Litespeed Solano Road Bike

4.9/5 (10 Reviews)
MSRP : $2795.00

Product Description

Frame Material: 3Al/2.5V titanium
Frame Angles: 73.0 head, 73.0 seat
Sizes: 49cm, 51cm, 53cm, 55cm, 57cm, 59cm, 61cm
Colors: Brushed
Fork: Lite TEC
Rear Shock: Not applicable
Brake Levers: Shimano Ultegra STI Dual Control
Handlebar: ITM Mantjs Super Over
Stem: ITM Mantjs Super Over
Headset: 1 1/8" threadless Cane Creek
Front Der: Shimano Ultegra
Crankset: Shimano Ultegra, 39/53 teeth
Rear Der: Shimano Ultegra SS
Pedals: Not applicable
Tires: 700 x 23c Vittoria Rubino Pro

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Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by james

Date Reviewed: April 26, 2014

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:4
Submitted by Jim a Recreational Rider

Date Reviewed: September 4, 2011

Strengths:    Handles well and compliant ride, especially when using high thread count tires.

Weaknesses:    None

Bottom Line:   
Bought it for the ride quality, as compliant as a previous steel Bianchi, but lighter in weight. Not being a racer, a compliant ride is the best overall since I will do long rides of over 70mi.

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Price Paid:    $1500.00

Purchased At:   Private selller

Similar Products Used:   Other metal frame bikes, Viscount, Cannondale, Bianchi, Surly.

Bike Setup:   Ultegra double 10 speed.

Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:4
Submitted by Godzilla a Recreational Rider

Date Reviewed: April 30, 2010

Strengths:    Easy to maintain finish.Practically bullet proof Ultegra components. This bike has given me very little trouble and is ridden hard and often.

Weaknesses:    Real Design wheels.
The spokes cannot be adjusted with the tires installed. The carbon "Fairings" Are really just window dressing and not structural. They need to be fitted with tubes with extremely long valve stems.Forget about borrowing a tube from your buddy.

Bottom Line:   
Nice bike. I always wanted to get a titanium bike and finally have one.

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Favorite Ride:   Marin to San Francisco

Price Paid:    $900.00

Purchased At:   Used from CL

Similar Products Used:   N/A

Bike Setup:   Box stock except for a WTB road saddle.

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by David Woodruff a Triathlete

Date Reviewed: September 24, 2006

Strengths:    Superb titanium frame, decent weight even with mid-level parts. Swap out lighter wheels, bars/stem and seat and you have a 16.5-pound bike that is extraordinarily comfortable and quick. Polished titanium looks bad-ass. With black ksyriums, this bike gets stares from everyone else out there. Another great thing is Litespeed resale value: a used Solano is always going to be at least $1800, and probably more.

Weaknesses:    Very hard to find a new one anymore. They are almost gone. Other than that, not much. The wheels (Real Design Supersonic) are a tad heavy (but they are ok nonetheless). Swap for Ksyriums and knock off some weight without sacrificing comfort. Also, the handlebars are comical at first - huge oversize with this gigantic ITM Super Over stem. Ultimately this adds to the comfort, but it looks/feels weird at first.

Bottom Line:   
The Solano is like the BMW 7-series of road bikes. Think of the higher-end Vortex as a Porsche - a bit rough, super responsive, a little twitchy, but a great handler and a very fast ride. But I already have a no-compromise racing bike to rattle my teeth when I feel the need. I was looking for a long-distance sport/trainer/century rider that would be comfortable yet also high quality and quick. Titanium is the perfect frame material because it is smooth, responsive, lively yet not at all jarring. The Solano is the perfect combination of comfort and performance. It is extraordinarily smooth, stable, supple and comfortable. Yet it is also relatively light (could be lighter with different wheels, stem/bars and seat), very responsive, and has a geometry that is comfortable for long rides. This bike is incredibly fast over a long period. It is not perfect at any one thing - rather, it's "almost perfect" at everything. Great climber, sprinter, flat-roader. Absorbs strips/ bumps/ potholes easily and comfortably. The radical shaped stays are very noticeable for comfort. I might even try racing this bike - it is that fast. If you can still find a new one, buy it and don't hesitate. You will not regret it.

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Favorite Ride:   anywhere in Colorado

Price Paid:    $2400.00

Similar Products Used:   Quattro Assi Rocket (TT racer)
Kestrel Talon carbon
Felt B2 (triathlon racer)
Bontrager Privateer MTB

Bike Setup:   Ultegra 10-speed, Ksyrium SSC SLs Selle Italia saddle. Speedplay zero pedals.

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

Date Reviewed: June 23, 2006

Strengths:    Perfect balance of climbing, sprinting and every other attribute. Very plush over 80-100 miles.

Weaknesses:    None really. I did get rid of the Fizik saddle (personal preferance) and Real Design wheels and replaced with Wheelsmith Ultegra/Open Pros.

Bottom Line:   
I've had this a year and it's an awesome ride.

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Favorite Ride:   Litespeed Solano

Price Paid:    $2100.00

Purchased At:   C.C.

Similar Products Used:   This is my first ti bike so I really can't compare it to anything I've owned. The closest I suppose would be a '95 Derosa SLX (sold a few years ago, oh well!) or my Calborn Formula 1. Close but no cigar.

Bike Setup:   Ultegra 10; FSA K-Force 50/34 crank; ITM stem and bars; Selle Italia Gelflow Flite saddle; Ultegra/Open Pro wheels.

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