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    Lynskey Ridgeline, continuing my affair with titanium...

    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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    some better pics. i washed her yesterday evening,





    the welds are pretty tidy.



    i also changed the 2x10 out in favour of 3x10, the new cranks have the ti axle too.



    i know it is old fashioned, but im not getting any younger, and i cleared a steep technical section on thursday that i havent been able to to for 4-5 years, so it works better than 2x10 for me.




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    Nice bike, I have just done a deal on a second hand Pro 29 frame so my first ti bike build is coming up soon.

    I know what you mean about 3x for mtb's. I have one bike set up with 2x9 and I think it requires more shifts between the front chainrings than a 3x where most riding is done in middle ring with the others just giving a few extra gears at the top and bottom. Also most 2x give up some of the lowest ratios.

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    Can I please ask what size fork you are running, is it 140 as it looks or a shorter 120. I'm just about to get a 26" ridgeline LT. I'm actually after it for the same reason as you (winter riding), my 20 year old Manitou with an original Pace fork is just too old these days, the elastomers are just too soft.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Uopi View Post
    Can I please ask what size fork you are running, is it 140 as it looks or a shorter 120. I'm just about to get a 26" ridgeline LT. I'm actually after it for the same reason as you (winter riding), my 20 year old Manitou with an original Pace fork is just too old these days, the elastomers are just too soft.
    It looks like about 100mm or maybe 120mm at most. I have finished my Pro 29 and I am running a 100mm Reba on it. If you are retiring a 20 year old fork then I think you will find even 100mm of air sprung goodness to be sufficient on your Ridgeline 26'er.

    Here is my Lynskey with the 100mm Reba.


    Untitled by ozynigma, on Flickr

    Here is my Banshee Paradox 29'er with a 120mm Manitou Tower Pro.


    Untitled by ozynigma, on Flickr

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    Thanks for getting back to me, pulled the trigger on the Ridgeline 26 and got a 140mm DT Swiss for to match it. Now to screw it all together.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Uopi View Post
    Can I please ask what size fork you are running, is it 140 as it looks or a shorter 120. I'm just about to get a 26" ridgeline LT. I'm actually after it for the same reason as you (winter riding), my 20 year old Manitou with an original Pace fork is just too old these days, the elastomers are just too soft.
    hey. in the photos the talas forks are set at 110, which is nice on-road, but off road i usually pop them out to 140mm.

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    I have had a great time with the 29er, but it is now sold. I have however just ordered a new ridgeline, this time a 650, and the next few weeks will be the hardest, waiting.

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    I am interest to know how you like the 650B compared to the 29er.
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    So am I! Still waiting. The UK importer has forwarded the decal kit to the LBS as they have none at Lynskey. I'm getting the 2015 model, but don't want the new screw on decals.

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    I was unsure whether to start a new thread for the new frame/bike, but have decided to piggy back onto this one, after all, most of the transmission parts will carry over from the 29er to the new 650.

    In anticipation of the frame arriving in the next couple of weeks, I have been trying to pass the time productively. Having sold the wheels from the 29er, I really didn't like blue, I ordered a pair of red hubs from the LBS. I had them spec the same stainless steel freehub body as I had on the 29er, I know it should last well.

    Yesterday, I stripped them down with the aim of re-greasing the bearings. I know the newer Hope bearings don't last as long as the older ones seemed to, and wondered if it was caused by a poor quality grease, or more likely lack of it.



    Turns out it's both. It looks like they use a very thin, clear, colourless grease that feels like silicon. In my opinion, it's not heavy enough to lubricate a bearing that is doing such hard work, so I thoroughly cleaned it all out, and added something much thicker.



    My favourite grease for hubs is a little known product from Motorex, called 'Grease 2000'. Is mega thick, and is hard to clean off, is waterproof, and is almost too thick for some jobs. I don't have any pics of the grease going in, I didn't want any grease near the camera!

    The hubs feel a little sticky now, as you would expect, but are still very smooth. I wonder if hope adding only just enough grease is simply so that they feel smooth when you pull them from the box?

    Two other little jobs I performed today, I reassembled the rear mech, but added the titanium jockey wheels I sourced from eBay.



    I did have blue Hope ones before, but they had to go.



    And I assembled the XT shifter pods onto the Hope tech3 levers. I'm so impressed with the design if this little setup, It's so slick.





    Still eagerly waiting...

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    The spokes arrived earlier this week, so I started the wheel build. Before lacing them, I took the time to hand polish the spokes, something I have never done before, and while it is a dirty and time consuming job the reward is fantastic.



    No dramas lacing them up, I took the time as I always do to line up the logos on the hubs with the logos and valve hole on the rims. With the polished spokes, the wheels look killer.






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    Thanks for sharing the build. Keep us posted. Thanks

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