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Litespeed Ultimate polished ti road frame

The Ultimate was Litespeed’s top of the line titanium road frame from the mid 90s, with extensively cold-worked and shaped 3/2.5 tubing. This particular Ultimate is a size 59cm featuring Litespeed’s costly full-polish finish, and sports an updated set of decals. (Original decal sets are available via Litespeed’s website for ~$39).

The specs on the frame are:
Top tube: 59cm
Seat tube: 60cm
Head tube: 17cm
Headset (steerer tube): 1″
Braze-on Front derailleur mount
Seatpost: 27.2mm diameter

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  • The pics are not of a Litespeed Ultimate frame – the ultimate had curved seat stays and a straight down tube. The 59cm ultimate had a 57.5cm c2c top tube too.

  • looking at the catalogue the ULTIMATE shows a consistent curved seat tube thrugh all the 90s
    also until 98 the seat post clamp was the simple(and dangerous) attached tab type later models had a separate clamp and I think they made them out of ti and chromoly
    I have a frame from the mid 90s from the serial # litespeed states that its a 97 Ultimate but the frame has curved seat stays a straight (laterally ovelized) seat tube and the seat post clamp is not part of the frame, in the catalogue my frame looks mostly like a Vortex or Natchez
    I dont think its a Vortex, ( i got the frame on ebay for a song?)
    so that leaves the Natches as most likely model
    they were very quick and pleasant at lite speed, I sent them the serial# and they came back with the 97 Ultimat verdict except that the 97 Ultimate dosnt look like my frame.
    at any rate I love my bike
    I have modern components on the bike and it flies

  • Hi
    This is not a litespeed bike frame. Must be a copy bike with Litespeed stickers ?. Still it isn’t a Litespeed frame.

    Colin

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    It’s the opposite of what you mentioned, as it’s a Litespeed frame with decals fabricated from another company than SSI (Litespeed’s usual decal source).

  • You guys don’t know your Litespeeds very well! The pic accurately shows the original Ultimate frame, with straight seat stays and a curved seat post. Later on, Litespeed changed the frame to flexed (curved) seat stays and a straight seat post (with a curved cut-out for the wheel – since this is a sprinter’s frame and the chain stays are shorter then usual). I bought my Ultimate new in 1996 and I’m still riding it – and it looks just like the above pics, but with yellow decals and Dura Ace components.

  • This is a Litespeed Ultimate, I have one. Mine is a 1996 frame that came with a Kestrel carbon fork. The seat tube is curved as well as the chainstays. The chainstay length is 39.3 cm and it has a 40° rake. I adore mine and would never trade it for anything. It does everything well and Litespeed was crazy to change the design. Newer is not always better.

  • I agree with Cyclespeed and Jay.
    I also own a mid-90s Ultimate and mine is almost identical to the one pictured except for the indent on the drive side chainstay…and like Jay I have a carbon fork. ( it’s not as light and responsive as current carbon forks but still nice).

    I bought it years ago from a friend and used it for a few triathlons.
    It’s an amazing frame. While I appreciate the design of many of the current bikes out there, I honestly don’t feel that there’s a huge advantage over the older Ultimates.
    With upgraded components this thing would hang with any new bike.

  • For those arguing, this is definitely a Litespeed Ultimate. I raced for them in the early 90s and had one of the first generation made for me. It looks exactly the same as this one, but with different stickers (sweet bike, by way). I own a lot of bikes, but will never get rid of it. It is an amazing ride, front to back. I’m a huge fan of technological advances, and do Criteriums and circuits on a Tarmac these days, but for long stage races or long training rides, this is by far my favorite bike.

    Cheers,
    Will

  • that bike is sexual
    I’m serious
    cheers to whoever put it on the net

  • Beautiful bike! I have an early 90s Litespeed Saber (700c, curved seat tube) and am wondering what sort of cable guide (bottom of the BB shell) was OEM for these. The hole is not tapped and so I’m guessing they sold their own guide. Can anyone weigh in on this? Also, I am looking for the geometry specs, but the 1991 catalog doesn’t list them. Any help would be appreciated.
    Erick

  • That’s a genuine Litespeed with updated stickers (just like the original poster wrote). The dead bang giveaway on the genuineness should be the quality of the welds. Knock-off companies can’t weld the way the old Lynskey-run Litespeed operation welded their frames. I own a 1994 Litespeed Ultimate, which I love and will never, ever part with. Back in the mid-1990s there was an article/review where some guy stated that the only outfits doing higher quality, cleaner welds were NASA contractors working on equipment destined for space. A knock-off would have thicker, clumsier welds or welds filled with Bondo and sanded to “smoothness.” Spending a little bit of time with old Litespeed catalogues will also confirm the genuineness of the poster’s frame.

  • Hi Erick,

    The cable guides are simply brazed on, and are all titanium. There are 2 guides that are obviously placed along the top tube for the rear brake cable, as well as 2 titanium guides that are welded to the bottom bracket for the derailleur cables. I have a few shots of my bike posted at: http://www.pedalroom.com/...1993-litespeed-ultimate-7494 I’ll pop on a pic or two of the bottom bracket for you in the next couple of days. To be fair, mine was built as a team bike, with geometry for my measurements, but to my knowledge, is otherwise the same as any of their production bikes that year. If you have any questions, feel free to message me on Pedal Room. Hope the info helps 🙂

    Cheers,
    Will

  • great looking frame i don’t care for the modern decals or the incorrect newer headtube badge

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