Litespeed Xicon Vs Lynskey Helix

golgol23
golgol23 Posts: 10
edited September 2010 in Road buying advice
Folks
I have a plan to build a Titanium dream bike. From the thousands of options i'm considering 2 , possibly 3. Litespeed Xicon , Lynskey Helix, the New Fixie Inc 325.
Just saw the reviews on BikeRadar for both Xicon and Helix and they are great for both of them. The Helix it's about 1000 Euros more which would make me compromise on the wheels. Let's say instead of a Mavic Cosmic Carbone Ultimate (2010) I would go for a cheaper R-Sys. Any insights on this? Which one is the best ( more speed, more confort, more durability).
Thanks.
Pinto

Comments

  • Garry H
    Garry H Posts: 6,639
    Isn't one the top of the range offering from one company, whereas the other is the cheapest available form t'other?
  • Golgo - don't know where you are, but Cycles Dauphin on Box Hill (Surrey) have recently started supplying a wider range of Lynskey frames, should they be conveniently placed for you to visit and be able to actually test ride one of the frames you are looking at.

    I was in there the other day to pick something up and spotted a Helix on the wall. Absolutely stunning workmanship.
  • Well actually the Helix it's not the top of the range. There are the Helix OS and the R430, so actually we can consider the Helix mid range.
    Well I'm located in Helsinki and I'm not aware of any dealer for either brands. In any case i I will take notice of the shop name as I might travel to UK any time soon.
  • Anonymous
    Anonymous Posts: 79,667
    I'd get a used Litespeed Siena from eBay.
  • Well I don't know that much about the Siena. The Litespeed web site has not mention to it, so i suppose that the Siena was replaced?? What made the Siena so special??
  • AidanR
    AidanR Posts: 1,142
    The fact that NapD had one? :wink:

    Speaking of which, why are you selling the Cervelo?
    Bike lover and part-time cyclist.
  • Anonymous
    Anonymous Posts: 79,667
    See the 'Your Road Bikes' Section in a few minutes :wink:
  • Anonymous
    Anonymous Posts: 79,667
    golgol23 wrote:
    Well I don't know that much about the Siena. The Litespeed web site has not mention to it, so i suppose that the Siena was replaced?? What made the Siena so special??

    The Xicon is a cheaper version of the Siena, the Siena has butted tubing and sculpted and curved seat stays. It's stiffer and lighter than the Xicon, and more comfortable too...
  • So why was it Discontinued?
  • Anonymous
    Anonymous Posts: 79,667
    golgol23 wrote:
    So why was it Discontinued?

    They've ditched the middle two models, the Siena (£2,399) and the Icon(£2,799), just doing a bottom and top (Xicon and Archon, the Archon is 3,500 quid!) and 3 new carbon models...

    Just doing what most manufacturers do now and then and have a model change round!
  • Thanks made a quick search on e-bay nothing for my size.
    Do you ride a Siena?
  • Anonymous
    Anonymous Posts: 79,667
    Yes, an XL.

    LitespeedZipps.jpg

    (It's for sale on eBay to fund my new bike (that I accidentally already bought!))
  • which one u decided to buy?
  • Just saw the complete pics on ebay UK. Question can the red paint be removed? and the fork be painted again ( and still look decent?) What does it takes to have it look raw Ti?
  • I built my dream bike - a Lynskey Helix several months ago and absolutely love riding it. I have used it throughout the racing season this year and it feels so fast and surefooted, not to mention the comfort!

    I bought the frame through Cycles Dauphin of Box Hill and built it up myself. Went for the brushed Ti finish with etched graphics.

    I really must get around to posting it on the "Your Ti bikes" section!
  • Anonymous
    Anonymous Posts: 79,667
    golgol23 wrote:
    Just saw the complete pics on ebay UK. Question can the red paint be removed? and the fork be painted again ( and still look decent?) What does it takes to have it look raw Ti?

    Yeah, as with any frame/fork!

    You'd need to get someone decent to do a good job though...
  • I built my dream bike - a Lynskey Helix several months ago and absolutely love riding it. I have used it throughout the racing season this year and it feels so fast and surefooted, not to mention the comfort!

    I bought the frame through Cycles Dauphin of Box Hill and built it up myself. Went for the brushed Ti finish with etched graphics.

    I really must get around to posting it on the "Your Ti bikes" section!

    Please do post it, I would love to see it. Did you go for the Lynskey Seatpost?. I have made my mind I will go for the Helix (maybe with Ritchey components such seatpost Superlogic). Expensive machine but I guess is a life time investment, And I surely post some pics :-)