a Cross Country Rider
from cape town south africa
Date Reviewed: December 5, 2010
Strengths: looks good, rides well untill the sliding slot dropout fails on the trail...every 20 km
Weaknesses: sliding dropout is fundamentally flawed. Keeps coming loose no matter what you do, creaks, groans and is unsafe. My frame is hanging in the garage and I have had to purchase another frame to keep riding?
fundamentally flawed slot dropout design makes tyhis frame insanely annoying. I advise anyoner not to waste their money. I would not sell my one to anyone as I know they will just inherit this flawed design.
Weaknesses: Lateral stiffness, can be twitchy for some.
The frame is is made very well. This is a "2009.5" that has the 2010 downtube and the 2009 swoop toptube. Rides as expected... very forgiving on the rough stuff.
Titanium flexes... it's the nature of the material. It's why titanium frames generally are more forgiving. That said, if you have only ridden aluminium frames, be prepared for lateral flex. It may throw you off a bit.
Lynskey likes to design for the tight, twisty stuff. Because of the headtube angle and short trail, this frame handles very fast. If you are used to 70deg headtubes, this will through you way off. Great for the twisty stuff though!
I would have never purchased this frame unless it was marked down on the Lynskey Loft website. The price is prohibitive, however, in this case, the quality of the frame is second to none.
Bike Setup: Mid-level SRAM component setup. X.7 / BB7... Sub $500 wheelset.
a Cross Country Rider
from Washington DC
Date Reviewed: February 8, 2010
Strengths: The strengths include almost everything about the bike. It is lightweight, nimble and climbs VERY well.
Weaknesses: I haven't found a weakness yet.
I use this bike for "everything". I commute on it, run errands on it and ride the singletrack with it. I also ride paved trails with it when the singletrack is too wet. This bike can hold a line on the most twisty singletrack at any speed. This is by far the best bike I have ever ridden on singletrack, whether the terrain is smooth or rough. The responsiveness this bike has in every aspect of any kind riding is incredible. It smoothes the bumps, carves the turns and climbs the hills like a spider monkey jacked up on Mountain Dew. In my opinion, this is the best piece of singletrack engineering on the market. Bottom line, it is a great slayer of the singletrack.
I have experienced upgrades to full xtr, front shocks, tubeless tires, and full suspension. But all these combined do not add up to the amount of improvement felt riding a 29er like the lynskey pro29. In my opinion, the pro29 is an mtb masterpiece. It could use just a tad less flex right at the rear axle, but the overall feeling is a perfect mix of instant power when you need it and butter when all you need is to poor it on.
The medium fits me perfectly (I'm 5' 10"). The sliding dropouts are great even for running gears. In the east you can run the rear wheel up tight, and move it back for the wide open west. The front end on an 80mm fork does a fantastic job of accepting a counter steer and diving into curves and switchbacks. But note that the bike felt unwieldy with the h-bar any higher than 1 inch below the seat because the front end needs weight to track properly. Overall, my body feels more centered and "in" the bike. Plus its easier to steer with the hips.
It is expensive, but I would pay more to have it if necessary. It is a beautifully crafted bike.
Favorite Trail: Squirrel Gap Pisgah NC and Douthat VA
Duration Product Used: 3 months
Purchased At: Youngblood Bicycles
Similar Products Used: None, but previously ridden, GT avalanche, mongoose IBOC team, cannondale F1000, 3 stumpjumpers, Ellsworth truth, Specialized Epic
Bike Setup: Crossmax 29 wheels, hutchinson python tubeless w/ stans, xt cranks, sram x.0 rear der., x9 ft. der., thomson stem (110mm) and seatpost, easton EA70 flat h-bar, wtb rocket v saddle, chris king headset, rock shox team 29er fork with maxel skewer, xtr pedals.
a Cross Country Rider
Date Reviewed: August 16, 2009
Strengths: Climbing, descending, flats, ti compliancy, customer service.
