Litespeed Pisgah 2002 Hardtail

4.92/5 (12 Reviews)


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User Reviews

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by David a Cross Country Rider from Winona, MN USA

Date Reviewed: November 9, 2004

Strengths:    Lifetime warranty, looks, Ti ride.

Weaknesses:    Initially expensive. Ti does break.

Bottom Line:   
I love the ride feel of this bike. Litespeed stands behind their bikes and I'm impressed with the lifetime frame warranty. I too broke the weld between at the top tube and head tube junction. Sent the bike to Litespeed for the warranty work. No questions asked they fixed and returned the bike on time. The frame had at least 6000 miles on it and was pretty beat up when I sent it in. Litespeed returned the frame looking brand new (new brush job, new decals). Buy this bike if you appreciate great quality and great customer service and can live without full suspension.

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Favorite Trail:   Holzinger Lodge

Duration Product Used:   More than 3 years

Price Paid:    $800.00

Purchased At:   Jenson USA

Similar Products Used:   Steel and Al hardtails.

Bike Setup:   XT; Fox F80 RLT; Mavic 717's w/Stans and Specialized Roll X; Avid Mechanical Disc Brakes; Rock Shox Seatpost; Easton EA 70 Riser Bar.

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:4
Submitted by Son Tran a Cross Country Rider from london

Date Reviewed: October 30, 2003

Strengths:    top quality craftmanship, spot on geometry and neutral understated timeless look

Weaknesses:    Intergrated headset! could have had an optional cup to put standard headsets - (which is why I ended up getting my own designs machined up)..had problems with my intergrated in the beggining but it was the early litespeed cups that was the problem..but sorted now and still running intergrated.

Bottom Line:   
Again same as everyone else, top quality bit of craftmanship and design..what can i say...ride is unique ..but if you want a bike that can do it all and go everywhere ..my honest opinion is go for somthing like a Blur or Turner.

I ride full sus 50% of my time but everytime i do a bit of XC on the Pisgah its just got that special magical ride!!

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Favorite Trail:   morzine

Duration Product Used:   2 Years

Price Paid:    $1200.00

Purchased At:   beyond mountain bikes

Bike Setup:   mavic/hope discs wheels. XTR/XT mix. race face finishing. fox forks

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:4
Submitted by Matthew Young a Racer from Osan Air Force Base, South Korea

Date Reviewed: October 13, 2002

Strengths:    2002 Pisgah. Awesome feel--thought the strength was a bonus

Weaknesses:    I broke the frame!!!!! It broke at the weld near the head tube and the top tube (just coming off a curb on my way to the trails). So much for invincible.

Bottom Line:   
Excellent bike, but it does break.

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Favorite Trail:   Mubong

Duration Product Used:   1 Year

Price Paid:    $1250.00

Purchased At:   Gungho Bikes

Similar Products Used:   none

Bike Setup:   Mavic Cross Max UST, Hayes hydraulics, Easton carbon fiber riser bar, XTR drivetrain, egg-beaters, Thompson Elite seat post and stem, Selle Italia SLR saddle, Cane Creek IS headset.

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Daniel Youngblood a Racer from Atlanta GA. USA

Date Reviewed: September 25, 2002

Strengths:    Very Forgiving, Light, Smooth as Butter, 1000 year life on the frame. WOW!!!

Weaknesses:    Ex-spensive!, unless you work in a bike shop.

Bottom Line:   
I've raced Alum., Steel, Carbon fiber, and Ti. By far, Ti has preformed the best for me!! Try it, everyone has there own opinion.

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Favorite Trail:   Tsali

Duration Product Used:   2 Years

Price Paid:    $1250.00

Purchased At:   Litespeed/ Rep

Similar Products Used:   Dean Ti.

Bike Setup:   Mavic Cross Max Wheels, Hutch Python tires kevlar, Avid Arch Rivals Brakes/Levers, XT Cranks, Time Atac Pedals, XTR Frt/Rear Der., XT Shifters, Thompson Elite Post/Stem, Salsa Ti Saddle, Easton Alum. Bar.

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:3
Submitted by AJ from Danville, CA, USA

Date Reviewed: September 9, 2002

Strengths:    Super stong frame, Great race geometry, climbs like almost nothing else, its titanium

Weaknesses:    not much, the geometry is a little too race for just rec. riding, which is a personal opinion if it is good or bad

Bottom Line:   
If you can afford it, on a xc hardtail go carbon or ti, you cant beat their strenght to wieght ratios. Ti looks cooler, though. An awsome bike that is a dream to ride up anything on, but a handful to descend on...

