The Litespeed name has always meant titanium. For years they produced some of the most beautiful Ti frames in the world out of their Tennessee factory. Something they are less known for is aerodynamics. This is unfair as the Trek branded TT bike Lance Armstrong rode to his first Tour victory was actually a titanium Litespeed.
Carbon has now become their focus, and it has allowed them to embrace their aero soul. The Archon C1 is the result of this. Made with their Aerologic concepts developed at the A2 Wind Tunnel in Charlotte it has features designed to provide free speed. According to Litepseed it’s an advantage that equals a set of deep-dish aero wheels.
We recently opened a box from Litespeeed with a 2012 Litespeed C1 Dura Ace inside for long term test. We’ll be more interested in how it handles, how it transfers our power, and the qualities that make a great road bike. If aero is supposed to be an extra advantage, the C1 needs to deliver the basics first. Look for the full review in an upcoming issue of peloton.
Build: Shimano Dura Ace 7900 derailleurs, shifters & brakes. FSA Team Issue Carbon bar & stem. FSA BB30 & SLK Light cranks. Fizik Arione saddle. Fulcrum Racing 3 wheels.