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    '11 Lynskey 29er Prototype

    Dear Santa, I think I want one of these for Christmas.


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    Ask for some lube and ear plugs ..too

    With that aluminum insert in the headtube, I can only imagine how loud the creak will become in that area once you start riding that frame.
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    creak? what creak?

    Dude, I'm still trying to figure out how to get it down the chimney!

    Besides, I've already put my letter in the mail to Santa. It's on.

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    Did you ever have a problem with headset cups creaking ?
    Not much different.

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    no..

    No... but my headset cups have always been in direct contact with the thick material of the head tube.....

    Now you have a shim sandwiched between the headset cups and the headtube. A recipe for Creak..CREAK
    You cannot go against nature, because when you do, its part of nature too.

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    if they're fit nice and tight an put in with grease or lock tite it shouldn't be a problem. All the headset creaks i've had where from the top race /steerer tube fit.

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    tell santa to wipe his grubby finger prints off it before he brings it

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    Looks like the Ti El Mariachi with a bigger head tube, and cheaper!

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    Be sure to check the geometry for the prototype, it's not the same as the production model, and it may not work for you. I saw that deal and was really excited, until I saw the geometry.

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    me want one

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    I'm guessing the headtube will accept a 1.5 HS now???

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    What's the length of time on the warranty on those frames?

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    Quote Originally Posted by RandyBoy
    What's the length of time on the warranty on those frames?
    pasted from Lynskeys website

    All Lynskey Performance Designs bicycle frames carry an unlimited lifetime warranty against manufacturing defects, construction flaws, and craftsmanship to the original owner. We reserve the option to repair or replace your frame, depending upon the identified defect and the repairs necessary.

    We also offer the only performance guarantee in the industry. Simply put, if you have ordered a custom frame and it does not perform per your ordered specification, then we will make it right. If for any reason you are dissatisfied with anything you have purchased from us, we want to hear about it. Tell us what the problem is and how we can fix it. That is our policy, period.

    If you have crashed your bike or ran it into the parking deck while it was on your car, then it is not covered under our warranty program, but we can help you fix it. Give us the details and we can determine the best solution for repair

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    Quote Originally Posted by mudge
    Be sure to check the geometry for the prototype, it's not the same as the production model, and it may not work for you. I saw that deal and was really excited, until I saw the geometry.
    Here's what I found: compared to the equivalent specs on their '10 models, the head tube & seat tube angles are the exact same and the effective top tube length is also the exact same. Other than the head tube being 0.75" longer (I'm assuming to accommodate the CC 110 ZS headset and aforementioned evil aluminum sleeve?) It looks like the most significant difference is the seat tube length is 1.5" longer (20" vs. 18.5") and the chain stays are 0.4" longer (17.5" vs. 17.1") on the prototype. Their are a few very minor differences - like less than a quarter inch - in the bottom bracket drop and the stand-over height.

    But enough of that. For fourteen benjamins, I just wanna smoke-test this sexy beast because I'm good enough, I'm smart enough and doggone it... people like me.

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    Quote Originally Posted by phillabong
    Here's what I found: compared to the equivalent specs on their '10 models, the head tube & seat tube angles are the exact same and the effective top tube length is also the exact same. Other than the head tube being 0.75" longer (I'm assuming to accommodate the CC 110 ZS headset and aforementioned evil aluminum sleeve?) It looks like the most significant difference is the seat tube length is 1.5" longer (20" vs. 18.5") and the chain stays are 0.4" longer (17.5" vs. 17.1") on the prototype. Their are a few very minor differences - like less than a quarter inch - in the bottom bracket drop and the stand-over height.

    But enough of that. For fourteen benjamins, I just wanna smoke-test this sexy beast because I'm good enough, I'm smart enough and doggone it... people like me.
    I have a '10 Ridgeline and love it!! Rode steel bike before forever,I am glad I waited and bought the 29er in ti

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    Great looking frame. So much nicer looking than their gimmicky twisted tubes, sliders and the new chain stay yoke on the Pro.

