Litespeed 1999 Classic Older Road Bike

4.61/5 (38 Reviews)
MSRP : $3170.00

Product Description

1999 Litespeed Classic, road race & triathlon, Shimano Ultegra components, Look LDS fork

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Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Veronikafan a Recreational Rider

Date Reviewed: March 9, 2007

Strengths:    Comfortable, yet stiff where it's supposed to be. Durable and beautiful to look at. Rides like a dream.

Weaknesses:    None, other than the fact that they don't make 'em anymore.

Bottom Line:   
I guess it's quite late in the game to be posting a review of a model year 1999 frame, but I've only owned it for a year and a half. I bought the 1999 Classic with Look LDS fork and King headset on ebay for $800 from Litespeed when they were still refurbishing trade-in's and auctioning them. Litespeed even gave me a lifetime warranty on the frame, the same as a new bike. Needless to say, this was the best $800 I've spent on a bike. I've owned 3 steel bikes and an aluminum, and there is no comparison in terms of comfort and efficiency. The geometry of the Classic is almost identical to my old Tommasini SLX, but this frame, while being at least a pound lighter, is actually stiffer in the bottom bracket, and way more shock-absorbent on rough roads. I feel a lot less beaten-up after a 60 or 70-mile ride than on that, or any of my old bikes.
Mine is the brushed natural titanium finish, and a quick spray of Windex and wipe with a rag is all that's needed to keep it clean. No paint chips or rust to worry about. I really like the traditional touches like the brazed-on "ears" for the seatpost binder, and the brazed-on FD mount. Riding this bike never fails to put a smile on my face. It tracks like it's on rails and low speed or high. I've gotten it up to about 53 mph on descents, and it's smooth as can be. The only thing wrong with the Litespeed Classic is that Litespeed doesn't make them anymore. Now all their bikes have the same ugly compact geometry that makes them look like overgrown kids' BMX bikes.

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Favorite Ride:   Hunterdon County, NJ

Price Paid:    $840.00

Purchased At:   eBay

Similar Products Used:   Tommasini SLX, Walter Croll 531, Trek 660, Trek 1200

Bike Setup:   1999 Litespeed Classic, Look LDS aero fork, Cinelli bar & quill stem, Turbomatic saddle, Dura Ace 9 sp. group, hand-built tubulars

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:4
Submitted by Dennis Morawski a Recreational Rider from Youngstown, Ohio,USA

Date Reviewed: September 21, 2002

Strengths:    Light weight (less than 18# with pump, wbtls, computer and patch kit), enduring finish, compliant ride.

Weaknesses:    None

Bottom Line:   
This is actually a review of a 1997 frame. In the six seasons I have ridden thousands of miles on this bike. To-date, not a single problem, just glad I took the plunge and purchased ti when I did. Lively but compliant ride, enduring finish. (Recently I polished the brushed original finish, purchased new decals from Litespeed, and now have a finish BETTER then new!)

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Favorite Ride:   traffic free and fast

Price Paid:    $1450.00

Purchased At:   Frankford Bicycle

Similar Products Used:   Steel Schwinn Paramount, Cannondale aluminium, other various steel frames.

Bike Setup:   Campy Record 10, Neutron wheels, Look HSC2 fork, Chris King hs, Deda HB & stem, Terry seat, American

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Forjador a Recreational Rider from Austin, TX

Date Reviewed: April 22, 2002

Strengths:    Beautiful lines & geometry; a supple ride combined with acute responsiveness. When I finish a long ride, even with heavy headwinds and bad pavement, I no longer feel as fatigued as I did when riding steel or aluminum frames.

Weaknesses:    Occasional creaks from bottom bracket.
Many here have complained that the decals rub off too easily. I say, that's a *good* thing. It's too bad Litespeed makes such beautiful frames, then slaps such garish, cheesy, downright butt-ugly stickers on them. I took mine off with nail polish remover!

