At Litespeed we have many capabilities to enhance the performance of titanium. The categories T1, T2, and T3 define the type of frame from a manufacturing and technology point of view. The tubing specifications for each bike are all unique, size-specific and focus on the requirements for giving you the best ride you can possibly experience.
Representing the latest, cutting-edge developments from the Litespeed designers, T1 frames are butted and shaped, undergoing a radical degree of manipulation. T1 frames attributes have an emphasis on stiffness, compliance, handling and the enduring ride of titanium. T1 frames are the highest performing of any Litespeed ever, thus, making them the most technically-advanced titanium frames available in the world. By applying knowledge acquired through partnerships with NASA and other external research associations, tube specifications and characteristics unique to Litespeed have been created. The Archon road frame and the Citico mountain bike frame both have T1 technology incorporated into their design.
T1 designs also have Litespeed's proprietary WRAP technology incorporated. By increasing the weld area and encompassing or "wrapping" the tube to be joined, stresses at the joint are better dispersed and the area is stiffened as a result.
T2 technology combines the features of extreme butting, tapering and strategic tube shaping for reduced weight and improved performance. By using a combination of these precision-tuning techniques during the manufacturing process, riders can expect unyielding ride quality, performance, and durability. T2 technology is on full display in the Sewannee mountain bike frame design.
T3 designs were under the pros of the Tour de France and winning green jerseys only a few years ago. T3 frames such as the Litespeed Xicon and Pisgah were created to be lightweight and nimble workhorses for those logging serious mileage. Coupling performance-geometry with precision tube sets produces machines with exceptional handling characteristics.