Thursday, August 18, 2005

c = (e/m)^(1/2) --> Litespeed

Relativity aside, earlier I mentioned that ABG (Merlin, Litespeed, Quintana Roo) were introducing relatively less expensive Merlin frames. Well, hop on over to Litespeed and check out the new 2006 Vortex. Too be honest it's not that attractive; I am not really a fan of the diamond shaped - or whatever shape - tubes. But, aesthetics aside, you have to admit that 1050 grams is pretty light for a frame made of metal. That's 2.31 pounds for those of us in the U. S. of A. There are sub-kilogram frames out there, but they are all - I think - made of CFRP. That's Carbon Fiber Reinforced Plastic. Sure, the marketing folk like to drop off the plastic, but it is. I'm not mocking those of you who ride them, just pointing it out.

So, what does this bad boy set you back? Try $4000 for the frameset and, as they say in car commercials, $6000 nicely equipped... with Dura-Ace.

Just so you don't think I made up the weight, click this link to Cyclingnews.com. There might be a sub-kilo frame from Litespeed in the future, but no word on cost, availability or even the name of the wonder-bike.

1 comment:

Jon Sharp said...

Where did you find the weight? I can't seem to find it on the Lightspeed site.