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.

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Bike of the year

There are some bikes that are better than others. Liteville 301 for example, really understated bike. Or when I first saw the spec on Cannondale Trigger Team 27,5″, superbike but when I tried it a little inside a store it just felt wront (tried a cheaper version).

A bike that has been fun is my Trek Remedy 27,5″. Until I was in Kristiansand and tried 2015 model of Trek Remedy 9 29″, felt so much better 😦 Rolled fast over everything, climbed better than a goat and descended like you want an endurobike should do, so great in every way and a spec that is all trhough good.

Never ridden a better Full suspension bike, but used better tires 😉

So a 2015 bike is bike of the year 2014? Yes, it came this year 😉

Reason why I came up with this post is the bike that made me hate and laugh today. Specialized Diverge Expert Carbon. Gravel racers, space for big tires (comes with 30mm), space for fenders (took some time to mount the first set) disc brakes, carbon frame, Shimano Ultegra. Had 2-3 people coming in to the store I’m working in today and looking for a bike, thought of the CX Crux but when saying what they should use it for it always ended with a Diverge 😉 Some would say it’s a commuter, some would say a rainbike, some would say a high end road winderbike. No matter what you say it’s the bike:

Trek demo day

Was an opportunity to try some new 2015 Trek bikes here in Kristiansand and some 2014. We where there all day so a long day in the saddle today too. First bike I tried was a Fuel ex 9.8 in my size. A xcbike with 120mm damping

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Wasn’t as fun as my bike which I rode a couple of rounds before I got my hands on the best trailbike I’ve tried. It felt better then my Remedy 27,5″ even thou it have 29″ wheels. Climbed like a dream, descended like a dream and was fast in between. The bike that made me start thinking of 29er. Trek Remedy 9 29 2015

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SRAM Roam wheels, SRAM X1 and a Pike RC as a standard is super 🙂

First day of riding in south Norway

Have traveled to Kriatiansand for a weekend with a friend and some great riding. A lot of small technical singletracks today and up on two ”rocky mountains”. One of us had a bike that suited

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Nice view with the sea. Down for ice cream and enjoying the sunny town and then up on another place with another view

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Had a hard time today but my Remedy was working great. Fun with technical trails instead of the fast ones at home. A bit over 3h today and we’ll see how long it will be tomorrow. Then we are going to try some new Trek bikes too.

light tubes

Normally when you buy a bike it comes with some cheap heavy tubes. But not Trek Remedy. On my Remedy 9 I got Maxxis Super Thin tubes, feels a bit wrong on a AM bike but seems working well 😉

So around 140g for a 27,5″ tube for 1,9-2,35″ tires. Maxxis WelterWeight tubes are around 190g for comparsion.

But the best would be to stans the tires instead of using tubes.

Autumn ride after work

Last mtb training with the local club today. 10 riders so was just one group and I rode the day at the back to not ride too fast in the front 😉 Nice ride with a tempo that never made me lock my fork and was even riding the rear damper on Descend a lot today. Jsut playing around without having to ride slow. Great tempo.

Happy enough to even made to really hard and technical climbs. On the last one with a lot of stones I was slipping a lot but got grip and got up 🙂 Fun when it feels impossible at a moment and still make it 🙂

Gathering after a climb and changing guide:

Really nice with a full suspension bike on the climbs 🙂 Gets dark early now so was a bit to dark in the end but okey. Back home after 1h54min effective time 🙂 Aiming for a long nice CXride tomorrow 😀

Map and stats: Movescount

Back at Vardås

Was a long time now since I was at Vardås and rode the nice trails that is there. Never been there for real with my Remedy for example. To the tops like this today:

First one with a nice downhill from there. Some technical parts but mostly pretty easy, great to start with. Then a long singletrack around the hole hill ending in wrong place so had to ride some extra on the asphalt. Up the normal road afterwards, a rode with a Strava segment I always thought of going all in on. Had the confidence today and went hard, no heart rate belt but you can feel when the heart rate passes 190 and all you taste is blood. Started a bit to hard, took it a bit easy in the middle and when I saw the end I geared up and stood on the pedals. Really hard but and blood doesn’t taste good. But great effort and 3rd overall on Strava.

Then a couple of downhills that didn’t went good at all I felt, felt a bit slow and sketchy. But PR on Strava so didn’t do everything wrong. On the top of Vardås Fort a bit resting and getting some good taste in my mouth instead of blood:

Riding away from that hill it was pretty wet and muddy but flat so okey. Failed a bit on a uphill and before coming to the start of a really nice Strava Segment I flew over my handlebar 😦 Not a big crash so tried to be a bit fast on a segment. No flow and ended with 2min when my PR is on 1.45min on a Trek Slash 7. But a rockgarden was really nice on the Remedy. On a normal bike it sucks, on a Slash you just go over and doesn’t care, on my Remedy I found a great line and it went great. Remedy is good for getting good lines, Slash is fast 😉

Down Supermans flow that Strava missed I felt pretty fast and was great fun 🙂

Went back home on asphalt, not as fun to ride alone as riding with friends. Last time I rode there we where 4 discussing lines, beating records and had a really great time 🙂

Map and stats from today: Movescount