Using the same house-made 6/4 titanium top tube as their ultralight Spezia road frame, the new Litespeed Toscano claims to be the lightest production titanium gravel bike on the market.
It shares the same size-specific tubing and tighter tolerances for tube wall thickness, too. And the insides of the head tube and bottom bracket are machined to remove weight. The result is a claimed frame weight of just 1,240g in size medium. That’s for the Toscano FI (Fully Integrated) model, and there’s a base model with standard cable routing, too. Let’s take a look…
Toscano Frame Details
The Toscano’s frame features go well beyond the actual material, but the top tube is worth highlighting. Unlike most tubes, this one’s folded from a sheet of 6/4 ti, which lets them fine-tune the ride quality.
A triaxially ovalized downtube has a partial teardrop shape to “aerodynamically shield the water bottle” before widening at the BB to maximize torsional stiffness.
The dropped driveside chainstay also creates more tire clearance, up to 700×48 gravel tires, while still allowing 2x gravel drivetrains.
The seatstays land on the sides of the top tube. They say this wider stance adds lateral stiffness without giving up titanium’s signature ride quality, and it adds tire clearance.
The dropouts are slightly relieved to save a few more grams and fit a UDH for future compatibility. Both models are offered with Di2- or AXS-specific designs, but you can order them with mechanical shift cable routing. That gives you the full range of gravel drivetrains, including the latest SRAM Apex XPLR and Shimano GRX groups, not to mention Campy Ekar.
Toscano Pricing & Options
The FI model uses a larger diameter head tube with their own carbon fork and the FSA ACR cockpit to hide all cables and wires. An ENVE InRoute fork/bar/stem upgrade option is also available. These models use a threaded T47 bottom bracket and are the lightest option. Bikes start at $7,550, and framesets are $4,550.
For those who like to keep it simpler (or save a few bucks), a non-FI model has standard internal routing. These start at $6,899 and come with a PF30 bottom bracket shell, but you can upgrade to T47. Claimed frame weight for this standard version is 1,355g, which is still pretty light for a titanium frame. Frameset is $4,295.
Choose from standard vinyl decals or their TiDize color anodization and etching for a more custom look. Frames come in XS/S/M/ML/L/XL sizes.