Litespeed Pisgah 2002 Hardtail

USER REVIEWS

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[Dec 03, 2001]
Ryan
Cross Country Rider

OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
5
Strength:

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?

Weakness:

$$$$$$$$$

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.

Similar Products Used:

Merlin titanium hardtail, numerous aluminum hardtails.

[Jan 29, 2002]
John
Cross Country Rider

OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
5
Strength:

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

Weakness:

Absolutely none!

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.

Similar Products Used:

Litespeed Obed, aluminum bikes de jour

[Oct 13, 2002]
Matthew Young
Racer

OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
4
Strength:

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

Weakness:

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.

Excellent bike, but it does break.

Similar Products Used:

none

[Jan 18, 2002]
simon kirk
Cross Country Rider

OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
5
Strength:

low weight, strength , ride quality , Litespeed

Weakness:

cost , decals seem a little cheap

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!

Similar Products Used:

TRek OCLV , Merlin , plus many high quality steel frames

[Jan 09, 2002]
Vino
Weekend Warrior

OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
5
Strength:

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

Weakness:

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

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!)

Similar Products Used:

GT's and Kona's

[Dec 13, 2001]
Johnny
Weekend Warrior

OVERALL
RATING
4
VALUE
RATING
4
Strength:

Feel of Titanium

Weakness:

$$$$$$$

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.

[Oct 30, 2003]
Son Tran
Cross Country Rider

OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
4
Strength:

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

Weakness:

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.

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!!

[Sep 09, 2002]
AJ

OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
3
Strength:

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

Weakness:

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

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...

Similar Products Used:

all kinds of stuff - I work at a bike shop

[Aug 14, 2002]
Stephen Bern
Cross Country Rider

OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
5
Strength:

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.

Weakness:

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

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.

Similar Products Used:

Seven sola Ti, Richey plexus

[Apr 02, 2002]
Brad
Weekend Warrior

OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
5
Strength:

light, tracks well, far more comfortable than an aluminum

Weakness:

high bb, cost

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.

Similar Products Used:

none

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