The Lynskey Ridgeline is designed to tackle tight single track riding with excellent handling, quality, and immaculate power transfer. The bike features a massive 1.75in downtube for excellent durability and steadiness. Built with reliable Shimano XT and FSA cockpit, the Ridgeline is sure to withstand the rigors of the single track course with ease and comfort.
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
I ride and race this bike in Michigan. I bought it last spring prior to the Lumberjack 100. It performed flawlessly in the race. The handling is awesome. You can whip this bike through singletrack. It feels very nimble and goes right where you want it to. It climbs, descends, and corners really well. Very efficient power transfer, minimal flex to pedaling, dampens trail vibration well. Most Michigan trails are soil with roots and occasional rocks and sand. The upper part of the state has more technical stuff in Marquette and Copper Harbor. This bike is at home on all of it. Its absolutely flies and feels stable at high speeds. This was my first titanium bike after about 10 years of aluminum. Very happy with this purchase. Its still my favorite bike and I absolutely love riding it!
The Lynskey Titanium seatpost that came with the bike is also great. It has never made noise and my seat has never slipped.
a Cross Country Rider
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 ride my bike cross-country in the UK on wild stuff and occasionally at trail centres. I ride for fun and competitively in adventure races and sometimes off-road triathlons. My longest single ride has been 90km carrying kit, and I have done events with back to back days of riding.
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.
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.
Worth the 1.5 month for building the frame.. 3 day delivery and out of the box, just a few tweaks and is ready to go. Very nicely packaged too. I compared this frame with Santa Cruz, Yeti and Cannondale... aluminum and carbon, and I decided to stick with TI, no worries about scratches, paint damages or broken frames... You can never go wrong with a TI hand made build. All your buddies are going to tell You, why TI and why not carbon or aluminum, don't waste Your time convincing them, on the trails they will know why You pick TI.
Now I am setting my eyes on the FAT Ti Stratus from them...
a Cross Country Rider
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.
I have ridden my 2012 Ridgeline 29 VF for a little over a year now. It was essentially the same bike as pictured, with an upgraded fork to Rock Shox SID XX. I would highly recommend this bike for anyone. I can't believe the abuse that it has taken. Other than a bent rear derailer after an encounter with a rock, which was quickly fixed, and a few scrapes on the vinyl decals, the bike is just as solid as the day that I picked it up. Don Erwin was excellent to work with and I am completely sold on Lynskey. They truly build a quality product.
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
Tommy, semi pro rider, endurance racer and trainer
Date Reviewed: November 13, 2013
Strengths: Lightweight, climbs wonderfully, handles like a 26er, makes me faster!
I shopped for a while for a Ti HT. The Lynskey won as my choice. And, I made a good one. This bike rocks!
Date Reviewed: November 5, 2013
Strengths: Handling and ride quality
Purchased a 2011 Ridgeline 29er used with very little wear on it. Raced the bike for two seasons, it climbs very well and descends like an enduro bike. The handling is forgiving, yet it tracks beautifully. Ride quality is sublime, long training rides are a joy. Normally a 3 year old mountain bike is ready for Ebay, not this one! Replacing the drivetrain and looking forward to another season. Would replace it in a heartbeat if it ever left the stable. Value is incredible
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.
I chose the Ridgeline for endurance racing and trail riding. No disappointments. It's a no compromise blend of burly trail bike confidence and "I weigh less than a slice of bread" xc efficiency.
Much has been written about this frame. I had high expectations and was still very impressed.
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
This review is as much about Lynskey customer service as the frame I bought in December. I had owned 2 Lynskey built Litespeeds in a past life and still ride a Lynskey built QR Tiphoon tri bike. 10 yrs and 4 kids later I've lusted after another Ti MTB frame but couldn't justify the cost. Came close to buying a Chinese Ti frame but was never really all that excited about it. Spoke to Lynskey customer service more times than I'm willing to admit. After answering all of my questions and basically just being incredibly helpful despite no promise of a sale, (along with a small yr end discount) I pulled the trigger and could not be happier. Dozen or so rides the snow has alowed in NJ have been fantastic.
