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Litespeed Ghisallo(5 posts)

Litespeed Ghisallotmargul
Mar 23, 2002 4:54 PM
Has anyone riden this bike. I don't want an ultrastiff bike,
but I want one light and this is scary light. If it is a little on the flexy side... well that's fine with me.

Thanks for your help

tom
re: Litespeed Ghisallofuzzybunnies
Mar 23, 2002 7:14 PM
I took it for a small demo(3miles) ride after building one. Based on that distance I would consider it to be comfortable but don't have a clue for much further distances.
I've been steered away from this....DannyBoy
Mar 23, 2002 9:51 PM
because I'vebeen told numerous times it's supernoodle like. But if you want light weight i guess it's not going to be beat.

I like 'em, but won't be buying one!
I test rode the Ghisallo and was interested inLazywriter
Mar 23, 2002 11:36 PM
getting one. However, at 190 lbs, I found it too flexy. It was ridiculously light, but if you are over 155lbs or are powerful, I would go for another frame.
I did and got the Vortex which I find to be a great balance between lightness (16.5 lbs) and stiffness. If you are dead set on having the lightest and are a small rider, the Ghisallo is for you, but like I said, it is noticably flexible despite the compact design.
some considerations...C-40
Mar 24, 2002 7:06 AM
While this frame may be light, a good deal of the weight saving just comes from shorter tubes. The short seat tube will require a longer seat post that is even heavier than the missing seat tube. The head tube length is also very short, which will require using a high rise stem and/or a lot head tube spacers. You could end up with a pretty goofy looking rig if you're not careful when choosing the size.

The minor weight savings won't improve your average riding speed by an amount that you could ever measure. Unless you're in top shape with body fat in the single digit range, this frame doesn't make a lot of sense, IMO. Other models in the Litespeed line are much better values and could provide a better riding experience.