Litespeed Vela Road Bike

5/5 (3 Reviews)
MSRP : $1495.00


Product Description

Frame Material: AN-6 aluminum
Frame Angles: 73.0 head, 73.5 seat
Sizes: large, medium, small, xlarge, xsmall
Colors: Yellow
Fork: LSP Carbon
Rear Shock: Not applicable
Brake Levers: Shimano 105 STI Dual Control
Handlebar: ITM Super Italian Pro 330
Stem: ITM
Headset: 1 1/8" threadless Cane Creek
Front Der: Shimano 105
Crankset: Shimano 105, 39/53 teeth
Rear Der: Shimano 105 SS
Pedals: Not included
Tires: 700 x 23c Vittoria Rubino Pro


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Reviews 1 - 3 (3 Reviews Total)

User Reviews

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Hamish a Triathlete

Date Reviewed: May 24, 2005

Strengths:    Very stiff and light. Looks the business (tones especially well with Mirage black groupset). Full bike built up, inc tyres, bottle rack etc, well under 10kg. Nice welding. Compact frame saves weight and feels very stable, but needs long seatpost.

Weaknesses:    None found yet. Yellow paint job may not be to everyone's taste. Headset was fiddly to set up compared with WTB version on my other bike.

Bottom Line:   
My first road bike for decades, so compared with my MTB this is light, incredibly rigid, and simply will not turn corners for any money!
The carbon forks, stays and steerer tube really make for a professional and tight set up. Even the headset cap and spacers (supplied) are carbon. Eats miles on the flat and frighteningly quick downhill.

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Price Paid:    $800.00

Purchased At:   wiggle

Similar Products Used:   None really similar.

Bike Setup:   Bought frame only, built it up with Mavic Ksyriums, Campagnolo mirage, Deda tri-bars


Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by k2chad a Recreational Rider

Date Reviewed: June 26, 2004

Strengths:    Components, frame. Wheels are great. It's a Litespeed.

Weaknesses:    You'll pay a good $200-$300 more than other aluminum frame bikes out there, but the components are worth it. You'll probably see bikes with an Ultegra rear der. and crap everywhere else. Beware! The full 105 group works well together. I still give it a 5 on value for the Shimano wheels and components.

Bottom Line:   
Let me start by saying that this is a really nice bike. I've got 600 miles on mine now with no complaints. You really can't beat the Litespeed name and frame design, even if this one isn't Ti. This one is priced higher than others with similar frames, but the difference is definately the full 105 components. No skimping here. Even the tires are top notch Conti GP's ($50/tire). Also the fork is all carbon, including steerer.

The compact geometry is probably love it or hate it. I like it now, but it took a few rides to get used to. Really fast and stiff and it sprints great.

I usually flex the chainstays and bottom bracket as well as cranks on bikes. Not this one, very stiff. Stout rear end and the Octalink bottom bracket is very nice. Also the wheels have never gone out of true.

I highly recommend this bike for the buyer who is looking for a $1000-$1100 road bike. Look a little further and see what a few more bucks gets you! This is one nice ride.

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Favorite Ride:   SBF Criterium

Price Paid:    $1495.00

Purchased At:   onilne

Similar Products Used:   Trek 1500 and 2000, Giant OCR 3, Specialized Allez Comp.

Bike Setup:   Stock


Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by jonimac a Road Racer

Date Reviewed: March 29, 2004

Strengths:    Weight, stiffness, comfort, decending.

Weaknesses:    Keeping the frame clean, shows up every mark.

Bottom Line:   
Class!! Just seems to do everything right. It's stiff for climbing and sprinting, yet soo comfortable on our poor roads. Very light as well. Felt right as soon as i got onto it, just minor adjustments on the seat.

Decends like a deamon, just want you to go faster and hard on it. Cruises with no problem, but goes like stink when you ask it to.

Wasn't sure of spending the money, but would have paid twice the amount. I just wonder what the titinums are like!!

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Favorite Ride:   Kona Dawg

Price Paid:    $2200.00

Purchased At:   Plush, NI

Similar Products Used:   Trek 1200 is the only other road bike i've had. But tested various bikes as i work in a bike shop.

Bike Setup:   Stock frame, forks, seat post. Ultegra groupset, with Edco hubs and cxp33 rims.



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Aluminum Vela with 105..how less sexy does it get?

I've been laboring over the decision to sell this bike in favor of something new and carboney but there's just something about it that pulls me back every time. I know, its an aluminum frame with lower end components but the bottom line is that its fairly light, very stiff, and the 105 group has ne ... Read More »

vela bella singles ride and Road Rage

Vella bellas first sat singles road ride was fun, the test to estro lvl was unblanced today but none the less fun. Met some great people and had a nice ride. I departed from the group 3/4 of the way through inorder to take kings mt. to skyline to foster city. on the way up kings mt. I was vehicularl ... Read More »

Calling all Litespeed Vela or Capella owners

Looking to buy a Vela and was wondering how does everyone like their bikes? How is the compact frame? Is the bike holding up? How does it ride? Thanks...Read More »

'03 Litespeed Vela vs. Giant vs. Frame + Build-Up

Just bought a 2003 Vela for under $1K with full 105 group. Checked out E-Bay and other retailers, seemes like the best buy. Competition was Giant '99 TCR 2 or Masi frame with 105 or centaur group purchase (closer to to $1,600 total). Anyone have any other input as per performance, etc. of these r ... Read More »

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