Nice frame, I have the previous year's Ocoee which I've had since new. No doubt the litespeeds are great frames, even the bottom of the pile models like your Obed. I rated and still rate the way mine rides, even when compared against the high end steel I have at my disposal, no Pine Mountains sadly, just a Yo Eddy and Mountain Goat WTR. However they do seem underrated and really don't seem especially 'collectable' - whatever that means.
The main thing is your happy with it - which you seem to be.
Not sure I'd count the ABG Litespeeds as poor. How are you judging this?
Also where did you get that list of 'facts' from?
John, as I have had so many negatives and no love for the Litespeed on Retrobike over some time, what I am trying to do is drum up a little bit of love for this undervalued brand on here with a debate and a few facts I have collected over the years. You are one of the few who can actually say that they have owned and ridden one. It seems strange that my 2 Kona Explosifs receive bucket loads of admiration on here as, although the ride is excellent its not as good as my Obed.
After riding one, I think Lynskey's work should be admired as much as (dare I say it) a Klein or a Murray Kona.
If all this debate does is make some have a ride on a pre 1999 Litespeed and then still say its never worth preserving, then its room 101 for Lynskey! lol
1998 Kona 853 Explosif, 1999 NOS Kona 853 Explosif, 1999 NOS Lynskey signed Litespeed Obed Ti, 1999 Marin Mount Vision (custom), Cannondale Bad Boy 700c Disc (everyday hack) and a 1993 Marin for the Wife. Latest build in progress is a 1993 Marin Eldridge Grade with original paint.
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