Review: Litespeed Cohutta Titanium 29er Hardtail

29er Pro Reviews

The Ride:

With it’s oversized tubing, the Litespeed Cohutta provides a stiff, efficient ride and yet for all it’s stiffness it is suprisingly comfortable for long hauls and endurance races. The aforementioned carbon wheels help with this as does the formation of the rear dropouts.

The Cohutta is an amazing climber! The benefits of 29ers on climbs is well proven and this bike loves to climb, even if you don’t. The short chain stays and stiff tubing provide direct power transfer. At the same time, the Cohutta descends with confidence and ease as the carbon wheels and titanium frame work together to provide a straight tracking fun handler. No dropper post needed.

The ride is well balanced and fun. The ride of Ti bike has similar traits to both carbon and steel but it is uniquely different. Titanium provides more damping than steel, but with a livelier feel than carbon. It is nimble like steel but tracks straight and true. The Cohutta from Litespeed is not cheap, coming in at $2600 for the frame alone. However, part of the allure of the Cohutta is threefold: looks, ride, American made. The ideal Cohutta buyer is someone who appreciates a bike for it’s beauty and simplicity and the feel of quality titanium. They want something different from what everyone else is riding and is confident enough to spend the premium to say “Handcrafted in the USA”.

Conclusion:

Although the Litespeed Cohutta was named after an endurance XC race, you don’t have to ride 100 miles a day to enjoy and appreciate the craftsmanship and quality that this 29er tuned Ti ride will provide you, for years to come.

Overall Rating 5/5 Flamin’ Chili Peppers 5 Flamin' Chili Peppers
“An all day race bike even for the non-racer. A super climber and more effective on the downhills then you would expect from a hardtail with a short travel fork.”

Value Rating 3.5/5 Flamin’ Chili Peppers 3point5 Flamin' Chili Peppers
“Quality doesn’t come cheap when Ti is involved. Even more so if it is US made.”

For more info: litespeed.com

About the author: Gregg Kato

Gregg Kato studied journalism and broadcasting in college while working many different jobs including deejaying, driving a forklift and building web sites (not all at the same time). Kato has been the Site Manager of Mtbr.com for over 12 years and enjoys riding local Santa Cruz trails. Besides being an avid mountain biker, he is also a motorcycle fanatic. Two wheels, one Passion.


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  • joe says:

    Nice bike indeed. Don’t like how the geometry looks like a Rockhopper. The way the top rear triangle connects to the seat tube and how it’s higher than where the top tube connects is not very appealing.

  • JafaSaffer says:

    Awesome bike, I have one!

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