Having put up a couple of other build threads on here, the first for my Yeti, the second for my Foes, I thought I should continue the tradition with my newest frame, a Lynskey Ridgeline.
Recently I found that the Yeti didn't have that certain something, and I all but stopped riding it. I was emotionally ready to sell it, but needed something to fill the gap. A titanium frame would be the ideal choice as the hardtail is the ideal winter bike for the UK, and having experience with titanium already I knew how resilient they are to mucky conditions. Come spring clean time, the frame can be treated to a new set of decals after Scotchbriting and will look brand new.
After stripping the Yeti, cleaning and servicing all the parts as I waited for the Lynskey to arrive, I could build the bike up.
Sorry about the crappy iPhone pic as this was during the initial setup ride, I will get some better images tomrrow. The seatpost is a different size, as is the front mech, but the top headset transferred over from the Yeti, and a dig in the parts bin revealed a lower headset cup to complete the build.
I have completed a few rides on it, and I am really enjoying the ride. I was worried that a titanium frame in such a big wheel configuration would be too flexible but quite the opposite. The ride is comfortable but precise, and there isn't a hint of unwanted flex. The local trail centre in the Forest Of Dean would tie the Yeti in knots in places, and I found that I had to really man-handle it to get it to turn in faster corners, but the Lynskey is much easier to ride, and turns much more easily. Our local ride yesterday evening saw me equal my fastest time on the fastest downhill section, so it is certainly no slouch...
Better pics tomorrow.
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