The third iteration of the Litespeed Pinhoti mountain bike debuted March with a extra aggressive body and greater tire clearance. Test our launch protection for all of the tech particulars and Tyler’s first impressions.
Since then, we’ve been shredding it across the native trails and a few greater mountains in Western Carolina, beneath a correct hardtail fan. So, did the titanium tubing and trail-ready geometry discover that candy spot between racy effectivity and terrain taming functionality? Let’s discover out…
Litespeed Pinhoti III overview
The total rundown and precise weight is in our unique story, however principally the Pinhoti III will get a formed ti body designed to be laterally and torsionally stiff, however nonetheless give a bit the place it counts to enhance rider consolation.
It’s designed round 120-140mm forks, with a slacker head angle to enhance dealing with on the descents.
A number of bends and curves are what make the rear finish snug, accentuating titanium’s inherent smoothness.
The bent seat tube and machined chainstay yoke (beneath) enable them to tuck a large 29×2.6 full knobby tire in tight.
Frames run $2,349 and full bikes vary from $4,745 (SLX) to $7,445 (XTR).
Litespeed Pinhoti III experience evaluation
Our tester, Ben, is a former professional roadie who transformed to mountain bikes way back, however nonetheless doesn’t personal a full suspension bike. He did lastly transition off a singlespeed to gears just a few years again, after which to an extended journey Kona. Right here’s what he needed to say in regards to the Pinhoti III:
It jogged my memory of my metal Niner SIR9 however a bit extra vigorous. The brand new geometry makes it actually steady. I felt very snug carving turns and railing berms.
It takes a bit extra effort to speed up, and I wasn’t whipping it round like a light-weight race bike. However it’s nonetheless environment friendly in all of the methods a hardtail needs to be.
It’s an important all-around bike for native trails and even heading to the mountains for the weekend. When you on the lookout for one thing quick and racy for cross nation – this isn’t your bike.
These 2.6″ tires had been a pleasant addition. Not solely do they add plenty of confidence within the corners and braking, additionally they make it simpler to take just a few dangers. Jumps or actually quick descents that would simply overwhelm most hardtails turned enjoyable. I let myself go a bit farther or sooner or larger understanding that they’d make up for it.
2.6″ tires are pretty customary on full suspension path bikes today, however getting them on a hardtail much less so. And I may all the time change to one thing thinner and lighter if I needed. And although I wouldn’t name this a race bike, you drop right down to a 120mm fork for a particular occasion, after which return to it’s customary “enjoyable” construct.
I used to be tremendous snug for 3+ hours and wouldn’t suppose twice about taking that bike out for an extended day or two. It’s undoubtedly extra of a cruiser and a carving rig, and only a actually enjoyable mountain bike. Bonus factors that it’s titanium and can doubtless final an extended, very long time.