Litespeed C1R review

Litespeed C1R
Cycling Weekly Verdict

At sub-£2K, it's good value and no less comfortable than many other integrated-post race bikes. The overall score is also a tad unfair and is a product of our marking system. It only just falls behind the Scott: it's better value and will suit different riders but we do need to differentiate. Contact: Price: £1999 frame only, £5176.96 as built

Reasons to buy
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    Well priced as frame package

Reasons to avoid
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    Frame flex

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Launched at last year's Eurobike show, the C1R is an upgrade to the C1, promising a stiffer front triangle and lower weight.

As part of the American Bicycle Group, Litespeed can benefit from the aerodynamic knowledge gained by stablemates, triathlon brand Quintana Roo (QR). One of the more obvious crossovers is in the fork. In wind tunnel testing QR found that when riding at 24mph, the air coming off the front wheel was being forced back through the fork crown (against the direction of travel) at 6mph. By opening up the crown and creating a funnel shape, this airflow is more readily countered.

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