The bike that changed my life, Liteville 301 history

Thought of writing a list about 2014 but this is so much more interesting and a bit history.

4th november 2012:

Only used hardtails and Cannondale Scalpel and just XC except a test of a boring Lapierre Zesty. But the 4th november 2014 I borrowed my good friend John’s Liteville 301:

130mm travel rear, 100-140mm in front. 27,5″ and 5 years old. It was super fun and a great bike.

19th april 2013:

Bought John’s frameset for a nice price.

30th july 2013:

Like a true weightweenie I built it light, 10,04kg trailbike:

Didn’t work all perfect so changed some parts after a while and tuned the bike more right.

29th september 2013:

Joined CK Henie for their club championship race and ended 4th, best fs and best 27,5″. Making same times as with a Cannondale Flash Ultimate 29″. My Liteville was fast:

5th november 2013:

Ended at 10,9kg with 150mm fork, Rock Shox Reverb seatpost and a bit other parts:

19th january 2014:

Was some guys from CK Henie that built the best singletrack I’ve ever ridden downhill. Joined them for a training and KOM hunting. Great time:

Then I moved to Tønsberg, sold my Liteville and Scalpel and got a Trek Remedy 9 27,5″:

31st august 2014:

The Remedy had a bit modern frame and geometry but was never as fast as the Liteville, not as snappy.

The Remedy is sold, I’m working at a Specialized Concept Store but can never stop thinking of Liteville 301. Like their Marathon model they presented at Eurobike and is available to buy for 4850€ now.

It’s not in carbon, it’s not the lightest, not cheap, not same wheelsize (29″ front, 27,5″ rear), not a cool brand worth extra, not oversize pressfit bottom bracket. It’s just good. That’s the most important thing that many people misses and just get’s the coolest, best brand, best parts without knowing how it rides. Like saying 29er wheels are too big until you tried a Specialized Enduro 29er.

I wrote a long post about this bike, it always have a place in my heart and it will always be in my mind getting a new bike. Thinking outside the box and really getting the bike that feels right.

Winter sunshine ride

Last week riding with Fløyen MTB it was muddy and wet, today it was winter big time. Came a little snow last night, minus degrees, and the sun shined on us. I was early as usual so rode up to Fjellveien and that way to the meeting place instead of just through the city with cars. Pretty beautiful morning:

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4 people that met up today. Ole Anders, me, Eirik and Justin. Decided to get up Fløyen but through Isdalen and up Rundemann. Already then I knew it would be hard with a 36t even with XX1 back up that climb. And it was, managed more than I thought but had to walk the last part before waiting for the others:

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Then the last part was riding some. Managed the steep part you can see on this picture above. And then walking some. But great view with the ocean on one side and mountains on the other:

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Up on the top we talked a little about where to go and I thought it would be hard going down too. But the road was pretty good, or my Racing Ralph worked for a bit 😉 Stopped at a turn so Eirik could fill up with water and both me and him did a 2 wheel slide 😉 A bit slippery. Down to Fløyen and rode a nice little singletrack I never ridden before. Missed it first so had to turn back. There I knew why I rode my Liteville. Ate the trail like I eat ice cream 😉 Super fun. Ended the singletrack with a rear puncture for Eirik with a big scar made him put in a tube and just roll back home as it was a hole in the sidewall. Ole Anders got a smaller puncture at the same place and tried to pump it up, rode Stand and Deliver and then it was little again so rode home.

Stand and Deliver was pretty nice with a thin layer of snow on top of the hard ground. Me and Justin decided to take Sticks’n’Stones to from about before heading. Super grippy and would have been nice if I haven’t missed a turn and had to stop to get back on the right line. Rode the 2 small singletrack parts down from Fløyen after we watched the beautiful view over Bergen.

Great winter riding 😀 But impossible to wash my bike when I came home, the dirt had frozen so had to wait with that 🙂

The ride today: Movescount

Friends can make something boring to a happy end

Started the day to prepare for riding my bike at 10 a clock today. 9.35 it was raining a lot and came some lightnings, the electricity disappeared for a second to. Changed our plans and met John at 11 instead. 11 a clock with the blue sky coming and both me and John feeling really slow after a long week. Riding uphill with 130/150mm travel (John 150/150) with slack angles and bad legs isn’t the funniest. If I had been alone I wouldn’t enjoy it and when coming up to Fløyen and riding Sticks’n’Stones with soft ground and really slippery roots it usually feels shit and just want to change sport to Bowling instead. Fell once but John had to fight the trail more. Both survived 😉 Continued up to Rundemann in slow to moderate pace and over the top with foggy air so no great view as we usually got at 560m altitude. So down the gravel first and onto Hardbakkedalen singletrack. Wet and I failed a bit seeing John disappear. Back fighting and when you just hold on to your handlebar and letting the bike work over stones, holes, rocks, roots and soft ground you know why you’re rode all the way up. We found Enduro and love it.

