Litespeed Pisgah 2001 Frameset

4.83/5 (12 Reviews)

Product Description

Cold-worked 3Al-2.5V seamless titanium tubing ensures comfort, stiffness and durability. Cold-worked, tapered/butted seat tube for lighter weight and enhanced strength. S-bend seatstays add stiffness and better braking modulation. Multiplane, asymmetric chainstays add lateral stiffness reduce chain slap, and increase crank-arm and tire clearance.

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Reviews 1 - 12 (12 Reviews Total)

User Reviews

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by matt from Portland, OR

Date Reviewed: August 6, 2003

Strengths:    absorbs bumps, durable, disc brake adapter is hot, sooo light, titanium

Weaknesses:    titanium not the best material for leaving the ground

Bottom Line:   
this frame is a pleasure to ride. it is light and builds a sub 20lb bike with suspension easy (for all you SS-ers). maybe its just because this frame is finally big enough for me, but it really feels like it can roll over anything!

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Duration Product Used:   Less than 1 month

Price Paid:    $500.00

Similar Products Used:   specialized s-works, specialized stumpjumper pro

Bike Setup:   pisgah, white bros XC4, white industries single speed drivetrain, avid mech disc brakes, chris king headset, salsa bits and titec bits.

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Brad a Cross Country Rider from Las Vegas, NV

Date Reviewed: October 10, 2001

Strengths:    Durable, great ride

Weaknesses:    Decals...

Bottom Line:   
This frame has a great ride. Very precise on the 1 track. Makes goats jealous on the climbs. I've got a 19.5" and I'm 6-2 and 165#. Fits perfect, nearly the same dimensions as my old full rigid 20" Cadex (only noticeable difference is the head tube angle). It's great passing f/s bikes on the climbs and then being able to take em on the tech sections too. Why the major rags continue to push f/s bikes is beyond me, hartails are alive and well. This bike is for you if you want a 22# reliable trail fighter.

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Duration Product Used:   6 months

Price Paid:    $1080.00

Purchased At:   Jenson USA

Similar Products Used:   Reflex (Al), Cadex (CF)

Bike Setup:   MARS, XT, 517 w/ Nuke Proof hubs, straight bar

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Tony a Cross Country Rider from Reno, NV USA

Date Reviewed: September 29, 2001

Strengths:    Tracks a perfect line. Climbs and descends well-Has made me a better rider. I handle technical sections much better. Solved some chain suck and ballance issues over my old Obed. 18" frame handles 6' and 195 lbs very well. I wonder just how much more "Ride" you get for the additional expense of a toccoa or a Tanasi.

Weaknesses:    Price-you get what you pay for. Probably Litespeeds best MTB Value. Seat Clamp bolt is sensitive to within 1/8 turn in setting torque. Seat post slipped once or twice, but not a problem once binder bolt torque learned. Glad my size requirement was one of only 4 offered in this frame.

Bottom Line:   
Thanks to My loyal LBS (Owner), I got a fair trade on my Obed and updated fork and several components. This Frame rides much more accurate then my old Obed. I used to have the front wheel come up all the time on steep climbs and now I can stay ballanced in the saddle with great traction and no wheelies on loose sand climbs. I use this bike for all riding, including road training with 1" tires, feels close to a road bike even with MTB geometry. Sid SL a good shock choice! I would reccomend this to anyone looking for a lifetime hardtail. No diggers yet, (Thanks to better positioning), but this frame will probably take punishment like the Obed did. Handles rocky fireroads like a hovercraft, singletrack like a Porsche. A little down preasure on the bars in technical descents holds the line to the inch!

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Favorite Trail:   Flume Trail

Duration Product Used:   Less than 1 month

Purchased At:   Bike Bananas my LBS

Similar Products Used:   Litespeed Obed 18"

Bike Setup:   Dolomite Wheels, Kenda Kharisma Tubeless, Sid SL, Race face, XTR, Avid SDTi, Rocket shifters, 22 lbs even.

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Matthew Young a Racer from York, PA, USA

Date Reviewed: September 28, 2001

Strengths:    What a ride!!! I love the flexibility of the frame. The workmanship is superb. The entire ride weighs about 23 lbs. It's indestructable.

Weaknesses:    None

Bottom Line:   
You can't beat this hardtail!

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Favorite Trail:   Lake Redman

Duration Product Used:   3 months

Price Paid:    $1000.00

Purchased At:   Gung Ho Outfitters

Similar Products Used:   Nothing compares--used to ride Fisher.

