Litespeed have released their updated titanium hardtail, the Pinhoti III. The new version has more of an emphasis on general trail riding, with contemporary geometry and a tubeset that delivers a plush and functional ride, according to design engineer Brad DeVaney. Of course, it's still a hardtail, so plush might not be the most accurate adjective...
The bike is ideal for a variety of riders, according to Litespeed - from endurance riders to bikepackers. The bike has a 67.5-degree head tube angle with a 130mm fork and it is able to use either 29" or 27.5" wheels, on sizes small through extra large. There's now tire clearance for up to 29 x 2.6" or 27.5" x 3.0" rubber, and it can accept up to a 140mm fork. There's additionally an extra small size built around 27.5" wheels. Bikes are also available with custom geometry.
The Pinhoti III has a full 3AL/2.5V titanium frame which is shaped via cold working in Litespeed's Chattanooga, TN factory. There is a CNC-machined titanium chainstay yoke, asymmetric and dropped drive-side chainstays, and integrated dropper cable routing. There's a PF30 BB shell with the option of a T47 threaded bottom bracket as an upgrade.
Bikes can be configured with a variety of build options, with pricing starting at $4,745 USD for a Shimano SLX build. All bikes can be configured and ordered online at Litespeed's site or through Litespeed retailers.
For more information, visit litespeed.com
It's kinda like having an affair, telling your wife about it and her saying " Fair enough, I've put on the pounds lately anyway, go for it"
A metric inch is 25mm, what you have is a decimalised inch, you can't confuse us Brits that easily
Given all that, as a tall, heavy, oldish guy that could care less about crazy tech trails or jumps bigger than a few feet tall, I could never go back to old geo. The modern geo bikes are the first time I feel like I fit on a mountain bike the way I should. Went from a first gen optic, to a Honzo, to a RSD Wildcat and now I'm on XXL hightower with 520mm reach and the bike is plenty playfully and fun on nearly any trail. The only thing you need to watch out for is not getting enough weight on the front tire if you are feeling lazy and rip into a corner that is flat or transitions to uphill through the corner. I wish that it had longer chainstays and pedaled better, so I will probably get rid of it, but I wouldn't change the geo at all. I get not wanting super step seat tubes, but that is the only part of modern geo that seems incompatible with more flatish rolling terrain, you can always downsize if you think wheelbases are too long on modern bikes. People like me could never upsize and now, finally I don't wish that I could.
And 67⁰ HT is really quite steep on a HT, which will get even more steep in riding position. Nothing contemporary about that. Also, longer, slacker bikes don't climb worse at all. They actually do better in steep climbs...
On flatter terrain a slack headangle requires a lot of weighting of the front wheel, while steeper seattube angles exhaust you because you have keep pushing your ass back on the saddle.
Bikes like the kona honzo esd might be fun in whistler, but not around here...
Can a leaf springy rear triangle be made out of Ti? If so, why not do that every time assume you can mostly preserve lateral stiffness?
How bout a 64/65° head tube?
No more questions, either I’m high or this geo chart is blowing my mind, units are reversed
Loved my Ocoee back in the day. Drove it into a parking garage once. Held together but had a neat little kink in the top tube
It sounds contemporary, but applies to anything built after 1961.
Wait so your saying that a $4600 dollar bike is higher quality than a $600 dollar bike?
Holy shit I never would have guessed
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