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LITESPEEDHENRY K
Jan 9, 2002 5:38 PM
I READ ABOUT A LOT OF CROSS BIKES ON THIS SITE BUT I DON'T EVER HEAR OF ANYONE WITH A LITESPEED APPALACIAN. I TRADED MY LS ULTIMATE FOR IT AND I LOVE IT. ANY COMMENTS?
re: LITESPEEDVelocipedio
Jan 9, 2002 7:09 PM
A buddy of mine rides one and loves it... and that's all I know...
re: LITESPEEDarf
Jan 10, 2002 5:59 AM
poser
re: LITESPEEDHENRY K
Jan 10, 2002 5:34 PM
POSER?
re: LITESPEEDmackgoo
Jan 10, 2002 5:05 PM
That's why no talks about Litespeed. It's the same way on the road side. I wonder if it's the same way on the MTB side. I might do a test.
lolgtx
Jan 10, 2002 10:12 PM
saw your post at mtbr.com. (I post as Hank over there)
lolHENRY K
Jan 13, 2002 1:59 PM
YOU SAW THIS POST OR A DIFFERENT ONE? I TRIED TO USE "HANK" BUT IT WOULDN'T LET ME. GUESS SOMEONE ELSE HAD THE NAME!
lolgtx
Jan 15, 2002 10:02 AM
yeah, I posted as Hank over here for a long time. Then when they required that people register I got annoyed and stopped using the site for a while. When I came back, Hank was taken. I can still use Hank over at mtbr.com. Mackgoo posted an innocuous Litespeed question over there and got a bunch of replies.
re: LITESPEEDKenS
Jan 11, 2002 5:39 AM
I have been riding a Litespeed Obed (currently called a Pisgah) for several years and I have loved it. When I began looking for a durable on/off road bike, I immediately was interested in an Appalachian. However, I could never find any information either. I am not excited about the (semi?) integrated head cups in the current models.

Over on MTBR, the fight for a long time was over the relationship between smoothness of welds and the cost of the frame. LS seemed to be caught in the crossfire between AIrborne (cheaper but cheaper-looking weld job) and Merlin/Seven/etc (very smooth, almost invisible welds at much greater cost than LS). Now both LS and Merlin are owned by some other corp (American Bicycle Group???) and it will be interesting to see whether the construction quality and price differences are maintained. (Note the similarity of the current LS and Merlin headtubes.)
re: LITESPEEDyes
Jan 11, 2002 7:43 PM
And all those people spending more than $1000 on a steel frame are not posers?
I like the LS; it will last forever, you can set it away muddy for 9 months, and when cross season starts you take the hose and your ready for another 3 months of dirt and mud. Crashed mine often without dents in the tubes; try that with lightweight steel.
re: LITESPEEDHENRY K
Jan 13, 2002 1:56 PM
Agreed. That is one of the many great charactoristics that I love about titanium. No matter what your last ride was, and how you put it away, you know that it it not rusting, even from the inside out! And you are right, it is durable!