Bike Setup:   19.5" 2002 frame
Mavic cross max tubless
Hayes hydraulic disc brakes
Thompson elite seat post with Thompson stem
Marzochi X-Fly 100 (2001)
Shimano XTR drive train
Easton monkey lite handlebar

Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Quickspider a Cross Country Rider from Chicago, il

Date Reviewed: July 17, 2001

Strengths:    The frame is sweet, litespeed lengthened the top tube about an inch this year, so the cockpit inspires confidence on steep downhill descendents and jumps. The extra inch means you don't have to composite with a long stem, which in turn produces a kick ass center of gravity. This bike is the most stable ride you will ever experience. This is a durable bike with a finish that is better then any paint job.

Weaknesses:    The head tube should be longer, and reinforced at the ends. I was also disappointed with the inserts for the seat and head tube. The inserts look like scrap metal that obviously were not fabricated with the same standards as the frame. Also when litespeed applied the insert for the head tube the bottom of the tube was bent out of shape, but the insert was perfectly circular. Fortunately this did not affect the installation of the headset so this was only cosmetic. Man those guys must be in a huge hurry.

Bottom Line:   
This is the best frame anybody can by for close to 1000 dollars period. Beware to clean the metal shavings and possible a little file work to the poorly applied inserts before installing the headset or seat post. From the very first ride you can tell that this bike is the one. The one that inspires confidence to try things that you should be really scared of doing. It feels smooth as butter and handles like no other. Buy this bike from anywhere but jensonUSA. This company continues to quote lower prices then they charge on your credit card.

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Favorite Trail:   Palos

Duration Product Used:   3 months

Price Paid:    $1080.00

Purchased At:   Jenson, Don't buy Here

Similar Products Used:   GT Zaskar

Bike Setup:   Old 8 speed XT, XTR

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by l from l

Date Reviewed: July 15, 2001

Bottom Line:   

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Duration Product Used:   2 Years

Price Paid:    $1100.00

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Jim a Cross Country Rider from silverthorne,Co. U.S.A

Date Reviewed: June 16, 2001

Strengths:    the damping of steel and lively feel of aluminum all in one shiny little package(and the bragging rights of owning a Litespeed)

Weaknesses:    the slightly short cockpit may bother some but if you don't mind a 130 mill. stem...

Bottom Line:   
get one,
its a no brainer, who with a straight face could ever say anything bad about ti?
its expensive?
you get what you pay for.
I considered full susp. but considered budget,the fact that i break things with too many moving parts,weight yadayada.. and tried ti.trained on it, loved it,raced it, loved has that twitchy alum.feel,kicks it on climbs but gives my kidneys a break on even the roughest d.hills. strong?
I'm nursing a stiched elbow as i speak after a botched drop that bent my control tech stem about 10 degrees laterally(i'm 195)and the steer tube is still a perfect cylinder.yeah,with a lifetime warranty, i'm sold.
who should'nt buy this frame?
anyone who is really attached to that superstiff, sack jarring feeling of alum. or a dualie devotee

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Favorite Trail:   the dirt one

Duration Product Used:   6 months

Price Paid:    $999.00

Purchased At:   nunurbusiness

Similar Products Used:   kona steel, specialized S-works

Bike Setup:   18in.pisgah frame,marzzochi x-fly(80 mil.)hellbent flat tracker bar,xt/xtr groupo.,xt hub/mavic 519 rims,time pedals

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Ralph a Weekend Warrior from NY

Date Reviewed: April 16, 2001

Strengths:    -Unbelievable workmanship
-ALL of the frame is 3AL
-beautiful ride and handling
-looks, never have to worry about chips or scratchs

Weaknesses:    Lifetime warranty cannot be transfered to another purchaser

Bottom Line:   
I recommend this frame to anyone that can afford it. People say that it is expensive. I disagree, I always see great prices or sales on this frame. The welds are unbelievable. The handling kicks ass and absorbs quite a bit of shock, so the ride is more comfy. Not to mention, it is proudly made in the U.S.A.

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Favorite Trail:   bethpage

Duration Product Used:   6 months

Price Paid:    $700.00

Purchased At:   Private sale

Similar Products Used:   GT full suspension
specialized stumpjumper

Bike Setup:   sid xc, thomson,xt throughout, chris king.

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by phil a Cross Country Rider from mesa az

Date Reviewed: April 7, 2001

Strengths:    light,percise handleing,nice ride,don't worry about scratching it,i don't think it was that expensive for what
you get.

