Litespeed Tuscany Ultegra Road Bike

4.8/5 (5 Reviews)
MSRP : $3390.00

Product Description

Frame Material: 3Al/2.5V titanium
Frame Angles: Unspecified
Sizes: 47cm, 49cm, 51cm, 53cm, 55cm, 57cm, 59cm, 61cm
Colors: Brushed
Fork: LSP Carbon
Rear Shock: Not applicable
Brake Levers: Shimano Ultegra STI Dual Control
Handlebar: ITM Mantjs Super Over
Stem: ITM AluTig
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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User Reviews

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by yobiker111 a Recreational Rider

Date Reviewed: August 6, 2008

Strengths:    Very nice for long hauls, perfect century bike, lite enough, no paint to chip, looks OK.

Weaknesses:    Not as stiff as 6/4 frame, but that is why I bought it...comfort. However, during tough climbs when I need to push hard, frame feels loose. Unlike Blade or Ultimate...or most upper level Al frames for that matter.

Bottom Line:   
I love this frame as it is so comfortable. I bought it to complete my first century and to race duathlon with my kids. As it turnes out I wound up tearing my ACL and being unable to ride/run without pain for almost a year and a half.

One of my favorite bike shops in the country ( I have shopped and hung out at lots of them in lots of different places), Epic Bikes in McDonough Ga helped me dial in the bike. I don't get paid to advertise but I gotta say these guys r great....all of them are riders and not just investors.

There is such a difference with Ti that I may never go to anything else???
I may get a chance to try the century this year and I'm sure I'll use the Tuscany

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Favorite Ride:   Any 50 mile lonely Colorado strech

Price Paid:    $3900.00

Purchased At:   Colorado Cyclist

Similar Products Used:   Litespeed Blade, Centurion Iorn Man Master, Kona Jake the Snake, Merlin Fat Ti ( it's Ti so it's similar..same cool ride just off road )

Bike Setup:   Selle Italie Max, Chris King 36 hole hubs with CXP 33's, speedplay zero's, slowly switching to Dura Ace from Ultegra

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

Date Reviewed: May 17, 2007

Strengths:    Engineering. The design is simple, elegant and lean. Welds are expertly done and nothing has been added without a purpose. The bike feels solid, there are no rattles and the simple design feels like it will ride a long time with little maintenance.

Weaknesses:    None yet, although the Shimano R450 wheels I have on here don't have the best reviews I've seen. But wheels are easy to replace

Bottom Line:   
I was tempted by carbon bikes, but ultimately chose the Litespeed titanium Tuscany and I'm glad I did. The bike handles nimbly, accelerates fast and is much easier to pedal uphill than my old steel Nishiki touring style bike. I purchased the bike second hand from the original owner, who had only put a few hundred miles on it.

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Favorite Ride:   Horn Pond Woburn Loop

Purchased At:   Landry's

Similar Products Used:   Specialized carbon fiber bikes, Nishiki steel bike

Bike Setup:   Ultegra group, Shimano Dura Ace pedals, Shimano R450 wheelset, Thompson seat post, carbon fiber fork and handlebar

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

Date Reviewed: August 15, 2005

Strengths:    Frame and Ultegra components. I love not worrying about corrosion or fatigue life of Ti. The ride is also a nice compromise.

Weaknesses:    My Tuscany came with Litespeed's (Amer. Bicycle Group) house brand Real-Design wheelset and fork. I am not sold on the wheelset, but the fork seems ok.

Bottom Line:   
Just purchased this bike and am writing a brief review only for the purposes of aiding individuals looking for a 2005 closeout. The Tuscany so for is what I expected. A compromise between steel and aluminum. I am still dialing in the fit, but have been happy with comfort, speed, and feel thus far.

The Real-Design wheels are likely not robust for me. They are 20/24 spokes and though they have held up so far I fear they are not designed for a large rider like myself (though Real-Design claims no weight limit).

The Ultegra is an excellent component group. The Bike came with ITM bar and stem that seem more than adaquate. The stock Vittoria rubber will be replaced in time by Contintenal Gatorskins.

My fitness has fallen off recently, so I have yet to accurately gauge the bike's performance. I am happy with everything, but the Fizik Arrione saddle, which I am attempting to "break-in" -- but I may just need to swap it out.

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Favorite Ride:   Any ride when the Great Plains wind has abated

Price Paid:    $2600.00

Purchased At:   Colorado Cyclist

Similar Products Used:   This is my first serious bicycle after having ridden an early 90s Trek 1200. The litespeed is a definite step up and seemed to fit my needs better than the carbon, aluminum, and steel bikes I test rode.

Bike Setup:   2005 Tuscany
Real-Design HP Pro Fork
Real-Design Ultrafly wheels (will be named Supersphere in the future)
Fizik Arrione saddle
Ultegra Double
ITM Mantis Bar and Stem
Litespeed carbon post

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

Date Reviewed: August 9, 2004

Strengths:    Fairly light, stiff, very comfortable especially on long rides and accelerates extremely well.

Weaknesses:    The wheels I ordered with mine were the Real Design Supersonics. I had problems with 2 back wheels and upgraded for a small charge to Mavic Ksyrium SSC SL's which I am totally happy with.

Bottom Line:   
This bike is awesome. It accelerates like a Porche, descends like a laser beam and is as comfortable as a Cadillac so what more can I say. I used to be a little timid about going down hill's to fast, but now I just let her go and she does go. My average speed has increased a couple mph since I started riding the Tuscany, however I would have gained some of that on my other bike. The only thing I can say is if you interested in one just but it. You won’t regret it.

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Favorite Ride:   The one I am on

Price Paid:    $2800.00

Purchased At:   Ordinary Bikes

Similar Products Used:   Lemond Zurich, Trek 5200.

Bike Setup:   Full Shimano Ultegra, Mavic Ksyrium SSC SL Wheels, Vittoria Rubino Pro Slick Tires, Terry Fly Ti Saddle, Litespeed Carbon Seat Post, Shimano Flight Deck Computer, ITM Bar and Stem.

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

Date Reviewed: April 2, 2004

Strengths:    Stiff where it needs to be. arching seat stays take the edge off sharp impacts. Kysrium Elites holding up well to my weight.

Weaknesses:    None yet!

Bottom Line:   
Great ride and handling. My 1st road bike since the mid 1980s. Ti frame is definately worth the $. New design for '04 is plenty stiff for my 240lbs. I forgot what a rush it is to run 50mph on skinny tires.

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Price Paid:    $2800.00

Purchased At:   Rivercity Cycles

Similar Products Used:   Trek 5200, Giant tcr2 & tcr3, Cannondale r2000, Specialized Allez m4 -- all test rode before buying the Tuscany.

Bike Setup:   59 cm frame
3t Forgie XL bar and stem
Cinelli Cork bar tape
Thompson Elite Seat Post
Full Ultegra
Ultegra SPD-SL pedals
Mavic Ksyrium Elite wheelset
Selle San Marco Aspide
Specialized Rib Cage
Vetta V100 wireless computer
Continental GP 3000 tires

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