C1R The Archon evolved. After three years of development, research, and a relentless drive for a flawless ride, we're proud to introduce an even lighter, stiffer, faster flagship model for 2011, the C1R. Stealth-fighter matte finish, fully integrated seat mast design, and Reactive Pressure Molding (RPM) carbon construction translate into the ultimate race-ready workhorse. Carefully considered aerodynamic cross-sections and size variable tubing mean you can have it all: Aerologic advantage on descents and Litespeed's legendary ride-tuning techniques for the entire ride. -Unique Aero shrouded water bottle mounting -Latest BB30 bottom bracket technology optimum use of today's stiffest and lightest drive components -Integrated seat mast design reduces weight and improves aerodynamics aerodynamic design enhancement with no weight penalty - a great climbing bike with a true Aero advantage on descents -Litespeed's engineers have varied the tubing proportions, cross sections, carbon lay-up and profiles to ensure the optimized ride quality and performance throughout the full range of sizes -Morphed seat stays were designed to increase aero performance, stiffness and ride comfort -New XL size -Ultra modulus nanotube construction
Strengths: Climbing is lots of fun as I have more in the tank towards the end of the ride while climbing the last hills before hitting home stretch. Going downhill is very stable and fun as well. I love this frame - wish I had bought this earlier....I put in 18mph over 46 miles on 620/bee caves/2222/river place blvd in Austin, tx. Absolutely stiff bottom bracket. The seat tube is very compliant and feels awesome when you put power to the pedal over rough surfaces - when previously I used to stand up a little to go over rough terrain - now I just bull dozer over them....
Weaknesses: none at all....
This is an awesome frame - much better than the titanium Archon/Ultimate/Ghisallo. Extremely comfortable and extremely stiff. It is a shame that it is being sold at such ridiculously low prices on ebay - but good for us riders. It is extremely stable - much more so that my Ultimate - which is aero as well - not as much as C1R. I use 46mm wheels - in spite of C1R's broad downtube and the aero wheels, it is still very stable in cross winds compared to even a rounded downtube with 46mm wheels - I think this is because the downtube sits very close to the wheel.
Bike Setup: SRAM Red with EEbrakes, Zipp VumaQuad Crankset, 2004 DV46 Reynolds wheels, Bontrager boron XXX handlebars, Look pedals, fizik arionne cabon braided seat - 14.7lbs, 3t 90 mm stem - C1R is a M frame - I weigh 145lbs and am 5'10' tall.
I don't know how much credibility they have, but there's a new review posted last week by Bikerumor.com of the CIR.
I don't have 10 posts on this forum yet, so I cannot include a link, but a quick google search will turn up the review.
I just bought a C1R and only have 1 ride on it so far. It ha ... Read More »
just wondering what your thoughts on the 2012 C1R frameset is. I currently ride a 2012 Giant Advanced SL frame and it's stiff like a rock, which i prefer.
I was going to purchase the Propel (Giant's Aero bike) when it comes out, but the C1R looks so nice and the price of the 2012 frame ... Read More »
The bike is fully assembled.
Two rides have been made on it already: shorter 35 mile roller and slightly longer 65 miler with few punch climbs. The bike is on rails!!! It is stiff and the feedback from the road is massive - I actually like it. A l ... Read More »
This will be an ongoing thread as the process will take me at least few weeks. The bike is intended for the 2013 racing season but hopefully I'll start training on it later this year. Reasons for going with C1R:
[*]- apparently a great performing bike: stiff and aero
[*]- gorgeous look ... Read More »
Trying to decide between these two beauties. Price is almost the same with the Litespeed being $400 more. No LBS's have either in stock for me to try. Geometry looks very different with the BMC being more low and lean. BMC would be a 55 and Litespeed would be a 57. I'm 6'0.5" with a 33" inseam. ... Read More »