All of us—every one of us—wants the “new thing.” 12 speed? Yes please. New saddle with ti rails? Gotta have. Cool new kit? Where do I preorder? New Litespeed model? Yes, please! Mitch Hopkins is that guy. The 48-year-old is like many of us: a dyed-in-the-wool cyclist, he’s been on every bike. But something about Litespeed keeps him coming back to ti...
To say that Michael Eichinger of Austria loves gravel is an understatement. Having ridden three different gravel models in Litespeed's range, he wanted to finally build and ride our newest gravel model, the Watia.
Pure Gravel got the chance to test ride the Watia before its official debut — after giving this jack-of-all-trades gravel bike a good run, see what they had to say about its design, features and performance.
Litespeed has pedigree in titanium, and it shows in this off-road racer. The Ultimate Gravel was pacy, responsive and felt far more alive than many gravel bikes I’ve ridden. The more I rode it, the more the Ultimate Gravel endeared itself to me. It feels like a bike for life.
Before carbon took over, a debate about the best frame material enveloped the cycling world. Was it steel? After all it is real. How about alloy? Unfortunately, it was not yet at the level of quality we're seeing today. No, the "it" material was titanium and the "it" Ti builder was Litespeed, a company whose reputation precedes it.
Litespeed has been designing titanium bikes for over 30 years, and the Unicoi design has been in its quiver of short-travel XC race bikes for some time. The MBA wrecking crew couldn’t pass up the opportunity to put this new unique “hardtail” to the test on our local stomping grounds, so we ordered one up and headed out to our favorite trails.