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Litespeed alignment(6 posts)

Litespeed alignmentfinallyon
Sep 19, 2002 7:01 PM
I just bought a new 2002 Litespeed Sirius- had not done any maintenance till now (300 miles). I noticed when getting ready to pull the rear wheel that I can see more of the left side of the seat tube than the right, and looking further, the rim doesn't ride in the middle of the seatstays near the BB. I figured it was wheel dish, and while the wheel has a couple of small hops, lateral true is perfect as is dish (measured with Park tool). I reversed the rear wheel in the dropouts Right for Left, and the alignment didn't change. We did try a different wheel correctly dished, same result.

Off to the local shop in town(I bought it out of town...). Dropouts align well with each other, but the frame alignment tool shows the right rear dropout to be less right than the left is left (gap at seat tube with frame tool is about 1/8 inch on the left).

So, it's not dish, and somethings a little off. Looking at the stays at the BB shows a noticible asymmetry if you know to look there.

Question is...Should I expect something to be done about it by either the shop I bought it from or the manufacturer, or should I expect to hear the "you'll never feel it" BS. NO, I can't feel it. I know it's not BAD (like department store BAD), but is this too much to expect from a $2600 bike?

Picky, or a reasonable beef?

Thanks.

-finally-on
More than reasonable beef....Stinky Hippie
Sep 19, 2002 7:43 PM
I would return it. My fiance's $900 Tourmalet is perfectly straight; your $2600 Litespeed should be too.

Feel the gin
re: Litespeed alignmentgtx
Sep 19, 2002 8:04 PM
The shop that built it up should have noticed that. I'd contact them first (and ask to speak to the manager or the owner). They should make it right. If they don't contact LS directly.
Only LS can fix thisKerry
Sep 20, 2002 3:36 PM
If you confirm that much misalignment, I would agree with the need to straighten things out. No shop will be able to do this however. I've seen a reputable frame builder with a 4 foot cheater trying to bend an LS dropout that was damaged in a crash. It just sprung back. You should be able to see the misalignment by coasting straight through a puddle of water - there will be two tire tracks instead of one. The primary place you would feel this when riding is that it would be harder to ride no-handed.
Only LS can fix thisfinallyon
Sep 20, 2002 7:07 PM
Thanks everyone for your replies. Kelly- the Sirius is Aluminum with Carbon seat stays. I don't think ANYONE is going to bend it.

To quantify the offset, I started shoving small objects between the inside of the closer chainstay (right) and the rim edge, and then compared that to the other side... Gap on the other side between same object and rim edge is about 3.5mm, so I'd say the rim is about 2mm out of center (half of 3.5mm). As earlier, I first noticed it while sighting the rim from the rear and seeing less seat tube on one side than the other. It's not that I can't see ANY seat tube on one side, but less.

BUT. If I look at it, it's crooked. I don't think it should be. Agree?

-Matt
re: Litespeed alignmentMasterBlaster
Sep 22, 2002 6:00 PM
What do you expect this bike is manufactured in Taiwan.
Next time spend the extra grand and buy a Litespeed Titanium... at least it's built in the states.