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Favorite Trail:   the crack

Duration Product Used:   3 months

Purchased At:   Califonia Pedaler

Similar Products Used:   all kinds of stuff - I work at a bike shop

Bike Setup:   Full XT kit with a sid sl

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Stephen Bern a Cross Country Rider from New Haven. CT

Date Reviewed: August 14, 2002

Strengths:    Well, "Ti feeling" is the most fabulous thing about this frame. Tanssi is good, but when you talk about this "ti feels" Pisgah rules. The feeling of Tanasi is much more stiff like alumi-originate metal.

Weaknesses:    None, Perfect, Oh- decals are little weak....though you can buy it directly fron litespeed.com for $15

Bottom Line:   
Pisgah rocks, and look at the weight~
You can make under 22 pound bike even with 19.5 frame.
What else I can say?

2002 Pisgah is the master piece of litespeed's work.

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Favorite Trail:   Joy for the bike

Duration Product Used:   6 months

Price Paid:    $2600.00

Purchased At:   cyclepath

Similar Products Used:   Seven sola Ti, Richey plexus

Bike Setup:   All XTR with Ti component, king wheels

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Brad a Weekend Warrior from Brooklyn, NY

Date Reviewed: April 2, 2002

Strengths:    light, tracks well, far more comfortable than an aluminum

Weaknesses:    high bb, cost

Bottom Line:   
OK, I am not going to try and top the effusive words of praise used by my fellow riders, but for all of you who don't know why Ti is so great here is a bit of an explanation.

First, it has a tremendously high strenght and fatigue resistence. This means that 1)it can handle a bad crash without bending (strength) 2)it will not fatigue. What is fatigue? It is the slow formation of a crack that slowly weakens the frame until...for most xc riders this is the problem, but with the matrial properties of Ti you don't have to worry (unless the welds were done badly, which is not a problem with litespeeds).

Second the corrosion resistance. Almost everything oxidizes, but some materials handle it better than others. Steel rusts, and even Al can slowly corrode, but the oxidized of Ti is almost as strong as Ti would normally be. This means that your frame will get a several micron thin (1/1000 of a mm)layer of Ti oxide which will not wear off, thus protecting the rest of the bike from ruin.

Third, the "feel" of Ti. This is actually an atomic property, i.e. it is the actual movement of the individual atoms that determines the feel. This is also why the different alloys have different feels. Ti "gives" a bit more than Al, hence the smoother ride.

Coupling all this with the wonderful craftsmanship of litespeed and you get a fantastic bike, well worth the price you paid.

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Duration Product Used:   3 months

Price Paid:    $2800.00

Purchased At:   sheepshead cycle

Similar Products Used:   none

Bike Setup:   XT kit, SID SL

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by John a Cross Country Rider from Fayetteville,

Date Reviewed: January 29, 2002

Strengths:    Stiff where it needs to be, stable, good BB height that results in quick handling without banging your pedals.

Weaknesses:    Absolutely none!

Bottom Line:   
The bike rocks! There just isn't any other way to put it. No hardtail I have ever ridden comes close. I won't use all the effusice adjectives that the other reviewers below have, but they're not exaggerating at all. If your sticking with a hardtail, you absolutely cannot go wrong. Litespeed has beefed up the seat stays on the 02 Pisgah and the four sided down tube really makes the front end precise.

Where I ride is pretty rocky, but with a well adjusted saddle, the frame soaks up so much of the abuse allowing me to pedal. Not to knock FS bikes, the higher end bikes are usually great, but the added maintenance, squeeks, and price aren't really justified. Don't let the FS hype get to you!

Shop around and this frame can be had for 1200. Wait until the end of year, and the price drops to 800-900, which is an almost unholy steal of a near perfect ride. Yes, there are custom Ti rides, like Seven, that offer totally custom geometry, but for the normal person, get the right size and simply adjust your seat and stem length.

