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ABG / Litespeed director of marketing Herbert Krabel

If you read online reviews and discussions of titanium bicycles, particularly brands managed by American Bicycle Group (ABG), you will likely come across (directly or indirectly) the name Herbert Krabel. Herbert was the director of sports marketingwill at Litespeed / ABG until 2007, at which time he left to …

Model history – Litespeed Vortex road frame

The Vortex is Litespeed’s most celebrated frame model.  The Vortex was first available in 1995. The Vortex gained much positive publicity during and after the 2002 Tour de France, in which it ridden to multiple stage victories.  The Vortex has always been the road frame that Litespeed used to …

Moots Rigormootis hardtail mountain frame

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The Rigormootis… that name deserves an award. The Rigormootis is a classic Moots 26″ hardtail design. The frame has been in production for several years. The tubing is 3/2.5 titanium.

The frame shown in the photos below is a pre-disc tab version of the Rigormootis. Current production …

Guru Carbonio/Ti road frame with Easton fork

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The Guru Carbonio/Ti was the top of the line Guru frame offering in 2005/2006. Online I found the following succinct description of the Carbonio/Ti:

…the guys at GURU said they borrowed aspects of some of the great lugged carbon bikes (Colnago C-50, Calfee, Older LOOKS, etc.) and wanted to perfect it. …

Ibis Mojo titanium hardtail mountain frame

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Ibis Bicycles was founded by Scot Nicol, a northern California mountain biker. Ibis did not start out producing titanium frames, but later became famous for innovative titanium designs such as the BowTi and Silk Ti models.

The Mojo was a mainstay model for Ibis, originally produced in 1991 in …

Model history – Litespeed Catalyst road frame

The Litespeed Catalyst road frame was launch in 1994, positioned below the Classic and Ultimate models. The Catalyst was only offered for four years (’94-’97). Litespeed’s 1996 catalog highlights the use of butted tubes for the Catalyst’s main triangle, but it is unclear whether only straight-gauge tubes were …

Model history – Litespeed Obed hardtail MTB frame

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The Litespeed Obed. “Poor man’s titanium mountain bike?” Although that’s how the Obed has been described even in Litespeed’s own marketing of the frame, don’t think that implies the Obed is somehow a second-tier hardtail. The Obed was second-tier in terms of price only. The reputation …

Model history – Litespeed Obed suspension MTB frame

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The “Obed” name is the one that likely most associated with Litespeed titanium mountain bike frames.  Like most successful products, the Obed had that winning combination of solid performance at an attractive price.  While the model name Obed is associated mostly with Litespeed hardtail frames, Litespeed offered a suspended version …

Model history – Litespeed Ocoee suspension MTB frame

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The Ocoee was offered in its first six years of life (1991-1996) in both hardtail and full-suspension versions.  Having just posted regarding the hardtail version, it only makes sense to cover the history of the FS alternative.

As you can see from the following picture, the Ocoee evolved from an early …

Model history – Litespeed Ocoee hardtail MTB frame

The Ocoee and Obed are Litespeed’s two most classic hardtail models.  The Ocoee featured oversize 3/2.5 titanium tubing.  The Obed came later, and both the Ocoee and Obed were the foundation of Litespeed’s hardtail line-up for many years.  The Ocoee was the more expensive of the two, primarily because it …

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