Well, I think both are true. Litespeed wanted to make the lightest possible frame (to meet market demand), and a compact frame can be lighter than a traditional one, even if some of the weight is put back on the complete bike due to the longer seat post. But Litespeed advertised the Ghisallo as the lightest frame (not the lightest bike), so the compact design met their requirements. (Of course, the Ghisallo can indeed be made into a very light bike as well.)WheresWaldo said:Why does this sentence apply to CC and not to Litespeed also. As to why Litespeed built the Ghisallo as a compact rather than as a traditional frame design, two words, MARKET DEMAND! Please don't think us so nieve that we should believe that Litespeed in it's benevolent corporate culture only did this to save weight.
In a similar vein, the Ghisallo was designed with a traditional head tube, even when other high-end Litespeeds had head tubes designed for integrated headsets, simply because a traditional head tube is lighter (at least in titanium). Litespeed apparantly felt that the market demand for a light frame was greater than the demand for the latest fad in headsets.