Litespeed Appalachian

 
This is a 2000 Litespeed Appalachian.
This is the third incarnation of this bike. The first incarnation was a gearing experiment.
The second incarnation was also meant for commuting, but this build is with less expensive parts for winter use.
Most of the parts were taken off the Nashbar Toure frame.

 

   

 
 
The configuration
Frame 63 cm
Fork Kogswell P/R 58 mm 1 1/8"
Headset Chris King
Front Hub Shimano DH-3N70 32h
Front Spokes Wheelsmith butted
Front Rim Sun CR-18
Front Tire 700x35 snow tire
or Pasala 700x35
Rear Hub Shimano RM40 36h
Rear Spokes SS
Rear Rim Vuelta Typhoon 25mm
Rear Tire Pasala 700x32
Cassette Sachs 12-26 9-speed
Bottom Bracket FSA 68x107mm
Crank Shimano XTR 180mm
w Suntour 24, 36, 46 rings
Pedals Speedplay Frog
Rear Derailer Shimano DeOre
Front Derailer Shimano 105 Triple
Shifters Sachs twist grip
Brake Levers Nashbar Jail Brake
Brakes Nashbar Cantilever rear
Dia-Compe center pull front
Bars Kaloy with MEC bar ends
Stem Nashbar
Seat Post Easton Carbon
Saddle Brooks Team Pro
Pump Zefal HPX
Computer Sigma BC 1400
Fenders Zefal
Rack Blackburn Ex-2
Generator Shimano DH-3N70
Headlight BiSy
Tail light 4D Lite
A winter commuter bike. Maybe an extravagant one.
If it's really bad, I'll be riding my Koga-Miyata ForeRunner
It still has the fender fit issues in the back that the last incarnation of the bike had.
The new fork is the big change for this build.

Geometry from the spec sheet (w/700x38C)
Seat Tube Top Tube Head Angle Seat Angle Chainstay BB Height Wheelbase Ft. Center Fork Rake Stand Over Head Tube
63 60.5 72.5 72 42.5 27.1 104.2 62.7 4.4 87.8 16.9

The spec sheet says these measurements are with a 700x38C tire. It also says a 700x32 will fit with fenders, but there are no mounts to put a fender on it.

The chainstays are 42.5cm, I wish I had that extra 1 or 2 cm of chain stays... maybe then I could actually fit a 700x32C with a fender and still be able to fit a front derailer on too. Things just barely fit. I had to cut a notch in the fender to fit the derailer and grind the fender thinner to get it closer to the frame.

After two other forks, I installed a Kogswell P/R fork and I'm very happy with it. The fork was made for 650B wheels, so I couldn't use the canti studs

Measured Geometry
Seat Tube Top Tube Head Angle Seat Angle Chainstay Ft. Center Wheel Base BB Drop Fork Rake Trail Flop
63 60.5 72.5 72 42.5       58 47.3 13.57

Gear charts created by my Gear Calculator

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