What do I have to watch for building my Liteville?

Please be aware that not all available parts on the market can be used / are allowed to be used for the Liteville frame! Detailed information you can find in the Liteville building instructions.

Choosing the correct crank arm length!

Do not forget: the correct crank arm length is dependent on your leg length.
Starting at the "standard" crank length 175mm you can use the following rule of thumb:
• XS and S frames: 5 mm shorter cranks.
• XL and XXL frames: 5 mm longer cranks.

What kind of front derailleur can be used?

Depending on your frame model  (H-3 / 101 / 301 / 601 / 901) there are differt mounting recommendations. Please ckeck the frame manual for specifications.

Can all kinds of cranksets be used?

The Liteville frame has been constructed with Shimano Hollowtech II cranksets in mind. Cranksets from other manufacturers can be used but not all will be compatible.
Take care about the chainline. Liteville frames with EVO6 rear frame only work with "Boost" cranksets!

What thread and what BB width are used in Liteville frames?

BSA standard, width is 73 mm. 

What is the maximum allowed brake rotor diameter for the Liteville frame?

You can use up to 203 mm rotors in the rear.

What is the proper seatpost diameter?

Seatpost diameter is 34,9 mm.

What is the inside diameter of the Syntace quick-release clamp?

The diameter is 38,0 mm

Can Cantilever or V-brakes be used?

No, there are no mounts for those brakes - and they can not be added due to low wall-thickness.

If it creaks in front while breaking:

• Test the fork: uninstall, clamp steerer tube in vise and rock back and forth at the lower end of the fork. If it makes little noises it is the steerer tube in the fork crown. It is pressed in...annoying but harmless.

• What you will hear quite often if front brake is applied lightly and the bike is being rocked back and forth: a little clacking noise. The brake pads move in the caliper! No problem at all, it is usually NOT the headset...

What to do if the Syntace P6 seatpost gets stuck in the frame while fully down?

With the three smaller frame sizes (XS, S, M) the P6 is going down all the way into the butted end of the seat tube. The butted end does have the 34.9mm inside diameter but, due to welding, it will not be 100% in line with the upper part of the tube. So it will stick if the 480mm seatpost is fully inserted.

So just check out, after riding for the first time, how much seatpost length is not needed and cut the post accordingly. Make sure there is still enough seatpost inserted beyond the lasered mark on the seat tube (minimum seatpost insert) and leave an extra 2cm. Clamp post in vise (use caution not to crack it!), and cut with metal saw. • • • Use sanding paper to deburr the edge and apply a little superglue to seal cut.

Be aware: carbon dust is not healthy, do not breathe in! Remove dust with a wet cloth.

What is the minimum length of a seat post adapter shim?

Adaption of height adjustable seat posts to Liteville frames made easier. Thanks to the now completed long time test results, we can now approve all Liteville 301 frames (up to Mk7) for seat post adapter shims of minimum length 120 mm instead of the previously published 150 mm. This approval is without rider weight limit. From Mk8 onwards, the valid minimum reduction shim length is, as marked on the seat tube, 120 mm for a seat post extension of up to 200 mm and 140 mm for extension length above 200 mm.
CAUTION: the use of seat post shims still requires adhesion to the minimum insert depth as required by the frame!

And what is the required length of seatpost in the shim?
The use of seat post shims still requires adhesion to the minimum insert depth of the seat post!

For all Litelille frames, we recommend the use of the POST SHIM LITE 31.6 (Part #: 10361). In the case where the dropper post insert depth is not as long as the full length of the shim, for all Liteville frames in this “problem case” the POST SHIM LITE 30.9 (Part #: 10363) must be used in combination with a 30.9 dropper post. Only here, the thicker wall thickness and the closed construction design allow a shorter insert depth than the stated minimum.

Retrofitting a Rockshox Stealth Dropper Post to a Liteville Frame

Use of a RockShox Stealth dropper post with the remote cable exiting from the bottom is possible on some Liteville frames if a suitable hole is drilled.

See manual (PDF)

Mind the wear limit of the seatpost

When frequently adjusting the height of your seatpost in muddy or dusty conditions, material wear actually takes place on the surface of both the seat tube and seatpost. The wear on carbon seatposts is much higher than on alloy seatposts due to the coated resin matrix/fibers used. To keep this wear to a minimum, we recommended removing the seatpost from the frame after every ride in wet/muddy conditions and then to clean it. The inside of the seat tube should also be cleaned with a rag. Check the diameter of the seatpost from time to time. At no position along the post, the diameter is allowed to become less than 34.7mm! If this is the case, the seatpost requires replacing to prevent the frame from being crushed resulting in possible deformation or cracking in the clamping area.

Can I use silicon spray in case of sticky carbon seatpost?

Yes, no problem. Prior to use of spray, remove all dirt from post and inside of seat tube. Keep silicon away from brake rotors and brake shoes!

