Product DescriptionThe Lynskey Ridgeline 29er hardtail is designed for cross-country or endurance racing, singletrack, and all mountain riding. We’ve tuned the multi-shaped tubeset to create the perfect blend of lightweight, quickness, acceleration, comfort, and durability in the way that only titanium can. HANDLING
You'll immediately notice quick yet stable steering, but not to the point of being twitchy. We’ve added an oversize headtube to take advantage of the larger 44mm headsets. These larger bearing surfaces make for a more solid front end. This headtube also accommodates both straight or tapered front forks. RIDE QUALITY
The Ridgeline's multi-shaped and cold-worked tubeset is designed to give a balance of stiffness and comfort. This is especially beneficial for endurance racing or long day rides. POWER TRANSFER
The massive 1.75 inch downtube provides the backbone to lock in the bottom bracket. A firm bottom bracket area is the primary component in transferring pedaling energy to the rear wheel.
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Date Reviewed: March 26, 2014
Weaknesses: Customer service. Delivery.
Today, my bikeshop was putting the bike together and discovered that Lynskey shipped the wrong clamp for the shifters. The bike has S&S couplers and mechanical brakes, which comes with a specific clamp. So my bikeshop had to order the clamp from their vender and I have to wait another two days.
Again, not a huge deal, but these two foul ups and the fact that the sales guys seems to be at a loss when it comes to communicating with their builders, knowing anything about parts such as forks, and appear to get overwhelmed doesn't leave me with much confidence should the frame crack or something and I have to deal with these guys again.
I'll update once I get to ride the thing and then again after I travel with it.
Date Reviewed: March 3, 2014
Strengths: Amazing ride quality, intuitive geometry, light, strong, fast, beautiful titanium construction, made in the USA
Weaknesses: none, this bike has never let me down
The Lynskey Titanium seatpost that came with the bike is also great. It has never made noise and my seat has never slipped.
Date Reviewed: January 14, 2014
Strengths: Very light bike - all my friends who pick it up to put on a roof, lift over a gate etc comment on it.
It is really comfortable even after literally hours of riding. I had a thudbuster seatpost on my old bike - definitely no need for one on this.
It is simple to maintain, it looks good.
You can ride really fast on it.
Weaknesses: It's a big investment to make without having tried one out.
As others have said, the decals are wearing off a bit, but I am not that fussed.
I bought the bike and straight away did a week long event, riding about 65km a day. Once I had got used to the handling I had a lot of fun. I am an average height female (just over 5' 4") and the sizing is perfect.
The bike excels compared to my old aluminium 26er on rocky bumpy stuff, where it just pops over things much more easily. I love riding rocky uphill trails on it! Also on wide, easy trails and fire-roads sections it is fast and easy to ride, and I am always doing bits like this to join up the fun stuff.
It has taken me a while to get used to the 2x10 set up (less spinning up hills) and the inner chainring wears out quite fast.
I wouldn't change my original spec apart from the tyres and the quick releases. I just got new tyres and went tubeless at the same time as the Schwalbe tyres were extremely tight on the Stans rims (I've only had 4 punctures but all troublesome). I wouldn't recommend that combination. The Hope QRs tend to come loose in an unpredictable fashion.
Overall, I love this bike for the styling, comfort and performance.
Purchased At: Moonglu, Ripon
Similar Products Used: None - I just went for a massive upgrade from my first mountain bike (a Cannondale F500).
Bike Setup: I had this bike built up from the frame to my own specification. This was it originally:
Date Reviewed: December 18, 2013
Strengths: Simple and clean frame, I got the Industrial Finish treatment, XT built, and Stan Wheels, WTB tires and X-Fusion Fork, which I may replace further... first ride coming from a Merlin TI 26, and the handling is very good, it grips to the ground nicely and it keep it self on the ground...
Weaknesses: May be the Linskey Decals don't look as durable as on the Merlin Frame... other than that, a superb build frame, very high end finish on welds... Original Linskey seat is pretty comfortable even that it looks cheap.... I may replace the FSA Seat Post, and Stem and handle bar for Thompson as on My 26 Merlin.
Now I am setting my eyes on the FAT Ti Stratus from them...
Date Reviewed: November 21, 2013
Strengths: Durable, light, and extremely fast!!! Handles well and is extremely comfortable. No problems at all, except for a few minor tweaks from taking some pretty hard licks. Outstanding bike overall. Highly recommended!!
Weaknesses: N/A Not that big of a deal, but I would get etched lettering if I had it to do it over again.
