by dominic54
Published: 9th December 2020 (4 months ago)
Size? (Frame, clothing, wheel size etc. You can pick 3)
Will post in UK

For sale with a bit of sadness… my lovely Liteville 301. I’m the second owner, and have upgraded and generally looked after the bike well. £350 posted in the UK, or £325 local pick-up. I can ship abroad if need be but get in touch and we’ll discuss.

It’s a 26″ frame; others have managed to run a 27.5″ wheel in it too… I’ve tried the 27.5 wheel from my friend’s bike and it fits with a 2.25 Nobby Nic tyre, but I imagine it’ll depend on rim width and tread profile.

I’ve really enjoyed owning this bike and I’ve progressed a ton as a rider because of it. It’s a really nicely engineered frame, and surprisingly light at 2.4kg – lighter than many carbon framesets. I’ve run it with both a 160 and a 140mm fork and preferred the latter, but if you need the extra squish the 160 was good too. I had it built up with carbon wheels into a 25.5lb mega trail bike. It’s really poppy and fun to ride. And damn, it’s so… metally. Nice welds, straight lines. I’ve ridden it everywhere from classic peak district long loops, to back country and bike packing in the Alps, and it’s saved me many times!

The key setup points are as follows:

  • 140mm rear suspension – though you can set it up as either 120 or 160 too, if you buy the right linkage plates.
    The frame was originally black anodised. I had it stripped (having checked with Liteville that this was ok) back to bare aluminium, which has left a lovely patinated, slightly bronze colour with some surface variation – all as shown in the pictures.
  • I’ve upgraded the hardware with narrower Syntace shock bolts to allow fitment of offset bushes. These give a head angle of 66.5 and seat angle of 73; 2mm bb drop, with a 615mm top tube – all measured with a 140mm Rockshox Pike. The offset bushes really help the bike to handle well and sit into corners.
  • I’ve had the Monarch from new. It’s still working well, but could do with a service – the rebound adjuster isn’t effective, which apparently is a common thing. But it’s plush, and the three-position compression is working as it should.
  • I’ve fitted a 30.9mm seatpost shim (the frame as standard is 34.9) which covers most makes of dropper, and the frame is drilled for stealth routing. There’s a minimalist Mt Zoom seat collar which has always been sufficient to keep things solid.

A few points about the condition:

  • I replaced all the frame bearings, and they’re running smoothly.
  • I’ve left the derailleur housing on, which is partly internal, because it’s nearly new – hopefully it’ll be of use. I’ve also recently fitted mastic chainstay protection.
  • There are a couple of dents, which are common with these. Two in the top tube; one in the downtube; one in the seatstay. All as pictured. These were all from the previous owner and haven’t given me any cause for concern.
  • Of course it has the usual scuffs from being actually ridden as intended, but nothing more significant.

The frame comes with Syntace X12 axle (12×142 spacing), and a syntace integrated headset, all as pictured. I’m 5’11” and it was a good fit for me; it’d happily go a few inches either way. For my 34″ inseam I was able to run a 210mm dropper.

Happy to answer any questions.

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