It started with a guy who wanted a better bike than what he was riding in 1986. He happened to be part of a manufacturing family business located just outside of Chattanooga in Ooltewah, TN. The founder took the leftover titanium tubes from a chemical job and made a frame. He kept making frame after frame and in 1987 he showed them at the Interbike trade show.
Just two short years later, Litespeed had gained some traction, and was featured in Bicycle Guide's "Best of Cycling Awards".
There are those in every sport who simple refuse to compromise. Unwilling to acknowledge limitations in themselves or their equipment, they press ever forward, striving for ultimate performance. It is for that individual athlete that Litespeed Titanium was created.
From Exhaustively researched and proven frame geometry to components that are all machined and milled to the most exacting standards in the bicycle industry, Litespeed Titanium is for the perfectionist. Litespeed Titanium is performance beyond any experience... it is precision beyond compare... it is The Ultimate.
The '94 Ocoee frameset was the very first production bicycle to ever bring 6/4's strength, weight savings, and revolutionary tube cross sections to the market. The Ocoees had a massive two inch multi-shaped 6/4 downtube for a stiffer fame that other builders could not acheive with conventional tubing.
6AL/4V Titanium is a stronger stiffer alloy which is difficult to work with, but over the years Litespeed has mastered the art.
Litespeed Bicycle announced a partnership with USA Cycling and became the Official bike Sponsor of the 2013 Volkswagen USA Cycling Professional Championships in Chattanooga, TN.
Legendary Bike Manufacturer Built Primary Tubular Chassis for Rover
Chattanooga, TN (August 2012) — Along with observers across the country, the engineering team at Litespeed cheered the successful landing of NASA's Mars Rover, Curiosity, when it touched down just before midnight this past Sunday night. The legendary Chattanooga-based bicycle manufacturer — long known for their ability to craft and form titanium tubing — was instrumental in the fabrication of the framework that supports the combined wheels.
Unlike its predecessors, Curiosity utilized its wheels as landing gear rather than airbags when a rocket-powered descent lowered it directly onto the Martian surface via a tether on Sunday; the maneuver had been dubbed the "Seven Minutes of Terror" by media and NASA engineers for the precarious and thrilling nature of the throttle from 13,000 mph at atmosphere entry to surface descent.
In addition, the new precision landing gear allowed NASA to practically pinpoint a site compared to previous explorations. And, Curiosity's titanium rocker-bogie suspension system will prevent it from tipping while navigating the rocky terrain during its anticipated 668 day visit. Independent six-wheel drive and cleats provide traction. Curiosity can also swerve and turn in place a full 360 degrees.
"We absolutely could not pass up the chance to work on this project," noted American Bicycle Group's CEO Peter Hurley.
"It's been truly inspirational to have played a part in a project of such importance to our nation's space program. And, I'm exceedingly proud of my team, both for their daily commitment to engineering and building the best bikes in the world but also for their willingness and enthusiasm to accept challenges of this magnitude."
In 2013, American Bicycle Group introduced a fully re-vamped titanium line of bicycles, the T-Series, fabricated in the same manufacturing facility, with the same technology, as the Curiosity gear supplied by Litespeed. American Bicycle Group's products have been honored with both the coveted EuroBike Design Award and Triathlon America's Most Innovative Product Award.