Product DescriptionLitespeed Tellico
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Date Reviewed: April 30, 2005
Strengths: lightest and best ride available
Weaknesses: weld at head tube and down tube
I weigh 150 pounds soking wet with rocks in my pockets and this thing snaped on me and I landed right on my face. but before that I rode the dogmess out of it and the bike rode unlike anything i've ever seen, heard, or read about. I did many 24 hour races on it in W.Virginia and in Ga. I took it to Mexico and many places in between and it only wanted to go faster on every kind on terra you can imagine. The weld at the head and down tube gave and down "we" went.I loved the ride so much i bought another litespeed, the ultimate...And it is!But I'm scared to death that it may break too! Oh yea, Litespeed is so big for their britches now that they won't even entertain the thought of a "warranty". So I'm riding a second hand purple GT. Hopefully purple will be back in style soon! The Tellico gets Five chili's Litespeed gets NONE. You should buy this bike if God himself tells you it will not break.
Duration Product Used: More than 3 years
Price Paid: $3000.00
Similar Products Used: merlin
Bike Setup: xtr, chris king, easton carbon bars and post, salsa stem
Date Reviewed: February 11, 2002
Strengths: So far...... Amazing ride qaulity, Looks... and feeling smug. The weight (just over 3 lb's for the frame)Crafsmanship)
Weaknesses: I guess if bought new it would be pretty pricey..... I can't really coment on durability as yet as i have only ridden it a handfull of times.... other than that, None as far as i can tell, other than the deacals (stickers) i fear that their life may not be a happy one, and i don't know how easy it eill be to souce new ones!! and Price! i know i bought it cheap - but i'll bet getting a new drop out welded on won't be if i break the thing!!! (no garantee as second hand)
The workmanship of the frame 'looks' second to none, i haven't noticed any of the flaws stated in other reviews, but this bike has not by any means had a hard life (yet) and i will endevour to provide any further updates as events warrant!!!
I can not stress enough that this is the bike i was born to own, if it were a choice between this bike and the wife, i'd pack her bags for her...
Sell everything you own - Buy one!!!
Duration Product Used: Less than 1 month
Price Paid: $1800.00
Purchased At: Generous chap from London
Similar Products Used: Marin IFT for 3 1/2 years, Orange, Giant G.T etc...
Bike Setup: CrossMax, Z2 super fly's, IRC, Syncros Titanium Post, Flight Titanium, 747's and XTR-full stop.
Date Reviewed: December 29, 2001
Strengths: Excellent power transfer
Purchased At: BCUSA (now part of Cambria)
Similar Products Used: Litespeed Obed, Owl Hollow.
Bike Setup: Tellico frame, 98 SID with Englund cartridges, full XTR 27 speed, Crossmax UST wheelset
Date Reviewed: May 1, 2001
Strengths: I loved the ride and feel of this frame so much that I bought it's sister the "Vortex." Placed in many races on my frame. Light
Weaknesses: First of all I bought this frame from the shop owner. He told me he had not sent in the warranty card so if anything happened, there would be "no problem." The first time the frame broke (at the head/downtube weld) the shop sent it off got it back within a month. New stickers, brushed, welds were flawless. I basically had a new bike. Litespeed took care of me. This February 2001 my frame broke again. This time at the head/top/downtube junctions. Sent it back to Litespeed. Colins Bishop the warranty specialist said they would not warranty the frame. Said there was dings on every tube of the bike. Excuse me here, I thought this was a "mountain bike" here. A $2650.00 frame at that. Do you want me to ride around the parking lot at the trailhead so everyone will see the stickers so another person will be let down by your company? I ride and I ride hard. And I only weigh 143lbs. So to sum it up Litespeed is trying to charge me for a repair for one of their top of the line "6/4 titanium, flawless welds" because I didn't baby the thing. I have learned that the company has grown and some of the original founders have left. This company has gone from being my unspoken choice to nothing but scrap metal. You don't let someone down and cop out on the warranty, especially when you state a bunch of propaganda about how your product is superior on your website and when it is time to do some service you turn your head. They told me I should look into another tougher frame, but would not pro-rate my useless frame towards the new one.
Purchased At: Bob's Bikes in Vestavia, Al
Similar Products Used: Vortex
Date Reviewed: March 9, 2000
Strengths: Ti, light
Weaknesses: not as light as a merlin, medioccre welds, way overpriced
Duration Product Used: Tested or demo'ed only
Similar Products Used: MERLIN XLM
Bike Setup: XTR, Mavic, White
Date Reviewed: November 20, 1999
Light, of course
I know perfection has a cost...but $2,700...?
less than 1 month
Similar Products Used:
Litespeed Owl Hollow
Marzocchi Superfly forks, Ibis titanium stem, Litespeed titanium handlebar, dean titanium seapost, Shimano XTR complete groupo (cranks, derailleurs, cassette, shifters) Avid Extreme brakes, Chris King titanium headset (yep,they make one and it is beautiful)and Chris King black hubs with black Sun Rhyno Lites and black DT Comp spokes. Michelin Wildgripper Sprints with Silicum (these babies roll)and a treat for my butt...a WTB SS98T saddle on...yep, titanium rails...