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    I did some research on the Lynskey site by searching for "110ZS," which is the 44mm Cane Creek headset that comes with this frame and it's over-sized head tube. It looks like several of Lynskey's new 2011 road race, cyclocross and touring frames are adopting this headset configuration.

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    Thats a really nice deal but it would be nice to have a no fork option for a few hundred less. I guess they have an overstock of those repainted exotic forks.

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    Quote Originally Posted by phillabong
    Here's what I found: compared to the equivalent specs on their '10 models, the head tube & seat tube angles are the exact same and the effective top tube length is also the exact same. Other than the head tube being 0.75" longer (I'm assuming to accommodate the CC 110 ZS headset and aforementioned evil aluminum sleeve?) It looks like the most significant difference is the seat tube length is 1.5" longer (20" vs. 18.5") and the chain stays are 0.4" longer (17.5" vs. 17.1") on the prototype. Their are a few very minor differences - like less than a quarter inch - in the bottom bracket drop and the stand-over height.

    But enough of that. For fourteen benjamins, I just wanna smoke-test this sexy beast because I'm good enough, I'm smart enough and doggone it... people like me.
    FWIW, I didn't like the geometry of the '10, so matching it doesn't excite me. I like the '11 even less. The angles are fine, the TT length is fine, but I'd want at least 6, preferably 6.5 cm worth of BB drop, they've got less than 5.75cm for the prototype and even less for the production '11. For the life of me I don't know why they build their bikes w/ such high bottom brackets. For me, it's a deal breaker.

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    Eh, the geo is fine with me. It's close enough to my stumpy in the areas I consider critical. I'm most looking forward to the chainstays being slightly (0.375") longer than I'm currently used to. I'm doing longer XC events now and welcome the added comfort.
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    has anybody been able to get the bb height? ive called but am told all the info is on the webpage.bb drop dosnt tell me much.
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    Quote Originally Posted by scsamoyan
    has anybody been able to get the bb height? ive called but am told all the info is on the webpage.bb drop dosnt tell me much.
    I thought I read on their site somewhere that the normal BB hieght is 12.5"? My current bike is 12", and I do have to watch for pedal strike. A 2" BB drop as mentioned on their site is 50.8mm. Now, if as I believe their figures are for a 100mm fork, if you use an 80mm, the BB will be lower, I'd guess at roughly a hair over 12", like mine (I run 80mm). I wouldn't consider that all that high myself.

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    Quote Originally Posted by scsamoyan
    has anybody been able to get the bb height? ive called but am told all the info is on the webpage.bb drop dosnt tell me much.

    huh? BB height is dependent on tires, and unless they tell you what size tires it is based on, BB height tells you nothing. However, BB drop is not dependent on tire size and therefore should tell you everything. It will give you a good idea on BB height AND gives you a much better idea of how the bike will handle.

    I realize this is a personal choice, so I'm not saying anyone else should or should not like a particular BB drop. But, for me, I'd take pedal strikes all day to have a 6.5 - 7 cm BB drop rather than ride a bike w/ a 5 - 5.5 cm BB drop. The bike w/ the lesser BB drop 'should' be more 'flickable', but I don't do 'flickable'. I'd much prefer a more stable bike, which the greater BB drop 'should' provide. I say 'should', because of course there are many things that go into how the bike handles.

    Regardless, I made the original comment re: geometry, not because I think it's wrong, just that the geometry for the prototype isn't the same as the production model. If you don't scroll down the webpage far enough, you may not be aware. Even though the price on the bike is a honkin' deal, it's no deal at all if you get it built up and find that you don't like it.

