In spite of the fact that Litespeed makes their titanium bikes in house and could adapt to new standards in record time by making their own tooling, they still want to avoid the “standard of the week.” After all, most titanium frames will long outlast many standard. But when it comes to Boost spacing (especially for plus bikes), this is one that seems like it will be sticking around.
As a result, the new Pinhoti Boost does just that. It adds Boost spacing to an already impressive titanium hardtail frame for even more versatility in terms of wheel selection. Like almost every other frame that’s gone with Boost 148 x 12mm spacing at the rear end, the Pinhoti Boost gives the ability to run 27.5 x 3.0″ or 29 x 2.35″ tires depending on your needs and wants.
As expected, it also brings a high level of titanium trickery to the party with a 3AL/2.5V frame with a special top tube with a cold-worked ovalized junction at the seat tube for better ride feel, and an oversized and bi-axial ovalized down tube for improved stiffness. Litespeed’s mastery of titanium really is quite impressive – something we saw for ourselves on a recent factory tour.
Finishing out the build, you’ll find a 44mm head tube that is double butted internally, a 73mm PF30 BB shell which allows the use of almost every crank as well as an eccentric BB for single speed use, and titanium post mount brake tabs in the rear.
Designed around a 51mm fork offset, the frame can run 100-120mm travel forks, and Di2 specific frames are available. Pricing starts at $2,799 for the frame only, with complete builds ranging from $5,999 for a Shimano XT build to $9,000 for a full XTR Di2 build in 27.5+ or 29″.