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Airborne Torch 6/4 Reynolds titanium road frame

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The Torch is, in several respects, the nicest made titanium frame I have seen.  The closest comparator to this frame would be the Moots Compact SL. The Torch features:

6/4 seamless titanium tubing sourced from Reynolds (this tubing is very sought-after and no longer available) extensively machined dropouts …

Model history – Litespeed Machete Suspension 26″ MTB frame

The Machete is arguably the ugliest mountain frame ever fabricated. Yet on the other hand, it’s so ugly it actually somewhat cool. With pieces of metal and tubing sticking out from strange places, it was quite a creation.

Apparently, the market didn’t love it, though, so it was only …

Model history – Litespeed Hiwassee hardtail 26″ MTB frame

The Hiwassee was a rather short-lived model for Litespeed, offered in only 1996 and 1997.  Does that imply that there was something wrong with the Hiwassee?   From a design, performance, and quality perspective, no.  The Hiwassee was what you should expect from a good titanium hardtail.  The problem for the …

Shimano Dura-Ace 10 speed 7900 series group

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In 2009, the 7800-series Dura Ace group was replaced by a revised 10 speed group: the 7900-series Dura Ace. Was there anything wrong with the 7800-series group? No. Some people weren’t thrilled with the shape of the shifter hoods, but that in itself can’t explain the launch …

Shimano Dura-Ace 10 speed 7800 series group

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The 7800 series Dura-Ace group was in use by the professional peloton since 2003, and was released to the public in 2004. The 7800 series group replaced the 9-speed 7700 series group. In 2009 the 7800-series group was replaced by the current 10-speed 7900 series Dura Ace group.

New Ciamillo Gravitas Carbon brakeset

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Nothing is lighter and stronger! Sounds like a pretty bold statement but when applied to the Ciamillo Gravitas brakes it holds true. As far as we know, there isn’t another brakeset available even close to the Gravitas in terms of power/weight ratio. When you take into account the power of …

Model history – Litespeed Tellico hardtail MTB frame

The Tellico’s claim to fame is that it was Litespeed’s first 6/4 titanium MTB frame.  The Tellico was, in a sense, the first incarnation of the subsequent Tanasi hardtail, since Litespeed switched from Tellico to Tanasi for naming its 6/4 hardtail.  Litespeed used the Tellico model name for five years: …

Real Design Supersonic 60 carbon wheelset

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Real Design Supersonic 60 carbon clincher wheelset (20 hole front, 24 hole rear). The Supersonic 60 carbon wheelset represents a fine balance between aerodynamic efficiency and light weight.

Manufacturer Specifications:

Full carbon clincher 60mm rims Sapim CX-Ray bladed spokes 1699 grams Hand built in the USA DT Pro-Lock Hex Driven Nipples Straight pull …

Moots Mootaineer SL full-titanium suspension MTB frame

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Moots no longer makes a full titanium suspension frame. Like some other fabricators, Moots has turned to lower-cost aluminum as the metal of choice for the rear triangle. The Mootaineer frame (love the name!), shown in the pictures below, was produced several years ago when Moots was doing the whole …

Serotta CHT Ti hardail, 20″

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The CHT was Serotta’s premium hardtail model, featuring aggressively shaped, cold-worked, and butted 3/2.5 titanium.  “CHT” means Competition Hardtail, by the way.  The CHT employs Serotta’s  premium level C4Ti tube set.  Serotta finished this frameset with a gorgeous pearl green color and brushed-finish rear stays. The frame is designed to …

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