Date Reviewed: February 13, 1999
First of all I would like to thank the thief that lifted my GT Avalanche. This allowed me to buy the best bike I have ever owned. The only way I can really describe this frame is WOW!!!!! I purchased the bike through Colorado Cyclist for a smokin deal (under 3 G's). I got the frame for 1500, and threw on 98' XTR, Chris King headset and hubs, Mavic rims, Kore stem, Easton CT2 bar, Syncros seat post, Flite saddle and Rockshox Judy XC(it was on sale, prefer Zokes). Anyways the bike is fabulous. I cannot feel any flex while riding, and the frame absorbs alot of shock from the slate and rocks that litter the trails in Arizona. As for the climbing and descending, it's so fast that I almost soil my drawers. I feel faster and stronger on this bike. If you have the opportunity to come across a Tellico, you too can soil your drawers. Any questions I can answer for ya' feel free to e-mail me. :-)
Date Reviewed: October 4, 1998
This is the only bike in production to be made af full 6/4 ti. It's the best bike I have ever ridden. I've ridden and worked on countless bikes. I purchased my bike at a great shop in Jacksonville Fl. They were the only Litespeed dealer in town. I decided to get the Tellico and only two days later it arrived. I couldn't be any happier with the frame. It went together beatifully and the ride is spectacular. It follows the line you want, it's fairly stiff due to the 6/4 ti, yet it's still forgiving and it soaks up a lot of the bumps. It climbs like a madman. Living here in Co., I see some pretty narly sruff, but this bike gives me the ability to conquer just about any terrain. I've won several races on this bike including a world cup event in Ga., and a couple races here in Co. I have my Tellico built up with XTR, Raceface, and Mavic components. It's simply the best bike you can buy.
Date Reviewed: August 2, 1998
I have owned many bikes and have ridden even more I worked in a bike shop for some time, and i must say that the tellico is the sweetest, lightest, most forgiving XC hardtail frame I have ever ridden. If you can fork over the money the frame is defintly worth it.
Date Reviewed: June 3, 1998
I have been mountain biking for the last 8 years & racing for the last 6. I started off with your basic cro-mo frame, then moved to aluminum. I weigh 130lbs, and found the aluminum way to stiff. I would never recommend aluminum for anyone under 150lbs that riding technical singletrack. I bought my first litespeed frame used for $800. It was a 90' model (two years old) with the elevated chain stays. It was so light and soaked up the nasty bumps so well. I noticed one day the weld at the downtube/headtube junction pulling away. I sent it back in to litespeed, with a note telling them I was a racer. They called and said they could fix it, but if I was riding hard, it probably eventyually come on done. They offered to send me free of charge a brand new Obed. Instead, I asked how much to upgrade to the Telico. Compared to the cost of new, it was too good to pass up. I have owned the bike for three years now, and have been extremely pleased. The 14 frame ways less than 2.5lbs. The whole bike is 20.5lbs. The brakes are Magura, and the frame does flex, but with the eastern singletrack, it works well. I would recommend litespeed to anyone looking for a great singletrack bike.
Date Reviewed: March 30, 1998
I have owned many bikes from road frames to mt. bike frames, from cro-mo frames to aluminum frames. And this is my first Titanium bike it is awsome if you can afford it. it will make you ride so much faster and if feels so good. i put all XTR and Chris King components on mine as well as some cherry picked items that come on this team issue bike and picked the white bros. SC70UL fork for it because unlike the sid it is a fork and is not supose to flex nor is it supose to break after a couple of rides after talking to the team rep. at litespeed and talking to others i bought the litest frame wich is also the stongest and also the longest lasting frame on the market this is due to the frame being 6AL/4V TI. you can't get any better than this! as for the XTR nothing needs to be said cause we all know it's better than anything else out there (the reason why is because it is made in JAPAN) as for the Chris King headset and hubs SWEET no one else comes close to quality or durability. (they make their own bearings unlike everyone else who buys someone elses mismatched bearings (also 10 year life time warrenty! HELLO!)) as for the Fork WHITE BROS. HAS BEEN MAKING FORKS LONGER THAN ALL THE OTHERS THEY WERE MAKING THEM FOR DIRTBIKES WHEN MT. BIKES HADN'T EVEN BEEN INVENTED YET SO THEY KNOW HOW TO MAKE A STRONG LITE, (KICK SID'S BUT ALL OVER THE PLACE) FORK AS FOR THE REST OF THE STUFF LIKE THE MAVIC 517X RIMS AND TIRES AND STUFF THEY ARE NICE AS WELL BUT NOT WORTH THE TIME WRITING ABOUT. this COMBINATION will WIN you MANY championships!
