Litespeed Firenze?

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  1. Z06C5R

    Z06C5R New Member

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    I found a nice-looking Litespeed Firenze on ebay for, at the moment at least, a prety good deal. However, I can't seen to find any reviews on the bike...

    Here are the specs: They look decent to me, but I'm still new at this...

    Frame - Litespeed Firenze, 3Al 2.5 V Ti G.E.T. size 54 Fork - Real Design Signiture HP Carbon Fiber

    Rims - FSA RD-80

    Hubs - FSA

    Spokes - black, stainless, butted

    Tires - Vittoria Rubino Pro Slick, 700x23c

    Crank - FSA Gossamer compact, 50-34T, 172.5mm

    Rear Cogs - Shimano 10 spd, 12-25

    Front Derailleur - Shimano 105

    Rear Derailleur - Shimano 105, 10 spd

    Shifters - Shimano 105, 10 spd STI

    Handlebars - Specialized alloy, 40cm

    Stem - Truvativ, 11cm

    Headset - Cane Creek, Solos

    Brakeset - Shimano 105, dual pivot

    Brakelevers - Shimano 105 STI

    Saddle - Selle Italia Flite, Genuine Gel, Ti rails



    Seat Post - Salsa Shaft


     
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  2. CAMPYBOB

    CAMPYBOB Well-Known Member

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    The frame is very comfortable over rough roads, but the bottom bracket is not anywhere stiff enough for more than sport riding. Mine is a 57cm and flexes noticeably during hard climbing, sprinting and intervals. The rear tire polished the inside of the chainstays from flexing. I'm neither exceptionally heavy or a powerhouse...just an average weekend warrior cat 4 master. The frame is light enough and well made, but I've retired mine.

    Fsa hubs were plagued with niggling quality issues, but are generally serviceable. The rest of the components are decent.

    Reviews can be found on Road Bike Review's website.
     
  3. Z06C5R

    Z06C5R New Member

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    Coulden't seem to find the Firenze on RBR - Idk if I just missed it or didn't look in the right place...

    Anyhow, I'll probably just be doing sport riding for the time being, as I'm just converting over from mountain to road biking. Fortunately, I'm pretty light as well. It seems like it might be a good investment, as I could probably sell it for a good bit more than I may end up buying it for if I later become serious, or just find it to be too flexy.
     
  4. buckybux

    buckybux New Member

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    I have owned mine for two complete riding seasons (about 10,000 total miles) and love it. For the same money, I think the frame is far more responsive than the carbons. I love the ride, even on newly chip sealed roads. However, I am strictly an intensive sport rider (no time for competition). Oh, here is another review:

    http://www.trisportnews.com/articles/2005/04/000145.html
     
  5. Z06C5R

    Z06C5R New Member

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    Well, thanks for the input all. It seems like the major downfalls of the bike is the somewhat lacking componentry for the price (not an issue as I'm looking used on Ebay) and flex while climbing. Again, I'm pretty light, but my local riding is fairly hilly, so it might be better if I went with a stiffer bike. I'm not planning on doing any seriously long rides, so comfort is not as big an issue for me. I'm comming from full suspension mtb, so they're all gona feel pretty rough I'm sure. At this point, I'm believe looking for something for shorter, but very fast rides over somewhat hilly terrain. I'm sure this bile will work better than my mtb, lol, but it's probably not gona be my first choice.

    Again, thanks for the input.
     
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