Weaknesses: Haven't found one yet
Bottom line is I have been riding for 18 years, own at least 30 bikes (that I can remember). I have never owned a bike that felt as much like an extension of my body as this thing does. I have never owned a Ti bike before so I can't really compare it to all the aluminum, steel, and Full suspension frames that I have owned. The way people described the feel of Ti always seemed a little "out there" to me but I have seen the light. The workmanship of their stuff is way beyond what I would have thought from a "stock" frame. If you are wondering how I got mine so cheap, I lucked up and found one in the Lynskey loft for $1595. If you are looking at a hardtail, do yourself a favor and check them out, you won't be sorry.
Bike Setup: SS with Hope X2 brakes, Jones style XTR cranks, Hope hubs on Arch rims, Boone cog
from west palm beach, florida, usa
Date Reviewed: July 1, 2009
Strengths: super stiff frame, tons of stand over height, set up to ride best with 100mm travel fork, geometery lends to great handleing.
Weaknesses: slidding dropouts gave me a little hastle, i replaced the stock star bolt with hex bolts after one blew out. after doing that i got it dialed in and haven't had any problems
before buying the frame i read the reviews posted on here. in the first review the guy talks about his frame being flimsy and not suited for bigger guys. this worried me since i am 250 lbs and tend to break anything on a bike that isn't made well. i talked to jack at lynskey and he assured me all would be ok, plus they have a 100% returne policy so i went for it. i am glad i did because this frame is sweet. i have found it to be really stiff in the right places and forgiving on the hiney and lower back. i notice an obvious difference when it comes to climbing and the effort it takes to do so. bottom line, the lynskey frame gives me max output for my input. if you can afford to drop the money for one you will not be disappointed. i personaly prefer to ride my 29er frames on the small size. i am 6'1 and ride their 16" frame and it fits me just right. i wonder how this frame rides geared but i will probably never find out since i am hooked on single speed.
Similar Products Used: kona kula 29er, kona explosif 29er
Bike Setup: bike set up single speed king iso 36hole hubs laced to mavic tn719 rims(29er), xtr cranks with ceramic bearings, 36f 19r chainrings, thompson seatpost and stem, king head set, hayes stroker carbon breaks with 233mm front rotor(big rotors help stop big boys), fsa carbon pro 600mm flat bars, ergon grips, crank bros egg beater peddles.
Weaknesses: Noodle! In 2 rides the chain came off 5 times almost killing me and my knees! I sent it back! (I checked the chainline)
All these parts came off a previous build where I didn't have any problems. I asked Performance was this an older 07 (which I heard was too soft and had problems) This was an 08' Chain would fly off on any real rough stuff- 5 times in 2 rides! I had to make the chain soo tight just to make it bake to the car I thought I f-ed up my bb or rear hub. When home check the chain line and went out again and same old bs. I was really nervous about calling Performance (they took it back with their 100% performance back up!) I KNOW that is would eventually break. Might work out for you if you weight -160 lbs (I weight 180) Looking forward to the new Salsa Selma!
Similar Products Used: (of 29ers that I have owned) Ti Erkisen/Ventana, Ventana El Rey, Salsa Dos Niner, Ti Racer-x
Bike Setup: King/stans wheels, White brothers magic 80 fork, king hs, thomson stem/post, xt cranks, Easton monkey sl bars, avid 7's, boone ti cog.
a Weekend Warrior
from Atlanta, Ga, USA
Date Reviewed: December 15, 2008
Strengths: Great stand over height, less the 4-bolt linkage allows for great hill climbing experience and super light weight versus the traditional full suspension set up, great trail debris clearance
I use this bike as my primary mtb bike for single track, FSR, Adventure and 12hr Races. The light weight TI frame make this bike ideal for climbing with a loaded back in adventure races without sacrificing strength and weight. I wanted a good quality bike I can savor for years to come. The welds, s-shaped wheel stays, and graphics show off the Lynskey craftsmanship. I also wanted to keep it local (Southeast).
Bike Setup: Thompson silver stem and seat post, Fox 29er front suspension, xt drivetrain, avid mechanical BB7 disc brakes,cris king head set with duece low riser handle bar and white grips, cross max 29er wheels with wtb 2.3 tires, georgia red clay...no charge.
Strengths: Extremely light and agile. The fastest handling 29'er I have ever owned or ridden. Soaks up the bumps. May be the best singlespeed I've ever owned 26 or 29 inch.
