Yeah, I'm contemplating selling it again. I'm coming to the conclusion that I prefer the titanium ride characteristics for all around riding. There was an interview with Tom Ritchey about how frames have become stiffer and stiffer which is pushing the trend of wide tires and skinny seatposts to offset that. That really rang true to me. My Litespeed is in the stiff enough category; however, when I'd spend a week on the Crumpton I ended up liking the Litespeed less since I perceived it as less stiff. Ride the Litespeed for a few days to adjust again and then I forget about it not being as stiff as a carbon bike and appreciate the comfort it provides on broken pavement. That comfort is a big thing for me. The Crumpton does it better than all of my other carbon bikes but it's still not up to snuff with the Litespeed.
If I look at one of my Saturday loops, it can encompass the entire range of what you'd need from a bike. The first 15 miles are on Wilshire Blvd which is constantly being ripped up so the pavement is absolute crap. I jump onto the NOW group ride where we usually putt along at around 27-33 mph in a paceline for about 30-40 minutes before we hit the rollers. The rollers
is where shit gets real. Average speed is about 28 mph for about 20 minutes. Multiple 400-500w 1-2 minute efforts then you come down to the end where it's a single file pace line for a sprint. Once you get done with all of that, people go their own ways or regroup and head back. If I have time, we'll do Encinal to Piuma to Schueren to Stunt then down Fernwood and back. Lots of technical descending and overall just a long, hard day in the saddle.
In a ride like that, the hardest things for a Ti bike to do are the full gas, sharp efforts, but never once do I notice the Litespeed. It disappears under me and I just ride...and I think I feel fresher at the end, or at least a little less achy.
I've been here before and I'll probably be here again, but at the moment I'm trying to be a little more pragmatic and come to terms that the Litespeed is my one bike I need and I'll enjoy it more if I'm not riding on two different personalities.
Here's the Strava leaderboard for the segment mentioned above