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    agreed but the geo isnt all that different.but you dont thinck bb drop on the prototype should be a factor?
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    Quote Originally Posted by scsamoyan
    agreed but the geo isnt all that different.but you dont thinck bb drop on the prototype should be a factor?
    The BB drop on the prototype is lower than the BB drop on the production model, but for MY money, they're both too high.

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    The bottom bracket drop on my Stumpy is exactly 2.25", the same as the Lynskey proto. All of the other dims are so close that they're essentially irrelevant to me in this case. And since my *only* complaint about my Stumpy is that it's slightly too harsh of a ride in the rear triangle, the additional 3/8" on the chain stays will be tested enthusiastically just as soon as my beautiful wife realizes what she just bought me for Christmas. (so ssshhh... i'm gonna surprise her)

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    Quote Originally Posted by mudge
    The BB drop on the prototype is lower than the BB drop on the production model
    Keep in mind that the prototype has fixed dropouts, and the production has sliders. BB Drop will be somewhat variable on the production model... probably within that extra 1/4 inch.

    Given a ~12.5" BB height, minus ~7" of crank arm, I don't think that 5-6" of clearance is overdoing it by any means... but to each his own.

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    I'd been looking at this frame along with a few others long before this thread popped up. I bought myself one

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    Quote Originally Posted by 6thElement
    I'd been looking at this frame along with a few others long before this thread popped up. I bought myself one
    You and a few other people apparently. SOLD OUT.

    Mine shows up tomorrow.... still need a few parts.

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    Quote Originally Posted by forkboy
    Keep in mind that the prototype has fixed dropouts, and the production has sliders. BB Drop will be somewhat variable on the production model... probably within that extra 1/4 inch.

    Given a ~12.5" BB height, minus ~7" of crank arm, I don't think that 5-6" of clearance is overdoing it by any means... but to each his own.
    It's not about the clearance, it's about the relationship of the bb to the axles, and how affects handling.

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    Quote Originally Posted by phillabong
    The bottom bracket drop on my Stumpy is exactly 2.25", the same as the Lynskey proto. All of the other dims are so close that they're essentially irrelevant to me in this case. And since my *only* complaint about my Stumpy is that it's slightly too harsh of a ride in the rear triangle, the additional 3/8" on the chain stays will be tested enthusiastically just as soon as my beautiful wife realizes what she just bought me for Christmas. (so ssshhh... i'm gonna surprise her)
    Did you measure the BB drop, or are you extrapolating from your BB height? I'm only asking 'cause the Specialized 29er HTs have a fairly large BB drop, much greater than the 2.25"/5.717cm listed for the Lynskey prototype. I had a Specialized Expert 29er and it had more like 6.5cm of BB drop. And, yes, I had to deal w/ pedal strikes, but it was very stable at high speed.

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    Quote Originally Posted by forkboy
    You and a few other people apparently. SOLD OUT.

    Mine shows up tomorrow.... still need a few parts.
    Mark,
    I've been riding a 2010 this summer as a SS and converted to 1X10 for winter riding.
    I'm quite happy with the frame.
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    Quote Originally Posted by mudge
    Did you measure the BB drop, or are you extrapolating from your BB height? I'm only asking 'cause the Specialized 29er HTs have a fairly large BB drop, much greater than the 2.25"/5.717cm listed for the Lynskey prototype. I had a Specialized Expert 29er and it had more like 6.5cm of BB drop. And, yes, I had to deal w/ pedal strikes, but it was very stable at high speed.
    Yup, I measured it. Twice. Once earlier today when I was curious and again, just a moment ago, to verify. It measures *exactly* 2.3125" or 5.874cm. I was more careful this second time and found that it was 1/6" longer than I had originally measured earlier today, pre-ride, when I was in a hurry and kinda eyeballed it.

    And yes, I measured it by emperically determining the distance that the bottom bracket centerline is below the centerline between both wheel axles. Put it up on my stand, flipped it upside down and everything.

    But enough of those janky numbers. Santa's coming early this year and I think I have everything ready for my build except for a bottom pull front derailleur and maybe the right diameter seat post.

