Lynskey Releases SRAM Red Color Matched Limited Edition Signed Helix OS Ti Road Bike

Lynskey Helix OS limited edition SRAM Red road bike signed by builder

Lynskey has just released a 30-bike limited edition run of the Helix OS titanium racing road bike that’s painted to match with the new SRAM Red group.

Each bike will be signed by David Lynskey and built to order with customer spec’d frame and component sizes. Complete build includes and ENVE 2.0 carbon fork, Cane Creek headset, Zipp Service Course SL cockpit and Mavic Ksyrium Elite wheelset with Michelin tires. Oh, and a complete SRAM Red group, natch. Wheels and fork have upgrade options, like the Zipp wheels pictured here. Order yours for just $6,899.

The Helix OS frame has Lynskey’s spiraling square tube shapes for the top and down tubes, which supposedly increases stiffness without sacrificing the ride that titanium is known for. They’re handmade in Tennessee.

Twist around the break for detail photos…

Lynskey Helix OS limited edition SRAM Red road bike signed by builder

Lynskey Helix OS limited edition SRAM Red road bike signed by builder

Lynskey Helix OS limited edition SRAM Red road bike signed by builder

Lynskey Helix OS limited edition SRAM Red road bike signed by builder

Comments

Don Meredith - 07/27/12 - 1:00pm

I wonder if they crack faster with the red paint.

Steve - 07/27/12 - 1:02pm

Those tubes make the frame look like it is messed up. Just odd.

Oscar - 07/27/12 - 1:34pm

American made ti frame that will last forever in the same price range as Taiwanese carbon….haters gonna hate.

ec - 07/27/12 - 2:06pm

How about an update on ‘haters gonna hate’–how about ‘haters gonna comment’, anyway gotta love the haters (they keepin’ it real) the only issue I have with this nice ride is the painting of the titanium tubes–blasphemous!

Psi Squared - 07/27/12 - 2:47pm

I’d like to see some actual data showing how the twisted tube changes performance characteristics.

Tom - 07/27/12 - 2:53pm

I love my Lynskey, but I tend to agree with the comments on there being another red and black bike. Its not that exciting. Lynskey also hasn’t quite mastered graphics on this frame either.

bubba - 07/27/12 - 2:59pm

i might buy one if they didn’t have those ridiculous helix tubes. strictly a marketing gimmick

WannaBeSTi - 07/27/12 - 3:08pm

I’ll just say I don’t like Lynskey or Lynskey bicycles. Dirty company that’ll under cut a local dealer to sell to a customer directly and they use Asian made Ti tubes. I know this because I’ve heard it from people who have worked there.
Just check if there is a dealer in their town that is stocking them…

Whatever - 07/27/12 - 3:19pm

Built flat on a table instead of in a jig too. Haters gonna comment.

P.S. Enve has a fork with crown that looks right with that HT, instead of not right like this one.

satisFACTORYrider - 07/27/12 - 5:05pm

TIred.

greg - 07/27/12 - 11:44pm

helix tubes=70% failure rate. wanna make it stiffer? make it bigger. i cannot begin to tell you how crappy these things are.

Matt - 07/28/12 - 6:40am

Haters? If you think the broken frame comments are just about hatin’ on Lynskey then you haven’t been around the brand much. Knoxville’s seems to have more Lynskeys per capita than anywhere short of Chattanooga and every single one that I know has broken their frames (most multiple times) in short order. If that wasn’t bad enough, Lynskey then “helps them out” by letting them pay big bucks to upgrade their bikes to some newer design (pretty much admitting that they were crap the first time). Right now a friend of mine just broke his “upgraded frame” after only a few months and now has to wait weeks for yet another repair.

In addition to this, they are backdooring frames at low prices, cutting their dealers throats and have even sold a Salsa frame direct to a friend and yes, he just broke it too.

garry - 07/28/12 - 10:32am

not only very ugly, boring as well!

Whatever - 07/28/12 - 2:40pm

Fair enough, but I’ve yet to see one Lynskey-built Salsa frame failure. Post up one from the interwebs if you’ve got it. If it has happened, if would be on MTBR. Much less, Lynskey built a bunch of frames for Performance and Planet X too. Never seen a breakage thread on these either. P.S. Knoxville is full of very fat people. And these things do have weight limits. I’ve never seen a skinny person do-in a Lynskey.

Not a fan of how they build their frames, nor am I too keen on the un-scientific method of twisting and flattening Ti tubes with wooden blocks, but I think the frame breakage hearsay has gone a tad too far.

