This bike is well finished, as early model Litespeed/Lynsky frames were. Those who enjoy the Ti ride know the value of such a well-built machine. As with all frames, there are some items of note
- I have had no problems with the Cane Creek integrated headset, though I have pro-actively replaced the seal due to wear
- highly recommend replacing the original Rock Shox fork with a decent modern fork from Fox or Magura
- Lookout Mtn geometry favors those with a relatively long upper torso. great for toe clearance, slightly better descending than a short top-tube bike. not nearly as responsive or stiff (or harsh) as a Klein hardtail.
- disc brake only, which is the way it should be
- bottle cage nuts stripped out on my frame, not a big deal, but not anticipated either.
- weight and vibration damping and stiffness probably eclipsed by modern carbon frames, but Ti wins huge points for damage tolerace. if you can afford it, a well-fitting Ti bike is a great choice to have for epic tours.
MTBR, please ban spammers like Hanne Grethe from ever posting. I added one star to overall rating just to spite this nincompoop.
Absolute dream bike, I weigh 235 lbs and there is no flex, frame is under 4 lbs but solid as a rock. Best bike I've owned and I've had some classics. Unfortunately just written the frame off in accident involving bike, car, car park height barrier and me! This frame is no longer available, so I've replaced with Merlin. Shame they stopped building it, it was A1. RIP..... PS did I mention no canti mounts ;)
Similar Products Used: Pace RC200 F2, Fat Chance Yo Eddy, Cannondale Super V 1000
Bike Setup: Full XTR, Hope Mini discs, Titec ti stem and Litespeed ti post, flite, hope/mavic wheels, Easton carbon flat bars and xlite bar ends, Rock Shox Duke Race.
a Cross Country Rider
Date Reviewed: September 27, 2004
Strengths: Super XC frame, very smooth "Ti" ride, very forgiving. Stronger then alu, 7020 T6. Beautiful Frame Finish
Weaknesses: Cane Creek integrated bearings, King would be a beter option. Unfortunaly King perido is not available. I use a R.S. SID team fork, the Fork Crown is when turned on its max touching te lower tube of the bike, we've customised the airvalve cap,The lockout is still touching the tube, Fk. About the XTR crankset Bearings, Wearout after 100 Km. ? Poor surface Finish. Sticky rearcaliper. EC 70 Handlebars, no waranty after mounting side bars! Availability off Litespeed Headbadge/Transfersets in the Netherlands.
Similar Products Used: Principia Mac B, Principia Rex XC (Disc Only), Klein Attitude Comp, Cannondale F900 sl.
Bike Setup: Xtr 2003 wheelset, Complete Xtr 2003 group. Thomson elite ahead and seatpost, Flite ti, Race Face Good and Evil grips, Schwalbe Racing Ralph 2.25, Easton EC70 Handlebar, Woodman Carbon Side Bars.
from Hørsholm, Denmark
Date Reviewed: October 24, 2002
The bike is sh*te, and I'd feel fooled having spend zillions on a "bike" like that.
Bike Setup: Full Shimano Alivio, Stainless steel spring fork (Just s little rust)
a Cross Country Rider
from Bakersfield, Ca USA
Date Reviewed: July 9, 2002
Strengths: It's a Litespeed, Titanium, Rides great decends great and climbs like a mountain goat.
This is thee best hardtail I have ridden the Titanium is very tough. It is nice to ride a hardtail that is not race specific the geometrey is very comfortable, it decends and climbs great with minimal effort. I would recomend this bike to anyone with a bottomless wallet and who has a love for Titanium and just the best hardtail money can buy.
Similar Products Used: Intense Tracer, Trek fuel 100,Cannondale Jekyll 3000, Etc.
Bike Setup: Sid Sl (better than race), Sram Xo shifters and derailleurs, Thomson seat post and stem, Easton monkeylite Sl bars, Cane Creek internal headset, Mavic 517 wheels laced to Chris King ISO disc hubs, Magura Louise disc brakes and levers, Xt cranks (waiting for 2003 XTR), yada,yada,yada.
Date Reviewed: November 27, 2001
Strengths: very well balanced frame, extreme acceleration, smooth in DH, beautifull, light, etc.
Weaknesses: frame sometimes seams to support disc-brake vibrations
first time I rode this bike, I thought I was riding on clouds. Ti is so different to Al. Rode a dam sledgehammer all this years... Yet the Lookout is very fast accelerating, stiff where it needs to be. Bike weight is 10.4 kg / 19'frame. Not bad for a disc-brake bike, I think. Bike climbs like a rocket. Downhill is much easier, extremly good "self-controll". Perfect craftmanship, nice details. All in all, it's a dream of a bike. It's expensive but worth the money if you ride frequently.
did the unmentionable the other day...a gravel (decomposed granite) road was our destination.
left early, had beers on ice, and headed for garden valley.
about ten miles the other side of gv we headed north to summit flat on the road to deadwood reservoir.
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Just came across this on the interwebs:
[url=http://instagram.com/p/QFviFbrxx3/]Photo by chrisscottistan • Instagram[/url]
Dear lawd, looks like they're using machines to build trail.
I dare any one of you to say Chris Scott is "not a rider," or doesn't know good trail.
Oh, wait. Th ... Read More »
I went for a road ride up Lookout this evening since I wasn't sure the trails would be dry. A road cyclist was involved in a serious accident this evening on Lookout. I just missed witnessing the crash, however, it appeared the cyclist lost it coming down the switch back just before the straight awa ... Read More »
I can't believe I never road this trail before! It's quite the climb going up and seemed to work me just as hard as Falcon/WR/etc. It registered about 1,800 vertical feet from the crappy parking area below to the visitors center. I was impressed with the trail and it's quite technical and was tacky ... Read More »