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    Quote Originally Posted by cbrossman
    Mark,
    I've been riding a 2010 this summer as a SS and converted to 1X10 for winter riding.
    I'm quite happy with the frame.
    Good to hear. I haven't really decided where this is going to fit into my lineup. It's going to start out 1x9 rigid - mainly because I have most of the parts I need already...

    Eff.... is winter over yet?

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    Large frame weighs 1800g. But uses a 27.2 seatpost, so the 31.6 Lynskey post which is about to be delivered won't fit, which is completely my fault

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    Quote Originally Posted by 6thElement
    Large frame weighs 1800g. But uses a 27.2 seatpost, so the 31.6 Lynskey post which is about to be delivered won't fit
    Yep - about 1700g for the Medium. Now to wait for the "included" headset to show up...

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    Santa arrived in his big brown truck yesterday! Here's a pic of the frame - in a Large - and a shot down the creaky head tube.




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    looks pretty good. post a few finished pics once you talk santa into building it up, and let us know if that headtube sleeve works with the headset.

    no fork? thought it came with one...
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    I'm still accumulating parts for mine. It comes with the white Lynskey fork, phillabong already has his up for sale as he's not using it. I think mine will probably be too as I've just got home to a new tapered reba for it

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    I have to pick up the last remaining item tomorrow - X0 rear derailleur - and I'll be in business. I've already started breaking down my Stumpy for some of the components that I'm swapping over. I'll think I'll just part out the frame and other stuff I won't need.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mudge
    It's not about the clearance, it's about the relationship of the bb to the axles, and how affects handling.
    Not that I'm arguing your point about the bb position relative to the axles affecting bike handling, but to some extent your perception of this is going to be impacted by the trails that you are riding. Our local trails tend to be slower with lots of rock gardens, and the low bottom bracket heights that are favored with a lot of the 29er frames are less than ideal for this type of riding because pedal strikes really do become a prominent factor - much more so for me than how the bike handles at speed. Not that I'm buying this frame, but I actually view the higher bottom bracket as a favorable thing.

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    Got mine built up, and took it on it's maiden voyage yesterday.

    1x9, fully rigid. WTB Exiwolf 2.3 f/r

    I love the geometry. It handles perfectly for me. My drivetrain requires a little more attention, but everything else is dead on. I could rail that sucker around corners like nobodies business.

    Plenty of space for the 2.3 Exiwolf in the rear. About 3/4" on either side.

    Not a huge fan of a fully rigid bike. It was sweet for about 70% of the riding, but that other 30% had me hurting pretty bad at the end of 3 hours. It's not the 18" drops that'll hurt you - it's the baby heads and chudder-bumps. Stuff you think you should be able to hold speed through...

    Oh - and for the record - they've updated the 2011 specs for a 27.2 on the Pro and Ridgeline.

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    Quote Originally Posted by forkboy
    Oh - and for the record - they've updated the 2011 specs for a 27.2 on the Pro and Ridgeline.
    Bonus! I was hoping they'd go to 27.2. I've been wanting to run an eriksen layback post on the 2011 and didn't want to deal with shims. Sounds like it'll be awhile before Lynskey starts making layback posts unfortunately.

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    Quote Originally Posted by 6thElement
    I'm still accumulating parts for mine. It comes with the white Lynskey fork, phillabong already has his up for sale as he's not using it. I think mine will probably be too as I've just got home to a new tapered reba for it
    I gave you a sneak peak of mine- yours?

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    <img src="http://gallery.mtbr.com/data/mtbr/500/115-1.JPG">

    And a pic...

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    Man, that build looks nice! Thanks for posting a pic. I need to get off my butt and take pics of mine built up. Too busy just trying to squeeze in some rides.

