Just got these spy shots in fresh from what the anonymous photographer presumes to be the TN headquarters of Litespeed’s HQ. Ã‚Â Dubbed the “ARCHON” (or at least that’s the best we can tell from these pics), it’s a departure from their Titanium roots and looks like it might replace the existing Ti Archon, which oddly enough had been compared to the ride quality of a carbon bike. Ã‚Â The swoopy seatmast section reminds us of Orbea, but the frame is definitely a unique form. Ã‚Â Check how narrow the top tube gets toward the seatmast, and the seatstays flare out near the dropouts. Ã‚Â Also note how tall the chainstays are near the BB and how absolutely MASSIVE the downtube is at the bottom bracket.
More pics after the break…
The black paint on the inside of the fork makes a strong graphical impression.
You can see the downtube BB area better from this angle….HUGE! Ã‚Â Check out the curvature of the seat tube around the rear tire.
Again…just can’t get past that monstrously large BB area. Ã‚Â Also, note how the top tube curves up to the top of the head tube, giving the bike a lower standover height. Ã‚Â Hidden cable housing for the derailleurs pops out of the bottom of the downtube. Ã‚Â The spec you’re seeing on this bike is doubtfully the final build….the shifters and derailleurs look to be a couple years old, probably pulled from the parts bin to build up a test rig.
PS – our tipster said this is the “C1” model. Ã‚Â Thanks for the leak!