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Old 10-22-17, 08:20 AM
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OK, I'll add my 16-year-old Airborne "Carpe Diem". It's set up more for touring than speed, and has been a delightful bike. My LBS owner, who declined to arrange for me to buy the bike through him, always refers to it as "your Huffy" since I went ahead and bought it on-line.
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Now is the time of year I switch to my 1999 Litespeed Tuscany until warmer weather. She still feels good on the back roads of Tennessee.
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2018 Lynskey R260, Di2 6870 w/hydraulic disc brakes, Stans Grail wheelset (32h fore and aft) with 32mm Compass Stampede Pass tires, Brooks B17 saddle mounted to Lynskey setback titanium seatpost, 3T Ergonova Pro (alloy) handlebar with red Fizik tape. The handlebar and saddle were on my previous bike and I swapped them over to the Lynskey because I like them better than the saddle and handlebar that it came with.


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2018 Lynskey R260, Di2 6870 w/hydraulic disc brakes, Stans Grail wheelset (32h fore and aft) with 32mm Compass Stampede Pass tires, Brooks B17 saddle mounted to Lynskey setback titanium seatpost, 3T Ergonova Pro (alloy) handlebar with red Fizik tape. The handlebar and saddle were on my previous bike and I swapped them over to the Lynskey because I like them better than the saddle and handlebar that it came with.
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Hehe. I haven't decided whether to submit the bike to the judgment of the critics yet, because I didn't consult the fashion police while deciding anything that should or should not go on it.
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I removed the Lynskey stickers from mine, I think it looks better.

I have >700 miles on it since I got it in October, absolutely love it.
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That does look pretty sharp! I'm going to leave the stickers on for now, but who knows, they may disappear in time.

Are those bottle cages the really expensive titanium ones from that guy out in Colorado? Though I've spent money on this bike that didn't really need to be spent, I'm not yet ready to replace the aluminum bottle cages currently on the bike. They hold the bottles really tightly, and I'm happy with them. I did order a 35mm single-piece, sculpted titanium stem spacer from Ti Cycles to replace that stack of aluminum FSA spacers that it came with. I've also got a combo mount coming that will move the Garmin to a mount sticking out from the stem front plate, with the Niterider light mounted underneath it on a Gopro mount. That'll declutter the cockpit a bit, and get rid of an annoying bright spot in my near field vision from the light shining on the corner of the Garmin when I'm out riding at night, which I do at least a couple times per week.

I've also just got a couple of 46mm deep carbon rims from Light-bicycle in the China that I'll be building up for this bike, so it'll look a little different soon. I might put it up in "hot or not" once these changes are all done.

Gotta say that with these 32mm Compass tires and latex tubes the ride of this bike is just incredible. It's so much smoother than my old bike. It's like all the vibration I felt from crappy road surfaces and bumps and ridges and whatnot on the road is reduced to around 20-30% of what I felt with the old bike.
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Old 11-22-17, 06:44 PM
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@pvillemasher, what size frame is that, and how tall are you? I can't help but notice how much higher my saddle is than yours. Mine's as high as it needs to be to have my legs almost but not quite fully extended at the bottom of the pedal stroke. I'm 6'2" and my frame is size L.
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Those H2O cages are cheap ones from my LBS, I think I paid $10 or $20 for them. I do like the look, I think they fit the bike's vibe well.

About the smooth ride - +1, and I can absolutely see why people like these frames for gravel bikes.

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@pvillemasher, what size frame is that, and how tall are you? I can't help but notice how much higher my saddle is than yours. Mine's as high as it needs to be to have my legs almost but not quite fully extended at the bottom of the pedal stroke. I'm 6'2" and my frame is size L.
It's a Medium frame. I kept the spacers they way they came, and I'll probably play around with the stem height after the New Year. And I'm 55...my seat-is-higher-than-my-bars days are pretty much over. I like to be comfy.
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Originally Posted by pvillemasher View Post
Those H2O cages are cheap ones from my LBS, I think I paid $10 or $20 for them. I do like the look, I think they fit the bike's vibe well.

About the smooth ride - +1, and I can absolutely see why people like these frames for gravel bikes.



It's a Medium frame. I kept the spacers they way they came, and I'll probably play around with the stem height after the New Year. And I'm 55...my seat-is-higher-than-my-bars days are pretty much over. I like to be comfy.
Yeah, I thought my bars would be closer to my saddle on this bike than they ended up being. I guess I must have longer legs than I thought or something. This bike has less drop to the bars than my Trek 2300, but not by as much as I thought. I'm almost 49, so right behind ya, and I agree on comfort. Since my bars are about as high as they can go on this fork tube, if I decide in the future that I'd like my bars closer to saddle height I could always get a stem with a steeper positive angle. I had one on my previous bike and it was helpful. I don't think I could have gotten away with getting the XL frame, because with only a 100mm stem and the Ergonova Pro bar (has longer reach than the FSA bar the bike came with) I'm already feel quite stretched out. A larger frame would have just meant using a much shorter, twitchier stem. Ain't nobody got time for that.

Speaking of the bottle cages, these are the ones I was thinking of. $60 each, OUCH. At some point if it seems important to me to complete the pimping out of the bike with as much titanium as I can I may have to pony up for these, but it'll be a while. These black aluminum ones work really well, and the devil on my shoulder is currently just issuing forth a faint whisper of temptation. Especially having spent money on the ti stem spacer, I gotta draw the line somewhere.
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Old 11-22-17, 08:06 PM
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Lynskey R275.

Almost done, was supposed to cut the steer tube today but spent the day doing major overhaul on my Ibis.