    I've already unloaded that rigid fork and put my Reba SL on instead. Set it up 2x9 got a few rides in now trying to get it dialed in. On my first ride on some private trails in subfreezing temps, I tried two steep climbs that have given me some degree of difficulty (on my stumpy) in the past. I always make 'em but it's just not always pretty. This bike was butter smooth on both climbs. Every time. I was actually very surprised because even though this build is around 23.5 lbs., it just kinda "felt" heavier than my stumpy. I hope to get a few more rides in between now and Christmas and I'll be back.

    Also, did anyone make a record of the geo on this frame? The link with that info (first post of this thread) is no longer available and I forgot to save it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by phillabong
    Also, did anyone make a record of the geo on this frame? The link with that info (first post of this thread) is no longer available and I forgot to save it.
    <img src="http://student.fortlewis.edu/mwmages/lynskeygeo.jpg">

    Mine didn't feel heavy at all on the climbs... in fact - acceleration / climbing wise, it's very similar to most of my other bikes.

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    Quote Originally Posted by forkboy
    Mine didn't feel heavy at all on the climbs... in fact - acceleration / climbing wise, it's very similar to most of my other bikes.
    To clarify, it didn't feel heavier on the climbs. My point was more that it climbed much better - much smoother - than I anticipated. It climbed much better than my comparably equipped 2010 Stumpy HT.

    As for it feeling slightly less responsive than my Stumpy, I noticed that more on some really tight singletrack. But this Lynskey does have a slightly more relaxed head tube and seat tube angle (by 0.5 degrees), as well as slightly longer chain stays (by 0.375") than my Stumpy. And to be fair about it I was really bundled up because it was *so* cold that day. Maybe that was why it "felt" heavier.

    I'm not at all displeased with it. In fact, given the above parameters, what I noticed probably makes sense.

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    Sorry - misread last night.

    Mine isn't too exciting of a build - pretty much just an LX gruppo I had laying around. The wheels are off-the-shelf XT MT75. It's more of an experiment to see if I even really dig the whole 29er thing With the frugal kit and heavier 2.3s, it's right in at 23.8 lbs.

    So far, so good - but in this particular incarnation, I was a little disappointed that I didn't notice the two primary things I always hear about 26vs 29. As I mentioned earlier, I didn't notice a single bit of "decreased acceleration due to the increased rotational mass of the wheels"
    On the other hand, I didn't notice being able to magically float over rocks and logs the way most people claim.

    I think the most impressive thing I DID notice was the cornering ability. It might not be 100% as agile through the super tight, techy stuff - but the way the bigger wheels hold a line on the mellower, high-desert fast flowy stuff (a 'la 18rd, Phil's World) was a semi-religious experience.

    Definitely post up some pics!

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    2010 Pro 29 fork set up

    Guys, Newbie here, Ill try to load my pictures of the new 2010 Pro 29r , In the meantime...One beef I do have is that the front end is really high compared to my Kona, granted the 100mm fork with 2.25 Racing ralphs adds a little more height versus the 80mm Maxxis setup, But my test rides just feel funny, allmost like riding RM250R, How does the bike ride set up with 80mm? My Lynskey dealer swore the geometry was all based on 100mm.....Thanks, Look forward to your replies......
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    what size did oyu get? I went through similar thoughts previously as the geo wasn't exactly what I was after. I since realised though that I run an 80mm fork, which would pretty much put everything where I wanted it regarding HT angle and BB height. I think you'll be fine. I'm sure that I'd prefer it with an 80mm. IMO the older geo is almost like an 80mm frame they just stuck a 100mm fork on. There was a review somewhere that said it rode better with a 80mm as well.

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    Lynskey Pro 29

    The size is a large which is comparable to other bikes I have bought in the past, Ill give the 100mm travel some saddle time, If it doesnt work out changing the spacers on a Reba is a 10 minute process.....

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    I also have the large and I've set my Reba for 90 and I haven't noticed anything out of the ordinary in regards to head tube height. And I also have the same 20mm spacer between my stem and headset that I had on my Stumpy 29er HT.

