Besides the intricate welds, the dropouts are also very pleasing to look at. Those dropouts also provide a certain degree of comfort to the ride. There is plenty of tire clearance in back, as visible from the photos. We ran 2.10 tires front and rear with ample room.
The fit for me on the size small is very good. Now, for anyone who is 5’5″ riding on a 29er, there are certain concessions that have to be made on almost any frame. Short people will not get the same kind of cockpit setup that a taller rider would. You won’t get the same saddle to handlebar height difference and this does effect handling and ride quality. But this is a side effect of short people and 29ers, not the Litespeed Cohutta specifically. There is no toe overlap on this bike and there is still stand-over clearance (albeit, not ample but more than most other small sized 29er hardtails (except custom) that I have tried). Even on the size small frame, I was able to get the normal size water bottles in and out with only a slight angle needed but larger (bigger than 21 oz) bottles will definitely not fit in the small frame.
Litespeed’s 4nine technology
The Litespeed Cohutta is all about options. With the 4nine technology, the rider has all kinds of options when building up his rig. The geometry of the frame provides a wide range of fork choices. You can use a straight 1.125” or a 1.125 x 1.5” tapered steerer fork if you want. The frame is optimized to handle forks from 80-100-120mm of travel. The over sized head tube means the frame is compatible with a variety of internal and external cup headsets. Below is a table from the Litespeed website to show the options that are available to a Cohutta rider.