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Litespeed Archon C1 - SRAM Force Build

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You've stuck to your off-season training plan, your diet (except for that holiday-week binge), and your budget. Now it's time to reward yourself for all that hard work with the Litespeed Archon C1. Equipped with SRAM Force drivetrain and shifting components, the C1 brings aerodynamic design to the road-racing masses. Aerodynamics make everyone faster, so why let the triathletes have all the fun? And triathletes, leave uncomfortable aero bars and twitchy bikes behind without losing all the free speed you need to stay competitive. The C1's variety of tube designs and carbon layups provide the best quality, highest performance ride possible.

  • Over-sized down tube design shrouds your water bottles from speed-stealing wind so you can hydrate and god fast at the same time
  • BB30 bottom bracket adds incredible stiffness and efficient power transfer at the frame's most crucial point
  • SRAM Force shifters utilize SRAM's patented DoubleTap shifting technology ?providing, crisp, solid, and intuitive shifting
  • Mavic Kysrium wheels are light enough for race day, but tough enough for every day
  • SRAM Force drivetrain is lightweight and durable for season after season of racing

Tech Specs

Frame Material:
carbon fiber
Dropout Type:
Steer Tube Type:
carbon fiber
Fork Material:
carbon fiber
Mavic Ksyrium
Front Derailleur:
SRAM Force
Rear Derailleur:
SRAM Force
Cage Length:
SRAM Force
SRAM Force
Chain Rings:
53 x 39 teeth
Crank Arm Length:
(medium) 172.5 mm, (large) 175 mm
Bottom Bracket:
Brake Levers:
SRAM Force
Brake Calipers:
SRAM Force
FSA Team Carbon
Handlebar Width:
(medium) 38 cm, (large 42 cm
Bar Tape:
FSA Team Carbon
Stem Length:
(medium) 100 mm, (large) 110 mm
Stem Angle:
6 deg
SRAM PC-1051
1070 SRAM
Rear Sprocket Range:
12 x 25 teeth
Vittoria Rubino Pro
Tire Size:
700 C x 23 mm
Litespeed aero
Fizik Arione
7530 g
Recommended Use:
Cycling, racing
Manufacturer Warranty:
limited lifetime

sizing chart

Bike size by rider height


Geometry chart

Litespeed C1

Litespeed C1 Unidirectional Carbon Frameset Geometry
Top Tube Length 20.7in
Head Tube Angle 72.5deg 73deg 73deg 73deg73deg
Seat Tube Angle 74deg 73.5deg 73deg 73deg73deg
Seat Tube Length20.7in
BB Drop2.6in
Head Tube Length4.3in

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2011 Archon C1

    I pulled the triger on this because it was one of the 6 "Aero" bikes I was intrested in and when Real Cyclist put it on sale it made it a no brainer. I figured the worse case I would take the Force stuff off and sell the frame. Well, that's not going to happen! I only have a hand full of rides on this bike but I'm already thrilled at what this makes possible. First impression is wow get better shots the pictures can't seem to show what a work of art this frame is. Next impression was Holy Cow this baby is stiff, I push down and it goes forward with no flex or hesitation. As I have ridden the bike I am actually amazed that it is as comfortable as it is, having read the reviews I could find I was expecting a board but not so much. It will let you know your on bad pavement but you'll have your fillings when your done. I do feel it in heavy side winds, but I use to feel wind with my Orca too, and though a bit more noticable with the Litespeed it is nothing I would sell the bike for, besides when the wind turns and your into it or with it this bike disappears. I did change the wheels and Bars (just not a round bar guy) to Easton EA90 SLX and Easton EC70 bars and with those changes got this to the exact same wieght as My Orca (16.87lbs.). It's a bit over the published weight but I'll admit I need to loose far more weight then the bike to get bent out of shape about that. I can hardly wait to push this in a race this year and I'll be taking it out West where I hope to see how she handles a big decent. One final thought as to How much I like this new Litespeed, I have moved My Orca to the trainer and it has not been on the road since I got the Litespeed. I was going to be buried with the Orca, now I have to make some tought choices or room.

