sending a few photos of the Litespeed Appalachian cross bike that
I'd mentioned. The bike is a 53cm frame, which is about my normal
road size. But I wanted a comfortable fit, and I'm really not planning
to do much technical stuff with it.
bought the frame on eBay a couple of weeks ago, and built it up
with some classic and modern parts, as you can see. The frame has
a steel fork with a 1 inch threadless steerer. I'd guess that it's
a 2000 model. Litespeed has discontinued this frame, and is now
offering a compact geometry sport touring model in its place. I
feel fortunate to have found this one.
used a few of my standard tricks to build this bike. It has a compact
wide-ratio double drivetrain with 28/42 chainrings and the guard
from my Quickbeam mounted on the outer chainring plateau of a 110/74
BCD Shimano Deore XT crankset. This spins on a Shimano 113mm cartridge
bottom bracket with a 3mm spacer under the fixed cup for a low Q
factor and a correct chainline. The cassette is 11-28 8 speed, and
the chainline has the big ring in the middle of the cassette where
the 4th and 5th cogs give 63 and 71 gear inches, perfect for cruising.
In top gear I have 103 gear inches, and the 28 ring and 28 cog combination
gets me down to 27 gear inches.
Like that other bike you've seen, I set this up to ride in the 42
most of the time, with the 28 for steep and slow sections. The Sachs
Quartz front derailleur and Shimano long cage rear work flawlessly
with the 8 speed barcons. I mixed a low profile rear and high profile
front set of Deore XT brakes, and I'm using Tektro CX levers with
Shimano RX-100 aero levers. The bar is a 44cm Ritchey Biomax Pro
secured with a Ritchey WCS stem. Pedals are Shimano M-540 SPD.
just installed the Michelin Jet CX tires on these Matrix/105 wheels,
and I think they'll work just fine for the mixed surfaces that I
intend to ride. I might build up a set of tubulars for it just for
kicks! The bike feels quite fast, and everything works really well.
It all tips the scales at 22 pounds, and I think that it'll be durable
in the long term. The Titanium frame and steel fork give a very
compliant ride on those 30mm tires, too.