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Has anyone here tried a Litespeed Firenze?(9 posts)

Has anyone here tried a Litespeed Firenze?kevinacohn
Dec 13, 2003 2:05 PM
http://www.litespeed.com/bikes/firenze.aspx

Headset: Cane Creek S2 Integrated
Handlebar: ITM Super 330
Stem: ITM Forged Lite
Saddle: Litespeed Ti Rails
Seat Post: Litespeed Aluminum
Group: Ultegra (except FD, BB, and CH, all 105)
Wheels: Mavic Cosmos
Tires: Vittoria Rubino Pro Slick

MSRP is $1,995.

My brother is in the market for a new bike... does anyone have any experience with this bike?

Thanks...
re: Has anyone here tried a Litespeed Firenze?rdbike
Dec 13, 2003 2:18 PM
The only thing that would concern me about that set up is the wheels. How much does he wiegh? The wheels in the pic are not Cosmos. Are you sure? Also that price is getting up there to not be all Ultegra.
For the sake of argument, let's say he's 170...kevinacohn
Dec 13, 2003 2:27 PM
Also, as stated, the FD, BB, and CH are 105, not Ultegra. I'm sure the wheels are Cosmos, as stated on the Litespeed website (the picture has different wheels). He'd upgrade the FD to Ultegra ($25).
For the sake of argument, let's say he's 170...rdbike
Dec 13, 2003 2:58 PM
Cosmos would be fine. You could save $350 and go this route and get full Ultegra and some great wheels.
http://www.specialized.com/SBCBkModel.jsp?spid=6010&JServSessionIdroot=je3aaifmzc.j27003
Not Titanium. nmkevinacohn
Dec 13, 2003 3:05 PM
Not Titanium. nmrdbike
Dec 13, 2003 3:08 PM
If you have to have Ti then that is the route I would go. Good luck.
Decent rig for the bucksteoteoteo
Dec 13, 2003 4:13 PM
We are stocking this model at my shop and for the bucks I think Litespeed has a nice bike. We stocked a Lemond Arrivee model last year with a weaker equipment package IMO and it sold for 2600. When I rode both bikes back-to-back I preffered the Litespeed over the Arrivee in ride quality as well.

The bike on my scale was around 19 for a 55 and it does have Cosmos wheels.
Cheaper and better...C-40
Dec 13, 2003 4:21 PM
Both Excel sports and Jenson USA sell basic Ti frames that are nearly identical and they are made by Litespeed for less. You can then pick the exact level of components you want and get better components for that price.

Many of todays aluminum frames with nice paint jobs are on sale now for as little as $1200 with full Ultegra groups. For that price, you could buy a complete Ultegra bike and the cheaper Ti frame.
Yes, today.MerckxMad
Dec 13, 2003 6:07 PM
I was at my LBS having repairs done to my bike, and while I was waiting I noodled around on one of these in the parking lot. It seems to me that LS is marketing this as some sort of cheap ti look alike. It looks like a brushed ti LS frame, but it felt like aluminum, and not very good at that. There were also some chintzy Shimano parts thrown in the group. It had a sale sticker of $1595 on it. In my opinion there are plenty of better deals than this for the $$.

Though LS is knocked alot here and elsewhere, I've had nothing but good experiences with LS bikes. I've owned a Classic for years and a Vortex. I just picked up a Merckx Majestic (made by LS) so I was kind of disappointed with Firenze for the 2 minutes I rode it in parking lot. Best of luck.