The new Liteville 301 Mk14

Developing the new Liteville 301 Mk14, we have taken the biggest evolutionary step ever in the long history of the 301. The future oriented Scaled Rearend is yet another milestone of the consequent Scaled Sizing concept that allows for six different frame lengths with ideal rear frame geometries despite big diameter wheels.
The proven four-bar linkage kinematics of the 301 Mk14 was optimized and adapted to metric dampers. Thanks to the revised linkage bars, the pressure of the damper could be lowered which leads to a further improved responsiveness.
With these innovations as well as the all-new EIGHTPINS variable seatpost, the Liteville R&D department has been able to push the 301 Mk14 into a league of its own.

TEST RESULTS

This is how the German magazine bike 9/2017 assessed the MK14 with “Super”:

The latest evolutionary step of the 301 convinces off-road with exceptional detail solutions and a variety of updates comparing to its predecessors. It’s this mixture of its high reliability, its lightweight design and the magnificent acceleration that makes it an all-purpose sports enduro bike setting a very standard.

MOUNTAINBIKE 07/2017 concludes with the test result "superb":

"It is the ultimate all-purpose bike! The chassis and geometry of the 301 Mk14 are top-of-the-line quality, while the innovative frame has been known for its ingenuity before. On top of this, the 301 can be adapted perfectly to the rider's size."


(1) SuperYoke – allows for an even more compact rear frame that still is compatible with tires as wide as 27,5” x 2.6”

(2) EIGHTPINS compatible – interface for fully integrated variable seatpost

(3) Evo6 frame standard for the optimal wheel size geometry and an improved chain line

(4) The Rockerarm is adapted proportionally to the frame size resulting in a perfect availability of the full 140 or 160 mm travel – with proven Liteville four-link kinematics

(5) NCP+ cable routing – entire routing is hidden inside the frame

(6) Weight reduction inside the tube set thanks to variable wall thicknesses

(7) Syntace VarioSpin headset for the adaption of the steering angle. 0 degree as standard; +/- 1.5 degree as an option

(8) Oversize seat tube for 34.9 mm seatposts

(9) Syntace X-12 through axle. Stiff, lightweight and with the option to adapt the wheel alignment

(10) SCS chain guide – the most silent, stable and easy to mount chain guide on the market
(11) TCL (Tuned Chain Stay Length) – the length of the chain stay is adapted to the overall frame length 

(12) Depending on the individual requirements, the bearings of the frame are adapted respectively with a maximum of grease load and equipped with the Horst-Link design (the bearings can be greased from the outside) leading to optimized responsiveness. 

(13) Exchangeable rear derailleur hanger X-12 Typ3 for Standard and Directmount rear derailleurs. A spare screw is integrated in the frame.

(14) Down tube frame protector as an option

(15) Low DirectMount front derailleur socket - the frame is compatible with one- and two-speed cranksets

(16) RockGuard – our in-house design rear derailleur protection against rock contact as an option

(17) Postmount 7” brake socket (fits 180 mm DirectMount) 

(18) RockShox Deluxe RT3 damper with 55 mm damper travel for frame lengths SX and S and 65 mm for frame lengths M - XXL.

High value and weight reduced Titanium screws as standard

SCALED REAREND

THE NEXT STEP IN THE EVOLUTION OF THE LITEVILLE DUOLINK


Before:

MonoLink

In former times, there was only one wheel size due to a fixed chain stay length.
Evolution Step 1:

DuoLink

With the DuoLink design, you can either ride with a short rear frame with a small rear wheel or a long rear frame with a big rear wheel.
The Next Evolutionary Step:

Scaled Rearend

The Scaled Rearend design now combines the advantages of a short chain stay with the reduced rolling resistance of a big wheel.

HOW IS THIS POSSIBLE?


SuperYoke

(Int. pat. pend)
Leaving out an unnecessary crossbar leads to plenty of clearance for rear wheels with fat tires.

+ Wide Pivot

(Int. pat. pend)
The V-shaped swing arm bearing has been moved outwards.

