Lynskey Introduces Silver Series Stock Titanium Road, Touring & Mountain Bikes

2013 Lynskey Peloton silver series titanium road bike

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.

2013 Lynskey Breakaway silver series titanium road bike

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.

2013 Lynskey Viale silver series titanium touring commuter road bike

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.

2013 Lynskey MT650 silver series titanium 650B hardtail mountain bike

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.

 

2013 Lynskey MT29 silver series titanium 29er hardtail mountain bike

 

All frames carry a lifetime warranty.

Comments

Michael - 03/26/13 - 10:01am

Lynskey brought a bunch of these bikes to my race a few weeks ago. They are really nice, especially for the price.

mudrock - 03/26/13 - 10:26am

Great price for domestically made ti – same as what Habanero charges for Chinese made frames. If I was in the market this would be my next.

TrestleBridge - 03/26/13 - 10:57am

Any idea on the frame weight for the 29er?

dickhead - 03/26/13 - 11:02am

I predict Lynskey will be out of business in 3-2-1-

dickhead - 03/26/13 - 11:03am

Taking on additional OEM customers like Kona, then undercutting them in price.

Brilliant Fcuking Move boys.

Eyal - 03/26/13 - 11:35am

Good job Lynsky! This is wonderful news and a great way to introduce people to Titanium bikes. These bikes should be awesome.

dirtysanchez - 03/26/13 - 1:10pm

Have you ridden one of the Kona’s Lynskey makes, or last years Salsa ti El Mariachi? They ride like overpriced aluminum bikes. I would rather have a new hydroformed aluminum bike over these cheap ti bikes.

Pete - 03/26/13 - 1:37pm

Lynskey’s Silver Series bikes are a great entry-level option to their existing, more performance oriented line. Their current lineup features shaped and butted tubing with all the modern/trendy standards for BB and HT whereas this Silver Series nails it for non-butted tubing with the traditional/old standards.

There’s no danger of this entry-level series competing with their current lineup or any of the contract work they’re doing for Kona or Salsa (and whoever else they may be building for) as the Kona and Salsa frames feature custom geo, shaped and butted tubes in various sizes, and are closer in price to Lynskey’s regular lineup.

The prices are tough to beat for U.S.-made Ti frames but I’d probably still opt for their regular lineup just for the shaped and butted tubes. I was told by a smart dude many, many years ago that I could swap out just about anything on a bike except the frame. Once you swap the frame, you’re on a different bike.

Jae - 03/26/13 - 1:40pm

Great to see the Lynskey brand doing well. I have a 1997 Litespeed Classic sigined by W. David Lynskey. I love the bike and have at least 90K miles on it.

Darwin - 03/26/13 - 1:46pm

You really think these are made in the U.S.? I’ll bet anything they are made in China.

Tom - 03/26/13 - 2:27pm

Darwin: Why do you think they aren’t made in the US. As far as I know Lynskey makes all their frames by hand in Chattanooga. Do you have any evidence to support this?

I’ve really enjoyed my R330 since building it last year, and my Lynskey-made Ragley.

I really like that they are offering 28c clearance on the road models. Could be sweet for bombing around on dirt roads.

Chad/Plaid - 03/26/13 - 2:51pm

As an OE supplier I must say job well done to the guys/gals @ Lynskey. It is good to see a family ran/owned business and a local Chattanooga employer.
Always interesting to read the comment section……….
Pete–you are right on
Darwin & Dickhead– you are wrong on so many levels. They produce their own frames in Chat and take alot of pride in what they do—every single last employee. A healthy business needs to expand to maintain growth–basic capitalism.
To the Lynskey crew—Hope you have several booked up production runs and lets meet @ Champy’s!

