At first sight, the new Liteville 301 can hardly be distinguished form a conventional mountain bike frame where the damper is placed parallel underneath the top tube. The main difference is that the damper is not mounted at the front of the frame, but at the rear where the top tube and the seat tube meet.
Designing the damping system this way is the result not of the idea to simply construct something different. It was our goal to design a four-bar linkage with a mature basis. Damping forces are to be lead into the frame as subtly as possible in order to protect both the damper and the frame.
The main advantage hereby is that the forces that come from the rear triangle of the frame are led into the main frame where it is most stable: exactly where the top tube and the seat tube meet. On top of this, the force is neutralized in parts by the forces led into the frame by the rider’s weight. Conventionally designed mountain bike frames that have the damper placed underneath the top tube face another problem. The forces by the rider and by the impacts of the rear frame work in the same direction and thereby unnecessarily stress the frame.
For maximal stiffness and durability, all tubes of the frame are confiscated multiple times. Besides this, the entire frame is designed with oversize measurements.
The Wheelset (ScaledSizing):
We do not offer our frames with one exclusive wheel size but with different wheel sizes (24“, 26“, 27.5“ and 29“) that are adapted to the frame size and the rider’s height.
From evolutionary stage MK12 onwards, two different wheel sizes can be mounted in the rear without negatively altering the geometry of the bike. The front position is for a small rear wheel, the rear for a big one.
- XS - 24“ / 26“
- S - 24“ / 26“
- M / L / XL - 26“ / 27.5“
- XXL- 27.5“ / 29“
We recommend the front position for the smaller rear wheel. Find more information on DuoLink in the chapter “geometry”.
Find more information on DuoLink in the chapter “geometry”.
The Head Tube and Headset
The Liteville 301 MK12 features the VarioSpin head tube, the first and only on the market with a fully integrated head set bearing.
Installing our +/- 1,5° VarioSpin head tube bearing shells, the steering angle can be adapted with +/- 1,5° depending on the height of the bottom bracket.
Notice that the frame comes with 0° bearing shells as standard. The bearing shells with which you can change the steering angle are to be ordered separately.
The 301 follows a diamond design with oversized tubes that have been anodized multiple times and a four-bar linkage damping system.
Custom made Aluminum with special heat treatment.
- Compressed and consistent “Shotpeen” surface, RaceBlack anodized with laser logo.
- WorksFinish (limited edition)
- powder-coated finish with the choice of approximately 160 RAL shades or 650 color options (realized by our Liteville WorksStations)
You fancy more individuality? Even a WorksFinish frame can be anodized and polished in different colors.
Besides our RaceBlack anodized frames or individually powder-coated ones, we offer WorksFinish frames in a limited edition. The Liteville WorksFinish features a genuine Aluminum surface; it is not an imitation of a metal surface and therefore displays the uneven scarves of the manufacturing process.
Stains are common, the frame may even change its color slightly which leads to the natural charm of a grown patina. The surface can be reprocessed at all times either chemically or mechanically with a Scotch-Brite-Finish or by being polished manually.
The Rear Frame
We spent loads of effort into designing a frame that reacts super sensible and takes advantage of the entire travel available. At the same time, it is to minimize “bobbing”, an effect with full-suspension bikes riders fear a lot. In order to meet these expectations, we have further improved the kinematics of the MK12 and adapted it to state-of-the-art 2-speed and 1-speed drive trains. Besides these adaptations, the frame comes with the new RockShox Monarch DebonAir that offers great sensibility and a more “stable platform” in the SAG.
General Reasons for “Bobbing”:
One reason for “bobbing” is the rider’s weight, particularly when standing on the pedals or pedal unevenly. Pedaling evenly is something one can train.
Another reason – and the more important one – is that “bobbing” is caused by the chain working against the damping. Positioning the four bars of the rear frame perfectly, this force could be eliminated entirely. Even when pedaling hard, the rear frame will not bob, no matter in which gear one is riding. This works even while the damping system is working, meaning that the full travel range remains available at all times. The reason for all this is a comparatively long linkage bar that hardly changes its angle when working.
Depending on the linkage bar mounted, the travel is either 140 mm or 160 mm. The different linkage bars in combination with the correct travel up front lead to a perfect geometry adaptation and thus to the ultimate riding performance in any situation possible.
