2013 Lynskey Sportive Disc brake titanium road bike

Lynskey has just announced a disc brake version of their Sportive road bike. Made for gran fondos and other endurance or bumpy road rides, the Sportive Disc gets a Lynskey carbon disc-specific fork and loses the rim brake mounts.

Complete builds feature Shimano’s CX75 mechanical disc brakes, but full length housing for the rear brake means hydraulics will mount up easily when they become available. Frameset includes the fork and comes in at $2,380 (about $500 more than the standard Sportive frame w/o any fork), and it uses a straight 1-1/8″ fork. That last bit means you might be stuck running their fork or have limited aftermarket options as most (ENVE, Whisky, etc.) others are making tapered steerer’s only. Ritchey has a rigid MTB fork that we’ve been running on a ‘cross bike with success, but the geometry won’t likely translate for road bikes quite as well.

Slip past the break for more pics and info…

2013 Lynskey Sportive Disc brake titanium road bike

Curved seatstays and inside brake mounts should give the bike a plusher ride than their performance race bikes. The Sportive Disc keeps all the fender and rack mounts of the standard model, too.

2013 Lynskey Sportive Disc brake titanium road bike

They’re offering a complete bike with Shimano 105 for $3,299, presumably as an introductory offer and definitely not built as shown here. Full specs and built kit on their website.


  1. That fork is a cross fork (400mm A-C) as sold by Whisky, Carver, apparently Lynskey, and at one time redline and Winwood. It ain’t light.

    About the only other choice then would be a wound-up. that ritchey MTB might work but it would be taller.

  2. Yeah, I remember the days when you could get a full Campy Record or Shimano Dura-Ace grouppo on a top-of-the-line Italian race bike for not much more than $2000. And now, a 105 group for over 3k?!

  3. So I have a lot of experience with disc brakes on MTBs. I just bought a Volagi Luscio Rival with Avid mechanical disc brakes and have to say that I think disc brakes on a predominantly road bike are more of a novelty than anything. I can see the benefit on a CX bike but not a road bike. Just sayin’ from experience..

  4. seems spot on to me
    longer axle to crown fork length opens the fork up for a rane of tire sizes and mudguard clearance.
    Sorry folks, but “Top of the line” italian race bikes, presumably carbon are dime-a-dozen carbon frames with elaborate paint jobs. Carbon these days is getting cheaper and less interesting, less stimulating to ride- kid of dead feeling, lacking soul. These nearly generic carbon frames cost less allowing brands to sell almost exclusively on derailluer spec not on what the whole bike can offer to the rider.
    Ti aint cheap but its real, has soul, delivers an exceptional ride and isnt being popped out of molds every 30 seconds on an assembly line.
    Is this a bike for everyone? No, is this a bike for the target Lynsky consumer, HELL yea
    Well done!

  5. I remember the days when a can of sodie-pop was 25c, a call from a public phone was 10c, adult movie tickets were $4.50… Sh!t is expensive these days, but it’s all relative… and these pretty bikes are hand made in the USA, made from adamantium, mythril, and titanium alloy, you know Dwarven Space magic. I think its a good deal if you compare it next to just about any of the big name companies offerings with 105 spec’ed. For example the Cannondale SuperSix 5 is $2330 – a run of the mill carbon bike so for a grand more you get Ti… if you want just the frame from Lynskey it’s $2380.. So if you like Ti, and disc’s and hate 105, buy the complete build and sell the stuff you don’t like.

  6. “stick some S&S couplers on there ”
    you can, at $1495 extra!!!

    At $3300,(approx £2000) that’s cheaper than a 105-equipped Genesis Equilibrium Ti.
    Now that’s a bargain…

  7. This bike is in the style that I’m looking at for next year. But, similar to other bikes like this, if it’s not a race bike and you’ve already put disc brakes on it, why are they limiting tires to 28s? While I don’t see a need for full on fat cross tires, something with a little bit of tread would make the bike more versatile. Maybe the geometry tweaks needed to get bigger tires fit in would adversely affect the intent of the bike.

    FYI – A complete, ready-to-ride, made-in-the-USA titanium-framed bike at $3,300 is reasonable compared to what else is out there, in my opinion. If any of the above is not important to you, then it will seem too expensive and you should aim your money elsewhere.

    But, I agree, put the 44mm headtube on there – seems obvious.

  8. Looks like Lynskey got on the bandwagon of the latest fad (disc brakes) – and not in a good way. Clearance for 28mm tires w/o fenders and 25mm tires w/ fenders is inadequate, if not strange, on a bike with disc brakes. At a minimum the clearances should have provided for 32mm and 28mm tires, respectively. This bike makes no sense at all.

  9. It wasn’t that long ago that a full Record or DA group on a top-tier Italian steel frame would be around $2500. This is the 90s people. Cokes were not 25 cents. Movies were not a dollar. The 90s. You know. Or maybe you don’t. Oh man, I feel old.

  10. neat idea in theory but poor in execution.

    wonder how cheap they will really sell it to you direct as they under cut one of their “dealers”?

What do you think?