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    new dean colonel x-lite {carbon}

    Check it out carbon tubes and all. 2.7 pounds! Looks very nice.
    http://www.deanusa.com/mountain/colo...lonelxlite.htm
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    We the people ...

    only 50 made, yet not a scary high price... wish they'd go back to a more level toptube design tho..

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    Quote Originally Posted by xsport652
    Check it out carbon tubes and all. 2.7 pounds! Looks very nice.
    http://www.deanusa.com/mountain/colo...lonelxlite.htm
    What's the purpose of having "a thin shell of carbon fiber composite" wrapped around the tubes? It covers up the beautiful ti if you ask me. But hey, that is only my opinion.

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    to add rigidity to the front tirangle ?
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    If you order one now, you might get it by 2007!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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    It is for strength and rigidity. The all titanium x-lite model had double butted tubes. The new version has "triple butted" very thin ti tubes and the carbon wrap is supposed to add strength since the tubes are so thin. In addition, it is to add stiffness to the titanium. Overall the bike is even lighter than the previous all ti x-lite. That is what I was told from the folks at Dean.

    I prefer their all titanium models. The reason I want ti is the ride quality and liveliness. Ti is the opposite of all the qualities of carbon I do not like (dead feel, breakable, etc) so why would I want to "dumb down" the ti with carbon?

    Pure marketing - sort of a solution looking for a problem.

    They will still make the old all titanium x-lite. I was calling to order one of those and they told me all about the CTI version. I obviously am going to order with the all ti.
    Last edited by Lungs_on_Fire; 01-21-2005 at 10:56 AM.

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    It's just bling

    All Ti was claimed to be 2.8 lbs so there is not a noticable weight savings.
    I love my X-lite and I have never thought of it as being too flexy so this new version must just be trying to add some bling-bling.

    All Ti = 8 - 12 weeks no matter what they tell you when you order.
    W/ Carbon = Order now for Christmas delivery.

    It is a cool looking frame, if anyone gets one please post pics of it.

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