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.

Axevo Xpro27

Some companies use better components then others. Some think they are using the best but isn’t but get’s the customers to believe so. Axevo did the Tune way:

Tune’s new superlight 27,5″ carbon clinchers. Tune Schwarzes Stück seatpost, with a Tune Komm-Vor+ saddle. Why roadsaddle on a mtb? Tune Türnstange handlebar. But why a Syntace Flatforce so high? Sram XX1 groupset but a KCNC crank? Why not Tune or just Sram XX1 instead of KCNC that looks a bit cheap? Magura MT8 brakes with the coolest two legged fork on the market. Magura TS8 eLECT, who doesn’t want electronic lock-out working with a accelerometer, or use the bluetoothbutton on the handlebar to lock it.

7,65kg without pedals and a price at 8990€.

A Tunestem and crankset would have saved some grams and made the spec a bit more Tune’ish.

Do you have a favorite bike straight out of the box with a super spec?

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.

I nailed the Rock Garden!

What a ride. Thought of riding on Fløyen and got to ride with the best guy in Bergen if you want to train hard, my friend John. When riding with him it’s just to gear up and sprint, if you beat him once he will talk good about you for a very long time. But it’s hard as he is really fast. Had been sick and said he should take it easy today. Dropped me up Fløysvingene with his Rocky Mountain Vertex. I pedaled on in my tempo with 90% in heart rate. Met a common friend on the top so talking a bit before riding for the first singletrack.

Sticks’n’Stones with John is a nightmare as he usually disappears and I have to fight to every root and they are many. But I have trained, looked and learned. Today it was me and my bike fighting together and what a fight. Awesome and even passed John for a bit but he got a better track in the end so passed me. Coming out from the singletrack with 184 in heart rate and so wasted felt pretty good. I can ride hard even in technical terrain so no my techincal skills and physical skills is at the same level. Going up to Brushytten and then burning down. Almost rode out from the road when I found my 10t on the cassette while racing against John. Fast gravel with some parts with some rocks in, just to jump over 😉 Down and then up where John flew away again. He’s fast and my Liteville isn’t the fastest uphill. But coming up and starting Fløyen Rock Garden I thought of following John’s track as he’s much better than me. But in the middle he had to stop and I passed(!). And instead of having problems in the middle the bike worked for me and nailing the that was super fun! All smiles and riding on clouds afterwards, really love to manage new things. Love to letting the bike go and work for me, love knowing that I have control of it, love when it just works. 😀

A small dhtrack to Skomakardiket and then to Stand and deliver. Love that track but some wet roots today made me slow down a bit, my Racing Ralph doesn’t have the best grip on roots laying the wrong way but worked good and stayed on the bike. Down from Fløyen on some nice singletracks where it’s possible to ride and going home.

Home watching the bike:

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Stravaride with some great personal records: Strava

And for the interest if you thinking of getting a 27,5″ bike like me. Rock Shox SID XX 100mm Tapered for 9mm QR is pretty light including some plastic:

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New week, new forks?

The Fox Talas I earlier borrowed is from now on mine. And then I seemed to have won an auction on Ebay earlier too so seems like I got two forks. Fox Talas 100-140 as a spare and then this Magura TS8 R150 fork:

1675g or something like that. With a 15mm RS Maxle Lite ”QR”. That will be changed for a Carbon-Ti I guess, as they got light ones for a good price with nice colors. Like Tune DC15 but without QRlever so not as easy if you don’t got a 5mm allen key with you.

So upgrading for 1 1/8 steerer and 9mm QR to Tapered 1,5-1 1/8 and 15mm. See if I feel any difference.

The big question is which lower headset I should get. Need a low one from normal 1,5″=49mm to 40mm. Is there any lower then the 12mm Cane Creek 110?