The Ridgeline-29VF has a dedicated geared dropout for a geared drivetrain.
Frame Description: The Lynskey Ridgeline 29 delivers all the benefits you expect from a high performance 29er. Our combination of cold-worked/multi-shaped titanium, 29 inch wheels, and balanced geometry will give you the increased traction, comfort, and stability you’re looking for while avoiding the normal 29er pitfalls of poor standover, sluggish handling, and a whippy front end.
Performance-tuned tubeset provides precision handling and excellent stability
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.
Similar Products Used: Ellsworth Truth (ridden for 8 years). Rode friends Fischer Superfly hardtail which was a much harsher ride.
Bike Setup: Rockshox Reba shox w/ lockout, XT drivetrain, shifters, and disc brakes, Stan's 29er rims.
a Cross Country Rider
from Hamilton, ON, Canada
Date Reviewed: November 25, 2011
Strengths: Very light weight, agile with amazing handling. Great acceleration and climbing. Solid and confident on downhills. No worries about scratches and paint chipping :)
Weaknesses: Not a thing, except there isn't enough time in a week to ride it enough.
Warning! It's addictive. You won't want to ride your other bikes and they'll corrode away in the garage.
Literally orders of magnitude better than my old GF. I am having to re-think my riding style as I no longer have to fight a bike around tight turns. Feels more like my old 26er. Can't wait for the races in the spring.
If you're looking for an upgrade from an off-the-rack bike, you can't go wrong. Excellent hardtail for racing and general cross country. The only hitch is the price: built it'll be mid-3000s and up (thus the 4 chilis for value).
a Cross Country Rider
from Queanbeyan, NSW, Australia
Date Reviewed: August 16, 2011
Strengths: Lightweight, looks great, beautifully made, never needs painting, can't rust. Incredibly stable ride and fast!
Weaknesses: None that I can see.
How good is this bike???? Lynskey clearly know how to build a brilliant titanium frame - and a 29er at that. The SL version of this frame allows you to run it as single speed (or internal hub) or derailleur set up. The head tube is oversize and allows you to run a tapered steerer or a standard steerer. As a complete bike it rides very, very smoothly and is incredibly quiet on the trail. I am amazed at the stability on offer. Simply set it up in a corner and it holds that line no matter what. I was surprised at just how sharp and responsive the steering is - this is certainly not a bike for chilling out on - it is built to go fast and rewards your efforts if you push it hard. I have scared myself a few times with the speed it carries into corners but it just seems to hang on. For 95% of the trails I ride I haven't missed the dually, such is the comfort afforded by 29er wheels and a brilliant titanium frame. Climbing traction is superb and there is virtually no wandering at the front end, even on the really steep stuff. I honestly can't see myself getting back on the dually. Lynskey certainly have created something special here. If you are considering a 29er hardtail you must put one of these on your shortlist.
Similar Products Used: First hardtail after 9 years on a dually. Giant NRS Air.
Bike Setup: Rockshox Reba RLT forks, Shimano XT wheels, brakes, shifters, cassette, pedals. Shimano SLX cranks, Schwalbe Nobby Nic tyres, Race Face Deus bars, Easton EA70 stem, Thompson Seatpost, WTB Pure V saddle.
a Weekend Warrior
from Town Creek, AL. USA.
Date Reviewed: March 7, 2011
Strengths: All American! Custom use-specific tubing, quality craftmanship, and attention to detail create a firm, yet supple ride.
Weaknesses: None apparent, however I wouuld not recommend for a novice start-up. Best for the experienced rider who knows what they want!
My Dream Bike! All-Mountain tamer, great out-of-saddle climber, supple through technical twist and turns, and surprisingly forgiving on the rocky downhills. This bike gives me the confidence to be a beter rider.
Similar Products Used: Lynskey Pro 29vf, Fischer 29 Full-Suspension, LiteSpeed 26 Full-Suspension.
