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New Toy, Yes, another Litespeed!(7 posts)

New Toy, Yes, another Litespeed!Juanmoretime
Oct 26, 2002 5:33 PM
My dream bike has been a Litespeed Vortex. I'm just not comforatble with the intergrated headset. So I picked up this deal on an older Vortex frame that was in just about perfect condition. I bought new decals for it and scotchbrited the frame and it looks like new. It's a 59 with a Reynolds Ouzo Pro fork, full Dura Ace, Speedplay X1 pedals, Cineli Solido stem, Reynolds EC 90 Carbon bars, Velomax Curcuit Comp with Michelin Axial Pro liht tires, Alien Ti seatpost and an Selle SLR saddle. I just assembled it this morning and was able to take it out for a 30 mile ride this afternoon. What can I say about the bike, sweet ride it is everything I expected it to be.
re: New Toy, Yes, another Litespeed!EW
Oct 26, 2002 5:52 PM
Where did you get the stickers from?
re: New Toy, Yes, another Litespeed!Juanmoretime
Oct 26, 2002 6:00 PM
Directly from Litespeed. $14.95 for the set. I later called Litespeed to get a new seatpost clamp, the original was scratched up. The customer service rep I spoke to told me she had 4 of them on her desk and sent me one no charge. It was one of the new stainless steel engraved ones. Very cool of Litespeed. Go to their website for their toll free number if you need a set.
I'm envious.Maybe someday I'll get my Tuscany!!!TREKY
Oct 26, 2002 6:15 PM
re: New Toy, Yes, another Litespeed!12x23
Oct 27, 2002 9:15 AM
Nice! I am building my new Vortex this weekend. I'm using Time pedals (the old ones), 3t Zep stem and Prima 199 bars, Easton carbon Seatpost, and the bike came with the new Shimano Dura-Ace wheels (WH7700, I think). Other than that, it's pretty much same as yours. I hope mine turns out as nice!

I would post a pic when finished, but my bike addiction has exhausted my discretionary funds (= no camera). ;-)
Very nicepmf1
Oct 28, 2002 5:23 AM
I have a similar same set-up on my wife's Tuscany. How do you like those bars? They have a unique shape. She really likes them. I want to get a pair of either those or the Kestrel bars when my aluminium bars wear out. Yeah, they're expensive, but they supposedly wear longer than aluminium making them a better deal in the long run.

And I'm with you on all the new BS innovations (integrated HS, carbon stays, etc). The older LS frames are better than the new ones.

Were the decals hard to apply? You did a nice job.
Very niceJuanmoretime
Oct 28, 2002 6:46 AM
Thank you. Regarding the Easton bars, yes I'm very pleased, so far. I was riding Cinelli Nerve bars and didn't like how the felt in the drops. I've read the reviews about some people saying that they are not stiff,I have the 44's and they are rock solid. The whole bike rocks, it corners much better than my Klein Quantum 2, pre-Trek, which I always thought was the ultimate racing bike. The Vortex does everything as good if not better than the Klein, except it doesn't beat you up.

The decals are relatively easy to put on. When you buy decals from Litespeed, they give very detailed instructions for their application. This was my first attempt.

I have this belief, when your going to work on a project, only do it when you have all the time in the world, rush jobs equal disaster. I had this frame for a month and a half and slowly worked on the project. First ordering everthing I needed. This past weekend was the first time I had that I could work all day, if necessary without having anything else to do. I had done the frame a couple of weeks pervious. This weekend, the timing was right.