It started with a guy who wanted a better bike than what he was riding in 1986. Leftover titanium tubes from a chemical job were used to make a frame. Frame after frame was made and in 1987 shown at the Long Beach bike show. Thus began the journey that would make Litespeed the go to authority on titanium bicycles.
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.
The Vortex has redefined the standard of performance for ultra-light frames. Utilizing the Litespeed exclusive 6AL/4V titanium tubeset, we have created a frame that while being inconveivably lightweight, maintains the strength necessary for high performance. Uncharacteristic of most frames in this weight category, the Vortex descends as well as it climbs. Such stability coupled with a well-balanced geometry allows you to carve tighter turns at higher speeds than ever before thought possible. The unmatched strength of 6AL/4V titanium resists flex making acceleration instananeous yet controllable.
Data generated by Steve Hed at Texas A&M Laboratories' wind tunnel confirm that The Blade is the most aerodynamic time trial frame available.
Drag (in pounds) @ 30 mph with wind angle:
"...an incredibly lightweight bike that will make you a better racer the day you buy it." - Zapata Espinoza, Editor, Mountain Bike Magazine.
The Tellico makes it debut as Litespeed's first 6AL/4V MTB frame. The remarkable 6Al/4V titanium tubeset allows our craftsmen to create a frame that has redefined the term "lightweight". This alloy's incredible strength-to-weight ratio also insures that there is absolutely no sacrifice in strength. The agressive geometry combined with the ultra-light tubeset produces a frame that accelerates, climbs, and descends with precise handling better than ever thought possible.
The Vortex and Ultimate ride to multiple stage victories in Tour De France. Lotto-Addecco Pro Team Rides Litespeed Vortexes, Ghisallos and Blades. Team RLX Polo Sport rides Vortexes and Blades.
Robbie McEwen wins the final stage of the Tour De France and green jersey riding a Vortex.
The RLX Polo Sport mountain bike team rides Unicoi and Tanasi bikes.
Pro athletes such as Siri Lindley, Tim DeBoom, Cameron Brown, and Venessa Fernandes help perfect the Blade and make it the most desired time-trial frame in the world. Continuous aerodynamic refinement and attention to detail makes this race-proven frame an industry leader.
2004 Cameron Brown won Ironman New Zealand on the Blade.
2001 Tim Deboom won Hawaii Ironman on the Blade.
1999 Lance Armstrong Won the Tour De France on a Trek-branded Blade.
Completely custom Sewanees from the shaped tube sets to suspension travel and geometry.
"Geoff Kabush and Mathieu Toulouse came out in January and we got on the fit bike and measured and mapped out their positions to get a good understanding of how they were going to sit on their bikes," said Brad DeVaney, Litespeed's product developer. "Then we designed the bike beneath them, just as we would do any of our custom customers."
*Litespeed does not currently (2015) offer custom builds.
Litespeed collaborates with Nasa's Jet Propulsion Lab to design and manufacture the rocker-bogie system for the Mars Rover, Curiosity.
Curiosity landed on Mars in 2012 and is still helping us discover more about Mars' landscape. Here is the latest news from Curiosity.
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.
“We are really excited that Litespeed has chosen to partner with Astellas for the next three years,” said Andrew Frey, team owner and director sportif. “Litespeed has a storied history in bike racing – particularly for a U.S. brand that designs and manufactures bikes in this country. We look forward to a long and successful relationship.”
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.