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Old 03-04-21, 06:52 AM
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After looking for months, I finally pulled the trigger on this Lynskey. Spent the last couple of months "making it mine" by swapping out with components I want. It's finally done! Took it out for a first ride this past weekend and it rode very nice! Thanks for everyone's inputs to my original post.

Now the next thing to debate on is do I keep my R3? I don't see the point of having two similar style bikes.

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Old 03-04-21, 01:30 PM
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If I were to compare my Moots Compact with my C'Dale Synapse the things I notice would probably be more due to geometries and frame design rather then frame material. My TI bike is actually lighter than the carbon one though. The Moots as a really tight wheel base and corners on rails. The C'dale is an all day comfort bike. I tend to like the Moots better for it's snappy ride.
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Old 03-15-21, 03:48 PM
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My first quality bike was a mid-80’s top of the line steel Bianchi with friction shifters, second was 1995 Merlin Ti Extralight and my newest is a carbon 2020 Bianchi Aria. As far as comfort it’s the steel Bianchi. The ride was compliant and not as stiff as the Ti or carbon.
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Old 03-15-21, 05:31 PM
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Owning steel, titanium, carbon fiber and aluminum, I believe that comfort, handling and ride quality depend totally on frame design, fit and tires. They have nothing to do with the frame material. The only thing that affects is weight.
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Old 03-16-21, 09:55 PM
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97 Merckx Built By Litespeed


I take terrible photos. My Dreddy Merckx rebuilt by my guy, nothing crazy. 105, King Hubs laced to H Plus Son, King HS, Wound Up. Big Ups.
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Old 03-26-21, 11:13 AM
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Studies have repeatedly shown that average riders blindfolded have roughly a coin flip chance of guessing if the bike they are on is carbon or titanium based solely on feel and ride quality.
".....but the study went on to determine that 100% of these riders crashed into a tree, a curb or a parked car.."
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Old 03-26-21, 11:25 AM
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I am waiting till they have a titanium option in Zwift to give one a try. At present all the fastest bikes are Carbon.
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Old 03-28-21, 08:28 PM
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I don't need the fastest bike because I will never be the fastest rider. I used to be a bike tech at a large volume dealer and I worked on and rode hundreds of different bikes. I don't care what studies say Ti is my ride. And Ti is a durable lifetime bike material. CF is not. I would still like to get a Reynolds 953 Stainless Steel bike frame to build up.....maybe someday. For now my 3 Lynskey Titanium bikes will do just fine.
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Old 03-29-21, 04:44 AM
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Originally Posted by datlas View Post
“Someone explain to me the Titanium trend I keep seeing.”

Not worth the time as you obviously would not understand it
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Old 05-27-21, 07:33 AM
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Hello,
Looking for help identifying the Litespeed model of the frame shown in photo. Looking at old catalogs it looks like a Tachyon tri-bike, but this frame takes 700c wheels vs 650's that are shown in the catalogs. I found a thread that talks about Litespeed supposedly offering a road version of the Tachyon and while the seat tube angle looks more road than triathlon, I can't verify that anywhere.
Any help will be very much appreciated,
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Old 05-27-21, 07:50 AM
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Maybe a Tuscany? Early to mid 2000s?
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Old 05-27-21, 08:08 AM
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I don't think it's a Tuscany. Mine doesn't have the dropped seatstays. It probably is circa 2000 by looking at the labels, though.. Same font as my 1999. If you can inspect it look on the non-drive side chainstay. If it has David Lynsky's signature it is pre-2000.
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Originally Posted by metabike View Post
Hello,
Looking for help identifying the Litespeed model of the frame shown in photo. Looking at old catalogs it looks like a Tachyon tri-bike, but this frame takes 700c wheels vs 650's that are shown in the catalogs. I found a thread that talks about Litespeed supposedly offering a road version of the Tachyon and while the seat tube angle looks more road than triathlon, I can't verify that anywhere.
Any help will be very much appreciated,
John
Based on catalogs, I'm pretty sure its a Saber (slightly dropped seat stays are characteristic) from MY2001. The first year of production (2000) used 650 wheels, while in succeeding years, 650 vs 700 was frame-size-dependent (57cm and up used 700Cs). What's throwing me is the presence of a pump peg on yours, which AFAIK was only included in MY2000 frames, but maybe they changed their minds after they released the 2001 catalog, and included it for MY2001. The other thing is the "butted" head tube, which was also a MY2000 feature - I think 2001 used a straight head tube. The other TT bikes of the era were the Tachyon ( also used 650 wheels) and the Blade (had an aero addition to the head tube). So, I would have said it was a 2000 Saber, but the 700C wheel size says it's a 2001....with some 2000 features, but I can't rule out a 2002 (don't have an '02 catalog to confirm). The Saber was sort of "aero-lite" - not as all-out as the Tachyon or Blade, but with more aero features than average for the time - dropped stays and shaped seat tube and downtube. Your fork looks like the aero version of the Ouzo Pro that was specced for road Litespeeds of the era.
The company changed hands some time in '99, at which point it's likely that the Lynskey signature disappeared off the chain stay. Since they were presumably building MY 2000 frames in '99, there are likely MY2000 frames out there with and without the signature - which is also a decal, so not permanent. The presence/absence of a signature isn't definitive. FWIW, my 2000 frame came with a signature.

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Old 05-27-21, 05:39 PM
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I read somewhere that Ti will assplode on you !

broken Ti thread, gory pictures
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Old 05-27-21, 06:13 PM
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I read somewhere that Ti will assplode on you !
If you want bullet proof, get beryllium 🙄
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Thank you very much for the replies. Now knowing that it is a Saber I am going to pass on trying to get it; a 77-degree ST angle might make fitting it a challenge for an old guy.
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Old 05-30-21, 09:21 AM
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I have a 2003 Lite Speed tuscany , originally Campy Chorus and now Shimano Ultegra - if I were to get another Ti Bike , it would be from FireFly Cycles in Boston with 100% Campy Record .
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Originally Posted by vjbknife View Post
Ti is a durable lifetime bike material. CF is not
Design and production has far more influence on frame life than material choice. Plenty of Ti frames crack around the welds, which are notoriously tricky in Ti.
CF can have it's issues too, but CF frames can also be very durable.
I would say steel is the safest choice for a "lifetime" frame as it's the easiest to produce reliably and most forgiving material.
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Originally Posted by metabike View Post
Hello,
Looking for help identifying the Litespeed model of the frame shown in photo. Looking at old catalogs it looks like a Tachyon tri-bike, but this frame takes 700c wheels vs 650's that are shown in the catalogs. I found a thread that talks about Litespeed supposedly offering a road version of the Tachyon and while the seat tube angle looks more road than triathlon, I can't verify that anywhere.
Any help will be very much appreciated,
John
I'm not saying the guesses made in this thread are wrong, but if you really want to know, simply contact Litespeed with the serial number and they'll tell you the year, model and original build.
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Old 07-08-21, 10:57 AM
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I love my Giant TCR Advanced 0 Disc, but, at almost 30 years old, I still love riding my Merlin Extralight, downtube shifters and all. I thought about updating it with click shifting, but after discussing the upgrade with my bike shop's owner, he and I agreed it was too beautiful to take away that vintage look.
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Old 07-08-21, 12:39 PM
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