Date Reviewed: February 9, 1998
Boy, have I ever got a story about the Tellico. I recently hung up my racing wheels, after having spent
many years as a pro-elite racer. It was time to get a real life, and move on. I knew I wanted a bike that
was high tech, light, durable and looked good. Titanium was the obvious choice, light, strong, with no
paint to chip. When you look at the coices around today, ther are a lot of very fine builders. Merlin and
Litespeed come first to mind, but Seven, Kona, and many others also need to be considered. I chose
Litespeed's Tellico for one main reasosn. Built entirely with 6/4 tubing, the Tellico is a unique bike, as no
other builder has yet to use a full 6/4 tubeset. The Tellico is billed as the lightest, stiffest, and strongest
frame on the market. I figured that this would be a frame I could keep for a very long time. I ordered it
up, and after a few weeks, the bike came. When I unpacked this jewel of cycling perfection, and
inspected it, I had a few concerns. One of the rear brake bosses had been incorrectly cut. This did not
hamper the bike's performance in any way, but it did make adjusting the rear brakes a bit difficult. More
alarming, however, was that the front of the headtube had been 'flattened' at the bottom, almost like the
bike had been dropped somewhere. The box it was shipped in was still parfect, and Litespeed does an
exceptional job of packing frames, so we assumed the damage had been done befor it was shipped. No
worries, we thought, the headtube has aluminum inserts where the headset presses in, and the damage
will be undone once we press the headset in. The headset went in easily, and the bike was built up. The
fact that there were problems with my new frame bothered me a bit, but hey, Litespeed didn't think it
was a problem, so neither did I. The bike is simply amazing to ride. It is light, almost as light as
Litespeed claims (mine is a 19), and it is STIFF, stiffer than my previous aluminum team bikes. I feel
comfortable on the downhills, but no more so than on previous frames. It is on the technical uphills
where the bike really shines. On my first ride, I rode up things I've never even come close to doing
before. I was very impressed. I was less impressed about five rides later when I noticed my seatpost
was 'sinking'. I tried to raise it, and lo and behold, not only did the seatpost come out, but the aluminum
frame insert, which should be bonded in, came out as well! I was even more distressed when the
headset inserts came loose and started to creak! I sent email down to Litespeed, and waited for a
response. I was impressed when JEANETTE from Litespeed promptly sent back a nice note, asking me
to call down to get things sorted out. Well, there was quite a difference between Jeanette and Ruby
Lynskey, who I ended up speaking to. She was NOT very sympathetic, was not willing to do much of
anything and didn't seem to care that one of her most expensive, flagship frames had just literally fallen
apart in about 10 days. Needless to say, it was no a pleasant experience. Eventually, I got an RA# and
paid to have the bike shipped down. I was dissapointed in the product, I even regretted buying it. After
all, I bought the bike based on durability and here I was, sending it back after only a few rides. The way
I figured, I could have bought a basic Sandvik bike, had no problems, and had a lot of money left over.
Anyways, over the course of the warranty period, which was abount a month and a half (over
Christmas) I kept in contact with Jeanette via email. I was extremely impressed with how she returned
my messages almost immediately. Unfortunately, apart from a few others, nobody else at Litespeed
seemed to care much. Phone messages would go unanswered, and when I did finally get a hold of the
warranty dept. they couldn't tell me anything anyway. Jeanette stands out above all other industry people
I have ever dealt with. If anybody from Litespeed is reading this, they should make sure that they keep
her on staff, in terms of customer service, she is outstanding. Anyway, I finally got the bike back, and it
has been fixed, sort of. The headtube was still a bit bent, again as if the frame had been dropped. My
theory is that the Titanium itself is bent, and that when the aluminum is inserted into the bent tube, it forms
the bent shape. The seat tube insert was in, but when Litespeed was recutting the slot in the insert, they
cut too far and went a bit into the Titanium. A little detail, but when a frame is this expensive, it should be
perfect. The ride is the same, outstanding. Overall, I would give a 'perfect' Tellico a five chili rating, my
tellico a 4 chili, Jeanette a 6 chili rating, and Litespeed a 2.5 chili rating. I assume that these problems are
rare for Litespeed and that they normally put out an exceptional product. However, if you are unlucky
enough to get a 'bad' frame, don't expect much from Litespeed. Customer service is, with some notable
exceptions, poor. I'm giving the overall package a rating of 3.5 chilis
This has been a long note, but I felt it was warranted. When I was researching my dream bike, I used
the internet, and this page, extensively. If you are dropping down the money it takes to buy any litespeed
product, a few minutes of reading shouldn't be a big deal.
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