You completely miss the point. I'm not comparing the value of a Litespeed to a steel frame, I'm pointing out that Litespeeds are not valued as the premium-level frames you believe them to be. What makes you think that a Litespeed Obed is better than a Hei Hei and on a par with a Merlin XLM? Have you ridden them all? I'm wondering what is the substance underlying this long thread.
Incidentally the short answer to your overall question is no. I'm not aware of anybody with a collection of Litespeeds, nor anybody on here who has taken any great interest in their history.
Hi Anthony, I 100% agree with your valid imput and comment. Pre ABG Litespeeds are not valued and yes I have ridden a Hei Hei and although the Kona variant is far more sought after and thus far more expensive to buy, does not feel quite as nice, which will come as a shock to many.
I have not ridden a Merlin XLM and thus cannot comment on the ride of that particular bike. I also agree that a Lynskey Litespeed will never be collectable, I assume that I must be one of the very few elite on the planet then that have taken an interest in their history and personally find it collectable.
The whole point of this thread is to try and alter people's pre-judgement on a brand that they assume is average and thus they might miss out on owning what I believe is the best riding and well made bike that I have owned in 20 years of buying top end brands and riding everyday.
I personally think some of the world's best ever riders like John Tomac and Lance Armstrong might have a bit more of an understanding of the Lynskey brand than the average rider and that alone is good enough for me! Lets face it, someone who rides to be a World Champion goes for reliability and performance above anything else, they are not burdened by nostalgia or pretty paint etc. Remember Armstrong rode for Trek in the 1999 Tour de France, but insisted on a Lynskey frame painted as a Trek for the time trails, THAT'S A COOL PIECE OF HISTORY ALONE!
The fact that these legends get it and the average person dosn't, actually makes me feel privilaged.
So Anthony, in summary, the substance of this thread as you put it, is to go against the grain about Lynskey and hopefully some members might now give one a go that would have normally not bothered.
It would give me great pleasure to read a few threads in a few months about Retrobike members who, instead of following the heard, decided to buy a Lynskey Litespeed and then agree thats its one of the best rides you can get. I FEEL GREEDY KEEPING ALL THIS PLEASURE TO MYSELF.
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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