Duration Product Used: 1 year
Purchased At: Lynskey- Chattanooga
Similar Products Used: 2011 Specialized Hard Rock 29er Sport Disc
Bike Setup: 2012 Med. Lynskey Ridgeline VF, Rock Shox SID XX, SRAM X9- 2X10, WTB Nano's on 29" Arch ZTR's
Date Reviewed: November 13, 2013
Strengths: Lightweight, climbs wonderfully, handles like a 26er, makes me faster!
Date Reviewed: November 5, 2013
Strengths: Handling and ride quality
Duration Product Used: 2 years
Similar Products Used: Ventana, Intense
Bike Setup: XO Build kit with Easton EC 90 XC
Date Reviewed: October 30, 2013
Strengths: Ride quality... stout power transfer while smoothing out chop
Responsive geometry... ESP-like steering, predictable.. very quick without being "twitchy"
Ti craftsmanship from one of the best out there... other materials may have come a long way, but...
Weaknesses: Probably your quads.
Otherwise, as others have mentioned, decals aren't the best quality and quality ti comes at a price.
No dropper posts... but then you'll probably be looking elsewhere anyway.
Much has been written about this frame. I had high expectations and was still very impressed.
Duration Product Used: 4 months
Purchased At: Lynskey
Similar Products Used: Salsa Dos Niner
Santa Cruz Superlight
Bike Setup: Ergons
Spec. Phenom Saddle
Date Reviewed: February 27, 2013
Strengths: It's Titanium, very responsive, comfortable even for a 40 yr old man, hardtails are not dead! level of finish detail if you can appreciate such things. With a smart build, Not as expensive as you think, can really last 10 yrs
Weaknesses: None yet- to be fair only 2 months old
Duration Product Used: 2 months
Price Paid: $1695.00
Purchased At: Lynskey.com
Similar Products Used: Kona Unit 2-9, Kona King Kahuna, Surly Karate Monkey, Niner EMD
Bike Setup: Shimano 2x10 XT drivetrain, Avid discs Fox Float, Ringle Black Flag wheels
Date Reviewed: February 4, 2013
Strengths: Pretty Light, Very Responsive, Simple Clean Lines
Weaknesses: Rear wheel came built horribly...had to come out of pocket additional $ after 3 rides. Not the end of the world, just unexpected.
I love the simplicity of the bike. It rolls really really well, feels very fluid but not overly so. So far I'm very very happy with it, and I thank Jack (who handled my order) for helping me get into my first Lynskey 29er. I am hoping this frame will last me a long long time.
Date Reviewed: October 13, 2012
Strengths: Light weight, stiff, fast, and durability of titanium (I've only had the frame for < 1 month but Titanium is more durable than aluminum and carbon fiber). Compliant ride. Trail chatter dampening capability of Titanium. Comfortable smooth ride - less body aches and fatigue vs. an aluminum frame, scandium or even a light weight carbon fiber frame (I've owned and ridden all frame materials). Looks of Titanium - simple minimalistic Industrial Mill Brushed Finish - No special eye sore graphics. Titanium does not require paint, more resistant to corrosion than aluminum and steel. Dialed in Geometry for great handling on climbs, descents, sprints, quick handling and stable. Faster than my 26 inch Titanium mountain bike.
Made in USA. Lifetime Warranty - much better than most of any manufacturer of aluminum and carbon frames.
Weaknesses: Decal quality looks cheap. No performance weakness.
I've demo aluminum and carbon 29er hardtails. I choose a Lynskey 29er Titanium hardtail due to above mentioned strengths. This bike is so fun to ride, as I mentioned its fast, quick handling, climbs like a goat, very stable on descents, rolls very well over small to medium bumps, dampens the trial chatter, stiff ride (there is some flex with very hard pedal mashing efforts, but still with good enough vertical and lateral stiffness which but I don't mind because that's what makes the frame a more compliant comfortable ride).
Frame weight for my size small frame is 3.6 pounds ( on my FeedbackSports hanging scale). Overall bike weight is 23 pounds with following build: Easton EA90 29er Wheelset, Easton XC carbon riser bar, Thomson seatpost, FSA 90 mm stem, Rock Shox Reba RLT fork, WTB Laser V saddle, SRAM X9 10 Speed Shifters, SRAM X9 front and rear derailleur, Sram X9 Shifters, Specialized Fast Trak Tubeless Tires, Truvativ Stylo Crankset, CrankBrothers Candy SL Pedals, Formula R1 Disc Brakes, Ergon Grips.
