The Legend Ti is the frame that sets the standard for high-performance, high-tech titanium bicycles. When the Legend Ti was introduced in 1993, it was the first and only titanium frameset with double-butted tubing and the tapered tube design Serotta had proven so effective in steel. In its first season on the road, the Legend Ti earned its name. It was ridden to more US victories (under the capable handling of the Coors Professional Race Team) than any other bicycle...Ever.
Strengths: Great looking, smooooth and stiff, light for ti and just great all around. Ride quality, durability, performance, timeless elegance. For tech buffs, interesting, individually shaped tubing. The full package.
Weaknesses: Only one I can think of is the price. If you´re not like me, you can pay a lot for a new one and never buy another bike again. If you´re like me and like to have many different bikes, it is hard to justify paying so much for one of them. Oh, and you won´t leave Cavendish in the dust in the final sprint of a TdF stage aboard one of these... but neither will you on a 9 pound carbon wonder, for that matter.
After two years, thousands of miles and a few centuries I think I can write an objective review. The bike is the most wonderful all-rounder I´ve had. The ride quality is incomparable -a friend from my bike club took a short ride in it and decided on the spot that he wanted one, literally after a few hundred meters! I bought it (2007 model) complete online like new for a song, it is incredible that these bikes go so relatively cheap second hand, probably because they´re custom and people don´t know what to expect from something that was made for a completely different rider. So it was not custom made for me, bu I took the chance because the measures were right and it fits like a glove, although a shorter head tube would have gone better with my racing fantasies, and would have been less comfortable for sure... It is stiff as a brick and incredibly compliant at the same time, great climber despite being 17.5 pounds with the Ultegra build and a better descender -I really think descending doesn´t get any better than this, I´ve gotten to 52 mph with no worries other than wetting my shorts from looking at the computer screen... The Serotta fork is so good you really forget is there, it just does everything is supposed to do perfectly. I could go on and on, but suffice to say that my only gripe is that I don´t have the cash to get one custom made for me. I have other great bikes that I love but this is my weapon of choice for 60 plus rides, centuries and the like. And for the price I paid I think it totally is the best deal ever.
Similar Products Used: Temple Colibri, Specialized Roubaix, Trek 5000, Waterford 1200, Klein Quantum
Bike Setup: Full Ultegra 6700 with Chris King-Kinlin wheelset (it came with perfectly fine Ultegra wheels that I switched to another bike)
a Recreational Rider
Date Reviewed: June 7, 2011
Strengths: Uncompromising quality in every detail of the frame and fork. Worth the $
Weaknesses: The carbon seat stays have a bearing inside where the stays attach to the frame. These are designed to absorb road shock (they do!), but will eventually wear out and need to be replaced (maybe every 2-3 yrs).
Got this Serotta Legend SE (titanium) w/Serotta's F3 fork & carbon seat stays. Aesthetically a very pleasing look, and rides like the dream I thought it would be. How much of that is due to the fantastic bike fit that Get a Grip Cycles in Chicago did for me, or the uncompromising quality of Serotta's work, don't know. But put them together and my forever bike has me grinning from ear to ear. The frame & fork are very nearly perfect in every way (welds, alignment, geometry, tubing, etc.). Yeah, pricey, but YES! worth it! So stable and smooth on the road, but light, responsive. Just can't say enough how pleased I am. Have ridden it for almost 6,000 mi & still love to get on it every time I roll out.
Weaknesses: Might not have any excuse for buying another bike(trust me I want a Cervelo P3). Could be a bit lighter
Can be expensive....
Finest bike your money can buy!! I have owned over 30 bikes since I started cycling after witnessing Greg Lemond's victory in World Champion Road Race in 1983 and NOBODY does it better. My last 3 bikes were Serotta. I'm a 180lbs sprinter and nothing bugs me more than any flex. This is stiffest bike money can buy. Sometime stiff bike can ride harsh but this one rides like a steel bike with tubular tires. Got the bike from the bike shop I raced for and got it to fit me(custom) instead of getting your body to fit the stock bike by changing stem and moving saddle around. One suggestion for anyone who is looking to buy a new bike. NOTHING IS BETTER THAN CUSTOM BIKE.
Handles like a sports car and has a ride of a Luxury car. Might be the last bike I buy. After 3 crashes last 4 years this thing still rides and looks like brand new.
Not the lightest bike out there but probably stiffest and strongest. Along with F1 Carbon frok and bigger tubes I added Serotta Custom painted threadless Ti stem(weigh about 120 grams) for the bike and it looks sweet!!! I don't like to go with lightest component for stem,handlebar and any parts that could put me in hazardous situation if it breaks(riding/racing is plenty hazardous enough) but I felt confident with Serotta Ti Stem.
Similar Products Used: Cannondale,LiteSpeed,Merlin,Seven,Dean...
Bike Setup: F1 Carbon Fork/Serotta Ti Stem/Dura Ace/Rolf/HED 3 wheels
a Recreational Rider
Date Reviewed: March 18, 2003
Strengths: Fit, geometry, innovative carbon seat stays with pivots on rear dropouts
Weaknesses: None. Absolutely none.
This bike is the ultimate expression of the art of frame building. Road bumps melt away. The ride is smooth but has not a hint of BB flex under stress. It's stable as a limo but quick to maneuver. Last bike I'll ever own (Have you heard this before?)
Similar Products Used: Lemond Zurich
Bike Setup: Legend Ti with Carbon seat stays
Campy Eurus wheels
Campy Record gruppo
FSA Carbon Pro Team Issue cranks and rings
a Recreational Rider
from Redlands, CA USA
Date Reviewed: March 2, 2003
Strengths: Does what you want and a little more.
Weaknesses: None, if you buy it right.
All the hype aside, this is a fine frame. Its every bit as stiff as a LS Vortex (stiffer through the BB) and fit & finish are excellent. I would not could pay retail for it sam I am, or any other high end frame for that matter. It is an all day machine and climbs very well. Its is not quite as "smooth" as my 00' C40, but it seems to put all your energy to the road. On centuries with hills, I grab the Legend, on fast flat smooth roads I'll take the Colnago. They are bery close and if I had to live with one bike (acKKKK!) i'd take the Serotta.