Sea Otter Classic – Laguna Seca Raceway April 20th – 23rd
Litespeed Titanium Bicycles was excited to be back at the Sea Otter Classic this past weekend. For those who have never had the opportunity to go to this event, it is a bucket list event for the cycling enthusiasts and bike geek. With road, mountain, gravel, cross and e-bike races and rides, there is something for everyone. In addition, most all of the high-end cycling brands are in attendance including apparel, nutrition, component, wheel and bike companies with demos products available for testing.
Long time Litespeed employees Chris Brown and Hank Montrose were in attendance to show off current and new Litespeed titanium products. In talking with customers throughout the week, the general feeling was cyclists are tired of their carbon frames creaking and breaking. Even with special crash replacement pricing being offered by carbon companies, people are getting more fearful of carbon and tired of the hassle of having to replace their frames every couple of years. We are seeing more and more customers jumping over to titanium and what better way to do it than with a Litespeed!
We released a new Gravel bike with massive tire clearance for 700X45mm or 650BX2.1” knobbies, built in fender/rack eyelets, new carbon fork with built in fender mounts and it was a huge hit with customers and editors. This gravel/all-road/road plus/adventure or whatever you want to call it category continues to be all the buzz and we first jumped into this category back in 2014. We have continued to stay at the forefront of what customers are looking for in this category of bike and our new Gravel bike is evidence of that. Now available in 1X or a 2X options with optimized “gravel” or “adventure” gearing thanks to FSA’s new 48-32 chainring combo. The Gravel bike pricing starts at $4,400 for a 105 version, $5,325 with Ultegra, $5,975 with Ultegra Di2 or $2,475 frame only.
Many customers have requested a disc version of our light weight 1,000 gram T1sl high performance road bike. We listened and launched the T1sl disc at the Sea Otter Classic! The T1sl disc frame comes in at an impressive 1,150 grams! It features a proprietary blend of 6Al/4V and 3Al/2.5V titanium that is shaped and variable tapered which makes it extremely stable and responsive when you get on it. To help minimize weight we do some radically butting in the bottom bracket and head tube and size specific tubing and the new beautifully machined flat mount disc thru axle dropout. Available in sizes XS, S, M, ML, L and XL, we will be delivering these in June. Pricing for T1sl Disc starts at $4,900 for the frame, $8,400 for Ultegra Di2 Disc, or $14,900 for Dura-Ace Di2 Disc with Shimano C40 carbon wheels.
The expo was packed all day long and the Sea Otter even
stopped by to check out all the latest Litespeed products!
After the expo ended, we were able to get out and enjoy the
trails the pros would be racing on, just lots of rollers, fire roads and
singletrack with a gorgeous backdrop.
You get away from everything so quick that you feel like you are so far
away from civilization. The Pinhoti
Boost set up with 27.5” X 2.8” wide tires was the perfect bike for this
Just a 17 mile drive south of Monterrey provided a great place to ride along the beach with no traffic and a bike lane! An added bonus - the salt air breeze won’t corrode your titanium frame!
We are already looking forward to being back at the Sea Otter Classic next year!
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