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    Quote Originally Posted by forkboy
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    And a pic...
    Looks good Mark!
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    Quote Originally Posted by surlywhore
    Looks like the Ti El Mariachi with a bigger head tube, and cheaper!
    Agree looks just like my bike!
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    Lynskey pics

    I finally figured it out, here is a pic of the new ride, have to wait until Christmas to ride, wifes rules, Since she bought the frame ill have to listen just this once.
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    Sweet! I really wanted the twisty tubes, but couldn't justify the extra cost..

    To drop the front, you can ditch the spacers, flip the stem over, or go buy a flat bar. I prefer to have a 0-2" drop saddle to bars, and yeah - the front does tend to be high.

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    Lynskey

    Turns out I have a friend who owns a shop and got a sweet, and I mean sweet deal on this frame, Did you see the Lynskey loft yesterday? Pro 29r, Chris King Headset and Carbon fork for like $1399? Anyway, I took a walk on the wild side and pulled my Rebas apart, this morning, Turns out they were set up for 120mm travel, No wonder the front end was in the clouds, Now with 1 spacer the 100mm travel feels much nicer, I have the extra spacer and may try 80mm...,Peace Krack

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    lol @ 120mm on the front. Glad you found your problem

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    I have mental problems. I bought one of these frames too (medium) and started part shopping. My thought was to go middle of the road since I got a smoking deal on the frame and thought it would make for a solid bike at a great price. The next thing I know I am putting together XX 2x10 parts, with a tapered XX fork 20mm thru, chris king/stans flows...etc. The wife will not be happy when the Visa bill shows. In all fairness, I did find some killer deals on parts.

    The thing is, once I got the frame in my hands, I fell in love. The oversized ti tubing is gnar. I know some like the twisted tubes and I am sure they are great, but not for me. Too funky. But this oversized stuff is killer in my book. Too each his own I suspect. Anyway, I will be putting together soon. One thing, when I bought frame, Lynskey told me that I needed a 31.6 seatpost... Nope 27.2, so off my new post goes for exchange.

    I'll post some pics when finished
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    I just had to post up a report now that I've gotten several good rides in over the holidays. Yesterday evening I rode a familiar stretch of singletrack that I love. It was very muddy and much wetter than normal since we've had some significant snow run-off here lately. I've averaged about 8-8.5 mph on the same trail, with much drier weather, on my 2010 Stumpjumper. I averaged 10.2 yesterday - even with mud and clay caked all over my Ravens for most of the ride - and I could have gone faster.

    Even though my Stumpy climbs well, I never felt confident during hard, out-of-the-saddle climbs. It just felt slightly twitchy and made me feel like I was having to work too hard to keep it tracking comfortably. But I stood up and pushed hard on several climbs yesterday and it was much more effortless than I ever imagined it could be. This is also after putting on an extra 7-8lbs recently due to several holiday feast (hey, i like to eat). So I'm extremely pleased with how responsive it is!

    But the most notable thing about this frame is how comfortable it is for me. On my Stumpy (aluminum) I would feel fatigued in my lower back towards the end of these same sessions. At my age (48) I just thought that the fatigue was normal during hard rides. But I never experienced that at all yesterday, which amazed me even more than how well it climbed.

    Quote Originally Posted by Ribz
    The oversized ti tubing is gnar.
    Yup, size matters.

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    Currently sits at 22.5lb, but there's still changes to be made, new XTR pedals are in the xmas post somewhere, cut the steerer, work on the fit, possible change in bars and to a layback post. It's also likely to gain front suspension after the winter.

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    yeah, i know. red and blue. blah, blah, blah.

    rinsed it down and put it on the stand for a few tweaks.