Over the gravel and onto a pretty fast singletrack that first goes almost flat until it’s steep in the end. Last time it almost was dry and my bike flew like a dream. Today it was wet. But I didn’t care so passed John and pedaled as hard as I could. Didn’t always had grip in the mud but didn’t care and just rode. The smile grow on my face. So high going down some stairs in the end I almost forgot to sink my seat.

Back over the gravel and onto a steep track that was really slippery today. Was full brakes, lean as far back as possible and hoping to not slide into a tree. Thought for a second if my front wheel was locked or if it rolled, steep and muddy. Managed the steep part but passing a root I had to put a foot down. If there is anything that can scare me it’s wet roots.

Down back to Bergen city and home again after that. Great ride and first ride after my fork was on service. Awesome performance now and can really recommend a Magura TS8 😀

Going uphill it’s always talk about gearing, someone complaining, someone have to go hard and so on. John complained that he couldn’t go easier (granny ring is not for use) and I smiled with my 42t 😀 For those of you that doesn’t want a OneUp 42t ring for your 11-36 cassette there is another alternative now. Customizing is coming closer to us riders/customers. Absolute Black has come with a 40t that looks pretty good:

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How to build a 27,5″ hardtail XC bike

Not often I say this but build it like a Bianchi:

But maybe with other wheels. Right amount of classic Bianchi Celeste, ISP, Sram XX1 and the coolest fork for 2014, Magura TS8 Elect. Sram XX1 is nothing new now but the fork. It can be set on automatic so it react on angle and movement with a integrated accelerometer that decides if it should be locked or open. Or you got a with wireless button the handlebar with Bluetooth.

Really cool.

The bike also got integrated wiring even for the rear brake that is mounted on the chainstay with Post Mount like almost every frame got now. PF30 bottom bracket. 12x142mm rear axle for extra stiffness.

Altogether a great bike. Parts to change can be the wheels, FSAparts and small things. More about Bianchi’s new Methanol bikes here: Planetamountainbike

Magura TS8, lighter, better and back in business

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Got my fork back from service today and changed to a FIX 150mm instead of adjustable between 120 and 150. Light but hardcore and seems to work great now too compared to when I sent it. My Liteville 301 is now at 10,8kg and after some headset toptuning at work tomorrow and later a bit wider handlebar it’s ready to take me over everything I dare 😀

Sometimes I’m thinking that I should have another AMbike but in the end this is really good and hard to beat in price too. Around 3000€. Try to beat that 😉

Now I just have to find some light time to ride it too, seems tight this year with darkness and many plans.

Enjoying autumn with some friends

Met up with Fløyen MTB this morning for a nice soft sunday ride. Discussed wheelsizes like always and today it was a bit fun with that. 1 29″, 3 27,5″ and 3 26″. First time ever 27,5″ is so well represented and not beaten by any other odd size 🙂 My Liteville 301 is like a toy that begging for going fast so perfect for this rides. Rode up Fløyen in pretty soft tempo and then 3 more riders, 1 29″ and 2 26″ more. Rode Sticks’n’Stones a bit better than yesterday but not as good as I want. Then some waiting and going down Stand and Deliver. Sat on the wheel to Ole Anders and felt good with some nice lines and just to push the bike through the mud. A bit more waiting again and then back up to the start. A steep short climb where Eirik attacked and I followed, was hard. Continued easy up to Brushytten but Eirik looked like he attacked on the last corner so I answered and disappeared, like the others standing still. Felt awesome at that moment and the bike responded great. Continued up Rundemann and stopped to take a photo. Eirik passing by:

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On my bike again and up to the top. Last corner I attacked to get some intervals too, 189 in heartrate and almost had to brake to not ride of the road 😉 Fun 😀 A break on the top for some food, enjoying the view and trying a Scott Genius 720 for me and John.

