The UCI approved the new Litespeed L3 Ultegra, but just barely. The asymmetrical L3 benefits from a bevy of state-of-the-art technology trickled down from Litespeed's flagship L1R, which spent over four years in development. The frame is constructed of a 30-ton carbon fiber weave (as opposed to a 60-ton weave on the L1R) around Litespeed's Continuous Cross-Sectional Morphology, incorporating a shape-specific design and asymmetry into each tube to manage frontal and lateral load input. Furthermore, the head tube tapers from the 1.125-inch standard to a massive 1.5-inch at the fork crown, to maximize frontal response, and allows the bike to track more confidently at speed. All of this results in a remarkably balanced frame and a smooth ride quality that belies the speeds this pure-bred race bike is capable of. Also benefitting from a technology trickle is the L3's crisp and reliable Shimano Ultegra drivetrain, perfect for season after season of hard training punctuated by weekend trips to the podium.
Asymmetrical BB386 bottom bracket standard widens your pedaling platform and balances drivetrain input for maximum reaction as you dance up each brutal 'hors categorie' climb
Campagnolo-style Zero Stack headset system helps preserve a comfortable, yet race-ready geometry without the use of spacers
Zipp Service Course SL cockpit further preserves the lightweight, aerodynamic aesthetic of the frame
Comfortable and supportive fi'zi:k Arione saddle is a favorite in the pro peloton
Unique to the L-series, tube lengths and widths are all size-specific for each different frame size, ensuring a uniform fit and ride quality across the sizing spectrum
30T carbon fiber
Steer Tube Type:
Tapered Carbon Fiber
Fulcrum Racing 7
Shimano Ultegra 10 Speed
Front Derailleur Mount:
Shimano Ultegra 6700
Shimano Ultegra 6700
53 / 39 T
Crank Arm Length:
[M/L] 172.5 mm
1.125 - 1.5 FSA
Shimano Ultegra 6700
Zipp Service Course
[medium] 42 cm
Zipp Service Course
12 - 25 T Shimano Ultegra 6700
Vittoria Rubino Pro
700 C x 23 mm
Zipp Service Course
Measured Effective Top-Tube Length:
training, racing, elevating your Cat liscence
L Series Bike Geometry
Top Tube Lengthin (cm)
Head Tube Anglein (cm)
Seat Tube Anglein (cm)
Seat Tube Lengthin (cm)
BB Dropin (cm)
Head Tube Lengthin (cm)
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I am looking for a new bike and am considering the Litespeed L3 Ultegra Build. I don't race and am an older rider...Rides usually between 18 and 50 miles. Is this bike a good fit for my riding style. Presently, I have an older carbon frame trek. Thanks
Older rider, how much older? How many days a week are you on the bike? I'm 58, a former track racer, and serious fitness cyclist. My riding is speed oriented, so focus is intensity over miles with hilly rides mixed in for strength. I don't buy stock bikes myself, custom build out all my rides. Litespeed frame design and aesthetics has suffered since founder sold out to a venture capital group. They are better lately and L series isn't cast in an open mold, but the company is late to the CFgame after betting, and losing big, on demand for Titanium. If your seriously considering dropping $3500 I'd shop around, this ride is overpriced and geometry way too aggressive unless you're flexible as a yoga master. If you're more accustomed to an upright riding profile this would be a real challenge. Do you have any low back or neck issues, and who doesn't after 50, keep this in mind. The 53/39 chain ring is a masher rig. Think compact cranks, 50/34 rings, 170mm arms, and spin, spin, spin. It's aerobic, burns calories, keeps you lean and fit and if you don't race that's why we do it. Just my humble opinion, good luck and Ride On.