid BB7 Road Disc Brakes, Stans NoTubes ZTR Wheels, and a SRAM rival group set, the Litespeed CX is sold as frameset only. They’ve made it compatible with disc brakes only, something Litespeed thinks is future proof.

2013 Litesepeed CX Ti BIke Rear Triangle

2013 Litespeed CX Ti BIke Downtube

The head tube is 44mm, something that helps with front end stiffness and also lets you run most cross forks from tapered to 1 1/8″.

2013 Litespeed CX Ti Bike Rear Dropouts

The disc-side rear dropout is reinforced with a support brace to mitigate pressure on the frame from braking. Litespeed carried this bracing tech over from their mountain bikes. The pressfit 30 bottom bracket can be made eccentric, too, if you’re interested in building up a single speed cross bike.

The Litespeed CX frame retails at $2500. Head on over to Litespeed’s site for more info and geometry. And stay tuned here for photos of their entire line within the next few days, and ride impressions too…

Comments

Sean Kerslake - 09/19/12 - 10:26am

What’s the thought on having the rear calliper above the seat stay rather than below on frames? is it simply about ‘cable’ routing? some how looks in the wrong place on this frame especially as it has the strengthening brace which seems an obvious mount. Don’t any callipers have a top or bottom hose entry choice?

Sean Kerslake - 09/19/12 - 10:30am

Just noticed this is Avid(?) cable calliper, so it would seem unlikely they’d offer handed cable callipers to allow a top routed cable and below seat stay mount.

Dan Gerous - 10/08/12 - 1:29pm

Sean: I have heard a few complaints, mostly from people with long feet though, about hitting the caliper with their heel when it’s located inside the the rear triangle, between the chain and seatstay, some even having issues rubbing against the cable’s barrel adjuster, actually messing with the adjustment just from the heel rub. It may look better inside the frame, but over the seatstay like this solves that problem.

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