Lynskey Performance Designs PRO29 SL 29er Hardtail
|MSRP : $3234.00|
Product DescriptionThe ongoing evolution of our flagship 29er brings a whole new meaning to the word PRO. The all new 2014 Pro 29 adds to its already impressive list of race attributes a PF 30 BB for unmatched power transfer, tapered 42/52 headtube for stability and strength up front, and 12x142 thru axle slider dropouts or choose our standard single speed sliders. Sliders not only provide adjustment for tire clearance and chain tension during the use of geared setups, but also play a pivotal role in the overall performance by allowing you to fine tune the wheelbase. The overall result when combined with a 2 inch Helix'd downtube; speed, stiffness and stability in a durable lifetime purchase.
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Date Reviewed: July 2, 2015
Strengths: Looks amazing. Geometry is spot on. Climbs like mountain goat. Handling (geometry again) is phenomenal. For a full on XC rig it descends extraordinary well. Responsive "stiff", but still compliant. So good to not be on a carbon fiber frame anymore!
Weaknesses: I love the tapered headtube, which is a requirement to build a high performance XC rig these days, but the headtube length is very long. I have to pull the top headset "cap" off the build and run with bearing showing. Bearing in mind I am an XC guy, and run my position lower the most. I little heavy, but the ride quality more than makes up for it.
Date Reviewed: January 28, 2015
Strengths: Durability looks geometry rigidity and world class customer support
I classified myself as a cross country rider but that does not tell you everything this bike get put through. I ride technical stuff like an all mountain rider and desend in the mountains of NC like a DH guy. The bike never fails me. I hope that helps if you are contemplating this frame.
Duration Product Used: 2 years
Purchased At: Lynskey
Bike Setup: Lynskey pro29
Date Reviewed: January 9, 2015
Weaknesses: Lynskey's ti frames crack
Customer service is poor
Warranty does not cover full frame replacement only a repair
Heavy for TI. My full xtr mavic slr build weighs in at 24lbs
Date Reviewed: November 17, 2014
Strengths: I have the 2014 Pro 29. Stiff ride. Fast. Stable. Comfortable. Good geometry. Quick handling. Responsive. Climbs really well. Descends with confidence. Balanced ride. Looks good with Industrial Mill finish. Titanium does not require paint. Ti is corrosion resistant. Titanium offers a compliant ride to help dampen the trail chatter and smooth out the bumps. Durability of Titanium - Lifetime Warranty. Ti is repairable. Tapered Head Tube, 2 inch Helix Down tube, Helix top tube and rear 142 x 12 thru axle makes for a stiff frame. Improved cable routing allowing use of full length shifter cable housing routed under the top tube. The Helix twist on the down tube and top tube look unique.
Weaknesses: Im not really a fan of Press Fit bottom brackets - I use a Praxis Works Conversion BB for my Sram XO GXP crankset which works fine. I still prefer a threaded BB. Slightly heavy frame - my size small frame weighs 4.25 pounds, but I don't care too much b/c Im not a weight weenie.
Duration Product Used: 2 months
Purchased At: Lynskey online
Similar Products Used: Lynskey Ridgeline
Bike Setup: Rock Shox Reba 29 100mm, DT Swiss Spine XR 1501 Wheelset. Shimano XTR Trail M9020 Disc Brakes. Specialized Fast Track Tires. Sram XO Crankset. Crankbrothers Candy pedals, Thomson Elite seatpost, WTB Laser V Ti saddle. FSA Afterburn stem 80 mm, Syntace Vector Handlebar, Cane Creek 40 headset, Ergon GA1 Grips. Shimano XT Cassette and XT rear derailleur. Bike weight 25 pounds.
Date Reviewed: November 5, 2014
Strengths: Stiff, well made, great looking
Weaknesses: Heavy (for Ti), stiff
Personally, I can't recommend the pro29...it's heavy and stiff. Buy carbon, aluminum, or a lighter Ti frame like a Vassago, Form, etc...
Date Reviewed: September 23, 2013
Strengths: Fast as promised.
Super ride, yet stiff as a Single Speed should be.
Weaknesses: Fast bike.
Date Reviewed: May 30, 2013
Strengths: Beautiful aesthetics; stunning finish; titanium; unique design; comes together easily.