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    Looks like they finally delt a little with the front-end stiffness issue on the Ridgeline and Pro29. I've owned both and still have one of the 1st version Ridgeline's with the straight downtube. The Pro29 was a wet noodle and I sold it fast. The Ridgeline was much better, but still more noodle-ish compared to other 29ers I've had in the past 7 years.

    The oversized headtube and 73mm BB allows for a larger joint and I am guessing the tubeset O.D. is a tad bigger than my older model. That has to go a ways to twisting issues. The aluminium insert in the headtube also addresses some reports from others in regards to headset installation. I know a LBS that had issues using cheaper headsets in Lynskey frames because of the tight tolerances. The insert is softer, so I have to think that will give some additional tolerance leeway.

    Good changes...

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    snow day!


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    It's much prettier than the "pretzel" frame by far. Wish that they'd do an EBB or a swinging type rear end as their sliders are even uglier than most.

    Sadly, I think that the best work that Lynskey does is actually on the bikes that they build for other companies.

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    2011 Pro

    I love mine!
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    Quote Originally Posted by mtbbyyou
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    well you must like purple
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    Except that's not the Prototype frame this thread was started for

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    Quote Originally Posted by 6thElement
    Except that's not the Prototype frame this thread was started for
    Is your rigid fork the same length as a 100MM fork? I have in my possion a rigid fork that is the equivalent of a 80mm fork and before I get off my ass and build up with said fork I was wondering what your thoughts were.

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    No, it's 468a-c, so the same as a sagged 80mm, which are 488a-c unsagged. With all the snow I've only managed a couple of quick rides around the city so far.

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    I'm bumping this thread b/c I HATE it! They finally get the perfect frame and only make a limited run in medium. If one of the 5 people that got a medium want to sell, send me PM. Hopefully Lynskey will make more of these in the current price point.

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    fyi, i called them last week and they said the next batch will not have the alu sleeves. Can't remember his name but he said they ordered straight head tubes which is something new. Sorry for not remembering better.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Captain Bob
    fyi, i called them last week and they said the next batch will not have the alu sleeves. Can't remember his name but he said they ordered straight head tubes which is something new. Sorry for not remembering better.
    Did they say when they'll be ready?

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    I didn't ask them when they would be avail. I actually called them to ask about frames that they make for a diff co, not so much the Lynskey.

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    I was told end of March for a Medium 2011 Ridgeline-29 SL.

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    Who are you talking to?

    Quote Originally Posted by staylor
    I was told end of March for a Medium 2011 Ridgeline-29 SL.
    That's why I tend to be fan of quoting. Not pictures though!

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    Quote Originally Posted by tl1
    That's why I tend to be fan of quoting. Not pictures though!
    Consider yourself quoted. ;-)

    This wasn't directed at anyone specifically, though Velosprocket did ask 'Did they say when they'll be ready?'. Not knowing whether he was talking about the 2011 Pro29 or Ridgeline (as both bikes are now covered in this thread) I thought I'd mention what I know about the Ridgeline.

    On another note, I was told the next batch won't have the alu sleeves in the head tube.

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    Quote Originally Posted by staylor
    Consider yourself quoted. ;-)

    This wasn't directed at anyone specifically, though Velosprocket did ask 'Did they say when they'll be ready?'. Not knowing whether he was talking about the 2011 Pro29 or Ridgeline (as both bikes are now covered in this thread) I thought I'd mention what I know about the Ridgeline.

    On another note, I was told the next batch won't have the alu sleeves in the head tube.
    FYI, the 2011 pro29 I received Dec 30th doesn't have the aluminum sleeve in the heatube either.

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    I think I found the long lost twin of our Prototypes

    http://salsacycles.com/culture/intro...l_mariachi_ti/

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    Quote Originally Posted by 6thElement
    I think I found the long lost twin of our Prototypes

    http://salsacycles.com/culture/intro...l_mariachi_ti/
    Minus the frame price, the Salsa name isn't worth the premium. It is a great bike though!

