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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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.
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″.
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…