Neal - 07/29/12 - 2:17am

Your counterpoint is that knoxvillians are fat? Come on by, we will be happy to ride with you. It’s true a food truck shows up at local rides…oh god, we are fat!

Matt - 07/29/12 - 5:59am

@Whatever, it has been on MTBR several times (check the M390 thread) and none of them are mine. Also, while a couple guys are on the heavier side, most of them are average to small to average, not aggressive riders and some of the breaks have occurred in weeks. Oddly, most of them have this odd tribal loyalty to the brand and keep it all hush hush. Not too uncommon actually, as men generally don’t like to admit that they are getting screwed on this dream bike that they paid big bucks for.

I didn’t post because I have some cross to burn with Lynskey but the way they are starting to handle this should be brought to consumers attention. All bikes break but this has gotten ridiculous and the way they are handling them is just not right.

I’d love to keep chatting but the buffet down at Ryan’s is calling my name and you know us fat Knoxvillians just can’t walk away from that kind of action.

james - 07/30/12 - 8:15am

I feel sorry for who ever pays full price or for shipping for this pile of cheap chinese titanium. they’re quick to discount and offer a deal so good it will only happen “today”. if you live close to one of their dealers don’t worry they’ll under cut them and sell you direct at a cheaper price but only if you promise not to tell the dealer or bring it in to their shop. it’s happened to my friend that is a good dealer of theirs several times. to make up for it they offer him a free finish upgrade on his next order or some other bs. how is that suppose to help him pay his staff that fit the customer and keep his lights on so he can service the bike and open a warranty claim for the customer when it likely breaks. then when it does break they are going to try and charge the customer for a new paint job, yes they do this, because it is not covered under the frame warranty but will offer some “great deal” on a brushed finish. i don’t understand why he continues to carry their products.

the lack of knowledge coming out of that place is almost as bad as the quality of the materials they use. for someone that sells custom bikes you would think they could help fit you to a stock bike. instead they send you a link to fit yourself using competitive cyclist fit calculator or tell you’re spot on for a medium because youre the same size as them. they also have no clue about the parts they are selling on these bikes. it makes me wonder if anyone there has ever ridden a bike further than 5 miles. what a load of crap.

i have heard all of their materials come from china now, even the cable stops are machined there! same goes for having their seatpost and handle bars made there. i bet them stems are even machined in china.

tombraider - 07/31/12 - 10:57am

the way Lynskey treats customers is unacceptable! But they don´t mind -still.
American companies like Salsa or Marin don´t work any longer with them.
We will see when they will sell the company again?!

Tom - 08/01/12 - 12:06pm

I love my Lynskey road bike (so far) as well as another Lynskey-built bike for another brand (29er SS), but I will say after my experience purchasing direct from them I would probably consider other builders for my next purchase. For now, it meets my needs and budget to get a well made Ti frame.

The folks at Lynskey are kind of like slick car salesman. I knew what I was buying, in addition to my sizing, so my discussion with Lynskey sales was centered around price and delivery dates rather than frame particulars. Delivery dates were accurate, but they messed up on pricing, and it took nearly 3 weeks to get a portion of my money back, but at least they made it right. However, prior to that, they tried to solve the pricing issue with free product and tried to defend their mistakes with some poor logic. Before the sale they were the most responsive, helpful, and upbeat people you have ever talked to. Once they have made the sale, the attitude and response time changed. The experience definitely left me with a bit of a bad taste in my mouth, and left me feeling very uneasy about the thought of ever having to deal with them on a warranty issue (something that is more complicated than simply being overcharged for a frame). I hope they can improve things in this department because I do think they make a good product.

As I mentioned, the bikes have been great, and I love the geometry (aside from the noisy sliding dropouts on my singlespeed).

I also would have to agree about the undercutting their dealers. I don’t even know why they have dealers for their own brand of bikes, why not just stick to a strictly direct model like Canyon if they plan to regularly blow out frames far less than what other dealers can sell a frame for. Knowing this before buying, I didn’t even consider shopping at a Lynskey dealer.

Lynskey had a great name, but it seems like in an effort to increase profit margins, or bring the cost of a Ti frame down, they have introduced a lot of speculation about material sourcing and manufacturing. I think this “unknown” is further tarnishing their name and I hope that they would be more upfront about this stuff. In the end, I trust Lynskey to source quality tubing (wherever it comes from), and place greater emphasis on it being welded domestically, but it would be nice for them to clear the air.

Tom - 08/01/12 - 12:11pm

@tombraider: Did Salsa end ties with Lynskey for fabrication of their Ti frames? Do you have any more info on this?

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