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The masters of titanium just changed the game with carbon.

Litespeed is known for its quality, high-end titanium frames—but in 2010 the company introduced a carbon masterpiece with the C2. Semi-sloping geometry makes the C2 aggressive enough to outsprint your rival at your local crit, while the shrouded water bottle mounts ensures you stay aero as a sparrow in a dive. In addition, Litespeed created aerodynamic cross sections at the head and down tubes to enhance wind-slicing ability, thus making speed second nature to the C2.

  • Integrated seat mast design shaves precious grams while providing an even quicker route through the wind
  • 3K carbon weave for maximum strength-to-weight ratio and exceptional ride quality
  • Tapered steerer fork technology increases stiffness and eliminates the possibility of �wobbles� when you have one hand on the bars at 60kph
  • Asymmetric chainstay for improved drivetrain efficiency
  • Oversize bottom bracket shell offers unsurpassed stiffness during crushing sprints

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5 5

I have the C1R (Same Geometry)

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I built up a Litespeed C1R with Ultegra components, SRAM Force Cranks, 3T aluminum bars and stem, and Reynolds Attack 30mm Wheels (1490g), and my bike weighs 16 lbs. without a saddle bag and bottle cages. The C1R has the same geometry but stiffer and lighter carbon. The bike is unbelievable. Very stiff, very nimble with it's short wheelbase, and fairly light for an aero road bike. I think the aero design is worth 1-2 mph on a flat course when riding at 22+ mph. I've done about 2,500 miles on the bike (100 miles a week for 6 months). This bike replaced a Cervelo P2 for me, and the Litespeed has far exceeded my expectations.

4 5

Great bike, weight doesnt add up

mmmm, mine must have some lead in the frame. Built up with sram force weighting 2000 grams, frame supposedly weights 1650, hutchinson tires 420 for pair, conti ultralight tubes 100 grams for pair, neuvation wheels 1580 with skewers, selle italia seat 250, speedplay xero 206, race face carbon bar 240, tape 70, fsa stem 150, lets say 200 for cables, 78 for cages. Total weight 6800 grams or 15.86, actual weight on bike scale 16.56 someone is heavy on their weighing skills!!!!!! My bike is nearly 400 grams over the weight it should weigh, anyone out there know why and did everyone else weight theirs on bike scales? Kind of confused as I know sram force is lighter that Shimano ultegra and campy centuro and these wheels are the same as mavic kysrum sl. So somewhere mine is fat and o I have a ML

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They weigh the smallest frame, without paint, without the deraileur hangar, the seatpost clamp, water bottle bolts and stickers. Then because of manufacturing variations in all the rest of your components you can get up to a 20 percent weight gain on some parts. However, you could get tubular wheels, but then you'd have to buy asprin.

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The Litespeed C2 frameset (size medium) I purchased from Real Cyclist in September 2010 weighed 1190g for frame (uncut), 415g for the fork (uncut), 80g for the headset and 180g for the FSA ISP "seat post". After cutting, my frame weighed 1150g and fork weighed 390g. All of this were actual measured weights on my digital scale.

I just finished building up the bike. A photo is here:
http://felixwong.com/2011/05/the-building-of-a-super-bike/

Am very happy with both the bike and Real Cyclist!

Would this frame be a good cross for road...

Would this frame be a good cross for road racing and time trialling as in triathlons.

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The frame has a very aero down tube making it a good transition. Another good aero road bike realcyclist offers would be the De Rosa Merak

C2 custom build

C2 custom build

29.4 grams/pair skewer, 410 grams integrated bar, 120 grams saddle, RS80 rear, cheap 30mm front wheel, ultegra 6700, DA 11-23, tektro R570, keo classic, velo plugs, continental attack force, continental ultra light tube. 16.1LB complete.

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What frame size do you have. I bought the M/L and built with sram force which is lighter than dura ace and ultegra but mine weights more. The only thing lighter on yours then mine is the seat. I am confused. Thanks for the help.

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What frame size do you have. I bought the M/L and built with sram force which is lighter than dura ace and ultegra but mine weights more. The only thing lighter on yours then mine is the seat. I am confused. Thanks for the help.