Weaknesses: None, really. The only thing I can think of is if I run a gear that makes me move my tire in closer to the seat tube, with the sliding drops, I tend to reduce the clearance. But to avoid any rubbing I just adjust my gearing accordingly.
I love this bike. It has the stand over that I need to have on a 29'er. It handles as fast as any 26" wheeled bike I've ever owned. Fit and finish is impeccable, but what I would expect from these guys. By one if you have the cash because you will not regret it...
Bike Setup: Set up as a single speed. Syncros Bar Stem, Ritchey WCS Carbon post, Ritchey WCS saddle and headset, Avid Juicy Brakes, DT240 hubs with Salsa rims, Ignitor 2.1 tires, Truvativ crankset, Ritchey WCS pedals, Carbon White Bros. fork.
a Cross Country Rider
from north carolina
Date Reviewed: November 10, 2008
Strengths: Workmanship. Came with a singlespped and geared droupout. Did not like it as a geared bike but love it as a singlespeed!
Weaknesses: Flex in rear stays and customer support. I had a lot of tire rub with a 2.1 Maxis igniter (with stiff wheels) Hope Pro II 36 spoke laced to DT swiss rims
I was dissapointed with the flex of the rear stays which caused a 2.1 tire to rub (setup as a geared bike). I called them and they told me a could ship it back and get a $500 credit towards a new frame. Are you kidding? I was interviewed by them prior to buying.
I decided to keep it and set it up as a sinlge speed and love it. Went with smaller tires and my I9 wheels and have no rub. Would have given a 1-2 rating since it says the rear will accomodate 2.3 tires and the crap with the credit but moved it up to a 3 because I love it as a single speed and the great deal I got on it.
Strengths: frame weight, handling, and good looks. Good price for frame compared to other Ti bikes. Good race bike. Can be ran single speed or geared. Slider rear drops.
Weaknesses: None so far.
Been wanting Ti since I first show a Litespeed years ago. Went with the Lynskey because it is built here in Tennessee by the same people that made Litespeed famous. Very good price compared to other Ti bikes. Best bike I've ever owned. And I've owned a lot of bikes. Rides better than steel. Has the feel of 2 inches of travel.Ti plus 29er wheels = a nice ride for a hardtail. I will be keeping this bike for a while. Wish I would've waiting so long to buy my first Ti.
Similar Products Used: I've other 29ers. But never Ti. Salsa Dos niner. Surly Karate Monkey. Origin 8 29er Scout.
Bike Setup: Fox 29er Fork. Juicy Ultimate. Moots Ti seatpost. Stan wheels with Hope hubs. Single speed setup. House blend 18 inch frame.
a Cross Country Rider
Date Reviewed: July 29, 2008
Strengths: Nice welds and polished tubes, Perfect balance and a all around blast as a single speed. Will build up as a 1x9 if needed.
Weaknesses: Price if you are $$$ constrained
Been in the bike industry since 89 and been to Interbike every year and Bio if you can recall those days. Every year dirt demos and do the ride your brains out on those days. This thing is so much more forgiving than the alloy frames and has the snap that steel people can relate to.
Not an Ikea type mentality (cheap disposable funiture) about it, more of a keeper. Quick fast nimble and smooth, oh and so beautiful. My 3 other bikes are a Giant Reign, Santa Cruz Blur, and a C-dale Rush Carbon. Looks like some pivots are going to rusty. Good things aren't cheap, and cheap things aren't good.
Similar Products Used: Let's see since I have owed alot. In 1990 an D.B. Overdrive Pro, in 1992 a Shogun Team 700c Prestige (long live the 700x45 Smokes!, Many 26ers (over 27 in the last 20 years of riding-no boing, half boing, lot's of full boing), Fisher 29ers, Bianchi 29ers, Niner 29ers, and the all time sleeper if you can find one is a D.B. Axis Ti made in 1999, and alot more great rides at trade shows
Bike Setup: Med frame w/ polished tubes, White carbon ridgid fork, FSA 290 wheels, Geax tires, FSA Afterburner w/32-bash, Magura Marta's, shimmed 27.2mm FSA SLK post for flex, Avocet 02 seat, Time pedals, mud.