Weaknesses:    scared to leave it any where

Bottom Line:   
first of all if your gona cry about the price don't buy it.i am 5'7 and i got the 16.5 and it fits me like a glove.
its the sweetest bike i've ever riden.its not as smooth as
my super v but i seem to like to ride it much more unless we
go to a very rough area.
for a hard tail its unbeleivable.mine is 21.4lb and could
easily be a 1/2 pound seems very stable at speed
and i've been supriseing my self in the technical stuff.
going from canandales to this bike(with the sid)i do feel
things flexing a bit,but so what.
this bike really feels good on long climbs and hopping up
up ledges.seems pretty good on drop offs also.
i really have no complaints.
this will probably be the last hard tail i buy.but will
eventually get another full suspension bike since
its a little rough on some rides in az and we all need 2 bikes right.i have to give it 5 chilis because i can not fault this $1050.00 for the frame,i think its a good deal.

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Favorite Trail:   any trail

Duration Product Used:   3 months

Price Paid:    $1050.00

Purchased At:   river city bike.chatanuga tn.

Similar Products Used:   nishiki,diamonback,2 canondale hard tails and a super v.

Bike Setup:   all the nice stuff and sid xc

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Mike from Canton CT USA

Date Reviewed: March 22, 2001

Strengths:    WOW, what a great frame. The back end isnt stiff at all u moron from scottland, its nice and mushy, absorbs alot of shock, just like a good Ti frame should. Its got that great natural flex that Ti is know for. Does everything like a Champ IE cornering, climbing, descending, u name it

Weaknesses:    None that i have found so fair, besides that the Litespeed handle bar that it came with could be alittle bit longer

Bottom Line:   
What a awsome bike, i would love to hear from anyone that says other wise, so e-mail me. The last bike u will every need or want. There is no excuse for giving this any less then 5 chilies!

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Favorite Trail:   Bluff point RI

Duration Product Used:   Less than 1 month

Purchased At:   Benidorm Bikes and Boards

Similar Products Used:   Moots

Bike Setup:   Full XT, Avid mags, Marzocchi z.3

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Brian a Cross Country Rider from Johnson City, TN, USA

Date Reviewed: March 17, 2001

Strengths:    Strong, Light, Stiff yet compliant, Titanium bombproofness.

Weaknesses:    I could only afford one of them.

Bottom Line:   
I built this bike specifically to race at the 24 Hours of Snowshoe in West Virginia. I wanted something more compliant than my aging Cannondale and the Litespeed definitely fits the bill. It handles tight east coast singletrack like a dream. The ti frame combined with some sticky tires makes this bike hook in the turns. It also climbs and descends very well.
It handled the brutal West Virginia terrain alot better than I did. I've crashed hard a few times on it and the bike shows no sign of damage whatsoever.
I am upgrading to disc brakes and I have to disagree with the fellow from Scotland about the disc mount. It is "carved" out of titanium (not aluminum or steel like others) and is a work of art. (To each his own, I guess..)

Bottom line: IMHO this is the last hardtail you will need to buy and it's well worth the price of admission.
Buy it, Ride it, Love it.. Just don't let your wife know how much you really paid for it.

Five flamin' stoggies please.

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Favorite Trail:   There are many

Duration Product Used:   1 Year

Price Paid:    $1350.00

Purchased At:   Piney Flats Bicycles

Similar Products Used:   Cannondale M900

Bike Setup:   Sid XC fork, XTR drivetrain, Gripshift 8SPEED BABY!!!,Avid single digit 25 brakes (soon to be hayes).

Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:3
Submitted by Paul a Cross Country Rider from Edinburgh, Scotland

Date Reviewed: January 23, 2001

Strengths:    Does exactly what it says on the tin- rides well without misbehaving, neutral ride, stiff enough and smoother than alu.

Weaknesses:    Price- hell of a lot of money just for a frame. Stiffnes at back could be seen to be a little harsh. bolt on rear disk mount is rather ugly compared with combined dropout units.

Bottom Line:   
A good frameset, better than my previous Dekerf team which was comfy on the rear but unbelieveable torsional twist when corner braking. No paint to chip off and will hopefull survive the tropical (not) weather we have here. Scared that it will get nicked.
Good neutral ride (i like) but a little expensive.
Dig the headtube badge.
Four flamin' dog turds for this beastie.

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Favorite Trail:   Exponential Hill/ Nine mile burn

Duration Product Used:   6 months

Purchased At:   (part exchanged)

Similar Products Used:   Dekerf, speccy, trek blah blah...........

Bike Setup:   Good stuff w/disk brakes (soon)

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