Sometimes you have to do the opposite from what you expect...

for example, lube the front if it creaks in the rear. The creaking in most cases does not come from the BB. So leave the BB alone and instead:
• pull cassette off of cassette body
• apply copper paste on cassette body
• After re-installing, use full required torque.

Differences as to different types of screwlock
At all times, apply Loctite high-strength, such as Syntace Bond 48 (83-54)/ green, sparingly and do not drown the entire screw in it. The tip of a small screwdriver will do.Loctite intermediate-strength, such as Syntace Bond 48 (55-03)/ blue, is to be used for M5 screws and smaller.

Always undo screws with heat, particularly in case you have applied green screwlock.Heating the thread with a soldering iron works better than with a hot air blower as the latter might harm the surface of the frame or component respectively.

• Heat the electric soldering iron
• Touch the top of the screw with the help of a little bit of fluid and you will know when the screw has reached the 100 degree Celsius mark
• Undo the screw quickly thereafter

Make sure you heat the screw exclusively and not the entire surrounding!

The Loctite 101

• Shake the screwlock thoroughly.
• Clean the screw as well as the thread with degreasing agent and remove leftovers from the old screwlock.
• For a M10 x 1 screw, a single drop that actually finds its way into the thread appears to be the perfect amount.
• The Allen key is to be pushed into the screw completely in order to prevent the screw head from being damaged.
• Tighten the screw entirely as prescribed in the manual (mind the torque recommendations) and do not wait for the screwlock to start drying.
• After this, do not twist the screw any further, as the screwlock is to cure entirely.
• Important: screwlock is to be applied after every undoing of a screw. The system connection is not safe in case a screw has been twisted only a little bit.
• In case you have the chance: watch a professional mechanic work with screwlock as their advice is priceless.

The look of Liteville weld seams

There is three ways to produce a bike frame. One of them is called “Cosmetic welding stile” and is particularly nice to look at. The weld seams are even, very flat and uniformly shaped. Right from the start, however, we decided to use another technique. The reason for this is simple: the only things that count for us are lightweight designs boasting with maximum stiffness and durability. We decided to stick with a more conventional technique, despite extra material in places where this is necessary just because there is one rule, and one rule only: form follows function, in every aspect imaginable.

Durability is key for Liteville, thus we stick with a welding procedure that harms the material the least. Our procedure relies on conventional handcraft leading to the outstanding durability all Liteville frames have.

Kette bleibt innen in der SCS Kettenführung hängen

Wir haben den Platzbedarf bei der SCS Kettenführung so optimiert, dass sie möglichst optimal geschützt weit oben liegt. Bei einzelnen Rahmen kann es jedoch nötig sein, dass eine überhöhte Schweißnaht unten auf der Kettenstrebe (siehe Bild) leicht mit einer Feile abgeflacht werden muss, um ein hängenbleiben der Kette zu vermeiden. Dies hat keinerlei festigkeitsmindernde oder korrisionsrisikoerhöhende Auswirkungen. Es wird hier lediglich etwaiges Überschussmaterial der Schweiß-Handarbeit entfernt und seit Mk8 wird eine spezielle oxidationsarme Aluminiumlegierung verwendet, die sogar ohne jegliche Oberflächenbeschichtung als WorksFinish-Rahmen zum Einsatz kommt. Auch bei eloxierten oder gepulverten Rahmen ist dies optisch kein Nachteil, da diese Stelle am Rahmen im Laufe der Zeit generell durch die Kette blank gescheuert wird.

Mounting a Shadow RockGuard® correctly

Choose the correct pin for your individual rear derailleur and screw it halfway inside your Syntace RockGuard®. Mount the RockGuard® on your dropout and tighten the M6 screw with 10 Nm maximum.
Screw the pin inside the RockGuard® so that its tip slightly touches the main rear derailleur fixation bolt. Lay a finger on top of the Syntace RockGuard® and your rear derailleur touching both components at the same time. This is how you can sense from which point onwards the RockGuard® starts to push the rear derailleur apart. The RockGuard® is to be mounted without tension; it must not be pushed towards the inside due to a pin screwed in too far.

Caution: Screwing the pin in and out too often, the Nylock inside the RockGuard® can be damaged. In this case, apply screwlock (such as Syntace Bond 48 intermediate-strength/ blue or high-strength/ green). Shake the bottle thoroughly and sufficiently apply the viscous screwlock.

The headset does not work smoothly – what am I to do?

The Syntace MegaSpacer in combination with a Liteville 301 Mk11 or newer as well as in combination with a 601 MK2 or newer is to be mounted with a 0.6 mm washer between the SuperSpin and the MegaSpacer. From June 2013 onwards, the MegaSpacer comes together with the washer as standard. Alternatively, the washer can be ordered separately as a spare part via your Syntace dealer.