Lightspeed Bicycles

Litespeed Bicycles

Litespeed Bicycles was established in 1986 with roots as a machine shop in the manufacture of custom metal parts. Considered an exotic material at that time, titanium was not thought to be a material from which one could build bike frames. In the late 1980’s, Merlin and Litespeed changed the world’s expectations towards titanium with the creation of the first modern titanium frames.  Litespeed became able to manufacture titanium bikes that were both strong and light, while unveiling a ride quality that had been unmatched until that point.

Litespeed’s emphasis on technology attracted the attention of other bike manufacturers and high-profile athletes seeking an edge in competition. Most notably, Lance Armstrong famously rode a Litespeed Blade painted to look like a Trek to two wins in the individual time trials of the 1999 Tour de France.

Other bicycle manufacturers noticed Litespeed’s titanium building expertise and sought creations of their own.  Litespeed created titanium road and mountain models for brands DeRosa, Eddy Merckx, Basso, Univega, Alpinestars, Marin, Rocky Mountain, Bianchi and others.

Though Litespeed is frequently associated with titanium, the company has remained current and introduced a line carbon bicycles and frames in 2010.

Here’s the Good Stuff. Some of our Best Bikes are Featured Below.

Litespeed L1

Serious design attention in every section on the Litespeed L1 yields a technological marvel that rides stiff, solid, and fast. The same frameset features found on the L-Series flaghip, L1R, are incorporated in the L1. […]