Litespeed Launches New Lower Price Titanium Road Frame

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Ooltewah, Tennessee – Litespeed Titanium, a boutique brand long known for its cutting edge frame technologies, this week announced the release of an all-new entry-level titanium frame called the Xicon (pronounced Zicon).

“Offering a full titanium, hand-built frameset with the Litespeed name on it, at a retail price point of $1599 – is just unheard of in our industry” said Peter Hurley, CEO of American Bicycle Group. “This is the kind of breakthrough that our dealers need right now and we’re excited to be able to provide it in the heart of the spring selling season. And the best news is that this is just the beginning. We have a lot more up our sleeves as we head into 2010.”

Through collaborations with NASA and the company’s membership in the International Titanium Association, the opportunity presented itself for Litespeed’s engineers to work with some of the premier titanium tubing producers in the world to develop new varieties of tubing. These partnerships have led to the creation a new bicycle frame that combines an exciting new material technology with 25 years of legendary fabrication expertise from Litespeed Titanium.

The new frame will feature oversized, tapered, and shaped 3AL/2.5V titanium tubing and an asymmetric, bi-planar chain stay. The technology employed is similar to the ground-breaking designs of the company’s flagship model – The Archon. The new frame will come in weighing 2.6 lbs and will be available in five semi-compact geometries. The new frame will also come packaged with a full carbon fork and headset and comes road-ready for all components ranging from Shimano 105 to Campagnolo Record. Complete race-ready bikes can be built for as low as $2495 MSRP.
True to the Litespeed heritage, every frame will be hand-crafted in the company’s Ooltewah, Tennessee factory and will carry the company’s standard lifetime warranty.

About the author: Thien Dinh

Thien Dinh gained most his cycling knowledge the old fashioned way, by immersing himself in the sport. From 2007 to early 2013, Thien served as RoadBikeReview Site Manager, riding daily while putting various cycling products through its paces. A native of California, Thien also enjoys tinkering with photography and discovering new music.


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  • Anonymous says:

    $1600 for a 2.6 pound frame…pffft, you can keep it.

  • Dan says:

    A Ridley Damocles frame (and fork) is about 2.5lbs and $1900 at Competitive Cyclist.

    I don’t know where Litespeed gets off calling the Xicon a budget frame. The Damocles is just one example of a pro-tour frameset you can buy for under $2000. A true race bike that handles superbly, is very solid in the BB, but absorbs rough roads like an 80′s steel frame. I own a Damocles and it is hands down the best frame I’ve ever ridden.

    Why would anyone possibly lay down $1600 for a ti frame that you will NEVER see in a pro-tour event?

  • It’s make a competition to create frame with more lower price but high quality..

  • Anonymous says:

    Does “seeing it in a pro-tour event” make the frame?

  • Steel is Real says:

    $1600 is still up there for an entry level Ti frame.

    A Lynskey can be had for less. Also a Lynskey made Scattante can be had for $1000. And a Lynskey made Planet X can also be had for around $1000.

  • Aaron says:

    I’ve put about 550 miles on my Xicon so far and I love it. It’s efficient, compliant, and far more durable than carbon. It’s also still made in the US, which was a huge selling point for me. I have the Campy Athena group and American Classic Sprint 350 wheels. It’s beautiful and I think it will have great longevity.

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