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Litespeed stoops low on this one(19 posts)

Litespeed stoops low on this oneChainstay
Mar 10, 2003 6:03 PM
A titanium tricycle! What does that say about your attitude towards cycling. I hear "If some sucker will buy it we will sell it to them and if it's made of titanium there are enough suckers for me" Now are we supposed to believe that their latest rear triangle technology is actually a performance improvement because their ad copy says so?
... start your customer base/market share young...Akirasho
Mar 10, 2003 6:10 PM
... actually, Cannondale did this about 7 years ago, though I don't think they actually marketed it...

I'd be more worried about junior, alone with a razor in the bathroom!

OTOH, this generation, more than any in history, is being groomed for long term, brand name recognition (and buying said... based oftimes on somewhat flimsy claims of "new and improved").

At least it'll be heirloom quality (my old tricycle rusted away in the garage).

Be the bike.
It's a silly little collector's itemjtolleson
Mar 10, 2003 6:15 PM
probably appealing to the same folks who buy ti LS keychains. I don't understand why folks get so bent out of shape over it. The description is largely tongue-in-cheek.

This gets posted about once a week, and I've yet to get into a lather over the ti trike.
It's a silly little collector's itemChainstay
Mar 10, 2003 6:29 PM
If so then why is it heavily advertised? Wouldn't a limited edition be more appropriate? I think they view this as a legitimate product for their existing customers - "if we can't trade them up to a new model maybe we can get them to buy something else they don't need". I think it shows a certain lack of respect.
It's a silly little collector's itemjtolleson
Mar 10, 2003 6:47 PM
I've not noticed it being heavily advertised, other than being regularly posted on discussion boards.

Lack of respect? A description that makes a crack about riding a comfortable century on a tricycle screams amusement to me.

Guess we just disagree.
So people talk LITESPEED-filtersweep
Mar 10, 2003 8:12 PM
-just like you freaks are all doing now- FREE advertising- actually it is better than "advertising" since it is more like "product placement"- and it even naturally occurred.

I doubt they have ever really sold one, but that is NOT the point.
Litespeed marketing is impressive....Bruno S
Mar 10, 2003 7:06 PM
It doesn't matter what they do e.g. titanium enhanced carbon fiber or a tricycle people will talk about it for months. There must have been five post already about this topic and this one will not be the last one.
People buy Hummers and ugly homes in the 'burbs...Ahimsa
Mar 10, 2003 7:17 PM
Why not this then?

Conspicuous consumption. These are hard economic times, one must make sure that the suburban Jonses don't get wind that you may be slipping. Gotta stay on the right side of the great divide.

After all, how will little Austin feel when Kaetlynne and Dakota are riding their LS trikes? Will he just explain that "steel is real"?


A. ( born every minute)
Steel is real trikes!russw19
Mar 10, 2003 10:30 PM
Ha Ha Ha! I saw a "steel is real" sticker on a 12" wheeled bike at the bike shop the other day. I didn't think to take a picture! The owner rides a steel Kona MTB and this was his 5 year old's bike. But the sticker cracked me up, then I saw this post. Made me laugh again, and harder!!!!!11
most people are jealous...the bull
Mar 10, 2003 7:49 PM
that this trike is built better then the ones they own.
re: Litespeed stoops low on this oneJack9
Mar 10, 2003 9:20 PM
A welder at Lightspeed built one for his son. It's been around for several years.
re: Litespeed stoops low on this oneHENRY K
Mar 11, 2003 4:25 AM
Why is everyone so bent out of shape about this ad? It's just a cute little ad. What's the big deal. Are there that many Litespeed foes out there?
oh come on nowColnagoFE
Mar 11, 2003 6:42 AM
nobody said you had to buy one and unless i win the lottery i won't buy one, but you have to admit the ad with the kid shaving his legs is kinda cute.
It doesn't say a thingdjg
Mar 11, 2003 7:09 AM
about your attitude toward cycling. Buying it is probably a signal that you have enough money to see 800 bucks as fairly irrelevant to whether you should or should not acquire something that seems fun/cute/funky/cool/distinctive/whatever for you or your kid. You know, little mervin gets a trike that sort of matches daddy or mommy's bike (or daddy and mommy's bikes) and isn't that cute? Well, maybe it is cute and maybe it isn't, and maybe that's in the eye of the beholder but folks do stuff like this all the time. Some folks do it for 8 bucks, some for 80, some for 800, and some for 8000. The difference is in the funds, not the attitude toward cycling.

No litespeed here, and no $800 trikes, either, but I don't really see the issue.
I'm holding out for the C40 TriPower nmDougSloan
Mar 11, 2003 7:44 AM
Wait for the HP model (nm)mhinman
Mar 11, 2003 10:37 AM
or the 1 1/8" headtube model (nm)ColnagoFE
Mar 11, 2003 11:30 AM
The Litespeed Tricycle story...TJeanloz
Mar 11, 2003 11:18 AM
The Litespeed tricycle actually has a bit of history behind it. Several years ago (~1996), some of the welders at Litespeed welded up a tricycle for Bob Roll's kid, sort of as a joke (in those days, Roll was about the only person sponsored by Litespeed). A photographer snapped a picture of the kid on the trike, I think at Sea Otter, and the picture later appeared in Velonews. Litespeed was innundated with requests for the tricycle, which they built in relatively limited quantities in 1997.

After they stopped building them, we (as a dealer) still got requests for them, but Litespeed refused to build more. Now they have finally decided to produce another run of them to satisfy customer demand. But the whole thing started as a joke - the Litespeed builders have done a number of similar things, including building ti crutches and other one-off goofy things. And, they aren't the only "serious" company to have done this - Cannondale also offered a CAAD3 tricycle.
1 fact = 1,000 speculations; thanks nmDougSloan
Mar 11, 2003 11:45 AM