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Litespeed Tuscany sizing question, riding question...(6 posts)

Litespeed Tuscany sizing question, riding question...Spunout
Aug 29, 2003 3:59 AM
2003 clearance on now! I ride a 55 x 56.5 Lemond Zurich. 55 is C-C. I have alot of seatpost showing, no spacers under the stem which gives me a very aggressive position. A bit of rise on my Thomson +10 stem.

Is this comparable to a Tuscany in 55? Shorter TT I can handle, due to the upright nature of the Tuscany a longer stem will cover that. The higher HT will allow me to use a flatter stem if necessary, but the front end is easily fitted. The integrated HS may make the taller HT moot.

What about forks on a litespeed?

Lastly, I'm looking to replace my Zurich with a bike that will keep performing at a high level while offering comfort. I am 6', 160 lbs. The Zurich is getting beat up, and I race in the rain alot and rust may be a future problem.

Here is a pic of my current fit setup, 55 Lemond.
I think the Tuscany...PsyDoc
Aug 29, 2003 4:35 AM
...57 would be equivalent, because the Tuscany is measured C-T and the 57 has a TT that is 56.5.
Ya, looking again, 57 is closer....Spunout
Aug 29, 2003 4:51 AM
and I'm stuck with a long TT again. When they say traditional geometry, I look for 56-56 C-C.

I'll have to see one up close.
I think the Tuscany...ww11
Aug 29, 2003 7:29 AM
I AM RIGHT AT 6 FT-I HAVE A 57 IN ARENBERG AND IT FEELS RIGHT. I CONSIDERED LEMOND AND WOULD HAVE GOT A 55. THE RIDE IS SMOOTH AND EVEN WITH THE ARENBERG (PROBABLY LESS STIFFNESS THAN TUSCANY) I CAN NOT PERCIEVE IT NOT BEING STIFF ENOUGH.
57 in Litespeedtarwheel
Aug 29, 2003 5:34 AM
A size 57 Litespeed would have about the same dimensions as your LeMond, 56.5 top tube. Seat tube is measured C-T, so a 57 Litespeed is probably about 55 c-c. The Tuscany seat tube angle is steeper than your Lemond, 73 vs. 72.5, so the Litespeed would fit a little longer across the top. For a ti frame with a shorter top tube, check out the Merckx Majestic or Merlin Extralight. They're not cheap though. A Merckx Majestic would measure 56 c-c for the seat and top tubes, with about 72.5 seat tube angle (same as your Lemond), so it would fit shorter. I ride a Gios that measures 56x55 c-c, with 74 seat tube angle. It fits the same across the top as my 57 c-c Merckx with 56.8 top tube and 72.5 seat tube angle.
57jimmyihatetoregister
Aug 29, 2003 7:14 AM
I looked at both bikes & went with a Zurich, size 55. My main reason was price. The Zurich frame per Lemond weighs 3.3 lbs. Seems same as Tuscany. The Tuscany was way more expensive. The Tuscany is supposedly a smoother ride, but I could not justify the price. I live in CO so rain is not a big issue.