Weaknesses: The only thing I would point out is that it has a long headtube. I've got a 100mm fork on there. I'm running an external lower cup and an internal top cup (Cane Creek 110). I use a flat bar. My stem is an inverted 90mm Thomson and I'm going to try run it flush with the headset, where I'm confident it will be low enough. But, having said this, I don't run my front as low as some of my mates.
Riders who like an aggressive geo will want to look at the numbers and the headset options to ascertain whether it'll work for them before laying down the cash.
First of all, some points of note: This review concerns the 2012 PRO29 SL. I'm 6'1" - I weigh 70-75 kilos depending on snacks and season. I ride in Wellington, NZ - which is by and large either up or down - long, meandering, flowing single track is rare. I am also a single speeder, I have no knowledge of, or interest in, riding a geared MTB. My build is low-compromise. It was expensive but it is not a weight-weenie build. Where considerations of weight came up against reliability or performance, I opted for the latter.
Now. It is very difficult to extract the review of a frame out from the bike itself, so I will begin with frame-specific comments and then move onto how it rides, with a description of my build. At the price point I was expecting a hell of a bike, yet somehow I was still impressed. I went for the Industrial Mill finish. It's got a certain lustre that I really enjoy - a silver Thomson post looks quite shiny by comparison. I wouldn't personally want it any brighter than this. The welds are immaculate, and the little plate near the BB and the other insignia are really nice touches. Those big twists are a standout feature, and something about the large frame just looks in proportion. The build came together quickly and easily. No surfaces needed facing or chasing, obviously, and it all lined up where it should. I personally prefer an EBB to the sliding dropout system, but obviously I'm willing to yield, since I bought the frame. What I can say is that the sliding dropouts look good. The bolts don't quite go through the entire thread of the dropout, which worries me a little. I will be buying new bolts that go right through the dropout, since I've snapped these before - but longer bolts are cheap, and give you the option of customising the drive-system you use to do them up (hex, torx etc). It would be a nice touch to spec these frames with the upgraded Paragon kit, but that's being a little picky.
In pure trail feedback terms this thing is comfy, yet fast. It's a butter racehorse. Riding it is like bedding the girl next door and finding out she's a hellcat between the sheets - you'd better settle in for some spicy miles. But make no mistake, it is racey. It's incredibly stiff. That big ol' junction at the BB just does not give. The bike goes exactly where you point it, and as such you need to be direct and judicious with your steering. I found I oversteered it initially, but adapted quickly enough. But we seem to be straying into build territory, so here goes...
Cane Creek 110 headset. Wheels: Velocity Blunt SL's laced to Chris King SS rear & 15mm TA front (beautifully hand-built by my sensei and friend, Mike Anderson of The Bike Hutt, NZ). 100mm Reba Race fork - tapered 15QR. Thomson connectors. Niner 710mm flat carbon bar. XTR M960 crankset - single speed only - 33/20 gearing. Chris King BB. New generation SLX brakeset with ice-tech rotors, 180mm F and 160mm R. Charge Knife Ti saddle. Maxxis Ikon 2.2 tyres.
Since I've always been a single speeder, take all my comments against the single speed mantra. Spin spin spin - coast - spin spin spin. I don't know and I don't care how this thing rides with gears. For my purposes, with the engagement of the CK rear hub, and with the stiffness of this frame, I can put the boot in out of a corner and it absolutely takes off. If I get out of the saddle and thrash about, it lays down all the power. No flexing, no quaking, no bending. I just go forward. On the downs it goes exactly where I point it, which was disconcerting at first, since my riding style was previously to suggest a line to the bike through a corner and adjust on-the-fly. Now I'm scoping out the exact route, and I push the bike into it. I know it'll stay put. This is a credit, equally, to the wheel build of course.
Like I said, it's racey. In tight switchbacks I found a propensity to oversteer and almost came to grief. I've since learned to set the front wheel into the corner less vigorously, and I'm yet to find a switchback too tight to negotiate smoothly. This is a no-apologies race geo, and it rides like it. Fit for purpose - can't complain there. And I do love the way it rides.
I'm not going to be so effusive as to say it's the only bike I'll reach for from now on. I still love my Singular Swift. But if I ever need to haul ass, the Lynskey will be what I take out. And, having debuted it in a 6hr Solo, I can say that it's certainly comfortable enough for long ones. I wasn't pining for a full-sus at any point.