+ Evo6

The chain line has been moved further towards the outside.

+ Setback Post

(Int. pat. pend)
A steep seat tube angle with a rear bent seatpost.

= Scaled Rearend

(Int. pat. pend)
Yet another milestone in the consequent frame design development of the Liteville Scaled Sizing.

THE RESULT

Super agile yet stable riding performance.
More comfort at the rear end of the bike.
Improved handling of obstacles of the rear wheel.
Perfect control of the bike in tricky situations with high grip front tires.
Super fast weight shifting with the back of the bike.
Enough clearance for dirt and mud even with tires as wide as 2.6".

DETAILS OF THE 301 MK14


New RockShox Deluxe RT3 damper

  • Damper with Trunnionmount for short mounting measurements yet maximum damper travel
  • Metric damper socket (8 x 25 mm)
  • Damper measurements are adapted to the frame lengths (for size XS and S 185 x 55 mm, for sizes M to XXL 205 x 65 mm)

Eightpins variable seatpost interface

  • Low weight and fully integrated design
  • Up to 220 mm travel
  • Simple mechanical construction that hardly requires services
  • 33 mm diameter seatpost for extreme stiffness without a "bottle neck appearance"
  • Can be mounted without a seatpost clamp

Adapted linkage bar sizes

  • New linkage bar (140 / 160 mm)
  • Revised kinematics with reduced transmission ratio for frame lengths M to XXL that allow for a lower damper pressure
  • Specifically designed linkage bar geometry for frame lengths XS and S leading to equal overall travel of the bike despite a shortened damper measurement and reduced damper travel

Serviceport

  • Big service hole underneath the down tube frame protection
  • Simplifies the work on cables inside the frame
  • Even allows for a Di2 battery inside the frame with a specific battery socket (optional)

Internal cable routing

  • The shifting cables as well as the hoses for the brakes and for the variable seatpost are completely hidden inside the frame
  • Optimized NCP+ cable routing through the swing arm axle, inside the SuperYoke
  • Cable outlet next to the Horst-Link bearing for a direct connection

X-12 spare screw

  • Integrated in the left-hand chain stay Yoke for the X-12 rear derailleur dropout
  • Allows for a fast exchange on the go

THE PRINCIPLE OF CONTINUOUS AND RELENTLESS EVOLUTION

With all Liteville frames we design, the principle of choice is the one of continuous and relentless evolution, or put differently: step-by-step improvement. We kept ourselves from design gimmicks right of the start and instead concentrated purely on function, weight and durability of our products. It might be the case that you will not see the differences between different evolutionary stages. Yet you will notice and experience their improved function, reduced weight and thus improved handling and performance when riding.


301 Mk13 Frame Length M
(DuoLink in 27.5˝ position)

Seat tube position: 32,5 mm offset
Fork insert: 550 mm
Reach: 421,5 mm
Stack: 600 mm
Steering tube length: 115 mm
Chain stay length: 435 mm
Bottom bracket drop: -10 mm
Bottom bracket height: 345 mm (705 mm tire diameter)
Steering angle: 66°
Bearing crossbar width at the Yoke: 72 mm
301 Mk14 Frame Length M
(DuoLink in 27.5˝ position)

Seat tube position: 52 mm offset (+ 19.5 mm)
Fork insert: 552 mm (+ 2 mm)
Reach: 435 mm (+ 13.5 mm)
Stack: 610 mm (+ 10 mm)
Steering tube length: 120 mm (+ 5 mm)
Chain stay length: 427 mm (- 8 mm)
Bottom bracket drop: -10 mm (27.5")
Bottom bracket height: 350 mm (720 mm tire diameter)
Steering angle: 66°
Bearing crossbar width at the Yoke: 76 mm (+ 4mm)

GEOMETRY OF THE 301 MK14


The radically redesigned geometry of the 301 Mk14 with a 10 to 15 mm prolonged reach and the adapted TCL chain stay lengths lead to a well balanced and stable yet highly agile overall performance of the bike. The top tube length has been increased by 10 to 25 mm with an offset seatpost. Thanks to the VarioSpin, the steering angle and thus the entire riding performance can be tuned individually.

