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Model history – Litespeed Ultimate road frame

The Ultimate was the 2nd road frame model Litespeed launched, dating back to 1991.  The Ultimate, as the name implies, was a flagship model for Litespeed, showcasing Litespeed’s design innovations. During its initial years, the Ultimate was made from 3/2.5 titanium, but later Litespeed employed a blended 3/2.5 and 6/4 titanium tubeset.

The design evolution and geometry/weight specs that ensued between 1991 and 2006 (when it was dropped from Litespeed’s model line-up) are as follows.

Note: the information below was culled from Litespeed marketing materials, which show inconsistent information over time. I have highlighted the year-to-year changes in design and/or specs. Please comment on omissions and discrepancies below.

1991

  • Tapered top tube
  • Tapered and ovalized DT
  • Curved seattube
  • Integrated seatpost binder bolt
  • Braze-on front derailleur clamp
  • 48cm to 62cm, 2.5 to 3.5 lbs

1993

  • Tapered/butted 3/2.5 tubing
  • 68mm BB, machined from 6-4 solid bar
  • 48cm to 62cm, 2.2 to 3.5 lbs

1994

  • 48cm to 60cm, 2.4 to 3.3 lbs

1995

  • 48cm to 62cm, 3.12 to 3.55 lbs

1996

  • no changes

1997

  • Cold-worked, tapered/butted 3/2.5 tubing and bladed 6-4 downtube
  • Radially-curved seatstays for vertical compliance
  • 49cm to 63cm, 3.24 to 3.92 lbs

1998

  • no changes

1999

  • Standard seatpost clamp
  • New cable-stop adjusters near headtube
  • 49cm to 63cm, 3.25 to 3.95 lbs

2000

  • Cold-worked, 3/2.5 geometrically enhanced tubing (GET) with 6/4 aero-bladed downtube
  • Curved cut-out on seattube for rear tire
  • Engraved bottom-bracket shell
  • Sculpted dropouts
  • Custom Litespeed stainless steel seat collar
  • Cold-worked dual-bend radially-curved seatstays
  • Braze-on (bottom pull) front derailleur clamp
  • 27.2mm seatpost diameter
  • 1-1/8” headtube
  • 49cm to 63cm, 3.4 to 4.08 lbs

2001

  • Taller headtube
  • Custom option: internal cable routing for front-derailleur

2002

  • 1-1/8″ integrated headset design
  • LiteTEC Titanium Enhanced Carbon seatstays

2003

  • 49cm to 63cm, 3.4 to 3.9 lbs

2004

  • New cold-worked 3Al/2.5V shaped top tube
  • New oversized 6Al/4V tapered, diamond-shaped down tube
  • Oversized seat tube (31.6 seat post)
  • High-profile shaping of the new 3Al/2.5V chainstays
  • Standard seatpost clamp
  • LiteTEC HP Enhanced carbon seatstays
  • 49cm to 63cm, 3.1 to 3.5 lbs

2005

  • no changes

2006

  • Blended 6/4-3/2.5 Titanium tubeset
  • Flared-diamond toptube
  • Massive down tube with ovalized triangle cross-section
  • Seattube transitions to transverse flat oval at the base (requires custom front der. clamp–included)
  • Billet titanium replaceable rear derailleur hanger
  • Reverts to non-integrated headset design
  • 49cm to 63cm, 2.38 to 3.00 lbs

2 Responses to “Model history – Litespeed Ultimate road frame” Leave a reply ›

  • . What did this bike cost in 2006 new?

    . What is the market value of that same 2006 model today?

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    The 2006 Ultimate frame had a $4000 price tag, I believe, just like the similarly priced Ghisallo and Vortex frames of the same year. I think $1500 would be a fair price today for an ’06 Ultimate. Of course, if you could find the frame in the right size on eBay, you could likely do even better.

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