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Duration Product Used:   6 months

Purchased At:   Chainwheel, LR Arkansas

Similar Products Used:   Litespeed Obed, aluminum bikes de jour


Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by simon kirk a Cross Country Rider from plymouth UK

Date Reviewed: January 18, 2002

Strengths:    low weight, strength , ride quality , Litespeed

Weaknesses:    cost , decals seem a little cheap

Bottom Line:   
this rides better than any other bike i have ridden to date!
the compliant ride is light and responds to all user inputs with out fault, in short the bike melds with the rider and brings out the best.
the frame sizing is spot on but with the B.B height so tall you may need to go a size smaller, also the decals seem a little cheap, petty but for the money i would expect better.
But i bought it to ride not to look at, something it excells at.
this is the bike that will appeal to both racer and trail rider alike, (i use mine for enduro racing).
if you have ridden most bikes out there and are looking for the next step in your riding then the light weight titanium hardtail is what you want, it truly will be the last you will want!

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Favorite Trail:   its a secret! sorry

Duration Product Used:   6 months

Price Paid:    $3000.00

Purchased At:   Alltrax , plymouth , UK

Similar Products Used:   TRek OCLV , Merlin , plus many high quality steel frames

Bike Setup:   (2002)16.6" pisgah frame + Pace carbon rigid fork. ESP 9.0 SL gears , XT front mech , Race face cranks + B.B. XTR V'brakes Easton MG60 , monkey lite carbon risers , Syncros S/post , giro saddle , crossroc UST wheels with Panaracer trailblaster UST tyres

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Vino a Weekend Warrior from London, UK

Date Reviewed: January 9, 2002

Strengths:    Can't beat that titanium ride - looks great, feels even better

Weaknesses:    Decals came off the bike after the first ride. And of course the cost!!!!

Bottom Line:   
This is the best bike I have ever ridden bar none. I had concerns about the integrated headset and whether it would last in UK conditions. However, the races are pressed into the frame, so if something does go wrong this can be easily replaced. With the non-corrosive properties of ti combined with it's strength over aluminium - this is a frame that is going to last.

On the ride side, my test runs have so far been on mid-winter packed chalk and a few very muddy runs. But the bike has flown up any climb I've shown it. And on the descents, the bike has introduced me to new found confidence and late braking thanks to sexy hope discs.

If you have the money to buy this frame, do so. I questioned whether I could justify the cost, but once you think of the cost per mile or cost per hour of enjoyment it's looks a hell lot cheaper (hence my value rating!)

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Favorite Trail:   North Downs

Duration Product Used:   Less than 1 month

Similar Products Used:   GT's and Kona's

Bike Setup:   SID SL, Race Face stem (120mm), seatpost (XYO), chainset and low riser bars, XTR shifters and front and rear derailleur, XT cassette, Hope mini disc brakes, Hope XC hubs, DT revolution spokes and Mavic 317 Disc rims, Hope titanium QR's, continental explorers.

Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:4
Submitted by Johnny a Weekend Warrior from Alexandria

Date Reviewed: December 13, 2001

Strengths:    Feel of Titanium

Weaknesses:    $$$$$$$

Bottom Line:   
This bike becomes a part of you, somewhere during your first trail ride you'll be thanking the bike for allowing you to tag along. By then if you are not thanking the bike you'll atleast be thanking the bike shop who sold it to ya. She climbs like a dream and even descends well. The one feature that stands out above all the extras is the feel of TI.

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Duration Product Used:   3 months

Price Paid:    $2300.00

Bike Setup:   XT, Duke fork, Frogs, and Spinergy wheels

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Ryan a Cross Country Rider from Springfield, MO

Date Reviewed: December 3, 2001

Strengths:    Climbs like a homesick angel, descends like a skydiver suffering from altitude sickness, and rips effortlessly across flat sections, Ummm could the ride be any smoother?

Weaknesses:    $$$$$$$$$

Bottom Line:   
The bottom line is that Titanium is the best thing to make a bicycle frame out of, period. It is light like aluminum and forgiving like steel. Sure it's expensive but it is soooo worth it. I give it 5 flamin' chilis. Go buy one.

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Favorite Trail:   Anything singletrack

Duration Product Used:   3 months

Purchased At:   Sunshine Bike Shop

Similar Products Used:   Merlin titanium hardtail, numerous aluminum hardtails.

Bike Setup:   Sid SL, Thomson Stem and Seatpost, Salsa Bars, XTR front and rear, Truvativ Crank, Avid Brakes, Custom Wheels. Weighs in around 23 pounds.

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