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At LBS today and held the 2003 Litespeed Vortex(3 posts)

At LBS today and held the 2003 Litespeed VortexLazywriter
Aug 31, 2002 12:28 PM
For anyone who cares. Very nice, but that diamond-shaped downtube is really bulky looking. I really liked the bladed seat stays though. A lot of tube manipulation on this bike. I prefer the aesthetics of the traditional round down tube that I have on my 2002 Vortex. I am curious to see how much difference can be felt in ride quality. It is suppose to create more lateral stiffness but not necessarily bb stiffness.
They also had the Merlin Cielo built up with Dura Ace and Ksyriums. That is by far the nicest looking ti/carbon combo bike. The lugs are so much prettier than the Seven and the Serotta. I still dont like the idea of that much bonding of the 2 materials but to each his won. Very classic looking.
re: At LBS today and held the 2003 Litespeed VortexSTEELYeyed
Aug 31, 2002 5:48 PM
I was thinking about buying an 02 Ultimate this year,but the carbon seat stays really turned me away. I love my Litespeeds,but they seem to be a slave to marketing rather than improving time tested designs.
I am not crazy about the carbon staysLazywriter
Aug 31, 2002 10:01 PM
because I think it compromises the durability of a ti frame. It looks cool but I prefer all ti or an all carbon bike.
The new Vortex also has all of those yellow stickers all ovr it which I think is overkill. The litespeed website has some nice new paint and decal schemes on the Classic and Tuscany though. The bladed stays are really dool looking but the put decals on them which looks weird. Less is more in my eyes. The new heaedtube badge is awesome though. I was the first at my LBS earlier this year to get one and not all new frames get them either. The copper rivets actually go through the frame and are not just for show