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What frame size do you have. I bought the M/L and built with sram force which is lighter than dura ace and ultegra but mine weights more. The only thing lighter on yours then mine is the seat. I am confused. Thanks for the help.

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sorry for the late reply, mine is M size,, to be specific: the weight does not include handlebar tape.. wheels mfg bb30+wheels mfg bb30 adaptor ~ 60g; ahhh~~ tires are 400 grams total front and back, conti ultra light inner tubes are 53 grams/wheel ,, your tubes might be around 90 grams each. also velo plugs(instead of rim tape) can save you another 30 grams total, assuming you are not runing tubeless or tubular. and my skewers are at least 60 grams lighter than traditional ones.. RS80 is about 890 grams.

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no worries on the delay. I need to weigh it on a bike scale. With the force I am running nuevations with a tubless kit. I have seen others with all there stuff added up and still lighter. Perhaps I have lead in the tubes. Have a good one.

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I just built mine (M/L) with a Pro Stealth EVO integrated stem/bar (42mm/130mm), full SRAM Red w/ TRP 960 brakes, Reynolds DV3K C clinchers, Michelin Race 3 tires, Fizik Arionne Carbon Rail saddle, Speedplay X2 Titanium pedals. 15.1 lbs. Almost UCI regulation for a full aero bike and wheels.

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Hmmmm, mine must have some lead in the frame. Built up with sram force weighting 2000 grams, frame supposedly weights 1650, hutchinson tires 420 for pair, conti ultralight tubes 100 grams for pair, neuvation wheels 1580 with skewers, selle italia seat 250, speedplay xero 206, race face carbon bar 240, tape 70, fsa stem 150, lets 200 for cables, 78 for cages. Total weight 6800 grams or 15.86 actual weight on bike scale 16.56 some one is heavy on their weighting skills!!!!!! My bike is nearly 400 grams over the weight it should way anyone out there know why and did everyone else weight theres on bike scales?

C2 Seatmast: is there an adapter for the...

C2 Seatmast: is there an adapter for the C2 seatmast which allows the saddle to be adusted up/down similar to a traditional bike? The 2011 C1 is adjustable. There is a rumor that Litespeed has designed an adapter for the Integrated Seat Mast bikes to allow for full saddle travel up and down.

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Yes you can buy one from litespeed.

5 5

Litespeed C2

I just put together My Archon c2.
Pros:
1. The design and Carbon technology of this bike has something different that I cannot tell, the ride is very smooth and the shifting with Ultegra SL is just quiet and very efficient on the power transfer due to the massive bottom bracket BB30.
2. The back of the bike is lighter than the front! I think that makes the ride softer and faster, my time improved about 2 minutes in my time trial with road geometry better than my TT bike.
3. The design Rocks! I know that is important!
4. On the curves and descending, the bike just behaves like a very comfortable car, the speed seems to slow! You are going fast and it seems that you can go faster, so be-careful!
5. The bike weights 15.8 pounds, I am a heavy rider, and the flex is almost none existent! Great climbing bike the semi slope geometry helps me, the massive bottom bracket makes it easier on the stroke, and you will feel it for sure!

Cons:
1. If you want this bike to be what it can be, you need to spend some big bucks! If you put low end gear the bike can get heavy, however the benefits are there, (geometry, material...) but if you put wheels with flexing defect the climbing might be hard.
2. Price.....
3. to nice to wreck it! It will be a great lost! Titanium has a BIG + on that.

My litespeed c2 after the first 50 mile ride.

My litespeed c2 after the first 50 mile ride.

Components,
Ultegra SL.
Truvativ Crank set.
ISM Saddle
Ultegra Pedals.

Bike weight.

I have seen the frame weight...

Bike weight.

I have seen the frame weight with fork and seatmast, does anyone actually have the honest weight of one of these built? I did the math and with the components and the weight of frame I am seeing without pedals this should weigh in around 15 pounds for a M frame. Thats with the litespeed build for this, but they have the bike listed as 16.25 without pedals. Anyone with an honest real build weight for this bike?