Date Reviewed: March 19, 2012
Strengths: Awesome combination of weight and cosmetics. Climbs well and is as quick downhill as most FS bikes. Excellent for taller riders 6' plus.
Weaknesses: Frame cracked behind the head tube after 1.5 years of use. With Lynskey full warranty doesn't mean a lot. You have to pay $500USD to get a replacement frame. After double checking the specs on the replacement frame Lynskey then sent me the wrong size and wanted further payment to fix the problem. A slick marketing operation backed up by poor manufacturing, poor warranty and even worse management.
Purchased At: 1395
Similar Products Used: Bauer, Yeti, Cannondale
Bike Setup: Thomson Post, Thomson Stem, Chris King Headset, XT Gear, ZTR Wheels, Formula Brakeset
Date Reviewed: February 17, 2012
Strengths: Bullet-proof frame, excellent build quality and beautiful finish
Weaknesses: Not cheap, but you get what you pay for.
I sometimes miss full suspension on the most technical trails but the bike's responsiveness and quick acceleration more than compensate.
Customer service is second to none, and I feel like part of a 'family'. You will be hard-pressed to find another manufacturer so caring, responsive and enthusiastic about their product!
Duration Product Used: 1 Year
Price Paid: $1400.00
Purchased At: Lynskey Direct
Similar Products Used: Litespeed Obed, Surly Karate Monkey
Bike Setup: XT Groupset, Stans Arch rims with Chris King Hubs, Rock Shox Reba Fork, Moots seatpost and Thompson stem.
Date Reviewed: December 11, 2011
Strengths: Titanium, Ti, Ti!! The good folks at Lynskey have it dialed in for sure. The bike screams threw the bark covered slalom courses of NC. The Ridgeline has an answer for everything. It descends, climbs, jumps, corners, and bunny hops with confidence. At speed or slow going in a rock garden, the Ridgeline is stable.
Weaknesses: I wish the rear tire clearance were only a little better. A 2.2 inch tire is the max I can squeeze on.
Duration Product Used: 6 months
Price Paid: $2000.00
Similar Products Used: This is my third Lynskey. Tried Litespeed, Cannondale, Klein.
Bike Setup: Shim XTR, Stan's No Tubes, Thomson, Hope.
Date Reviewed: December 4, 2011
Strengths: Bullet proof and lightweight titanium hardtail frame will last you years.
Weaknesses: Max recommended tire size from Lynskey is 2.1 inches. Cheap stickers are already falling off after just a month.
People say titanium absorbs trail chatter better than aluminum and even carbon. I wouldn't expect miracles here, but I'm not an expert in this area. If I had only one bike this would probably be it. But I probably will get a full-suspension XC bike in a year or so for more rocky trails and descents with drops and ledges.
The only negative is that it will only take a 2.1" tire, some folks I have heard have gotten away with slightly bigger but there isn't much room so don't get your hopes up. There are some great 2.1 tires out there, but I'd like to be able to at least run a 2.25" tire with a bit more volume. Also the decals are cheap and are already wearing off, the alternative is to pay for etching which is pricey $250. I got mine on their November clearance, they move a bumch of frames to their "Loft" and they are cheaper. Still even at full price of $1800, this frame is way cheaper than a Moots and I wouldn't ever consider paying the exorbitant prices that Moots charges.
I'm 6 foot 3" 180 lbs, and the XL fits me well, 110mm stem. I will be selling the Lynskey seatpost, as the zero setback doesn't suit me. But if you are bigger than I am, the XL 20.5" Lynskey frame may be a bit small and you should look elsewhere (Salsa El Mariachi Ti is made by Lynskey and goes up to 22").
The only other consideration about titanium is it isn't quite as light as carbon, if you are trying to build a weight weenie rig there are lighter frames. Titanium is lighter than aluminum and way stronger than carbon, so you its more about durability (and the confidence that you get when you know your rig is tough).
Duration Product Used: 3 months
Price Paid: $1400.00
Purchased At: Lynskey
Similar Products Used: Previous bike was a full-suspension 26er, also test rode a Fezzari HT 29er.
Bike Setup: Full SRAM XX component group
Reba XX fork with X-loc
Stan's Arch Wheels
Maxxis Ignitor Tires
Ritchey WCS 4-axis stem
Crank brothers Cobalt 11 handlebar
Crank brothers eggbeater 11 pedals
23 lbs even with everything. Total bike cost: $5,000
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