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Is LITESPEED TUSCANY 55 CM 2001 MODEL a nice frame?(10 posts)

Is LITESPEED TUSCANY 55 CM 2001 MODEL a nice frame?rayman65
Dec 17, 2002 12:39 PM
If so, how much is it worth? The frame is very good condition.
don't know what it's worth, but I've always heard that Tuscanybill
Dec 17, 2002 2:11 PM
was the real jewel of the LS lineup -- no gimmicks, fairly priced, just a real nice bike.
The Tuscany is the best value and some sayLazywriter
Dec 17, 2002 2:42 PM
that it is very close in performance to a Vortex. However, I have a Vortex and a Classic and have ridden a Tuscany. The Tuscany and the Classic are more of a comparable ride. The Vortex is stiffer and more twitchy(faster handlig and acceleration). $ for $ I would go for the Tuscany if I didn't already own the Classic but I wanted to move up the food chain.
DO NOT pay retail. I got my 2002 Vortex with Dura Ace and Speedplay x2s for less than what CC is charging for a Tuscany $4185 with Dura Ace no pedals.
I have one...PdxMark
Dec 17, 2002 3:40 PM
I like it alot. I don't know how it compares to the rest of the universe, but I like it much more than a CAAD 5 I have and a nice Klein I wish I still had.

I'm not a racer. A century+ rider who likes to climb. It's comfy for the distance, stiff for the climb, and relatively light. It handles well. I weigh 165#. Campy Chorus goes well with it, just be sure to use anti-sieze on the Ti seatpost.

Of course, if it doesn't fit you well you'll hate it from the start.
Dec 17, 2002 7:09 PM
I just bought a 2001 53cm Litespeed Tuscany from someone on Ebay for about $750. It included a Ouzi Pro fork and a King headset.
Dec 17, 2002 9:35 PM
Found someone on Ebay who is selling the frame with no headset or fork for $1000. $1000 seems a little steep. Was wondering what would be good offer?
Dec 18, 2002 5:12 AM
That sounds a little steep, especially with no fork or headset. I'd let it go and keep a look out for it later. The person may put it back for sale with a lower starting price.
Dec 18, 2002 7:57 AM
You can probably find one from an LS dealer new for $1000 if you call around. When I was shopping LS several years back (and for my partner real recently) we just called around and found dealers with either a previous year's model hanging on the wall, overstock, etc. and $900-$1000 was not uncommon for either Classic or Tuscany.
Dec 18, 2002 11:52 AM
IMO, the Tuscany is the best deal in the Litespeed line-up. A better frame than the Classic at a lower price. My wife has on and likes it.

In general, LS makes very good titanium frames. Its worth about half of what it retailed for. Used is a good deal if the size is right.
Dec 18, 2002 3:43 PM
What does a new 2001 model Tuscany retail for?