If you're looking to put together a no-compromise race hardtail with a bit of a different flavour, this is your frame. My build came in around 23.5 lbs, which is no anorexic, but I stand back from it and consider it perfect - it looks reliable, fast and fun.
I wouldn't have it any other way.
Some photos: http://bikehutt.tumblr.com/post/50689610538/friday-night-bike-build-party-beer-flowed
Date Reviewed: March 1, 2013
Strengths: Interchangeable sliding rear drop outs to go from SS to geared; remarkable craftsmanship; stable, predictable handling; go anywhere
Duration Product Used: 2 months
Purchased At: Frame from Lynskey;
Similar Products Used: Airborne Ti Hag 26" SS, 120mm front suspension; Turner Burner 26" Full Suspension MTB.
Bike Setup: White Bros 100mm Loop front suspension; White Ind SS crank/Phil Wood BB; Cane Creek Thudbuster Seat post; Jones Loop H-Bar; Chris King Hubs (cog) laced to Stan's No Tubes Arch EX rims, with Continental Mountain Protection tubeless tires; Hayes Prime Pro brakes; Thomson stem and Chris King headset.
Date Reviewed: February 5, 2013
Strengths: Amazing combination of razor sharp handling, and rear end compliance
Dropout adaptability..Run it SS, or geared
Weaknesses: I only have a couple hundred miles on the Pro29sl, but I am in love...No complaints from me.
Date Reviewed: February 10, 2012
Strengths: Light, nimble, laterally stiff and offers a much forgiving ride than my previous aluminum frame.
Works best with rigid fork.
Weaknesses: Not with 44mm head tube (2010 model)
Rear tire clearance should be better with sliders forward into the chainstays.
If you only can afford a bike, this is your choice.
Duration Product Used: 1 Year
Price Paid: $1700.00
Purchased At: Surbikes.com
Bike Setup: DT Swiss XRR 470 fork; Edge Stem; Enve Sweep Bar; Cane Creek 110 headset; Truvativ Noir crankset; Novatec-FRM wheelset, Thomson seatpost.
Date Reviewed: June 3, 2011
Strengths: I bought the frame last year (2010), but did not end up building the bike till Feb of 2011.
The three reasons I was drawn to Lynskey in no particular order: A. Customer service- A great company to deal with. This was a reall strong draw for me as they are top notch. B. Titanium- This is the marathon metal meaning it last forever and the ride is primo. I have been riding ti frames since the early 90s and this frame has amazing worksmanship to it. Done just right. C. Value- this was the least important aspect of the purchase, but in a sense one of the key selling points of the brand: you get lots of bike for the money...no one else does it like Lynskey at this price.
Finish is top notch.
The bike handles perfectly for me.
Weaknesses: No real weakness at this point in the game- I may update/upgrade to newer sliders (the 2011's come with them) but only because I have heard from others that it is a nice upgrade.
I normally get rid of a bike at the end of the season and get the next thing that catches my eye and I already know i wont be selling this frame at the end of the season- it is too good to let go.
Duration Product Used: 3 months
Purchased At: Direct from Lynskey
Similar Products Used: Independent Fabrications 29er, Kona 29er and a laundry list of other brands in 26 wheeled bikes.
Bike Setup: King hubs, headset and BB. Hope brakes. Stans rims. Ritchey WCS bar, Easton EC90 post (with shim). Rockshox reba 100/Rigid fork- spent more time on the rigid fork: really good as a rigid and is not as bad as you might think....
Date Reviewed: February 17, 2011
Strengths: Light, smart/different looking, race orientated, strong. 2nd generation pro29SL so any teething probs should be gone.
Weaknesses: ?price? although should last a lifetime
Dealt directly with Don at Lynsky who was really helpful.
Duration Product Used: Less than 1 month
Price Paid: $2300.00
Purchased At: Lynsky
Similar Products Used: GF Superfly, Scott,
Bike Setup: Crossmax 29 Wheelset, Fox F29 tapered with 15QR fork, Sram X0 groupset, Specialized Fasttrak UST Tyres, I-beam seat and stem (little bit quirky?), Crankbothers eggbeater peddles.
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