Earlier this autumn Litespeed brought back the Ultimate moniker on a new aero-optimized ti gravel bike. Now the Ultimate Road is back too, this time in a disc brake only road bike with aerodynamic tube shaping, premium American-welded 3Al-2.5V titanium, and room for 30mm road tires. Handmade and now hand painted in the US, the new Ultimate Disc High-Performance Road becomes Litespeed’s new top-end all-around road bike.
2019 Litespeed Ultimate Road titanium disc brake aero road bike
Litespeed calls the rebirth of their Ultimate Road bike the “ultimate combination of light weight, aerodynamics, stiffness and compliance.” The latest evolution of their original national & world championship winning 3Al-2.5V aero optimized ti road race bike, the new Ultimate becomes a thoroughly modern road bike. Gone are rim brake and any thought of super skinny tires.
Litespeed Ultimate Road ti disc brake aero road bike – Tech Details
Now the Ultimate Road is disc only with flat mount disc brake calipers and 12mm thru-axles, and it has plenty of room to fit modern comfortable & low rolling resistance tires up to 30mm wide on even most wide road rims.
Beyond big cushy tires, the new flagship Litespeed road bike also tailors its tube shaping to accentuate the comfort of titanium while eking out aero gains. The seatstays specifically get varied blading along their length to get both compliance and aerodynamic performance. Plus, both toptube & downtube get shaped for aero benefits and optimized stiffness for predictable handling.
The new premium ti all-around disc brake road bike is said to tip the scales at 1323g (medium) shaving about 10g off their T2. The new bike features a full internal cable routing with Di2 & hydraulic line compatibility, a 31.6mm seatpost, and a PF30 bottom bracket.
Litespeed Ultimate Road ti disc aero road bike – Geometry & Sizing
The Ultimate Road is available in six stock sizes from XS-XL (~51.5-59cm). Geometry for the new bike is the same performance road race geometry already refined on the disc brake versions of Litespeed’s T1SL Disc and T2 Disc, with the same Stack & Reach figures, head angles & wheelbases.
Litespeed Ultimate Road ti disc aero road bike – Pricing & Availability
The new titanium Litespeed Ultimate Road is available in either polished raw titanium or one of five painted options that still show polished ti in the rear end up to the seat cluster. Paint options include Oyster pearl white, metallic dark blue Mica, metallic dark cherry, metallic Sport red, and bright Nitrous blue. Raw ti frames start at $3450 on their own, or $3920 with the full carbon fork & a Cane Creek headset.
The painted options adds $650 whether you get the frame only or frameset with headset & fork, but with the frameset they paint the Litespeed Carbon fork to match.
Several different complete bike builds are on offer, starting with the raw ti bike built up with Ultegra mechanical/hydraulic from $6300, up to painted Dura-Ace Di2 builds at $13,200 with a Reynolds Aero 46 Disc carbon wheelset. Complete bikes are fully built up in-house by Litespeed and ship to US consumers in a pretty massive box that does not require end-user assembly beyond bar & seatpost adjustment, and front wheel install.
Most frames & frameset options are in stock and ready to ship out to buyers immediately, while complete bike builds tend to take a week or two depending on spec. Litespeed sells the bikes consumer direct, and has an online chat that can help with either customization of final complete bike build or individual shipping estimates.