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Zurich vs. litespeed ti(6 posts)

Zurich vs. litespeed tijimmyihatetoregister
Jan 27, 2003 9:14 AM
I am shopping for a new bike. I've test ridden the Zurich & like it. However there are some good deals on litespeed Tuscanys or similar models. They are a good $500.00 more $$ than the Zurich. I have not tested a Tuscany. I am 5'10, 185 lbs & am replacing a 12 year old Pinarello Treviso. I have a YBB for the dirt so know a little about ti, but not on the road. Anybody rode both of these bikes? Any thoughts?
re: Zurich vs. litespeed tiFez
Jan 27, 2003 9:41 AM
How much for each model? The price difference must be pretty substantial.

In my area, large bike retailers still have a lot of 2002 Zurichs in many sizes and they are all clearance priced. As far as Litespeeds go, I guess you mean mail order, because I don't know of many local shops that stock many of these, let alone sell them at a huge discount.

As far as the bikes go, the geometry is a little different between the Zurich and the Tuscany. Check the websites of each company to compare for your size.

I really liked the ride of the Zurich - a little on the stiff side, yet still very comfortable. Not a heavy bike, but not the lightest either.

The Tuscany is nice - I found it to have a very nice ride as well - a little softer than the Zurich, but not flexy by any means. The Tuscany will be a little lighter, but the price varies tremendously. Colorado Cyclist is selling them new for $3200-4200 depending on components.

If you really want Ti at a price close to the Zurich, look at Colorado Cyclist's Douglas Ti bike. A little over $2100, and the reviews are pretty good. Made by Titanium Sports, a large Ti manufacturer.
re: Zurich vs. litespeed tiSpunout
Jan 27, 2003 10:33 AM
I ride a Zurich, have never been on a Ti bike. With the price difference, you could get a set of Ksyriums!

You'll enjoy the 853 Pro tubes over your old SLX(I think, in the Treviso), so much lighter, stiffer, and just as compliant.
re: Zurich vs. litespeed tiTi-Boy
Jan 27, 2003 10:45 AM
I(we) was set to buy a Zurich when I(we)took a ride on a Tuscany. For me(and wife) no comparison, bought the(2) Tuscany(s). We independantly came to the same conclusion regarding the much smoother ride of the Tuscany.
re: Zurich vs. litespeed tiFez
Jan 27, 2003 11:24 AM
I rode both bikes as well. I liked the Tuscany better, but I felt a direct comparison was like apples and oranges.

First off, it is steel vs. titanium, and second of all, the price was nowhere near the same.

I ended out buying the Tuscany w/ Chorus 10, which I rode happily for a brief period before selling it.
reason for comparisonjimmyihatetoregister
Jan 27, 2003 11:35 AM
I can get a 2003 at my LBS for ~$1900. At Supergo the 2002s go for $1299. A new tuscany is listed on this RBR classified board for $2200. All have ultegra. The litespeed frame weighs ~ 3.4 lbs. Lemond claims the Zurich weighs ~3.3 lbs. The price varies some but it seems both of these bikes are within the price "range".