Litespeed Appalachian

 
 
This is a 2000 Litespeed Appalachian.
This incarnation of this bike was a gearing experiment.
The second incarnation was built as a commuter.
The third incarnation was also meant for commuting, but with less expensive parts for winter use.

 
 

 
  Note the Carradice Quick Release.

This bike was both an experiment with the last possible half step gearing configuration and an experiment with Campy Ergo levers shifting a Shimano 9 speed cassette. Neither was very good.

I tried the Hub Bub trick to run Shimano and Campy parts together. It worked, but not as well as a system from a single maker.

The other half of the experiment was the gearing

The configuration
Frame 63 cm
Headset Chris King
Front Hub Shimano Ultegra (?) 32h
Front Spokes stainless butted
Front Rim Mavic SUP
Front Tire Pasala TG 700x32
Rear Hub Shimano Ultegra (?) 32h
Rear Spokes stainless butted
Rear Rim Mavic SUP
Rear Tire Pasala TG 700x32
Rear Cassette 12-32
Bottom Bracket Performance Ti
Crank Dura-Ace 175mm 39/42
Pedals frogs
Rear Derailer Deore
Front Derailer Dura-Ace
Shifters / Brake Levers Campy Ergo
Brakes SRP Mr. Grumpy
Bars Titec Malone
Stem Ritchey Pro
Seat Post Easton
Saddle Brooks Swift
Computer Sigma

This works out to be an almost perfect half-step gearing. Nice, even steps over the entire range of gearing I might normally need. Great, it cover part of the granny gear range all the way up.

Only problem is that I don't use the granny range all that much, so most of the time, I was riding in the upper half of the cassette.

Gear charts created by my Gear Calculator

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

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