K2 Lithium 3.0
I'm thinking about getting a K2 Lithium 3.0 '05 model at REI. I haven't had any experience with K2 bikes and their website doesn't reveal much about the bikes potential. I was wondering what kind of bike is this? Is it all mountain, freeride, or XC? Thanks a ton
I would say more XC oriented than All Mountain or Free Ride. It is not beefy enough for Free Ride. It can be an All Mountain bike with some component changes.
I'd say cushier than XC, but not a freerider. It is not really a racing kinda bike, as an XC bike would be, but like the other poster said not meant for stunts or drops as a true freeride bike would be. Its more a bike for all day on the trail without saping your energy too much in comfort.
Originally Posted by grunt2960
They are well made nice bikes. I had a K2 Razorback for a few years and loved it... but it was just a bit small for me. I was thinking of getting a Lithium myself, being that they are always discounted prett heavily. They offer a good 5" travel lightweight bike for not a lot of dough.
Did you end up buying the Lithium?
Not sure how much they are at REI, but I picked one up at Performance in Chandler not too long ago for $840. I love it.
How do the K2 Lithium bikes stack up to the Iron Horse Hollowpoint MKIII (DW-Link) bikes? :confused:
Longer-travel trail bike
When the Lithium design was first introduced in 2003 as a 2004 model, all-mountain bikes had about 5" of travel. At the time, it made sense to classify this new bike as an all-mountain model.
Now, with the help of stable-platform shocks, it's clearly possible to make a 6+ inch travel bike that pedals up hill well. The definition of the all-mountain category has progressed to follow this evolution.
At present, I feel the Lithium is best classified as a longer-travel trail bike. In our current K2 Bike line, I see this bike and the Apache as designed for similar types of riding, but with riders that think a little differently about what parts of the ride are most enjoyable.
Maybe the best way to describe it is that they are both for trail riders, but Apache is for people who usually wear lycra shorts, while Lithiums suit those who wear baggy shorts more often.