Frame length XS
Body size recommendation: 155 cm – 163 cm

Top tube length: 563,72 mm
Steering tube length: 100 mm
Seat tube length: 400 mm
Chain stay length: 417 mm
Wheel base: 1120,77 mm
Bottom bracket height: 345 mm
Bottom bracket drop: 5 mm
Seat angle: 74°
Steering angle: 65,5°
Fork insert: 542 mm
Fork offset: 40 mm
Reach: 400 mm
Stack: 570,61 mm
Wheel diameter rear: 690 mm
Wheel diameter front: 690 mm

Wheel size: 26˝
maximum tire width: 2.5˝
Frame length S
Body size recommendation: 161 cm – 169 cm

Top tube length: 587,88 mm
Steering tube length: 100 mm
Seat tube length: 415 mm
Chain stay length: 422 mm
Wheel base: 1141,68 mm
Bottom bracket height: 348 mm
Bottom bracket drop: 10 mm
Seat angle: 73,7°
Steering angle: 66°
Fork insert: 552 mm
Fork offset: 42 mm
Reach: 415 mm
Stack: 591,06 mm
Wheel diameter rear: 720 mm
Wheel diameter front: 720 mm

Wheel size: 27.5˝
maximum tire width: 2.6˝


Frame length M
Body size recommendation: 167 cm – 178 cm

Top tube length: 615,61 mm
Steering tube length: 120 mm
Seat tube length: 430 mm
Chain stay length: 427 mm
Wheel base: 1174,81 mm
Bottom bracket height: 350 mm
Bottom bracket drop: 10 mm
Seat angle: 73,5°
Steering angle: 66°
Fork insert: 552 mm
Fork offset: 42 mm
Reach: 435 mm
Stack: 609,33 mm
Wheel diameter rear: 720 mm
Wheel diameter front: 720 mm

Wheel size: 27.5˝
maximum tire width: 2.6˝
Frame length L
Body size recommendation: 176 cm – 186 cm

Top tube length: 636,07 mm
Steering tube length: 130 mm
Seat tube length: 460 mm
Chain stay length: 432 mm
Wheel base: 1200,88 mm
Bottom bracket height: 350 mm
Bottom bracket drop: 10 mm
Seat angle: 73,43°
Steering angle: 66°
Fork insert: 552 mm
Fork offset: 42 mm
Reach: 452 mm
Stack: 618,47 mm
Wheel diameter rear: 720 mm
Wheel diameter front: 720 mm

Wheel size: 27.5˝
maximum tire width: 2.6˝

Frame length XL
Body size recommendation: 184 cm – 192 cm

Top tube length: 657,51 mm
Steering tube length: 140 mm
Seat tube length: 490 mm
Chain stay length: 437 mm
Wheel base: 1227,95 mm
Bottom bracket height: 350 mm
Bottom bracket drop: 10 mm
Seat angle: 73,37°
Steering angle: 66°
Fork insert: 552 mm
Fork offset: 42 mm
Reach: 470 mm
Stack: 627,6 mm
Wheel diameter rear: 720 mm
Wheel diameter front: 720 mm

Wheel size: 27.5˝
maximum tire width: 2.6˝
Frame length XXL
Body size recommendation: 189 cm – 205 cm

Top tube length:
680,73 mm
Steering tube length: 120 mm
Seat tube length: 540 mm
Chain stay length: 450 mm
Wheel base: 1263,40 mm
Bottom bracket height: 355 mm
Bottom bracket drop: 22.5 mm
Seat angle: 73,37°
Steering angle: 66.5°
Fork insert: 571 mm
Fork offset: 51 mm
Reach: 490 mm
Stack: 638,37 mm
Wheel diameter rear: 755 mm
Wheel diameter front: 755 mm

Wheel size: 29˝
maximum tire width: 2.5˝