    Hi there, thanks for the comments. I wanted to ask you a question seeing as you have an orbea. i have a 2009 onix of which i am thinking of getting a 2011 c1 frame and transferring the kit, would you recommend doing this? thanks James

    Sorry so long for a responce, actually have not checked the site for a bit. I would not hesitate in getting the bike and as long as your gear is in good shape the switch should be fine. I think you might need a different bb or at least a conversion. My wife has a onix and I love that bike too, but once you get on this you will notice a difference. I know that they (the C1) has received some lack luster praise as of late, don't let it sway you. If you have the $$ for a 12k bike it might actually be better but in reality it would be in small % gains - train harder and you fix that. I have around 2k miles on this now and each time I still get thrilled riding. Only gripe I have is the seat post is way over engineered - KISS Litespeed. Hope this helps. BTW - I rode last night into a slightly off head wind, say 10 maybe 15 degrees and 15 to 20 mph, this baby cut through like butter, some days you have to love the aero advantage!! Good luck James.

    rush through the installation

    Stock heavy wheel, heavy tire, heavy tube, just replaced them right out of the box and now it's 16.6 LB only with pedals.... will cut the seatpost, grab a full carbon suspension saddle and integrated handlebar later.
    haven't had time to cut the chain yet.

    rush through the installation
    Unanswered Question

    Does this use the 2010 SRAM Force set?

    Does this use the 2010 SRAM Force set?

    Unanswered Question

    What size cranks and stem are om the m/l...

    What size cranks and stem are om the m/l frame?
    The specs say 172.5 for the medium and 175 for the large
    100 stem length for the medium and 120 for the large


    Unanswered Question

    Yes I current ride a lightspeed titanium...

    Yes I current ride a lightspeed titanium ride double centuries yes 200 milers. Looking for something new.. how is the Archon C1 on the long rides. Do I need ot go custom fit. What is the total weight equiped as advertised. Any other ideas?

    Archon C1 size S 52.5 cm

    Fast and super stiff. No problems at all under strong cross winds. I'm sure I made a great purchase. Just completed two centuries last weekend and didn't feel any road discomfort. Perfect fit, I'm 5'8", size S (52.5cm).

    Archon C1 size S 52.5 cm


      So I tricked out my bike. Put on aerodynamic bottles with cages, clip-on bars, and deep rim wheels. I also swapped out the handlebars for ones with internal cable routing. So it's now worth around $6K.
      My bike is a size Large and even with all the extra material added, it is still only 20 lbs! And yeah, it's still super fast. I imagine my bike is a TT with the practicality of a Road Bike.
      The bad thing about this build is that it catches crosswinds and that gets pretty scary. The other bad thing is that the bike is technically NOT STREET LEGAL. Of course, that really just means BRAGGING RIGHTS!

      What do you mean not street legal?

      I assume what is ment is that this does not meet the UCI rules for tube sizing. Could not be used the race as UCI pro.

      You mean you spent $6K on it! lol. And by street legal, I assume you mean UCI racing legal? Oh, and 20lbs seems kinda heavy.

      I don't think the "may not be street legal" is UCI rules related,, I have seen tour de france model bikes have that label on top tube as well.


      This build cuts through the wind like a Samurai sword!


      This is exactly what I am looking for...I am new to the road race scene and need to up my game...this will fit nicely thank you...PSB

      Beauty and Performance!

        The double tap shifting is really nice. Its curves make it look good and aerodynamic especially the bottle shroud... I was sold on that!
        I plan on getting some profile bars and deep rim wheels... it's gonna look like a freaking Time Trial! But this bike is all about that: aerodynamics.
        Looks mighty fine, rides smoothly, rides fast, and this build is under $5K!
        Also, I get compliments on this bike 99% of the time I ride it, from people who know nothing of road bikes to other cyclists. It just goes to show you how much of a fine bike it really is.