The 301 among hardtail mountain bikes. Being as versatile and flexible as the legendary 301, the H-3 Mk3 is Liteville's answer to the wish for a timeless, purist bike with genuine Liteville genes. Among others, the highlights are the Syntace components and the fully integrated dropper post by EIGHTPINS with up to 220 mm travel.
- Further improved cable routing
- 2nd evolution of the Eightpins system: shortening the seat post is rarely necessary
- 10 mm more fork travel resulting in a slightly flatter steering angle
Frame: Liteville H-3 Mk3
Finish: Race Black anodized or WorksFinish
Headset: Syntace Super spin
RockShox Pike Select+, 150mm, Offset 37mm, 27.5˝
RockShox Pike Select+, 140mm, Offset 42mm, 29˝ (XXL only)
Drivetrain: Shimano XT, 1x12, 30 teeth, 10-51 cassette
Crankset: Shimano XT M8100, 170/175/180mm
Brakes: Shimano XT M8100, 203/180mm
Front wheel: Syntace W40i Straight Alu, 15x110mm, 27.5˝/29˝
Front tire: Maxxis Forekaster 2.6
Rear wheel: Syntace W40i Straight Alu, 12x148mm, EVO6 27.5˝/29˝
Rear tire: Maxxis Forekaster 2.6
Tubeless Kit: Syntace Tubeless Kit W33i/C33i/W40i
Stem: Syntace Megaforce2, 30/40/50/60mm incl. TwinFix
Stem spacer: Syntace Mega Spacer, 2x10mm
Handlebar: Syntace Vector Carbon Superlight High10/High20, 780mm, 8°/12°
Grips: Syntace Screw-on grips moto black 30/33mm
Saddle: SQlab 611 Ergowave Liteville Edition, 13/14/15cm
Seat post: EIGHTPINS seatpost
Accessories: Syntace X-Fix 5 & 4mm/5 & TORX 2
Frame Sizes: S / M / L / XL / XXL
Weight: 11.6kg M frame w/o pedals
01- Frame Design
Classic design. Innovative solutions. Straight lines, diamond shape, high rigidity and a performance and capability that lead to the test result "SUPERIOR". The H-3 Mk3 is the kid brother of the legendary 301 and feels at home on tough terrain thanks to a flat steering angle.
Apart from the Liteville solutions such as the X-12 rear end, the EIGHTPINS dropper post interface, Scaled Sizing and the internal cable routing, the H-3 even features enough clearance for B+ tires.
02 - EIGHTPINS dropper seat post
The next evolutionary step with integrated seat posts. More stroke. No shortening. Quick and easy height adjustment with large adjustment band width.
The seat tube of the bicycle frame becomes the immersion tube and housing of the Eightpins seat post. The thick continuous standpipe fits seamlessly into the design of the bike. The large overlap between seat post and frame as well as the large tube diameter ensure low wear and low service forces. The Eightpins sliding guide in combination with the outer sleeve for sealing and lubrication ensure long reliable operation. Dirt is effectively prevented, and an oil bath lubricates the seat post reliably.
03 – EVO6 Frame Standard
As with the Boost standard, Liteville widened the hub dimensions from 142 mm to 148 mm. The EVO6 standard, however, is a further evolution of the Boost standard since Liteville were able to not only increase the stiffness of the rear wheel, but also improve the chain line.
Comparison between 142 mm, 148 mm Boost and 148 mm EVO6 hubs
(1) 142 mm hub
The rim is not aligned centrally between the two hub flanges (62%/38%). This results in highly unequal spoke tensions between the spokes of the drive side and the non-drive side.
(2) 148 mm Boost hub
The hub is widened on both sides by 3 mm each, yet there is no positive effect on the spoke tension as the ratio of 62% to 38% remains the same.
(3) 148 mm EVO6 hub
The hub is widened by 6 mm only on the drive-side. The hub flange of the non-drive side moves towards the center of the hub slightly, the hub flange of the drive side is moved outwards significantly. The result is an almost symmetrical and thus noticeably stiffer and more durabel rear wheel.
With the bigger rear hub standard, the insert dimensions of the rear frame need to be worked on, too. This is where the difference between Boost and EVO6 comes into play. Rather than simultaneously widening the rear frame by 3 mm on both sides, the EVO6 frame standard has the drive side chain stay and seat tube stay move towards the outside by 6 mm. The rear frame is asymmetrical, which allows us to build a wheel with the superior advantages stated above.
The chain line
With the cassette (1) being moved outwards with the EVO6 standard by 6 mm, the chain line (2) is altered also. The chain ring is moved outwards by 3 mm, the Q-factor (3), however, remains the same. With the 3 mm offset, the chain is bent less running on the smaller sprockets leading to a better chain guidance, less friction, and thus less chain wear.
