Litespeed Antares 2002 Road Bike

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[Mar 20, 2009]
shehateme
Road Racer

OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
5
Strength:

The compact geometry is awesome. Very light.

Weakness:

None

This is the nest road bike I have ever ridden.

Similar Products Used:

Trek 5200

[Feb 04, 2003]
stellablue22
Road Racer

OVERALL
RATING
4
VALUE
RATING
5
Strength:

fast, light, campy, compact frame, great great buy

Weakness:

i wonder about the intergrity of the paint job on the frame. On another of the litespeed alum. road bikes (the atlas) we noticed the paint chipping off the dropouts. And 2002 was the first year litespeed did these alum. bikes, so i guess there isn't much experience over time to work those sorts of things out. Frame scratches easily. Saddle isn't all too comfortable. will upgrade soon.

Primarily a Mtnbiker, and this is my first road ride. After a lot of looking around this bike is just killer for the price. Campy components, great ride. And the more i ride it, the more i fall in love with it.

[Jan 16, 2003]
Jonathan
Recreational Rider

OVERALL
RATING
4
VALUE
RATING
4
Strength:

Great handling, very fast out of the box, climbs great feels smooth. Very nice paint job, very light weight. Makes me want to keep riding instead of heading home!

Weakness:

None so far.

This is my first road bike. I shopped around for many months, and considered many brands like Trek, Lemond, Jamis, Cervelo, Cannondale, Bianchi, Masi. I am very pleased with this bike. I don't agree with the other reviews that give the immpression this is a mediocre bike. This is a great ride. Very confortable for alumminum, the carbon stays help out a lot. Climbs great and handles like a dream.

Similar Products Used:

Cannondale, Bianchi, Trek, Fuji.

[Nov 06, 2002]
mikewb
Recreational Rider

OVERALL
RATING
3
VALUE
RATING
4
Strength:

The bike performs very well!

Weakness:

A three year warenty from Litespeed on these bikes makes me a bit concernd about long term quality of these bikes. If they don't have more confidence. Why should I? Most Bike makers offer lifetime warranties(Trek, Cannondale, Klein, even Schwinn)!

This is a great bike! The problem I have is more with Litespeed's approach at marketing their Aluminum bikes. These bikes are out sourced from Taiwan. The problem that I have is the fact that, as a consumer throwing down $2,000, I should be able to make an informed decision about my purchase. No where in their catalog or on the bike is this fact made known, and they are only covering these bikes with a three year warranty. I would expect better from Litespeed.

Similar Products Used:

I am formost a Mt. biker. I have owned Treks, Cannondales, Kleins, and 3 Litespeeds.

[Oct 04, 2002]
jon
Recreational Rider

OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
5
Strength:

excellent design, paint and features. Comes with a full Campy group (my first ride on campy, ever) very light (16.8 lbs) really just a dream machine if you have always wanted a Litespeed, but didn't have the bucks to buy one. Seat is even more comfy than my Selle Italia on my other bike. All name brand parts on this bike, good spec.

Weakness:

The only thing that I will change is the 3TTT Morphe handlebar, the bar is shaped so that it swoops back toward you on the brake hoods, and is too wide and too short on the drops to be enjoyable. Campy is too expensive for upgrades. Not sure of whether I want to keep the Campy parts or pull the Ultegra gruppo off of my last bike.

After hopping from website to website for a solid three weeks, I actually found one of these for sale with only eight minutes to go, and was mysteriously the high bidder. The first ride, though short...was an enlightening one, I headed for the biggest hills I could find. This frame climbs very well, allowing me to climb my favorite, very steep hill in the big ring. This bike screams down the hills, handling very well. I felt 100% confident in this bike's handling characterists....just love the way it carves the turns.

Similar Products Used:

started out on a $300 Trek aluminum bike, went to a full carbon Specialized Epic, then to a reynolds steel KHS Flite800, which I really like, also. As much as I like the ride of 853 steel, I'm always

[Sep 02, 2002]
shrubby
Recreational Rider

OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
5
Strength:

Great parts spec,nice paint job,vibration damping fork & stays; love the Hutchinson rubber.Best bike I could find for the money.I now believe the hype about compact frames climbing better.

Weakness:

Litespeed could have spec'd a lighter seatpost.The suggested retail price is too high.

I am a recreational/fitness rider,riding 100-150 miles per week at this time of year.I bought the small frame [I am 5'7" tall].The fit is good,the ride smooth & fast,steering is quick,[point & shoot compact geometry],climbs like a monkey.Have ridden 3 50+ mile rides so far;& although it's not as comfortable as my cyclocross bike,it's lighter & faster.The small frame,with it's sloping top tube will fit riders 5'4" tall to 5'7" with the saddle set back.

Similar Products Used:

Specialized Epic carbon frame road bike,older steel road bikes,Bianchi cyclocross w/carbon fork & LX/105 mix groupo.I have been riding road bikes for 30 years.

[May 25, 2002]
Zipper
Recreational Rider

OVERALL
RATING
4
VALUE
RATING
3
Strength:

Loved the compact geometry. Campy shifters were great since I'm still riding downtube shifters. Very stiff for climbing, super responsive.

Weakness:

Terrible seat. Creaky aluminum ride, didn't feel like the carbon in the rear made much difference. Not a plush ride by any stretch of the imagination. Not impressed at all considering the price tag.

Took this bike for a ten mile test ride and did not fall in love with it. There were some things that I liked such as the Campy components, very smooth. Not impressed with the ride quality.

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