Tennessee based titanium bicycle fabricator Litespeed could be playing in the fat bike garden with their new Nome.
It’ll have 190mm rear spacing built around replaceable dropouts and ship with singlespeed dropouts. Standard dropouts with derailleur hanger for QR or thru axles will be available separately. This one’s a prototype to gauge interest, primarily among international distributors. They say the U.S. has demand, but Hong Kong and the Phillipines are blowing up.
Probably be around $2,600 to $2,700 for the frame. Frame is 3/2.5 titanium, and they’re handmade in Ooltewah, TN. Look for them to start shipping later this summer.
More pics and updates to their gravel bike after the page break.
The Litespeed T5 gravel bike was introduced at Interbike last year and is already getting a few updates.
The biggest news is the addition of their own carbon fork with 15mm thru axle. It has a molded carbon crown race, so no need to add one, and tapered steerer tube and internal brake hose routing. Weight is 470grams, and retail is $390.
The bike at Outdoor Demo had a mechanical group. This one shows off the sleek Di2 integration.