Exclusive Preview: Litespeed’s New Titanium Gravel Bike

Litespeed Gravel with 1X drivetrain. Photo by DanHenryPhotography.com

“The gravel category continues to be very strong” says Litespeed. The new Litespeed Titanium Gravel bike will now provide customers with expanded tire clearance as well as multiple wheel / tire size options and fender / rack mounts incorporated into the frame and fork.”

Litespeed Gravel with 2X drivetrain. Photo by DanHenryPhotography.com

Advantages of the new Litespeed Titanium Gravel:

  • Increased tire clearance (up to 700c x 45mm and 27.5″ x 2.1″).
  • Rack and fender mounts incorporated into the frame and new gravel fork.
  • Third bottle mount and new top tube storage mount.
  • Slightly shorter headtube length.
  • Two complete bike options – 2X 700c gravel, or 1X 27.5 adventure.
  • Same pricing as T5G (see our T5G review here).
  • Proudly handmade in the USA.
  • Sizes Small through X-Large.
  • Mid to late May Delivery.

Litespeed have chosen to spec the Panaracer Gravelking SK on both models of this new titanium gravel bike.

Preview video of the Litespeed Titanium Gravel 1X and 2X:

Pricing (2X only, 1X TBD):

  • Gravel frame only – $US 2,475.00
  • Gravel Ultegra Di2 / Gravel FM Fork – $US 5,975.00
  • Gravel Ultegra Mechanical  / Gravel FM Fork – $US 5,325.00
  • Gravel 105 Disc / Gravel FM Fork – $US 4,425.00

See the new Litespeed Gravel Bike at the 2017 Sea Otter, Monterey, California, April 20 – 23, 2017.

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12 comments on “Exclusive Preview: Litespeed’s New Titanium Gravel Bike

  1. What are your general thoughts on weight savings by moving from a traditional steel-frame randonneur with touring wheels, to a titanium frame with hyd/disc wheels? I’m sure the weight savings must be greater with a carbon frame, but I just don’t trust carbon for longevity and durability when traveling far from home…

    1. Hi JD,

      You may save a pound on frame weight versus most steel frames? It depends on so many factors… barring a project lightweight gravel bike I am building at the moment, which uses a carbon frame, Titanium is always my go to choice. Titanium is resilient, it offers excellent ride quality and it doesn’t rust.

      Good luck!

  2. I would like to know the differences between the Ti bikes vs Carbon also.
    I find it difficult to find out weight difference and ride quality.
    Some people say the Ti Lynskey is lighter than the Carbon Trek Checkpoint and others say the lynskey GR 260 is heavier than the Checkpoint.
    I was told by Lynskey the pro GR is half a pound heavier than the 260.

    1. On gravel, the weight of a bike is mostly insignificant. Granted, a 17lb bike would feel snappier than a 20lb bike, but there are so many other factors. The biggest factor of ride quality is tyre pressure… this is so overlooked. Sorry, we cannot compare all Ti bikes versus all carbon bikes. Carbon frames are generally lighter, but they aren’t as stout as a Ti frame on a gravel road. Regardless of the material, such a bike has to withstand impact hits from flying gravel bits, stones, etc.

  3. Can the Ti bikes be as responsive as the Carbon Trek Checkpoint and which transfers less vibration and shock?
    Does one feel sluggish and one much more responsive/ fun?
    How about bombing down a road at 60mph? High speed vibration or instability on either?
    Thank you.

    1. Craig, nobody has ridden the Trek Checkpoint at this time, so difficult to draw comparisons. I don’t know of many people who’ve descended at 60mph on a gravel bike, on a gravel road.

  4. Thanks for your reviews. I am curious about where to further research Ti vs steel. I’ve been riding a carbon ‘14 Crux Evo for several years…it’s my first “road” and ‘cross bike. I have no interest in cross anymore and have found I love backroad riding. Along the way I’ve found I’m less flexible and prefer a less agessive geometry. I rode a Salsa Vaya recently and fell in love with the ride (…geo?, steel?…).

    On to my question. I’ve had a fitting and am tweaking my Crux to fit me and along the way have decided to replace it with a gravel/touring/road bike….what do you recommend in building an all-purpose gravel oreiented bike? Ive never ridden Ti, but love the feel of my steel Vaya. Maybe there is a better place to post this, but as I read the thread my question seemed appropriate.

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