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've been riding my Ridgeline 29 VF for about 6 months now. I got mine with a 15mm front thru axle, and I'm glad I did. The thing handles like it's on rails, and it's pretty light as well. Mostly X9 build kit, 2x10, with Stans Arch wheels. I swapped out the brakes that came on the bike, and now I have a dialed machine. I can whip it through tight stuff and let it breathe on the flow. It can handle it all....and without the complexity of rear suspension or any of the BS.
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.
This is my first 29er Frame. I'm a recent convert to the 29er world. I have to say it is much better than my 26 inch Ti Hardtail Frame - its faster, rollers way better w/ less rolling resistance, and is more stable than a 26 hardtail. I'm only 5'6" and the Lynskey Ridgelidge 29 size small with 22.8 inch TT fits me well using a 90mm stem. Don't believe the skeptics that 29ers are not for short people, 29ers are not as fun to ride vs 26 inch bikes, 29ers are slow to accelerate and sluggish - thats what I used to believe and I swore I would never own a 29er. Now, I will never own or ride a 26 inch hardtail again. I also own a 26 inch trail bike - Pivot MAch 5.7 Carbon which I really like, its the bike I use for more technical, rougher more rugged trials that are better suited with a mid to long travel full suspension trial bike.
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.
a Cross Country Rider
from New Zealand
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.
Great frames whilst they are going, but dont expect any support from Lyskey when things turn to crap. Extremely dissapointed in this company.
Bike Setup: Thomson Post, Thomson Stem, Chris King Headset, XT Gear, ZTR Wheels, Formula Brakeset
a All Mountain Rider
from Southington, CT
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 love to ride this bike. It never lets me down (unlike some of my F/S rigs) and is always ready for whatever I throw at it. I get so many compliments by fellow riders when riding it. The finish is both stunning and bombproof.
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!
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.
Lots of guys can make a good bike but few, very few will support your needs like the folks at Lynskey. They've got the best Customer Service in the business. The bottom line is that I can ride the bike and know that the only thing that is going to fail me is ME.
Similar Products Used: This is my third Lynskey. Tried Litespeed, Cannondale, Klein.
Bike Setup: Shim XTR, Stan's No Tubes, Thomson, Hope.
a Cross Country Rider
from Salt Lake City, Utah
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.
Bottom line is I love this bike and am very happy with my purchase. This bike is lightweight, tough, and looks great. It climbs with great efficiency and descends with speed and dares you to go faster. I wasn't sure if a hardtail was right for me but I couldn't be happier with my decision. The 29" wheels absorb the rougher stuff and roll over rocks, making for easier climbing and descending. When I descend I'm standing up anyway so your knees take more of the absorption on a hardtail. I plan on racing this bike and will see how it does.
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).
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
a Cross Country Rider
from Reno, Nevada
Date Reviewed: November 28, 2011
Strengths: I was concerned about buying a hardtail again after riding an Ellsworth Truth for the last 8 years. I can honestly say that for my riding style this hardtail 29ner handles bumps as nice as my full suspension Truth. I tend to stand when going over rougher trail sections. Stability and traction are better than the Truth. Love the titanium frame for looks and the solid feel.
Weaknesses: Only one worth mentioning is that I am on the upper end of the recommended height for a large frame (I am 6'2" tall). The seat post that came with the bike was too short and I had to replace with a longer post.
An awesome bike! For me, rides as comfortably over rocks as a 26er dual suspended bike. The longer wheel base provides more stability.
Looking to build up a new 1 x 10 ride. Anyone have an opinion between these two bikes? Both have the 68 mm BB shell and 44 mm Inset headtube I was looking for. Any reason in spend another $1k on the Moots? Much difference in stiffness or ride quality?
Anyone ridden both? :skep:
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I'm looking to run this crankset on my Ridgeline and I was curious about the frame clearance of the 26 tooth chain ring. Since this is the triple crank with the inner and middle chain ring positions being utilized, I was worried that a 26 tooth chain ring at the 64 BCD position might be very close ... Read More »
I saw the other day a Lynskey Ridgeline 29 VF frame at a LBS (which I passed by on a business trip), i contacted the shop afterwards asking for the geometry data, but they couldn’t help me.
I just checked the Lynskey website but only discovered the new 2011 geometry charts.
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if you need to decide between a Lysnkey Ridgeline 29 VF and a Salsa El Mariachi Ti, which one would you choose?
Any pro/ cons for one or the other?
And why (besides the price differences)?
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