Litespeed Hyperion 2002 Road Bike

4.27/5 (15 Reviews)


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Overall Rating:1
Value Rating:1
Submitted by Paul a Recreational Rider

Date Reviewed: February 20, 2011

Strengths:    Initially a nice stiff frame.

Weaknesses:    Cracks in frame and poor service.

Bottom Line:   
The frame made creaking noise early on. I was told it was the crank, Then I was told it was the drop outs. Finally I found cracks in the frame. The dealership denied there were cracks. Litespeed had a three year warranty which had expired by that time. They offered me 10% off a new frame. Total loss.

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Price Paid:    $2000.00

Purchased At:   Now Bikes

Bike Setup:   Ultegra double


Overall Rating:1
Value Rating:5
Submitted by dosas a Recreational Rider

Date Reviewed: August 29, 2005

Strengths:    Stiff, light, responsive and comfortable. 61cm is 18.0 lbs w/ pedals. Great components for the price. Great wheels.

Weaknesses:    Cracked frame. Bike was never crashed and is well maintained. Wheel set has never needed truing after 5000 miles!

Otherwise, a little twitchy on fast descents (50+), as expected with steep/aggressive geometry.


Bottom Line:   
Bought the bike in October 2002, have about 5000 miles on it. Done several centuries, and four double metrics (including two Death Rides). Planned to ride around the bay with a buddy yesterday (193 miles) - but a CRACKED FRAME foiled my plans. He went solo (he's a stud). The frame is a 61cm; I'm 6'2" and 170 lbs.

5 for value... but 1 overall since the fame cracked. Might revise that up if warranty works out well.

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Favorite Ride:   Tour of the California Alps (aka Death Ride)

Price Paid:    $1699.00

Purchased At:   Colrado Cyclist

Similar Products Used:   My '85 Bridgestone T-400 (weighed 30 lbs!)... and I test road several Kestrel, Trek, Specialized.

Bike Setup:   Stock (full Ultegra, Spinergy X-Aeros). Replaced the saddle and bar tape - obviously worn out after so many miles.


Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Joona77 a Recreational Rider

Date Reviewed: October 13, 2003

Strengths:    componentry, price, paint job, Carbon-Ti seatstay.

Weaknesses:    paint chips easily but not so much if you take care of it.

Bottom Line:   
For a bike that retails at over $2600, I got a great deal on this bike. Its everything you expect from a high end road bike...especially a litespeed. It super fast and equipped with full ultergra. Its super light and amazingly stiff.

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Favorite Ride:   Lakeshore Drive, Chicago

Price Paid:    $1400.00

Purchased At:   Skunk River Cycles,

Similar Products Used:   Trek, Cannondale

Bike Setup:   2002 Litespeed Hyperion Full Ultergra group, Rolf Vector Comp wheels, stock seatpost and saddle, and SPD-SL pedals.


Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:3
Submitted by john wilson a Recreational Rider

Date Reviewed: September 17, 2003

Strengths:    handling, lightweight, componentry, looks.

Weaknesses:    paint, paint, paint.

Bottom Line:   
this bike is almost the epitome of all that you would expect from a $2000+ bike. it has everything; lightning fast acceleration, good vibration damping and great handling, except........the paint seems unable to remain attached to the frame. i am so unhappy with the paintwork, it has now become a major issue. Apart from that, the bike rocks.

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Favorite Ride:   3 bears, Orinda, CA

Price Paid:    $1900.00

Purchased At:   REI

Similar Products Used:   cannondale

Bike Setup:   standard except vredestein tires that run at 140 psi


Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by gergjames a Recreational Rider from Portland, OR, USA

Date Reviewed: April 26, 2003

Strengths:    The frame is unique, light, and stiff. It's got neautiful paintjob (always gets comments from other riders!). The bike just wants to go fast - great for racing or those quiet Sunday rides over mountain hills.

Weaknesses:    Heavy seatpost is like an anchor (when pulling it out, you'll also be amazed at how LONG it is). Paint does chip, but whatever... Everything else is just a matter of preference.

Bottom Line:   
When I researched a bike, I wanted a light frame, but didn't want to go all carbon. The lightweight combination of aluminum, titanium, and carbon made the Hyperion a favorable choice... and I'm glad I did. Granted, I bought it used and it had already been upgraded to Dura-Ace. But then I replaced its heavy seatpost and stem. You have to keep the bike clean after those rainy rides (due to its tendency to want to chip) and remember to wax the frame often for protection - but the stiff, light ride is one of the best I've ever ridden - I'm a Litespeed believer, for sure!

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Favorite Ride:   Old Historic Columbia River Highway

Price Paid:    $1600.00

Purchased At:   Private Party

Similar Products Used:   Trek, Schwinn, Specialized

Bike Setup:   Full Dura-Ace group, Ritchey WCS stem, handlebars, and seatpost. Pro Max Flite Selle Italia saddle, and an upgrade to the Spinergy Xaero "Lite" wheelset.



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