2016 litespeed nome titanium fatbike

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.

2016 litespeed nome titanium fat bike

2016 litespeed nome titanium fatbike

2016 litespeed t5 gravel titanium bike

The Litespeed T5 gravel bike was introduced at Interbike last year and is already getting a few updates.

2016 litespeed titanium t5 gravel bike

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.

2016 litespeed titanium t5 gravel bike

2016 litespeed titanium t5 gravel bike

The bike at Outdoor Demo had a mechanical group. This one shows off the sleek Di2 integration.

2016 litespeed titanium t5 gravel bike

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Gunnstein
Gunnstein
7 years ago

“singlespeed sliding dropouts”: The picture shows a sliding track end – it faces backwards. Dropouts face down or forwards, so they allow you to simply drop the wheel out, without any fiddling with the chain. Hence: “dropout”.

Otherwise, nice bike 🙂

Bobby Jack
Bobby Jack
7 years ago

Holy chainstay length on the fat bike.

GrindMyGears
GrindMyGears
7 years ago

“Molded carbon crown race”? So which headset are we stuck using? Cane Creek?
They make great headsets, but I like options. Seems like a random “feature”

Lemond Rider
Lemond Rider
7 years ago

when the crown race wears out do they replace the fork for free?

Matt
Matt
7 years ago

I cannot wait for this Fatbike fad to go away.

Drew Diller
7 years ago

Matt, you’ll be waiting a long time.

Agreed @ Gunnstein

i
i
7 years ago

@Gunnstein I really enjoy it when internet pendants like you are wrong, and obviously so. Look at the detail picture of the dropout, it obviously doesn’t open backwards.

Also, there isn’t a single person on earth other that cares about your explanation of the difference between a track end and a dropout anyway.

Gunnstein
Gunnstein
7 years ago

@i It’s spelled “pedants”, not “pendants” 😉

And yes, it opens backwards, as far as can be seen in the picture. It just looks confusing because there’s a big chaintug there.

Apparently I’m not quite alone in my pedantry, Drew agrees above.

Drew Diller
7 years ago

I wouldn’t sweat the dropouts too badly though – notice that the axle-clamp-plate-of-whatever-name is bolted to the frame. It could be replaced with something else in the future.

john
john
7 years ago

I’m with you, Bobby, those chainstays remind me of the $199 fatbikes at Walmart.

Litespeed clearly isn’t the same company that brought us drool-worthy bikes like the Ultimate back in the 90’s.

Lmac
Lmac
7 years ago

@Gunnstein, I bet he means “pundits” and I care, track end vs dropout… two different things.

@matt, I give it about 2 more years and everyone will be over it.

Thesteve4761
Thesteve4761
7 years ago

I love those dropouts on the fat bike! But what am I supposed to call the 15mm axle holes on the fork?

C man
C man
7 years ago

Just got my T5G a few days ago. Sadly to say I thought this would be the perfect bike. Not so. Big issue with “Toe Overlap” and no rack eyelets. Beautiful bike, but the Toe Overlap will be an issue for riding turning sharp on gravel roads. I am 5’8″ with a size 43 shoe. Riding a small frame. I have severe toe overlap.

#SEAHBS
#SEAHBS
7 years ago

Very nice hand made bikes!

Weaver
Weaver
7 years ago

Surprised to hear it has no eyelets for a rear rack. Everywhere I read said it was possible?