Consignment 61cm Litespeed Vortex, Campagnolo Athena 11 speed
This rather large bicycle was owned and lovingly maintained by local racing legend Robert Burney, This thoroughbred represents the pinnacle of titanium bicycle construction.
Built of cold-worked 6Al/4V titanium (a stronger alloy than the more common 3Al/2.5V and further strengthened by the cold working [shaping of the tubes, which is easiest to see in the curved seatstays]), the frame allows a total bike weight below 17 pounds.
Climb on and go, and most surprising is that this featherweight frame also provides jaw-dropping performance. Sprint, climb, hammer, spin and you’ll swear the bike is alive, reacting to every pedal stroke, helping you. It’s the combination of a frame material that has a springy, “alive” quality and Litespeed’s craftsmanship.
Working with titanium since the 1940s, they figured out ways to optimize the handling and ride of their bikes by manipulating the tube shapes to provide only the best characteristics. You feel the effect of these shaped tubes right away. The Vortex sings as you spin down the road, iIt’s like having your own tailwind along for every ride. It’s hard to put a price on such a magical ride.
The crazy thing is, it’s race-ready, but at the same time, the ride is velvety-smooth. You can get almost Vortex-like performance and approach its weight in other frames such as oversize-aluminum models, but you can pay a price for it in a rigid, unforgiving ride. On the Vortex, you glide over rough roads and finish long days much more relaxed.
While these traits set the Vortex apart from other dream rigs, all frames made of titanium offer another wonderful perk: the magic metal won’t rust or corrode and is impressively dent-resistant. You can ride for hours in the rain on bad roads, and while you might trash your components, with just a little soap and suds, the frame will be perfect again.
And say you don’t get around to cleaning the bike right away (about the worst thing you can do after a rainy ride)? The Vortex is completely unfazed by the elements.
So, while the Vortex was one of the more expensive road bikes available. Considering that it rides like the wind it’s named after and should outlast a dozen lesser road rockets, it could prove to be the best and last money you ever spend on a dream machine. I’ve ridden dozens of top-line road bikes and liked many of them a lot. But, the Vortex is a keeper, one of the most enjoyable racers I own and still the one I ride the most.
This consignment bike comes as-is and without warranty. If you would like further information we can be reached at email@example.com or 503-699-8665
|Frame||Litespeed 6/4 titanium Vortex|
|Fork||Ritchey Carbon WCS|
|Headset||Campagnolo Record 1-1/8|
|Tires||Specialized S-Works Gripton|
|Crankset||2010 Campagnolo Athena 11 speed|
|Bottom Bracket||Campagnolo Ultra-Torque|
|Chain||Campagnolo 11 speed|
|Front Derailleur||2010 Campagnolo 11 speed Athena|
|Rear Derailleur||2010 Campagnolo 11 speed Athena|
|Rear Cogs||11-25 Campagnolo Chorus 11 speed|
|Shifters||2010 Campagnolo Athena 11 speed|
|Handlebars||44cm Deda Zero1 46cm|
|Stem||110mm Deda Newton 31 100mm|
|Brakes||Campagnolo Chorus Skeleton|
|Saddle||Sella Royal 207|
|Seat Post||Campagnolo Chorus carbon 27.2|
|Seat Binder||Lightspeed titanium|
* Subject to change without notice.