Bottom Line:   
I've never raced, but am a weekend warrior who regularly piles up 100-150 miles per week on central Texas back roads. After years of pushing steel and having my butt numbed by aluminum frames and badly paved, chattery ranch roads, Litespeed Ti has become my salvation. I'm a chunky middle-ager (5'11", 185 lbs), with a long torso and short legs. The longer top tube on the Classic was a natural fit for me. I had to experiment with stem length and height, but once I got the fit dialed in, I've had no complaints. And although I don't race, I can apply some serious torque when my buddies decide it's hammer-time, but I've detected no BB flex with the Classic frame. I don't plan to replace this bike for a long, long time--and when I do, it'll be another Litespeed.

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Favorite Ride:   Anything with a tailwind!

Similar Products Used:   30+ years of steel and aluminum frames, most recently Cannon-whale R1000.

Bike Setup:   Dura-Ace gruppo, (8-spd.: 12-23/42-53)
Mavic Open Pro wheelset, with Mavic hubs
Look HSC carbon fo

Overall Rating:2
Value Rating:1
Submitted by Pasopzene a Road Racer from San Diego

Date Reviewed: January 7, 2002

Strengths:    Light weight; cheaper than Moots

Weaknesses:    The frame breaks.

Bottom Line:   
The frame has cracked two times. The first time, it was the chainstay, and they repaired it. This time, it's the seat tube above the bottombracket, and I hope they replace the frame. Sooner or later, this bike will break.

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Price Paid:    $3500.00

Purchased At:   North of the Border

Similar Products Used:   Trek OCLV 5200; GiEsse Columbus SL steel frame

Bike Setup:   DuraAce 9spd; Ksyriums

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Ken a Recreational Rider from Taos Ski Valley, NM USA

Date Reviewed: July 20, 2001

Strengths:    Stiff frame, transmits and accelerates well. Damped enough to absorb lumpy NM roads. Fast and stable; quick and responsive. Made beautifully. Lean, clean, peformance machine that is a real pleasure to ride. Every time I get on it for a ride I say "...ahhhhhhh."

Weaknesses:    Can't say I've found any yet. Crashed it once very hard into a drainage culvert hole and scratched one decal slightly. The bike stayed true and strong. I went to the chiropractor.

Bottom Line:   
I'm a life-long athlete, working in the ski industry every winter for 30 years and skiing 100-120 days per winter. Summer it's the bike and it's a great complement to the winter season. Turning 50, I bought this bike to treat myself for all the great years I've been enjoying life. I've always wanted a bike of this caliber and it has not disappointed. My old Puch Reynolds 531 was a great bike (a friend on ski patrol still rides it), but this is such a smooth refinement in riding performance. I have not had any problem with the decals wearing like others have. I tend to really take care of my "things." I'm 6 foot and only 130 pounds, but very strong. I'm riding a 61cm bike with the 172.5mm crank arms due to the fact that most of my height is in my legs, which are very strong. Got a great fit at the Colorado Cyclist and have not changed anything on the bike since I got it (September 99). I only wish I could ride more (most summers it's 3 or 4 days a week--other years less). I'm an aggressive recreational rider--not a sightseer--and I love getting on this bike. They are expensive, but that is to be expected for machines and components of this quality. I expect to keep it for quite a while, so I feel the bike has really been worth the expense.

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Favorite Ride:   up the hill to the ski area

Price Paid:    $3700.00

Purchased At:   Colorado Cyclist

Similar Products Used:   Mostly a high-end Puch (don't think they're made anymore--a Daimler Benz company) made of Reynolds 531.

Bike Setup:   All Campy--Chorus, tip to tail. Thomson post, Selle Flite Trans Am, Look 296 pedals, Campy Nucleon wheels (SWEET!), 172.5 crank arms, no gizmos (bottle cages, computers, etc.). Look HSC-1 fork. Nothing but bike!

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