As there have been a few! 20% off asking price if you travel, view & pay cash on collection (see note below). LITESPEED's First production 26 wheel Mountain Bike from the late 1980s. (so early it didn't have a name - it was just known at the Litespeed "Mountain"). This Litespeed has an early 4-digit frame number on the rear dropout.I've not seen another early Litespeed MTB like this one in the UK, it is a very rare find. Its all in excellent condition with no dents, scrapes or damage - the frame and parts are all excellent and present very well. Frame measures 19 from the centre of the BB spindle to the top of the seat-post on the frame - this is the most popular size and would probably fit anyone between 5'8 and 6'1. This superb early titanium bike is a tribute to its frame builder as it still looks and rides great today 30 years on! Sporting an early Shimano DeoreXT 18spd groupset with Deerhead cantilevers (which was the best kit you could get back then), components are as follows.
19 Litespeed titanium mountain bike frame (hand-built in the USA in a west-coast aerospace factory). 1 suspension fork - a classic collector's piece in itself! Tioga Tange Prestige stem (1 quil, 140mm) also with perfect original chrome finish (made in Japan). Shimano DeoreXT 1 headset (with gum-hood on top for easy re-greasing).
Shimano DeoreXT hub set front and rear (complete with original gum-hood quick release levers). Shimano DeoreXT front and rear derailleurs. Shimano DeoreXT chainset: 175mm cranks with original Biopace 26 36 46 rings showing clean and virtually no wear and very little use from new!Shimano DeoreXT brake levers (early 4-finger model in black). Shimano DeoreXT thumb shift levers (early 3x6 model for 18 speed transmissions).
Shimano DeoreXT cantilever brakes f&r (early BR-MC70 classic'Deerhead' model) complete with 4x brand new Shimano branded pads. Shimano DeoreXT 6 speed rear cassette/freewheel and 18 speed compatible chain. Avenir'True Temper' black 3degree flat handlebar. Selle Italia'Turbo' race saddle with black leather still in perfect condition.
Araya (Japan) RM20 MTB rims front and rear, wheels have stainless steel spokes and. SR (Japan) all-alloy original pedals. Panaracer Smoke & Smoke Lite tyres front and rear (made in Japan) wit excellent tread remaining. This amazing early mountain bike is up for grabs at a fixed price to anyone interested to own such a machine - it represents a rare opportunity to bag a clean, tidy, and very well spec'd retro ride.
Please note - I do not really want to swap for something else or modify the spec. Its a complete working bicycle, and very original - that is a great starting point for anyone who appreciates these early top-end mountain bikes. A great collectors piece and surely a sound investment too - where would anyone find another like it? Bikes like this do not come on the market very often in such good condition.
But in my opinion it is in great shape! Thanks for looking and happy mountain biking to you in future. Anything less than this will be politely rejected as I'm not desperate to sell this bike. Most of my bikes are available to view in Kent, some are available to view in Powys county if arranged in advance (as I spend time in both counties with work/home arrangements). The item "1988 LITESPEED USA early DeoreXT titanium Mountain bike 19 RARE US MTB MANITOU" is in sale since Saturday, September 7, 2019.This item is in the category "Sporting Goods\Cycling\Bikes". The seller is "orange_megaman" and is located in Brecon. This item can be shipped to United Kingdom.