Litespeed Tanasi 2002 Hardtail

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[Feb 25, 2002]
Mike Mapston
Cross Country Rider

OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
3
Strength:

As reported before: Light and very stiff. Very fast "off the mark" - The frame forces you to ride fast, it wrings every last drop of energy from your muscles. - As reported before, great welds and appears to be bullet proof after all of the grief my weight has given it over gnarly trails.

Weakness:

Cost, the extra stiffness of the frame (due to the 6 / 4 tubing) does not give a traditional "ti" feel to the frame. - Anyone wanting a forgiving frameset (read comfy over the bumps) should seek a 3/4 tubeset or more forgiving geometry. - However, if your a racer (and I'm not), this trait could never be considered as a weakness.

Cannot decide which bike to ride on the weekend. - Only really need one of these two bikes, but I cannot decide which one! - It all depends on how I feel on the day. - If you don't own a "ti" and your thinking of buying one, I would spend less on a Pisgah (or whatever the new name for this model is this year) and spend the rest on better equipment. - I think the extra money would only be noticed by a better rider than me, and I am sure that even the cheapest frame in the range, would more than cover my skills. - But sometimes its nice to own the best, even if you only dream your skills match it!

Similar Products Used:

I own a Merlin "Extra Fat" soft tail. - This is more comfortable by far, has a more "down hill" type geometry. (High bars from Cannondale headshock) and is generally more forgiving of mistakes.

[Nov 10, 2002]
Paul Williams
Racer

OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
3
Strength:

Telepathic handling in the single-track, excellent shock absorbtion, very stable when descending at speed over rough terrain, reliability due to the strength of the 6/4 titanium and of course it climbs like a mountain goat after several strong capucinnos!

Weakness:

Seat-post clamp sucked...seatpost kept slipping down! Replaced with stronger Kalloy one.
Decals scratch way too easily.
Price...ouch!

I've been riding "light-weight" full-suspension bikes since 1997 and unfortunately, have broken all of them! (I'm not a heavy guy, I'm a 38yr old 5'11" 165lb XC racer, I'm just very unlucky when it comes to crashing!)

So when I recently broke my 4th frame (name witheld to protect the innocent)in 5yrs, I had no idea what to replace it with. So I borrowed my wifes Litespeed Pisgah untill I could make up my mind what to crash on next.
I admit that I wasn't looking forward to riding a hardtail again, but the first time I rode the Pisgah down my favorite single-track, it blew my mind!
"how can a hardtail be this fast?"

So after many weeks of driving my wife crazy with "should I buy the Pisgah or the Tanasi", I bought the Tanasi because it's slightly lighter and stronger due to the use of 6/4 titanium.
And I can't ride the same bike as my wife!!!

And is it worth the money? Well, almost!

The Tanasi is unbelieveable, its faster than all my previous full-suspension XC race bikes on all types of terrain in all situations.

And use a ti seatpost, the bikes ride like a soft-tail.

So if you're a XC racer looking for your next race weapon, then get a Tanasi. "You're gonna like the way it rides, I guarantee it".

Similar Products Used:

Litespeed Pisgah, when my wife lets me borrow her bike!

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