It was almost exactly one year ago that Litespeed updated the T5G gravel road bike’s geometry and added flat mount brakes, and now they’ve made even more versatile by adding more and better mounts. Some of last year’s changes involved updated geometry to make it a little more stable and well mannered on the loose pebbles and dusty dirt often encountered off the tarmac. But for those looking to get even further away from pavement, the T5 Gravel now packs a bit more, um, lunch…
Top tube “bento box” mounts let you store more snacks in easy reach.
Out back, the rear dropouts have gone away from the sleek round machined parts and bent seat stays in favor of more traditional flat plates of titanium. They may not look quite as sweet, but they allow for two sets of rack/fender mounting holes on each side, and much easier frame fabrication. It also makes for more streamlined wiring for Di2 or EPS.
Further up, they’ve added rack mounts on the seat stays, and the fender mount remains under the bridge. The full carbon gravel fork, which is their own design, also adds lower rack/fender mounts just under the thru axle dropouts. The updated version should be available by summer.