First Ride: Litespeed T1SL Disc

What a fantastic bike to kick off 2018

By Troy Templin

Heading into the new year we already have a handful of amazing bikes but the Litespeed T1sl Disc might be my favorite. If you have read the January 2018 issue you know that in 2017 my favorite bike to pass my desk was the T2 Disc and the T1sl is even more my style. While the price point of the build we got is one that few can validate there are a few things to think about. First, this is modern technology with time-proven materials that will last. Second, while the Lightweight wheels are some of our favorites, a wheel swap will bring the price down to reality, a bit. Last, nice things are special and this is made right here in the USA so we love it even more. So start saving because the $19,500 tag on our test bike will only sting for a moment as the first ride will make it all worth it.

The head tube says it all
6Al/4V titanium brake sheet formed and variably tapered top tube
We installed the made in the USA K-Edge computer mount to the 3T cockpit.
Our crank is the 9100 with 50/34 rings.

 

The 11-28 cassette offered plenty of range for our first ride.
The new R9170 shifters are much improved from the old R785.
12×142 rear thru axle and a 140mm rotor in the rear.
12x100mm thru axle with a 140mm rotor on the front.
Internal routing from front to back is clean and well designed.
The rear brake hose exits the chainstay flawlessly.
The butted PF30 bb shell was chosen to allow for more crank options.
the 31.6 titanium seatpost with Enve internals is a $300 option.
The Enve hardware allows for 7X9 carbon rails or round seat rails.

See our first ride map on Strava and enjoy the route video thanks to Relive.

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