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Are aluminum Litespeeds selling well?(12 posts)

Are aluminum Litespeeds selling well?Alex-in-Evanston
Feb 26, 2002 7:40 AM
They seem like such a departure from what the Litespeed brand meant, I was curious if they have been successful.

Thanks,

Alex
Not particularly...TJeanloz
Feb 26, 2002 8:14 AM
They aren't bad bikes, but they don't seperate themselves from so many other disposable aluminum bikes, so they don't sell well. Why would anybody buy a Litespeed that wasn't ti? I don't know why Litespeed thinks they can sell them...
surprising moveDaveG
Feb 26, 2002 9:08 AM
I was really surprised when I saw LS entering this market. Perhaps ultra-light, high-end AL bikes are eating into the Ti market share, and LS wanted to get on the trend-wagon. I'm not sure what LS brings to the table in this arena other than name recognition. I guess more choice is good for the consumer though.
surprising moveTJeanloz
Feb 26, 2002 11:17 AM
The way it was presented to me, Litespeed wanted to be a more complete bicycle company. Merlin would be their niche ti, Tomac and QR the niche aluminum, and Litespeed would wrap it all up. But I think they're too typecast as a ti company to change.
it was just a matter of time...DrD
Feb 27, 2002 4:55 AM
The parent company (American bicycle works, or something like that) purchased Quintana Roo, so it was really just a matter of time before they tried experimenting to see what they could get away with using the Litespeed name.
re: Are aluminum Litespeeds selling well?jakerider
Feb 26, 2002 11:36 AM
I don't know if it is correct but my local ls dealer said he could only sell complete bikes in the aluminum
version. That seems strange to me. That would certainly slow down sales. I would think the high end alum.
market would benefit from selling individual frames as well as complete bikes.
What are the prices?pmf1
Feb 26, 2002 11:43 AM
What are the price ranges for LS al bikes? Are they competing with upper end Cannondale/Specialized, or lower end Trek? Frankly, I'd feel a bit strange riding an aluminium Litespeed. I just associate LS with titanium. I'm sure they're just as good as any other aluminium bike.
Don't know the prices but I don't think they are cheap.TF
Feb 26, 2002 1:29 PM
I really can't seem to get used to the bent carbon stays that look bent from back AND from the side. SOrt of gives you a feeling that it loses the spine or something. Can't really describe it. I agree it's a bad move to go aluminum because although aluminum bikes are profitable, it's not part of LS's market and subtracts from LS's pure titanium image.
Don't know the prices but I don't think they are cheap.marketing spin is hilarious
Feb 26, 2002 1:37 PM
Seems like a move of desperation. Years ago companies could sell you on the idea that titanium was the wonder material and all else played second fiddle.

With the improvement in carbon fiber technology, the advent of very lightweight steels which ride as well if not better than quality ti and are nearly as light, and with the addition of quality carbon fiber seatstays to aluminum frames ti is simply no longer the wonder bike it once was, yet manufacturers like Litespeed continue to charge nosebleed prices for it. That's why their market share is slipping, demand for expensive overpriced ti is slipping in general. Seems like a desperate move, but its funny reading their marketing spin on the whole deal.
What are the prices?mtbbrp
Feb 26, 2002 5:19 PM
I think the Sirius goes for about $2600. Had the opportunity to ride one the other day, but only briefly. From what I could tell, it felt pretty nimble but not overly harsh for aluminum.
What are the prices?DY
Feb 26, 2002 6:10 PM
$2500 for the LS Alum bike equiped with Campy Centaur components and Campy Proton wheels. Nice looking bike, available in red and yellow scheme with the Campy, in blue, light blue with Ultegra. Made in Taiwan, painted in Soutern California.
What are the prices?DY
Feb 26, 2002 6:12 PM
$2500 for the LS Alum bike equiped with Campy Centaur components and Campy Proton wheels. Nice looking bike, available in red and yellow scheme with the Campy, in blue, light blue with Ultegra. Made in Taiwan, painted in Soutern California. Seems a little steep to me for the 3rd level component group. They also have carbon seat stays.