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A Genius 27,5″ with 150mm front and rear with Shimano XT. Shimano with Shadow+ derailleur is really stiff and makes the gearing hard. Prefer the easy levers on Sram no matter what derailleur you use. But curious on the Schwalbe Hans Dampf he had, should fit on my bike too and with TrailStart they should have a bit better grip. Felt like that at least or the bike was a bit slow just. Can say I won’t change for a Scott Genius at least. After enjoying the lovely weather on the top we rode down the gravel to Hardbakkedalen which is a singletrack going in and down. Dropped the post and just rode, bike went as a dream and felt really comfortable on it. Slowed down on a place as I wasn’t sure where the two riders in front of me had ridden and at that time I got passed by John. So had to hear that 80mm hardtail is faster afterwards 😉 Went out to the walking path again and crossed it for a pretty straight slack singletrack where I was flying, so fun to just press on and go fast there. Down some stairs and over the walking path again.

Then a new singletrack for me, steep first and then it got steeper down, never ridden anything that steep before. But went great so down at Svartediket we rode around on the walking path and up to ride it again 🙂 Thought of trying another way but rode the same as first time again, not as good grip on the downhill but worked.

Great riding, great people and great weather made this sunday morning a really good one 🙂 The time of the year you regret not riding more cool tracks in the summer when it’s dry.

Map and stats, with wrong altitudestart: Movescount

Slip and slide

Great autumn weather today and no work. Perfect some bikeriding. But was alone so no huge ride in some odd place. Just rode up Fløyen and felt strange. high heart rate but felt pretty good. Tried Sticks’n’Stones but way to wet now so just sliding all over the place. Continued up to Rundemann (550m altitude up from my home). Pressed the button and dropped the seat before going into the rocky trail there. Felt a bit strange first but when the rocks got bigger it was great and just push the bike forward 🙂 The uphill afterwards went pretty until I stopped on a rock standing in the wrong place and fell to right, high heart rate and power and then just stop wheren’t the best.

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Anyway afterwards I thought of trying a singletrack going down Blåmannen to Brushytten, like 100 altitude meters from the top. But the start was really bad, or I came the wrong way. Had to walk a bit and then I met some people and asked about the way. Seemed like I was right and then it was time for riding. Or trying to as it was big slippery rocks in the beginning and had to walk a bit more. Felt that my Mavic Fury got worse grip then my Racing Ralph to so fell on a slippery rock. It got better and great riding in the end, stopped at an easy part and took some pictures:

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Bergen 600m down, Snow on Ulriken (also rode/walked in some snow) and me in yellow. A bit wet too as you see 😉 Bergen style. Enjoyed the last part a lot and the bike worked great. Passing Brushytten and went down a little more before the singletrack over to Fløyen Rock Garden, really slippery and bad power in my legs. But the downhill with dropped post was great, just to push on. Rode into Fløyen Rock Garden with confidence as I knew the grip of my tires, I knew than it should be easier with lower saddle and knew where to ride. More slippery then usual and almost crashed in beginning but kept me upright and tried to get some speed to beat my record. Felt fast and the bike worked under, in front of and behind me, awesome just letting go. Down to Skomakardiket with a smile and just let the bike go. Rode Stand and Deliver and tried to cross the small flood with just getting my rear wheel stuck in it. Ok time.

Down and my fork started to sink, not so nice riding with >72° head angle going downhill so rode to Sykkelsenteret and checked it. Seems like it lost some air and that’s the reason. Will send it for service next week.

But the sad thing coming down is that I only got 3rd time on Fløyen Rock Garden, been riding those 200m 7 seconds faster with almost 2km/h more speed earlier this autumn. Have to beat that time 😉

Map and stats from today with some odd altitude as usual. Will fix my watch later today. Movescount

Hardbakkedalen=resting

Not so much power today so saved by my 42t up Tarlebøveien, a long climb almost straight up, click on the name and you see. But didn’t go all the way up as I was heading for Hardbakkedalen. Watched a video from it yesterday and knew where to ride, rode wrong last time so also great motivation going uphill.

Down it went pretty good in the beginning but then I felt I need some rest, hard to concentrate and crashed 3 (!) times with the worst damage I scratched my fork and frame a little, nothing on me. So 1,3km and 154 altitude meters down to Svartediket again. Great ride (next time). And then back home again. Great morning ride in great autumn weather 🙂

Map and stats from it: Movescount

An updated picture on my bike:

150/130mm was great today. As usual it doesn’t look so steep on video but if you want to see the downhill I did there is a video of it here:

Fløyen in the morning

Rode up Fløyen with the sun today and did Sticks’n’Stones and Stand and deliver directly after, then Sticks’n’Stones again and short way to Fløyen Rock Garden that looks like this:

Some part of it. Thought I got a good time today but 1sec slower than my record 😦 Rode Stand and deliver again and stopped to show you how it was today:

And my bike with Bergen behind:

Fun riding on the same level as the fog 😉

Map and stats here: Movescount