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Litespeed: Ultimate vs Tuscany(4 posts)

Litespeed: Ultimate vs TuscanyFLWildcat
Jun 6, 2002 10:04 AM
Well, I've decided to go ahead and take the plunge and buy a Titanium bike. I've narrowed it down to a couple of the Litespeed models. I like the Ultimate, but of course it is a lot of $$$$. I also like the Tuscany and can get a better deal on 2001 model of it. Does anyone have any experience with either of these bikes? The positives and negatives of one over the other? Much difference?
there are lots of posts...PdxMark
Jun 6, 2002 10:34 AM
You can search this Board, "Litespeed Tuscany" then search "Litespeed Ultimate." You'll have lots to read.

The consensus seems to be that the Tuscany is close to the Vortex (and lots cheaper) and maybe a bit stiffer than the Classic, so a good mix of stiffness and comfort (nice for centuries). The Ultimate is really stiff, maybe too stiff for cnetury-type rides. A good racer, but maybe harsh on rough roads or long rides.

So... good luck in your decision...

I have a Tuscany with Chorus. A great bike. It replaced a beloved Klein, and I really like the different feel. And as for the regular comment that most feel is from the wheels/tires, rather than the frame, the Klein & Litespeed have the same tires/wheels (Open Pros & Axial Pros).
re: Litespeed: Ultimate vs Tuscanycincy1
Jun 7, 2002 8:20 AM
I've ridden a LS Ultimate for the past two years. It's a fabulous bike. I weigh 200 lbs and have never felt even a hint ob BB flex. The workmanship is flawless. It is not a harsh ride by any standard. It has one characteristic that you should be prepared to accept. It has quirky handling. If you are planning on doing crits, it will slice corners to shreds. For long rides this ability will only trouble you. The short wheelbase makes the bike very unforgiving in handling and in crosswinds. If this doesn't bother you, buy one.
re: Litespeed: Ultimate vs TuscanyFLWildcat
Jun 17, 2002 5:52 AM
Thanks for the Responses!