Bike Setup: SRAM XX Drive Train, Fox 29 100mm Front Shock, Avid Juicy Hydro-Disc Brakes, Chris King Hubs with Stans AVR 29 Rims, Maxxis 29 Ignitor 2.1 Tubeless Tires, Chris King Headset, Thompson 130mm Bar Extension and Seat Post, Fitzig Allente Saddle.
Strengths: American made, light weight, solid, handles well, comfortable
Weaknesses: None except it only take up to a 2.2 rear tire. I was able to squeeze a 2.3 but it's tight. Not a big deal. I believe the 2011 model accepts larger tires but again it's a minor issue for me
I've had this bike for almost 4 months and I love it! I had problems building up the bike when I first got it. Nothing to do with the frame (faulty brake and fork issues) but once I was able to sort it out it's been nothing but pure pleasure.
When I first got the frame people warned me that titanium bikes were whippy/flexy. Not true! I also got the warnings about 29'ers being sluggish. Again, not true!
Lastly, I got the "why don't you get a suspension bike" question more than a few times. I'm so glad I didn't. This bike rides like a champ without the bouncy-bouncy feeling of suspension.
I raced it for the first time last weekend and I was smiling from ear to ear after the race, even if I did come in second ;) My Ridgeline climbed like a cat and descended even better. I felt in total control and at the end of the race my back which is usually sore after a race felt great. I've had heard about the "magic" titanium feeling and now I know it's true. I can't put into words how much I like this bike.
Dealing with the folks at Lynskey was a real pleasure and I really like the fact that Lynskey's are made in the U.S.A. If you're thinking of a new bike to race or just ride around on you need to look at the Lynskey. It's a great bike
Similar Products Used: Specialized S-works, Redline Monocog Flight,
Bike Setup: XT Compnents, Reba Fork, WTB wheelset, Hayes brakes, Thomsen stem and post
a Cross Country Rider
from Spartanburg, SC USA
Date Reviewed: February 9, 2011
Strengths: Durability, geometry, quality of construction, appearance, ease of care/cleaning, serviceability, Made in USA
Weaknesses: Wheelset is designed for one day racing - my intended use is ultra endurance bikepacking. I bought a second wheelset (iNine Enduro) and will use the stock wheelset for shorter events.
I am planning to do the 2011 Tour Divide and needed a reliable hard tail 29r. Equipment failure is not an option in such a demanding event through remote areas of the midwest. I scoured the 29r market for the most durable, best value frameset and components. I considered over 30 setups with various materials of frame construction (Steel, Aluminum, Carbon, Ti and combinations of each), components and forks. The Lynsky Ridgeline 29r with stock SRAM X9 components, Rock Shox Fork and wheelset rated the best. My training on the Ridgeline has validated my decision.
Strengths: THE Single best Ti Hardtail Available! Light, Stiff, Responsive, Compliant, Trail prowess. The single best race frame available(period).
Weaknesses: N-O-N-E, Frame is expensive....but you pay for what you get. Buy 1 frame for the rest of your life ans make it a Lynskey Ti 29'er!
There is nothing better (period)! A Ti hardtail, Made in the USA with a website where people will answer your questions in realtime, with frames as light as carbon but strong enough for 20+ years of riding and compliant yet stiff frames. Why would you buy anything else!!! And, no I don't work for Lynskey or even get a good discount.....they are that great!
Strengths: fantastica, dopo che lìho acquistata non ho più toiccato la mia stumpy fsr sworks.
E' più leggera e ha una guida morbidissima dove serve, inoltre è indistruttibiule e la superficie è sempre pèerfetta.
In salita sale fantasticamente bene e in discesa, anche se rigida, è precisa e perdona gli errori
Weaknesses: se pedali molto deciso forse flette un poco di BB (sono 87 kg)
La consiglio a chiunque ami lunghe gite in montagna ma sia anche obbligato dal tempo a brevi giri giornalieri in strada e fuori strada, è una bici ideale per tutto