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very interesting article on welding (litespeed and merlin)(4 posts)

very interesting article on welding (litespeed and merlin)ClydeTri
Aug 12, 2003 6:33 AM
http://www.slowtwitch.com/mainheadings/features/litespeed.html

note: dan empfield was the owner of quintana roo before selling off to litespeed and is credited with inventing the tri bike...
Thanks! Related link enclosed...Chicago_Steve
Aug 12, 2003 8:39 AM
Dirt Rag also did a story on the ABG factory which is pretty interesting...

http://www.dirtragmag.com/articles/article.php?ID=293&category=features
re: very interesting article on welding (litespeed and merlin)Caseysdad
Aug 12, 2003 1:04 PM
Great article - particularly in light of the author's credentials. Funny though, I'm somewhat surprised that he didn't make mention of the part of the operation that involves doing some/all of the Ti fabrication for Spectrum Cycles. My understanding is that some of the top Merlin/Litespeed welders assemble custom Spectrums for Tom Kellogg and that the work is done on the same "main" assembly line. I may be incorrect in my understanding of this, but if I'm not, it seems strange that it didn't receive at least a passing mention. Still an excellent read, though!
I doubt it's a big part of the business,TJeanloz
Aug 12, 2003 2:48 PM
They probably don't weld more than one Spectrum a week. And it's probably just treated like a custom Merlin. Consider that Litespeed does quite a bit of production for other companies, and it's almost more interesting that he doesn't mention Macalu or Merckx bikes being welded.