Not in the market for custom but still want a US made titanium bike?
The new Lynskey Silver Series offers just that, and at very reasonable prices. Five bikes are on offer -two road, two mountain and one touring- and all retail at just $1,099 for the frame. Complete bikes range from $2,199 to $2,499.
The road bikes come in racing or endurance geometries, the hardtail mountain bikes are built around either 650B or 29er wheels, and the touring bike made to go the distance carrying your baggage, mental or physical. All are made in their Chattanooga, TN, factory of aerospace grade 3/2.5 seamless titanium tubing and should start shipping in mid-April. Roll past the break for model details…
Shown at top, the Peloton’s slightly relaxed geometry, taller headtube and longer top tube are designed for a stable ride that puts the rider in a more upright, comfortable position for longer days. Tire clearance is pegged at 28c. A Shimano 105 build with 50/34 cranks, R501 wheels and Lynskey’s carbon/alloy fork is $2,199. It and the Breakaway below both use straight 1-1/8″ steerer forks.
The Breakaway has more aggressive geometry and a tighter wheelbase for racier performance. There’s still clearance for up to 28c tires and build kit is the same. Also $2,199 complete.
The Viale has the requisite welded rack mounts for anything from commuting to work to light touring. There’s clearance for up to 700x30c tires plus fender clearance with long-reach calipers. It adds a third water bottle mount, too. Complete bike with Shimano 105 and R501 wheels, Kenda tires, FSA cockpit and a Bontrager Satellite Plus fork plus Axiom rear rack is $2,359.
The MT650 (above) and MT29 both get Shimano XT 2×10 builds with Vuelta wheels and WTB tires and FSA cockpits. The key differences are wheel size and forks. The 650B gets a X-Fusion Velvet RL2 120mm fork and the 29er uses Manitou’s Tower Pro 100mm fork. Both bikes are designed for 100-120mm front travel or an appropriate rigid fork. Interestingly, both use a straight 1-1/8″ steerer, which they told us was to maintain a classic aesthetic. If you want tapered, you’ll need to move up to their Pro or Ridgeline series, which get shaped tubes and other upgrades. Retail on both is $2,499.
All frames carry a lifetime warranty.