With the off-center spoke pattern of EVO6 rear wheels, Liteville were able to build our wheels with similar length spokes for both the drive and the non-drive side. As the spokes therefore also feature the same spoke angle, the spoke tensions are identical for every single spoke with the forces inside the wheel being delivered and spread out evenly. Tension peaks stressing single spokes extraordinarily can be avoided this way leaving the entire wheel being a lot more stable than commonly built wheels.
Syntace EVO6 wheels compared to common 142 mm standard wheels:
Axle standard: EVO6
Spoke tension drive side: 90 kgf
Spoke tension non-drive side: 90 kgf
Axle standard: 142 mm
Spoke tension drive side: 110 kgf
Spoke tension non-drive side: 70-80 kgf
04 - X-12 thru axle
It is the sensational weight of no more than 39g, the unsurpassed stiffness and the super easy handling mounting and removing the rear wheel that make the system perform like no other on the market.
05 - Rear derailleur hanger
The rear derailleur hanger is part of the Syntace X-12 thru axle. This holistic approach to the construction and design of the axle system allows for an entirely new solution.
Despite the fact that one can easily replace the hanger even on the trail, it is a lot stiffer than any of its competitors. The reason for this is simply that it is not the hanger itself that bends during a crash but the screw holding it. It is the screw, that breaks, not the hanger itself. A spare screw is conveniently and ingeniously in the frame.
06 – Cable Routing
Internal cable routing for the brake hose as well as the shifting and EIGHTPINS cables make for clean look and perfect function.
07 – Scaled Sizing
A bike like a made-to-measure suit. There are tall riders and small riders, some with longer and some with shorter legs. One size does not fit all. Liteville has a goal to provide everyone with the best possible riding experience, no matter their size.
A: Frame length instead of frame size
Strictly spoken, the frame sizes of Liteville bikes are frame lengths. This is to say that the distance between the bottom bracket and the top tube is almost identical for all frame sizes, yet the length of the frame is not. As a results riders with a long upper body yet short legs can ride a bigger or longer frame.
B: Consequently developed: Scaled Rear End
Does it make sense to have an XXL rider have the same rear frame length as an S rider? Being consequent, every component of the frame should fit the overall frame proportionally, depending on the frame length. As the only manufacturer in the industry, we use up to five different rear frame sizes and thus offer a perfectly fitting system overall. Even the travel transmission ratio for frame lengths M to XXL are adapted to usually heavier riders.
C: Wheels fitting frames
As one out of very few manufacturers, we take advantage of the full wheel size range available. For example: For a S frame, we use 27.5˝ wheels, the intermediate frames come with 27.5˝ or 29˝ and XXL frames with 29˝ wheels.
D: Made-to-measure cockpit
Syntace handlebars are available with different rises and different bents (8° and 12°, only MTB). The width of most handlebars can be adapted, too. Syntace stems are available in different lengths and most of them can be used up-side-down (with positive or negative angle).
E: EIGHTPINS seat posts with different sizes
The variable seat post by EIGHTPINS is available in four different sizes to fit different body sizes and riding styles. The seat post travel range stretches from 150 to 216 mm. The travel and the height adjustment can be adjusted individually.
F: 611 ERGOWAVE® Liteville Carbon
The perfect fit for maximum performance. The Liteville Edition saddles by partner SQ-Lab are available in four different widths.
G: Up to three different crank arm lengths
The Liteville Factory Machines come with crank arms lengths adapted to the frame length (SHIMANO 170, 175 and 175 mm; SRAM 170 and 175 mm).
H: Pedal sizes
The Syntace NumberNine is the first ever pedal that is available not only in one single size but three proportionally different ones. Apart from the shoe size, the perfect size depends on the width of the sole of the rider’s shoe and the intended riding style.
08 - Material and frame stiffness
Why Liteville frames are made from Aluminum? Liteville has yet again impressively proven in the BIKE Magazine Enduro comparison that Aluminum is the material to beat if you know how to handle it.
Further improved wall thicknesses for a weight reduction of 100 to 150 g despite a series of new, inbuilt features such as the Eightpins interface, the internal cable routing or the ServicePort.
Both as to the STW comparison (“stiffness to weight” ratio) and as to the comparison of absolute frame weights, Liteville frames remain unmatched.
09 - Synatce Parts
Test winning parts for test winning bikes
For more than 14 years, Liteville bikes received amazing reviews and keep winning comparison tests. One reason for this is the holistic approach to a bicycle. Liteville and Syntace are closely connected to each other with the latter being a think tank for new innovations as well as the supplier of test winning components for Liteville.
This is also why there is no other bike with as many in-house developed, integrated system solutions on the market. The X-12 thru axle, the chain guide, DuoLink, LevelTune, Evo6 and Evo3, DynaLevel and RockGuard, they all go back to the very roots of Syntace and guarantee for the high performance level of Liteville bikes.
The same is true for the components of our Factory Machines such as wheelsets, handlebars, stems, etc, that all received best grades being tested and that match perfectly with Liteville bikes.