DynaLevel (SAG Indication)
Live-SAG indication at all times – even when out on the trail – rather than rechecking the SAG with a tie-wrap. This has always been an imprecise, hazardous process.
The rider can “read” the DynaLevel conveniently while sitting on the bike. Never has it been easier than that!
Pedal Stroke Rebound
The four hinges of the rear frame are responsible for the elimination of the pedal stroke rebound, both backwards and forwards. It is of particular importance that the rebound is eliminated at all times, no matter in which gear one is riding and no matter how long the chain is when the damping system is working. As a result of the perfect positioning of the linkage bars, we have been able to achieve this goal successfully.
Für alle Lagerstellen kommen nur die für die jeweilige Belastung optimalen Lager mit speziellem Lageraufbau zum Einsatz. 8-fache Kugellagerung (Edelstahl, doppelt gedichtet) kombiniert mit 2 gedichteten Nadellagern im Oberrohr und je zwei gedichteten Nadelhülsen mit seitlichen Anlaufscheiben im Federbein. Neben den von außen abschmierbaren Nadellagern im Oberrohr besitzt das Mk12 nun auch über von außen abschmierbare Lager in den Horst-Link-Lagerstellen.
Depending on the position of the bearing, different bearing types and sizes have been incorporated in the frame. There are 8-way ball bearings with a specified design (stainless steel, sealed twice) in the top tube combined with two sealed needle bearings. The damper is mounted sideways with two sealed needle bushes. The needle bearings in the top tube as well as those of the Horst-Link can be greased from the outside.
All Liteville frames feature the patented Syntace X-12 through axle system. Apart from the outstanding weight of no more than 39g, the unprecedented stiffness and super easy mounting procedure are the main advantages compared to competitors’ alternatives.
For a perfect function, the dropout is a lot more durable than conventional dropouts while still being exchangeable. The trick: not the dropout itself but the mounting screw is the weakest part of the combination and breaks in case of an accident. The exchange of this screw, even on the go, is a matter of seconds.
The Cable Routing
Due to our long-lasting experience, we know that shifting cables are to be protected as much as possible while the radius of the routing is to be as wide as possible. Particularly when riding in bad weather conditions, the shifting performance suffers badly from dust and water getting into the system. We therefore invented the patented NCP cable routing following the down tube, leading through the seat tube and into the chain tube. The result is long service intervals and permanent shifting performance, no matter how bad the weather is.
The Chain Guide
Only since we have worked on this component with the highest ambitions, we came to the conclusion that a chain guide is a must-have for all bikes, even those with “less” travel. The result of our work is the lightest, best working chain guide we know of. The advantages include fewer noises from the chain hitting the chain stay as well as keeping the chain from falling off the chain ring in tough terrain.
The Weight of the Frame
The weight of the 301 MK12 frame in size “M”, without damper, is about 2450 g. This includes a variety of integrated parts that need to be added to the weight of competitors’ frame weight measurements. The advantage of our direct mount designs is that the frame is overall lighter than adding extra clamps and screws to it afterwards. Besides, the direct mount design certainly is stiffer and more durable.
After all, you safe about 100g looking at the assembled bike!
New for the 301 MK12:
Patented DuoLink design
Further improved ScaledSizing geometry with optimized kinematics for 2-speed and 1-speed drive trains.
RockShox Monarch DebonAir damper with frame specific setup.
Liteville offers a 10-years (5 + 5) warranty for all Liteville mountain bike frames from September 1st, 2007. It includes all material and production defects of the frame. The repair or exchange of the respective part is for free in the first 5 years while the costs for the following 5 years is 50 % of the suggested retail price. For all dampers, the producers’ warranty policy applies.
Just as with every Syntace or Liteville product, the warranty extension is valid for all owners, not only for the first one. And it is valid explicitly for downhill usage and racing, too. This is how all buyers of a Liteville frame receive a several-years factory warranty.
The only restriction is that all components need to be mounted and used according to our 301 manual recommendations.
On top of all this, Liteville offers a special obligingness in case of an accident (bike on car rooftop hits garage wall, for instance) or misuse of the bike.
With Liteville and Syntace products you are in good hands, even after the purchase.