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Litespeed Appalachian/Blue Ridge question(s)(2 posts)

Litespeed Appalachian/Blue Ridge question(s)vibiker
Jan 23, 2004 3:54 PM
If I understand correctly, the Airborne Carpe Diem frame has the geometry of a Litespeed Blue Ridge. If this is so, is the the old BR or the new BR with the more relaxed riding position.

Also, if I understand correctly, the Litespeed Appalachian frame is the same as the old BR.

So my question is this, if CD=old-BlueRidge and old-BlueRidge=Appalachian, does CD=Appalachian?


I intend to use the bike as primarily a commuter, with the occasional century. Any feedback is welcome.
re: Litespeed Appalachian/Blue Ridge question(s)ramboorider
Jan 23, 2004 4:32 PM
I wouldn't say the CD has the geometry of the Blue Ridge. It's more similar to the old Blue Ridge (and, hence, the Appalachian because, yeah, they were identical) than the new Blue Ridge, which is more of a classic touring bike. But the angles aren't the same, the sizes aren't the same, I don't believe the top tube is the same, the bottom bracket is higher on the CD, etc, so I wouldn't bet on it being the same ride at all. That said, if you don't mind a high bottom bracket and real slack front end, it should be a fine commuter (although I'm not sure the chainstays are long enough for good heel clearance if you use panniers). I wouldn't prefer it as a century bike, but other folks might.

The new Blue Ridge might be even better for your wants, but it would be a good bit pricier.