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eddy merckx majestic ti vs. litespeed ti pricing question(8 posts)

eddy merckx majestic ti vs. litespeed ti pricing questionFez
Sep 13, 2002 7:41 AM
anyone want to compare the majestic to a litespeed classic or tuscany? i know litespeed makes the majestic, and also that the merckx bikes have different geometries than the litespeeds, but anyone have some riding experience on the above frames? ride characteristics? quality?

and one more thing on the pricing. how come the merckx retails for under $1400 and the Litespeeds retail for $300-500 more? are they comparable quality but the litespeeds are usually discounted heavily or offered with a free fork whereas the merckx usually isn't?
and one more thing re: quality...Fez
Sep 13, 2002 7:54 AM
given that the majestic is made by litespeed, is the quality control any better or worse than litespeed branded frames?
re: eddy merckx majestic ti vs. litespeed ti pricing questionbigdeal
Sep 13, 2002 8:40 AM
I received my Merchx Majestic one week ago and can't say enough good things about it. I test road MANY LS bikes (30 mile rides, not parking lot tests) including the Classic and Tuscany and found the Merchx to ride the best, and most similar to the Classic. Depending on your size you may find the Merchx to be slightly stiffer as the downtube is slightly ovalized whereas the Classic uses all round tubing. I suspect the higher price for LS is due entirely to the price/demand factor, they know they can inflate and still sell their bikes since so many people are name brand oriented. Truth of the matter is, yes, they are the master Ti builders but if you're brand averse the number of LSs on the road is a turnoff. The Majestic definately shows the top quality you'd expect from LS, without the LS name and with proven geometry. Also, Eddy Merchx visits the company from time to time to make sure his name isn't being tarnished.

When considering between the two, think of the movie Gone in 60 seconds where Nicolas Cage is sizing up the Ferrari dealership. Cage is complaining b/c he sees Ferraris everywhere and thinks those people are idiots with too much money. The sales guy tells him about a classic Ferrari which would make him a connoisseur, not just someone with too much money. That was the line in the movie calling people idiots, not me!
where did you order from? what fork? nmFez
Sep 13, 2002 10:01 AM
Gary from gvh bikes...bigdeal
Sep 13, 2002 10:35 AM
came with ouzo pro fork, the price was WAY less than any other place I could find because Gary includes the fork.

Check him out: www.gvhbikes.com
Quality is the same, but the geometry and ride is differentRay Sachs
Sep 13, 2002 4:45 PM
I had a Classic which I wasn't crazy about (nothing wrong with it - just didn't have the right fit and handling for the riding I do), sold the frame and fork and found a used Merckx AX (predessesor to the Majestic, same geometry) that I replaced it with. The "quality" is indistiguishable - no difference I'd notice. The ride is quite difference. The Merckx fits me to a "T" and I find the weight distribution and added stability great for my body dimensions and the type of riding I do. I'd go with the one that fits rather than going for either as a brand name.

-Ray
yupgtx
Sep 13, 2002 4:48 PM
we posted at almost the same time!

btw, I ride a steel Merckx. I love it, but it doesn't work for everyone. See if you can test ride a Merckx--any Merckx, it doesn't really matter.
re: eddy merckx majestic ti vs. litespeed ti pricing questiongtx
Sep 13, 2002 4:46 PM
I can't figure out LS pricing to begin with. But the Merckx seems to be a pretty good value. Just make sure the geometry works for you. Otherwise I'd take a good close look at the Dean bikes.