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    The salsa has the 2" downtube. I don't think the proto has that but I could be wrong.

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    I was wrong, they both have the 2" downtube. I personally like the salsa version with the etched graphics.

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    I just don't get how they look so much alike...
    You would think they would be different... Salsa cost less
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    Lynskey proto = $1100 for the frame
    Salsa El Mar Ti = $1800

    Lynskey build Ti frames for lots of people, not sure if they're building these Salsa's or not.

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    Quote Originally Posted by 6thElement
    Lynskey proto = $1100 for the frame
    Salsa El Mar Ti = $1800

    Lynskey build Ti frames for lots of people, not sure if they're building these Salsa's or not.
    They are
    And 1100.00??? Is that a close out?
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    Quote Originally Posted by 1993gsxr907
    They are
    And 1100.00??? Is that a close out?
    Yep - it was a closeout. Retail is quite a bit more - closest thing is the Ridgeline for $1850.

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    They were prototype frames, sold off cheap. So I guess that's a closeout.

    Those of us that jumped on the deal got a good one

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    Salskey El Lynskiachi Ti

    Quote Originally Posted by 6thElement
    I think I found the long lost twin of our Prototypes

    http://salsacycles.com/culture/intro...l_mariachi_ti/
    long lost twin or stepbrother?

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    Quote Originally Posted by phillabong
    long lost twin or stepbrother?
    stepsister...that's what I ride but a 2010...
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    guess what theme i went with?

    I think it turned out alright.

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    <img src=http://www.palinspin.com/files/imagecache/palinimageresize/palinimages/palin-armed.jpg>

    ?


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    uhmerica

    I was thinking more like the Nuge's guitar, but whatever.

    Actually, I decided that since the frame was made in America, I'd try to build the bike with stuff made in America by American companies. The saddle's not but just about everything else is. I even bit the bullet and replaced my Ergons with American made Oury grips.

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    What type of tire clearance is there on the prototypes and the ridgelines in the rear. Would a 2.25 racing ralph fit on a stans rim?

    Fixed dropouts - not the sliders.

    Thanks.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Green Giant
    What type of tire clearance is there on the prototypes and the ridgelines in the rear. Would a 2.25 racing ralph fit on a stans rim?

    Fixed dropouts - not the sliders.

    Thanks.
    I've got WTB 2.3 MutanoRaptors on my prototype, and there is still a good bit of clearance.

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    300 mile update

    So far, so good. I did a moderately hard ride up near Asheville NC yesterday at Bent Creek on rocky, root-strewn singletrack and a few gravel roads. But I think 95% of my rides so far on this build have been rocky singletrack. I've only had to change to a shorter stem length to compensate for the difference in ETT from my Stumpy HT, in order to get the fit right.

    I'd say this frame is as stiff as I need it to be (thanks to that fat downtube) on climbs and it's still very plush. I used to feel fatigued - especially in my lower back - after an hour in the saddle on the Stumpy. I rode hard for 3 hours yesterday without a break and felt good to go another couple of hours when we finished up. That alone has made this frame well worth the investment!

    Oh yeah, no creaky headset yet either. I've ridden in the rain once and I've also done four muddy rides (thanks to our crappy winter weather this season) but so far nothing has disappointed me in regards to frame performance. And since I only have $750 in this frame after I parted out the rigid fork that came with it and my used Stumpy frame on eBay, I'm very pleased with the results.

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    What's the story with the Al sleaves in the head tube? my Ridgline will be in at the beginning of April (so they say) will it have Al inserts or not?

    Mojo

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mojo Man
    What's the story with the Al sleaves in the head tube? my Ridgline will be in at the beginning of April (so they say) will it have Al inserts or not?

    Mojo
    See post #78 above.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ottoreni View Post
    With that aluminum insert in the headtube, I can only imagine how loud the creak will become in that area once you start riding that frame.
    1100 singletrack miles so far. No Creak.

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