Attention endurance and dirt lovers: from our titanium shop, we're introducing a rough and tumble hardtail named after the Cohutta 100 race in Copperhill, TN. Featuring the industry's first 29er-specific tubeset, the Cohutta features an angle-adjustable 49mm head tube with 80-120mm fork compatibility. Its light front end tracks exactly where you tell it to go. So, go. Ride Highlights -Press Fit 30 bottom bracket -80-120mm fork travel
I was first intrigued by the Litespeed Cohutta during our coverage of Interbike last year. The finish and welds on the bike are beautiful and the geometry and tube shapes are definitely eye catching. Even better, they make a 29er that comes in a size small. Digging a bit deeper, I found out that the Cohutta (named after an endurance MTB race in the wilderness area of the same name in Tennessee – home state of Litespeed) features 29er specific Ti tubing. According to Litespeed, it is the industry’s first-ever 29er specific Ti tubing. Continue reading →
from East London, South Africa
Date Reviewed: January 29, 2012
Strengths: Titanium durability, Great looks, smooth handling even compared to my carbon 29ers
Weaknesses: Weight - its heavy. I have a medium size frame and find that the chain ring clearance is very poor - about 2 -3mm between the large (40t) chain ring and the chain stay. The clearance between the rear tire and the front dérailleur is also a small issue. I am using an XTR M980 top pull front dérailleur. I had to cut off the a piece on the dérailleur which will be used for a button pull frame to allow more clearance. This seems to be a common problem on some other 29ers as well (Karate Monkey is an example)
Great bike, all in all. With a small DIY the tire issue is not a major problem. Bike handles well, climbs well. But its a lot of money for a frame which has some design flaws.