VonKruiser - 03/26/13 - 3:15pm

Just because it’s made in USA does not mean it has to be overly expensive. They found away to bring highend bikes usually reserved for Dr./Lawyer or people w/ a lot of cash. Good for them on keeping it in USA and keeping it available to more people. Opinions are like Ash-Holes… everyone has one and/or sees a few on the comments.

pecker - 03/26/13 - 3:54pm

i remember litespeed introducing similar models right before they went in the shitter.

they may be weled in chattanooga. maybe. but i bet the tubes are mitered and milled in china.

salsa also dropped lynskey as a builder for 2013

vectorbug - 03/26/13 - 3:57pm

People are always complaining that cycling as a hobby (especially racing) is too expensive, well here you go. An exotic and American made solution… met with more complaints, cynicism, totally left-field and ignorant comments (albeit from a vocal minority I assume) about where the products are actually made(?), how it affects their relationships with other partners (kona, et al) and making guesses about the companies future?

I don’t know how you guys (at bikerumor) can stand to deal with the comments, which I assume is just the tip of the iceberg compared to emails.

Sheesh.

Brandon - 03/26/13 - 4:27pm

@ Darwin and Pecker: Just spoke to the guys at Lynskey, the frames are made in TN. No maybe about it.

Don - 03/26/13 - 4:42pm

It is indeed interesting and always fun to read the comments, both pro and con – especially those who mispell fcuk. :-)

Why Silver Series???? We work with a great loyal dealerbase who for 2 years told us they had a $2k demographic buyer who consistently longed to buy durable, lifetime warranted, and made in the USA bikes but always found titanium out of their reach. Almost 1 year to the day after moving into a new state of the art manufacturing facility we responded to their plea and launched Silver Series. 5 no frills models, featuring sound and proven geometry, simple tube specs and beatiful brushed finishes. The new building has allowed our production capacity and efficiency to almost double.

Everything we build will continue to built here in Chattanooga, by craftsmen who take daily pride in what they do; from the welders to the guys and gals that brush and decal your Lynskey. If you don’t love what we do, then don’t ride what we build. It really is that simple.

Cycling is a unique world in and of itself. I regularly read and participate in performance automobile forums, boating forums, home repair and remodel forums and nowhere on the internet do I read the kind of hateful, spiteful, mean spirited and nasty comments like on bicycle forums. It is sad that there are those who can take something as enjoyable as riding your bike, no matter where it is made, what it is made from, who it is made by, or what it cost, and turn it into an arguement on a meaningless forum post.

We welcome and read all praise and criticism, but find it disheartening and feel sad for those who can only see the negative and choose to only be critics. Shouldn’t every cyclists motto be “always enjoy WHATever you ride!”
We’d love to hear from each of you.
don@lynskeyperformance.com

Don - 03/26/13 - 4:43pm

and there I went and mispelled beautiful!! lol.

lesalpes - 03/26/13 - 5:12pm

I have a suspicion the negative comments are coming from one individual who works for a certain bike manufacturer. I recognize his style.

Loki - 03/26/13 - 5:45pm

@ Don – yes, exactly!

Part of the beauty of a bike is to encourage the same simple, happy emotions I had as an 8 year old ripping around on a bike! Why turn it into a something so mean spirited? What’s more, from a company who in all my dealings (including tandems and S&S couplers!) have been professional and stoked about cycling. Not sure what’s to hate on?

Here is an opportunity for a slice of the market who’s avenue would’ve been an e-bay frame (which might be as good, the problem is no assurance) being able to afford a great frame from a reputable dealer with a solid track record. Well done.

TheGooch - 03/26/13 - 7:33pm

Don is spot on. My other interests are backpacking, astronomy, kayaking, canoeing, and running, and nowhere do I find as mean-spirited, divisive comments than cycling. Cyclists are so caught up on what the other person is riding. Who gives a f*ck! As long as you’re out there riding!

Troy Junge - 03/26/13 - 9:17pm

Don – I ride one of your handmade frames down here in Australia.
It was a reward to myself, and I waited a long time before I bought it, saving the cash.
It is a great bike for me and whatever I choose to ride.

