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Litespeed Natchez?(8 posts)

Litespeed Natchez?Litespeed
Jun 17, 2001 5:09 PM
I just bought a used Litespeed Natchez It was said to be a 99 model do not know I bought it from a dealer but it was a consignment bike it has full Ultegra Open pro rims flight deck speed play look fork worn axil pros not a mark on the frame except a small decal scratch the own who Icalled said it had 2000 miles on it I am new to the sport and would like some feedback My inseam is 321/2 the frame center bb to top tube is like 54ish I am 511 with long legs and short body the seat post is not near the max hight I have about 2 inches of clearence when I pick bike up pressed into me the stem is 110 I feel streched out but I have been riding mtb neck kind of hurts first ride yester day 14 miles I bought this bike cheeper then I could have bought a new 105 bike on internet or in a store what do you think does it fit also what do you think about this bike is it a good one Thanks Alan
re: Litespeed Natchez?Hank
Jun 17, 2001 5:26 PM
sounds like it might be too small (is it a 53 or a 55? - if it's a 53 I can guarentee it's too small). I'm 5' 11" and would ride the Litespeed 57. Go here, measure yourself and do the math:

http://www.coloradocyclist.com/bikefit/

It's a nice bike if it fits...a good shop shouldn't sell you a bike that doesn't fit.
re: Litespeed Natchez?deke
Jun 17, 2001 6:19 PM
I'd say it might be big (stem too long), based on his long legs/short body and him feeling too stretched out. But the only wat to tell for sure is to get a proper fitting. You can't do over the internet.
re: Litespeed Natchez?Litespeed
Jun 17, 2001 9:59 PM
Thanks for the input I went to the site did the math I came up with 55.9 ct frame size when I mesure my frame from center of bb up the seat tube to the top (CT) I get 56.7 I guess this means the frame is ok ????????
I've got a '98 Natchez. I'm a little shorter than you, and Ibill
Jun 17, 2001 8:59 PM
think that I've got the same size bike. Mine is maybe even a tad big. But, who knows? Go to someone who really knows what they're doing to check fit.
As far as the bike itself, I like it. The geometry is classic. It's maybe a little on the twitchy side, but it's a lot of fun in packs. Its handling is pretty quick. I was talking to a former pro who used to train on one, and he said that it's the same bike as the more expensive Litespeeds; the details just may be not as pretty. I've got all Campy 10 sp. on mine, with a Woundup fork (threaded steel steerer, which is quite heavy compared to what you can get now), and the bike is about 19.5 lbs. Not a featherweight, but a very respectable bike.
I've got a '98 Natchez. I'm a little shorter than you, and ILitespeed
Jun 17, 2001 10:12 PM
Thanks for the reply I am new to the sport I live in Alabama I knew Litespeed was mad in TEN I use to live in Ten so I thought it must be alright I will be riding on some rough roads so I wanted a good ride ti is suppose to ride better and last longer. I looked at airborn 105 bike but this one was about 500 less with ultegra and better rims and made close to home. Mine has a look fork on it with a threaded set up have you thought about going treadless how is the natches different from the new arenburg?
Thanks Alan
Arenberg. hmm. I don't follow Litespeed's product developmentsbill
Jun 18, 2001 8:05 AM
as some others do, so that I'm probably not the best person to ask. At the time that the Natchez was being made, I think that the differences among the models were mostly cosmetic, with the exception of the Classic, which has straight seat stays as opposed to the radial seat stays (which is what I think that the Classic had then, too; didn't care, it was out of my price range). Now, there are some real differences in tube shaping and materials among Litespeed's product lines. I'm not sure about what the Arenberg has.
I haven't thought about changing this bike to threadless, mostly because it would cost like $500 to get the same quality stuff I have on this one. Doesn't seem worth it for the half lb. difference. If you are happy with the setup, I wouldn't change just to go threadless.
It's a nice bike. What did you pay?
Arenberg. hmm. I don't follow Litespeed's product developmentsLitespeed
Jun 18, 2001 5:10 PM
I got mine for just under 1000 with speed play pedels and a flight deck