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Bianchi MEGA Ti built by Lightspeed?(13 posts)

Bianchi MEGA Ti built by Lightspeed?maurizio
Feb 25, 2002 8:32 AM
I have an older ('99) Bianchi Mega Ti frame. I have read on this forum that the bike was built by Lightspeed contrary to the 'Made in Italy' stickers all over this frame.
Can anyone confirm or deny this?
Thanks.
It was not...TJeanloz
Feb 25, 2002 9:09 AM
The very early (~'96) Mega ti's (they have a big downtube ala the Litespeed Ultimate) were built by Litespeed. Bianchi brought production in-house in ~1997.
Could it be...Nessism
Feb 25, 2002 9:27 AM
the Megatube downtube was formed and welded by Litespeed? Not to many companies have experience to make a tube like that. Just wondering.
re: Bianchi MEGA Ti built by Lightspeed?mackgoo
Feb 25, 2002 10:49 AM
There's a difference between the earlier Mega tube and the Mega which I think had more to do with the rear triangle design.
There's something a little disconcerting about thinking the beloved Bianchi may have been made by some one else. I went through this a while ago, thankfully mine is a genuine Bianchi.
What is the serial number on the B/B shell?
re: Bianchi MEGA Ti built by Lightspeed?maurizio
Feb 25, 2002 11:08 AM
How can I tell by the serial number which is the Bianchi and which is the Lightspeed?
Judging by the earlier comments, it appears mine is the lightspeed based on the comments on the downtube shapes. It is really large and quite unique in its shape.
re: Bianchi MEGA Ti built by Lightspeed?mackgoo
Feb 25, 2002 2:30 PM
My frames being painted, if I remember correctly the number was something like 6D5 and then for shure the frame size 55 was stamped on the bottom. When I talked to Litespeed they said that number was not one of theirs, I think they implied it would be 7 numbers long. See what you have on the bottom of yours. What is your frame set material manufacturer?
Thank God its not made by Litespeedpmf1
Feb 26, 2002 4:58 AM
I'm sure you feel relieved to know that it was made in Italy, by Italians who unlike Americans, have a long a long time honored tradition of making titanium bikes.
Thank God its not made by LitespeedTJeanloz
Feb 26, 2002 8:16 AM
Having seen bikes that came from both the Reparto Corse and Litespeed, I would MUCH rather have one built by Litespeed than Bianchi.
Thank God its not made by Litespeedmackgoo
Feb 26, 2002 8:25 AM
The Italians were screwing around with Ti long before Litespeed was a gleam in Dadys eye. Litespeed makes good frames, overpriced? Probably but if I by a Bianchi frame I would prefer it be a Bianchi that's all.
I have a sneaking suspicion my Ti mega tube predates the Ultimate yet is virtually identical. It appears the Ultimate is in fact a rebadged Bianchi design. You know sort of what the Japanese did in the 50's and 60's with electronics.
Nice try,TJeanloz
Feb 26, 2002 8:55 AM
Litespeed has been in the ti business for more than 50 years- long before they were building bicycles. If I wanted something in ti, Litepeed is undoubtedly the most knowledgeable manufactuerer.
Nice try,mackgoo
Feb 26, 2002 9:54 AM
Thanks that's nice to know. I was speaking about bikes though. I remember in the Bicycle guide article I read regarding the Mega tube the author mentioned a lugged Ti frame he saw in Bianchi's "basement" that I think may have been from the 80's.
You seem to be one of the resident Litespeed lore holders, when was the Ultimate introduced?
I just saw a picture of the lattest Ultimate, really like the way they have shaped the carbon stays to keep the Litespeed bend. I'm serious about that, that's one pretty bike.
The UltimateTJeanloz
Feb 26, 2002 11:20 AM
The Ultimate as a model name has been around at Litespeed for quite a while- probably since 1992 or so. Its latest iteration as a short wheelbase racing machine dates to 1997 or so (there have been changes since them- but the main premise is the same).
The Ultimatemackgoo
Feb 26, 2002 2:50 PM
Last question. How about the iteration with the foil down tube?