Readers’ Rigs: Loren’s Litespeed Archon T1
Today’s Readers’ Rig is special piece of titanium work by Litespeed. Loren in California is a very lucky guy to have this bike and a wife who bought it for him as an anniversary present. Shimano Dura-Ace and C50 wheels make this a top steed to be proud of.
Name: Loren Humphrey – 64 year old recreational rider
Location: Seal Beach, Ca
Bike: 2010 Litespeed Archon T1 w/ENVE Straight blade fork
Frame Size: Medium – constructed with Ti 6al-4v
Groupset: Full Shimano Dura Ace 9100 mechanical except for Ultegra 11-30 cassette. Zipp aluminum post, bar and stem.
Wheels: Shimano C50 Clinchers/Conti Gran Prix 4000 23C
Pedals: Ultegra Carbon
Saddle: Specialized Romin 143
Other: SS bottle cages, Fizik tape.
Weight: 16.55 without pedals
When did you buy it?
The frameset was given to me by my wife as an anniversary gift in 2010.
What made you choose this bike?
It chose me! Years ago, my wife had replaced her stolen Litespeed Vortex with a Litespeed Archon T1 found on Ebay. When my cycling buddies came over I’d show them her glorious Archon and I’d ignore my nice full Campy Trek Madone. She got tired of that so she decided I should have an Archon as well. I still have the build card for my frame with the initials and dates of the build steps.
Have you done any modifications/additions to it?
When I first built it up, I installed Dura Ace 8900 but have since replaced that with the current 9100 group. The only reason I got Dura Ace 9100 rather than Ultegra is simply that I like the finish on Dura Ace better. The frame was powder coated by Spectrum Powderworks in Colorado Brings, Co a few years ago. The little Italian Greyhound on the seattube is a tribute to my Italian Greyound, Mica now 14 years old. I had the LITESPEED lettering on the downtube mirror polished and 2 levels of etching on the letter outlines.
How many miles/kilometers do you do a year?
What do you love about this bike?
I really like the way it looks with the sloping top tube with it’s faceted sides. It’s pretty light and handles so nicely. It’s not a great climber because of the lard ass that owns it but is a super stable descender. Best I’ve ever had. I also like that it’s classic, hand made exotic metal that should last a long, long time. The welding and overall workmanship on the frame is just so fine. I’m not that interested in the fashion bikes that come out every year. But the thing I love most about it, it was a brilliant gift from my wonderful wife who is also my favorite riding partner.
Favorite riding area?
I love riding around Solvang, California. Also, I got to ride up Mt Ventoux with my wife on our honeymoon. My wife and I have done several overseas bike tours in Switzerland, France, Italy, Ireland and New Zealand. Those were just amazing days of riding. But none of those on the Litespeed, we rode bikes supplied by the tour companies, Backroads mostly.
Favorite riding experience on your bike?
Riding the Palm Springs Century with guess who.
Can’t think of anything. Suggestions?
I imagine having this bike forever. Unfortunately, I’ll have no one to pass it on to.
Thanks to Loren for sharing his ride with us. Got a bike that you’re proud of? Well, how about sharing it with fellow PEZ fans and getting it featured in Readers’ Rigs so we can all stare at it! Send us a Readers’ Rigs submission direct to [email protected] and your bike could be featured in all its glory here on the pages of PEZ.