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I have a M/L. With speed play pedals, 2 bottle racks, and a full saddle bag (tool kit, co2 cartridge, co2 pump, tube, and the tire wedge things) it weighs 16.5lbs. It all depends on your setup though- my wheels, gruppo, stem, handle bar, and seat are most likely different then yours.

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Hey DCG, you have been really helpful. I did the fit on competitive cyclist and choose the right one. I was wondering how you have yours built up component wise. I read you have speedplay, I was wondering what the rest of you build is like. I am thinking about going with SRAM Force throughout and I have a pair of light weight neuvation wheels, but no so sure about handlebars and stem. Did you run Camp or DA. Anymore help would be greatly appreciated!

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Yeah, no prob jay. I have campy centaur gruppo, a 68mm BB carbon pro FSA Isis drive crank with a BB30 adapter, 120mm FSA OS 140 stem, 42cm K force carbon compact FSA bar, fi'zi:k wing flex seat, and mavik ksyrium sl wheels. Also have the mavik win tech ultimate cyclocomputer which I don't recommend.

Love the FSA carbon bar. Will probably eventually get a new stem. The competitive cyclist fit calculator should give you the best stem length for your size. Not sure if a carbon stem is a big deal since the carbon forks will soak up most of the road and they typically only save you 50-80 grams. It's up to you though... Maybe aesthetics is enough? Hope this helps.

5 5

Love this frame

Bought this frame about a month ago. Realcyclist.com was super helpful with everything and the shipping was free and fast. Now that the frame honey moon is over, i feel like i can give an honest review. Love it! The frame itself is amazing- lightweight, stiff, and fast.

I'm 6' and went with the M/L. Before I bought it, however, I did the fit calculator on competitivecyclist.com. There is no doubt it helped me pick out the perfect size. Keep in mind that this is a compact design so the top tube length is more important than the seat tube range (c-c).

FYI- the frame comes with an fsa headset and everything you need for the isp- the actual seatpost and a stencil mechanism to aid in cutting the carbon seat mast to size.

If you're on the fence at all with this frame- take the plunge and buy it- not only a fantastic frame but also a real head turner.

The old question of how does the bike fit....

The old question of how does the bike fit. I am 5'11 without shoes and have a 32 inch inseam. I currently ride a fuji team with nearly identical measurements as the m/l which is a 56, but I have been told I should be on 55 which is the med any help would be greatly appreciated.

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I'm about the exact size you are, I like a bigger frame. I have some 56s, a 57, 58 and even a 59. I prefer the bigger frame. 57 for a road bike would be the smallest I would consider. On a fixed gear or track bike I go a bit more compact and a 56 seems to work fine.

I hope this helps!

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I recommend you try the Fit Calculator on the Competitive Cyclist website. In addition to your natural body measurements, it really depends on what you want to do, what level of cyclist you are, whether you ride recreationally etc. I'm just a little taller and can ride a 56 frame.

According to the Litespeed website
http:...

According to the Litespeed website
http://www.litespeed.com/bikes/current/c2.aspx
the M/L size has a seatmast height of 75cm. How far above that does the seat clamp go? I have a saddle height of 76.5cm, will that work?

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http://s.wiggle.co.uk/images/litespeed-c2-2010-zoom.jpg

Check out that pic, see how much higher the clamp makes it? That should be at least 3mm+ so you should be fine.

How much does the frame and fork weigh?

How much does the frame and fork weigh?

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Frame only weighs a little over 1200 grams in a ML size and this includes the integrated mast. The fork tapered steer aero fork is around 400 grams, both of which are light considering the amount of aero oversized tubing in the frame

once seatmast is cut, how much height...

once seatmast is cut, how much height adjustment is available with seat assembly?

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It is an FSA design which has 3cm of height adjustment once cut

How long is the warranty, & could you fit...

How long is the warranty, & could you fit two water bottles on the frame.

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Two bottles will mount, no problem. The frame has a three year warranty for defects.

what is the weight of the litespeed c2...

what is the weight of the litespeed c2 frame set and fork?

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The size Medium is 3 lbs 12 oz with an uncut fork, headset, and frame.