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Litespeed Serial Number Info(11 posts)

Litespeed Serial Number Infomorkm
Mar 21, 2003 8:19 AM
Hi,

I know it's been posted here before that you can go to the Litespeed web site and enter your bike's serial number in order to determine what year it is. I'm looking into buying a used Litespeed and have tried finding the link at the Litespeed web site to enter the serial number, but cannot find it. Any help would be great.

Also, any idea when Shimano went to 'FlightDeck' STI shifters? This bike is equipped with DuraAce, but the STI levers are not FlightDeck. The seller suggests the bike is a 2001, but I seem to think that FlightDeck came out before 2001. Thanks for any help.
re: Litespeed Serial Number InfoTJeanloz
Mar 21, 2003 8:25 AM
I'm not aware that you could ever punch a seriel # into the Litespeed web site and get a year back -- there was a Schwinn "fan club" type website that would do it for Schwinns, but I don't think Litespeed has ever had a similar set-up.

Shimano Flight Deck came out around 1998, but wasn't available on Dura-Ace shifters until 2000, and even then, the old, non-flightdeck shifters were available (and favored by many because they were slightly lighter).

That said, regarding the year of the bike, if you can describe it in some detail, I'm confident that I and others here can identify it, as the Litespeed marketing machine changes their bikes almost every year.
re: Litespeed Serial Number Infomorkm
Mar 21, 2003 8:33 AM
Model is the Tuscany. The headset is totally traditional (ie. not semi-hidden or fully hidden, like on the newer models) and the 'TUSCANY' is written in either black or red capital letters on the top tube, with either a black or red stripe above and below (I don't have the bike in front of me...and the stripe and lettering are of opposite coloring). The headtube badge is also different than the badge on my 2002 Classic. The Tuscany's headtube badge seemed more 'busy' and not as simple as the newer headtube badges. Other than some wear on the STI levers, the drivetrain looked almost brand new, with little/no wear on the chainrings or rear cogs.

Again, thanks for any help.
Sounds like a 2000 or 2001,TJeanloz
Mar 21, 2003 8:53 AM
I think the "all caps" motif on the top tube was 2000; in 2001 it was yellow with a capital T, lowercase uscany.
Sounds like a 2000 or 2001,morkm
Mar 21, 2003 9:03 AM
Thanks!
re: Litespeed Serial Number InfoFez
Mar 21, 2003 9:18 AM
Sounds like a 2000.

Tuscany first came out in 1999. Based on the decal description, it sounds like 2000 because Tuscany was in all capital letters. Keep in mind decals and components are easily changed.

Its definitely not a 2002 or 2003 because those bikes had the integrated headtube.

Flight Deck Levers were on some 1999 and 2000 bikes, but this bike could simply have the older style levers.

By the way, how do you like the 2002 Classic?
re: Litespeed Serial Number Infomorkm
Mar 21, 2003 11:35 AM
The Classic is very nice. I've just gotten back into road cycling late last year, and decided the 'classic' geometry of the Classic was the way to go. Enjoying it very much. Only problem has been an Ultegra rear shifter that sometimes won't shift into a large cog on the first try after having shifted into a smaller cog. Seems to slip on the first attempt at a shift, then catch and work okay. I've read that this is a pretty common Shimano fault, but annoying after only 1300 miles.

As far as the Classic frame is concerned, though, I can't say anything bad about it. Feels very responsive to me and is not nearly as punishing as I remember my alum Cannondale being.

Thanks for all the help sorting out the age of this Tuscany.
2000 vs 200112x23
Mar 21, 2003 10:00 AM
I believe the 2001 has an extended headtube (~1.5cm) to allow the use of fewer spacers. This should be quite noticeable in a photo.
The extended headtube is less than 1cmFez
Mar 21, 2003 10:11 AM
Varies per frame size. It is less than 1 cm even on the larger frame sizes.
8mm on all sizes (nm)TJeanloz
Mar 21, 2003 11:42 AM
Ooops!, need to recalibrate my ~. nm12x23
Mar 21, 2003 2:06 PM