Between the Schwalbe 28's, Ergon seat post and Pro Vibe carbon bars (Ergonova carbons were unyielding in comparison) this bike just floats over my garbage roads.

I use Syncro Shift and have the left shifter change screens on the Garmin which is pretty cool.

Great bike.
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Looks great Matt! Are those aluminum or titanium bottle cages?

I won't be cutting the steerer on mine anytime soon. I actually thought I'd have less drop than I do, and am not interested in lowering it any more. If you look at my photo my seat is way high compared pvillemasher's, and a little higher than yours. I must have long legs or something. I do know that my saddle is not too high. I get near but not quite full leg extension at the bottom of the pedal stroke.

Also, what wheels are those? They're deeper than the Grail wheelset I have on mine, and probably about as deep as the carbon wheels I'm building for the bike right now.
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Those are King Ti cages. The rims are 38mm carbons from carbonbike.com. First set of road rims but I have built up 5 sets of MTB rims and they have been great.

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Looks great Matt! Are those aluminum or titanium bottle cages?

I won't be cutting the steerer on mine anytime soon. I actually thought I'd have less drop than I do, and am not interested in lowering it any more. If you look at my photo my seat is way high compared pvillemasher's, and a little higher than yours. I must have long legs or something. I do know that my saddle is not too high. I get near but not quite full leg extension at the bottom of the pedal stroke.

Also, what wheels are those? They're deeper than the Grail wheelset I have on mine, and probably about as deep as the carbon wheels I'm building for the bike right now.
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Old 11-23-17, 06:53 AM
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Those are King Ti cages. The rims are 38mm carbons from carbonbike.com. First set of road rims but I have built up 5 sets of MTB rims and they have been great.
Those King ti cages do look like they belong on that bike. I'll have to show you the ti stem spacer I ordered when it gets here in a couple of days or so. I'm happy right now with the spacer height under the stem, and I'd better stay happy with it, because I just spent stupid money for a single-piece spacer for it.

I rebuilt a wheel or two when I was in my young 20s, and then I've built three wheels in the "modern era" of my cycling, since I started riding again in 2009. So the chinese carbon rims I'm building will be my 4th and 5th wheels I've built, as soon as I get the hubs and spokes. Thanks to Youtube, Brandt Jobs' book, and various web pages I think I'll get it done with a decent build. The rims showed up, but I haven't ordered the hubs and spokes yet. Bike Hub Store is having a holiday sale, so I'll probably order them in the next day or so.
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Mavic wheelset, FSA stems, GURU carbon forks, Shimano Ultegra with Di2, fizik Aliante test saddle.
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Two questions about the Lynskey's.


1. When they say clearance for a 28mm tire, is that true? Like to run 28mm Conti's but as you know, 28 may really mean 29 or 30mm. Think I'm good?


2. In another thread, I read that the R275's are coming with a tapered headtube. Is that fact? Lynskey's web page says it's 44 mm straight. Can anyone confirm in real life what they have?


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I'm new to Ti ownership but am a long time admirer. It's interesting taking a slow tour of this thread and looking at all the beauties.
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[QUOTE=ThunderOne;20147757]Two questions about the Lynskey's.


1. When they say clearance for a 28mm tire, is that true? Like to run 28mm Conti's but as you know, 28 may really mean 29 or 30mm. Think I'm good?/QUOTE] My experience is that there is plenty of room in the frame but the fork is tight. I have the least expensive Lynskey fork, a few years old. 28s on a narrow rim like Open Pros will fit. On my wider Pacenti rims the tires are closer to 30 and also taller. They rub the fork crown and 7800 brake. I have to run 25s which measure 27+. You should ask Lynskey, as stuff changes. It's easy to communicate with them.
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My Lynskey frame is meant to be used with 700x28c tires, with Michelin 700x28c rear tire mounted on my rear wheel.

Chainstays and seat stays have about 3-4mm of clearance on both sides of the rear tire.
Plenty of clearance for the seat stay bridge, over 30mm of space.

I don't use a Lynskey carbon fork, so I can't tell if the front tire would have clearance issues with Lynskey forks.
My $100 Chinese carbon fork has plenty of clearance, even for 700x32c tires.


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Awesome. That's good news for sure. Glad to hear that there won't be any clearance issues using 28c tires.


Appreciate the info.
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[QUOTE=shelbyfv;20148545]
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Two questions about the Lynskey's.


1. When they say clearance for a 28mm tire, is that true? Like to run 28mm Conti's but as you know, 28 may really mean 29 or 30mm. Think I'm good?/QUOTE] My experience is that there is plenty of room in the frame but the fork is tight. I have the least expensive Lynskey fork, a few years old. 28s on a narrow rim like Open Pros will fit. On my wider Pacenti rims the tires are closer to 30 and also taller. They rub the fork crown and 7800 brake. I have to run 25s which measure 27+. You should ask Lynskey, as stuff changes. It's easy to communicate with them.
Mine fits a 28 with substantial room to spare on the fork, but it is a disc so there is more clearance. Not sure how much extra there would be with calipers but I assume it would fit a 28. I have posted a picture of the clearance in other threads (one showing the fork in "Lynskey or other Ti Frame" thread).
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Just found out an interesting tidbit that I didn't know. You can get custom graphics on your Lynskey frame for $100 extra. Seems fairly reasonable for something that will make the bike uniquely yours. Thought I'd share that for those that may want to go that route.
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My Titanium Lounge Chair.

Hey there guys and gals, found this thread at the suggestion of a member or two. 12 years of titanium in this thread alone. Some stunning bikes for sure. She’s my first foray into the Titanium world: 2002 LeMond Tete de Course. Built as a comfy tourer with weight in mind, she’s a 16lb lounge chair. And a blast to ride.
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