Friday, June 25, 2010

Xicon Earns Praise from Cycling Plus

Cycling Plus, respected publication out of the UK, just reviewed the Litespeed Xicon in its Summer 2010 issue. Riders loved the titanium bike's elegant looks, "exhilaratingly swift acceleration", and "the bike's amazing comfort". Lots to love in a $1500 frame (U.S. MSRP)

The full review for the Litespeed Xicon is included below. Click on the image for a larger version to read.

Tuesday, June 22, 2010

Knoxville! Atlanta! The Litespeed Carbon Road Show is Coming Town this Week!

The Litespeed Carbon Road Show will arrive at West Bikes in Knoxville, TN on Wednesday, June 23 and Thursday, June 24. Demo Archon C3 bicycles will be available for test ride from 11-7 pm both days. Contact Fares for more information or check out the shop's informative website at

At the end of the week, the Litespeed Carbon Road Show will be in Atlanta visiting All3Sports. On Saturday, June 26 from 12-4 pm the C3 fleet will be available for test ride. Contact Alex at All3sports for more information or visit the All3sports website at
Don't forget your pedals!

Wednesday, June 16, 2010

Litespeed Archon C1 Review-Race Tested in Pontevedra ITU

Professional triathlete Zach Winchester raced his new Litespeed Archon C1 at the Pontevedra ITU Premium European Cup in Spain this past weekend. Since ITU triathlon races are draft-legal during the bike portion, the Archon C1 is an obvious choice due to its smartly designed aerodynamic properties which we call Aerologic. Now, the C1 is ITU race-tested, and Zach's review appears below. Thanks to East Ridge Bicycles for supporting Zach and Litespeed!

Bike set up:

Frame: C1 - size ML
Comp group: SRAM Red with Quarq powermeter
Wheels: Zipp 404 tubular at roughly 115psi
Stem: 3T aluminum
Handlebar: Easton aluminum
Saddle: ISM Racing
Pedals: Speedplay X1

According to Zach, the ride of the Archon C1:

To start, I should have run slightly lower tire pressure, as the roads were not exactly smooth, and they were slightly wet. 110psi or less would have felt much better. That being said, the C1 is the stiffest and most responsive bike I have ever ridden. Additionally, the bike is balanced very well; by this I mean when cornering, at high speed descents, and quick decision maneuvers, I felt as if the bike stuck on the road underneath me, as opposed to me having to manipulate the bike. Does that make sense? One thing I will note is that this is not a forgiving frame. Due to the construction of the seat/chain stay bottom bracket interface, there is no give, which I like and need as a cyclist. However, I am 28 years old and need a bike like this. On the flip side of the coin, I don't know how this bike would feel underneath a 65 year old going for an easy spin around the Battlefield or doing 3 Mountain 3 State. In my opinion, there are very few bikes at this caliber, and the C1 definitely belongs in the small fraternity of super bikes.

Thanks Zach!

Wednesday, June 9, 2010

Litespeed Carbon Road Show Coming to a City Near You!

What is the Litespeed Carbon Road Show?
Litespeed Carbon Road Show is a test ride program where consumers can test ride the new Litespeed aero carbon road bikes at no cost. The Litespeed truck will arrive to town with a fleet of Litespeed carbon bikes-Archon C3-that are ready to ride. In partnership with the Litespeed Dealer-Sponsor for the area, riders will be set up on the Litespeed of their dreams. Litespeed representative Cory Blanton will be on hand.

How do I participate in the Litespeed Carbon Road Show?

Contact the Litespeed Dealer-Sponsor for your area of interest. It is important to contact the Dealer-Sponsor so they can prepare for your test ride. However, please know that bikes are available on a first-come, first-serve basis.

What should I bring for the Litespeed Road Show?
-Photo ID
-Helmet, shoes, and pedals-we will have a limited number of these items at the demo, so please bring your own.

Where will the Litespeed Carbon Road Show be this summer?
St. Louis June 15-17 (Dealer-Sponsor is Bike Surgeon)

June 23-24 (Dealer-Sponsor is West Bicycles)

Atlanta June 25-26 (Dealer-Sponsor is All3Sports)

Washington DC July 1-3 (Dealer-Sponsor is Bonzai Sports)

Boston July 9-10 (Dealer-Sponsor is Quad Cycles)

New York City July 15-17 (Dealer-Sponsor is R&A Cycles)

Rochester July 19-20 (Dealer-Sponsor is Park Avenue)

Lancaster, NY July 22 (Dealer-Sponsor is Tom's Pro Bike)

Madison, WI
July 24-25 (Dealer-Sponsor is Machinery Row)

July 26-28 (Dealer-Sponsor is NOW Bikes)

Indianapolis July 30-31 (Dealer-Sponsor is T3 Multisport)

Tell me more about Litespeed Carbon road bikes:
Composed of one frameset and two complete bikes, the Litespeed Carbon Archon C-series has an aero design that took two years to develop. Test riding of competitors' bikes by our cyclists of all skills levels in a variety of terrains gave great information about what ride characteristics we wanted to develop in the C-series. Several cycling magazines including Bicycling, ROAD, Road Bike Action, Outside and others have reviewed the bikes and praise their fast, aero feel on the road.