These Frames and bikes will do the same for other customers.

Thanks – and keep the focus on customers and listen to critics where they have a contribution to make

gravity - 03/26/13 - 11:19pm

@pecker – I wouldn’t so much say that Salsa “dropped Lynskey,” as they moved production to Taiwan to increase volume and profit.

johnny - 03/27/13 - 3:57am

Don, I will be in touch. I love what you guys are doing. And don’t mind the haters, If you made the bikes for 50 bucks they would find something else to complain about.

Terry - 03/27/13 - 3:58am

Where is the TI milled? This matters in terms of quality. Certification standards are better in the US.

Matt - 03/27/13 - 8:13am

@Don +1 on what kind of tubing you’re using. My friend had a Lynskey and the tube split, seemed like it wasn’t made of seamless tubing in my totally inexpert opinion. You guys warrantied it though.
Matt

Frank - 03/27/13 - 5:08pm

Any idea of weights on the road frames / completes?

David French - 03/28/13 - 3:19pm

These just put me off ever buying a Lynskey, just like when Whyte released the 905 I sold my 19.

Mike K - 04/07/13 - 9:55pm

Should be a great bike. I’ve had a Lynskey Helix OS for 3 years now and the bike rocks.

Brian - 04/30/13 - 6:06am

These cheaper Lynskey’s are a great idea. I have a Helix, and it is just superb. There is a quality to the manufacture of my Lynskey, and if that is carried across to the these budget bikes then they will get a whole new group of loyal buyers.

King - 08/15/13 - 6:21am

I just bought MT650 in Hong Kong about one month. Tried out and like it every time I ride on it. The quality, handling and the beauty of the bike are fantastic. Would recommend to anyone who like to try on a titanium bike.

DK - 09/12/13 - 7:34pm

Don wrote:

“Why Silver Series???? We work with a great loyal dealerbase who for 2 years told us they had a $2k demographic buyer who consistently longed to buy durable, lifetime warranted, and made in the USA bikes but always found titanium out of their reach.”

Apparently, though, the price has jumped twice since March. The complete Breakaway went from $2199 (as reported above), to $2395, and then literally as of today, now costs $2874. Sadly, I was in the exact demographic Don mentioned — a $2K buyer looking to upgrade to my first serious road bike. I was excited when I discovered articles from this year showing the Breakaway advertised at $2199. When it turned out the prices had already been raised to $2395, after some hand-wringing, I was seriously considering stretching my budget. But sadly, $2874 is definitely too much for me. Perhaps it was impossible after all to manufacture these frames in the US at this price. It appears that titanium continues to be out of reach for some of us.

And so the search continues…

DK - 09/12/13 - 8:40pm

Apparently, though, prices have jumped twice since March. The Breakaway is model I was interested in. It went from $2199 complete (as reported above), to $2395, and now, literally as of today, costs $2874. Sadly, I was in the exact demographic that Don from Lynskey mentioned — a $2K buyer looking to upgrade to my first serious road bike. I was excited when I discovered articles from this year showing a great looking Ti bike like the Breakaway advertised at $2199. When it turned out the prices had already been raised to $2395, after some hand-wringing, I was seriously considering stretching my budget. But sadly, $2874 is definitely too much for me. Perhaps it was impossible after all to manufacture these frames in the US at this price. It appears that titanium continues to be out of reach for some of us.

And so the search continues…

DK - 09/12/13 - 8:42pm

Apologies for double-posting. I submitted my first comment earlier today, and it didn’t show up, so I thought maybe there was some kind of glitch that caused it not to register.

Paul - 09/18/13 - 1:48pm

So, what is the approx. weight of a 58cm. Peleton built up with 105 components. The Jamis Quest 2013 is listed as 19.75lbs. The Jamis Eclipse is listed as 17lbs (with ultegra). My 2012 Felt z85 is listed as 19.75lbs.

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