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After many years spent on Knolly bikes [Endophin and Chilcotin] I decided to try something new. Why would I choose Liteville and Syntace? After a visit in the Syntace headquarters, experiencing the quality and seeing the incredible passion of every guy at Syntace, I fell in love with this company and their products. The owner and founder of Syntace, Jo Klieber, is a true visionary and inventor who like a mad scientist roams between CNC machines, 3D printers and self-designed testing machines with a calliper in hand working on one of his revolutionary ideas, and there are many of them in his head, e.g. latest Procore System.

I have had the great experience with Syntace products before, i.e. Synatace W35 MX wheels [my review in Polish here] which are simply awesome and prove that the German engineering is "über alles" indeed! No wonder SRAM leaves their R&D work to German engineers [see here].

So, the bike is quite unorthodox. Against to all the hype and fashion 26" is not dead! Hence, I chose a good old 26" which are driven by old-fashioned 2x9 system. Nevertheless, there are some benefits of 21st century inventions that made a buzz in the mtb world, e.g. adjustable seatpost [Yep Uptimizer], fork cartridge from Avalanche, rear derailleur with the clutch [10-speed Shimano Saint RD-M820 paired with 9-speed SRAM X.0 shifters - yes it works!]. The rest of the components are rather standard parts because the intention was to build as versatile and reliable bike as possible.

In this thread I will be trying to include some useful information about the bike and its components in a long-term-test manner.
Hopefully, I will be able to answer some questions as well.

All Liteville owners, please feel free to share your impressions and opinions about your 601.
Thanks!

Bike Specification:

Frame: Liteville 601 Mk3 [L, Custom Anodizing @ tf-bikes.at ]
Fork: Marzocchi 55 RC3 Evo V2 Ti + Avalanche Cartridge
Shock 1: Rock Shox Vivid Air R2C [240 x 76 i.e. 9.5 x 3.0]
Shock 2: CCDB/Öhlins Coil CS [240 x 76 i.e. 9.5 x 3.0] + TiSprings [400 x 3"]

Handlebar: Syntace Vector Carbon High35 [780mm x 31.8 x 35mm x 8° x 5° x 265g]
Stem: Syntace Megaforce2 [40mm x 6° x 111g]
Grips: Syntace Screw-on Gripz Moto [137mm x Ø33mm x 152g]
Headset: Syntace VarioSpin

Saddle: Chromag Trailmaster
Seatpost: Yep Uptimizer HC 155
Seat Clamp: Syntace SuperLock2

Crankset: Race Face Atlas [Raw, 170mm]
Support: Race Face X-Type Team DH [73mm]
Chain Rings: Blackspire Super Pro [22/32]
Rockring: Gusset Saw Ring [94BCD, 4-Arm, Max 32]
Chain: KMC X9 SL Ti Gold
Pedals: Syntace NumberNine Titan [Medium] / Shimano XT PD-M785

Chainguide: SCS II [Syntace Chainguide System]
Rear Derailleur: Shimano Saint RD-M820 + OneUp RAD Cage + KCNC
Front Derailleur: Shimano XT FD-M770
Shifters: SRAM X0 9sp
Cassette: SRAM PG-990 11-34 9sp

Front Wheel: Syntace W35 MX [26" x 32H x 20mm x 805g]
Rim: Syntace W35 [26" x 32H x 500g]
Spokes: Sapim CX-Ray
Hub: Syntace HiTorque MX Front20 [150g]
Tire: Schwalbe Hans Dampf 2.35 Super Gravity, TrailStar
Flat-Free System: Schwalbe PROCORE

Rear Wheel: Syntace W35 MX [26" x 32H x 12x142mm x 875g]
Rim: Syntace W35 [26" x 32H x 500g]
Spokes: Sapim CX-Ray
Hub: Syntace HiTorque MX Rear12 [245g]
Tire: Schwalbe Hans Dampf 2.35 Super Gravity, PaceStar
Flat-Free System: Schwalbe PROCORE

Brake Levers: Shimano XTR Race [BL-M985]
Brake Calipers: Shimano Saint [BR-M820]‏
Brake Lines: Goodridge #107
Rotors: UberBike Floating Gold/Black [203mm / 180mm]
Adapters: UberBike Front PM 203 / Liteville Rear PM 180

Other:
Schwalbe Procore
Syntace X-Fix
Syntace RockGuard SL
Syntace Post Shim Light

Tools:
Syntace Torque Tool 1-25 Nm
Syntace Speedcutter 1.5
Syntace Rim Dent Repair Tool
Syntace Microshock
Syntace 5mm Key
Syntace Bond 48 High Strength
Syntace Bond 48 Medium Strength

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Discussion Starter · #3 · (Edited)
♦ Bike Parts Porn ♦

Bike Parts Porn



Syntace W35 MX Wheels









Syntace Vector Carbon High35

[780mm x 31.8 x 35mm x 8° x 5° x 265g]






Syntace Screw-on Gripz Moto

[137mm x Ø33mm x 152g]





SCS II
[Syntace Chainguide System]








Syntace NumberNine Titan




















Shimano Saint RD-M820
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OneUp RAD Cage
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Shimano Medium Inner Plate
[Y5XC09100]
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KCNC Jockey Wheels 12T


10-speed Shimano Saint RD-M820 paired with 9-speed SRAM X.0 shifters - yes it works!


 

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I have been eying this exact frame. Keep us posted!!!

You are not in the US are you? This frame is tough to find in the states.

Those pedals look super nice also, gotta love German engineering! Curious what your total weight of the build will be?
 

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I have been eying this exact frame. Keep us posted!!!

You are not in the US are you? This frame is tough to find in the states.

Those pedals look super nice also, gotta love German engineering! Curious what your total weight of the build will be?
I'm from Poland but there are quite few Liteville/Syntace dealers in the US, see here:
Liteville Dealers - Radsport USA

I did not have a chance to weigh the bike but I will post the weight soon.

Beautiful Bert. Great images as usual.

Did you not want to clown bicycle it and run a 650b front and 26" rear? I did that on my Chilcotin and loved it...
Long story short, I bought the wrong fork and did not want to get rid of it. Maybe I will try that "clown bike" upgrade next season. Nevertheless, I was test riding 27,5/26" Liteville 601 bike in the Alps and it was awesome on the rocks.
 

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for my riding, the 301 should be better. thank you for the quality pictures. What i like about syntace and liteville is that they look at the MTB and its components as a system, rather than individual components that you can just mix and match, they are one of the few companies [in my opinion] who embody this - and it shows in their amazing attention to detail.
 
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