Long Distance Competition/Ultracycling, Randonneuring and Endurance Cycling - Lynskey CX for long rides
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Tempted by the Lynskey Cooper cyclocross frame with disk brakes. Would strip my aluminum TriCross frame for parts.
The Lynskey has an oversized downtube to stiffen the frame. Wonder whether that would make the ride too harsh?
Just sold a Serotta Titanium frame. I was harsh riding with 28mm tires. Hated it on chip-seal.
OR What would you recommend at that price? $1995
09-04-10, 09:01 AM
Looks like a very nice ride. The geometry of the cooper is quite relaxed and I can't imagine it would be too harsh in titanium unless you are super lightweight. Was your Serotta frame more of a race geometry?
Interesting that they are putting a steel fork on that frame instead of carbon. I wonder what that will do to the ride. It looks a bit odd to my eye with the smaller diameter tubing. I guess we are getting so used to seeing beefy carbon and aluminum tubing that the normal smaller diameter steel stuff looks odd now.
Wish I could afford something like this cooper as I would have bought it. I've been shopping for the past few months for a cross bike to turn into an all-around road sport bike (fitness, centuries, light touring etc). I almost pulled the trigger on a tricross at my LBS but the aluminum gave me pause as I never really liked my last Cannondale road bike which had a dead feel. Ultimately I ordered a Motobecane Titanium cross bike from bikes direct which is probably the cheapest production version of the Cooper that you have your eye on. Disc ready frame and hubs, relaxed frame, lots of eyelets and mounting points, except the Motobecane comes with a carbon fork.
hmmm.... The Motobecane has a lower standover height and is cheaper. It appears to be a very good deal. Wheelbase is shorter, however.
Time to reconsider
09-04-10, 12:05 PM
PM me in 2 weeks and I'll tell you how I like it. Should arrive next week sometime. I went with the Ultegra version over the SRAM version mainly because I like the feel of the Ultegra hoods better and because going with Shimano means I can swap out the rear derailleur for an XT mountain bike version with a larger cassette and it will still be compatible with the chain and brifters in the event that I find myself riding in hard core mountains and want lower gearing (or so I've been told). That isn't likely here in Texas but one never knows. With the SRAM it is a much more complicated conversion if one wants to install a mountain bike cassette.
09-04-10, 01:54 PM
I have a made-by-Lynskey road bike. I use 25 x 700c Gatorskins with Mavic Open Pro rims. The ride comfort is very good. My steel bikes, including a 2009 Soma Double Cross and a 1978 Trek 400D, do ride more comfortably, however. These bikes feel more supple and the geometry is more relaxed.
The Lynskey is stiffer, a feature I like on hill climbs and sprints. The ride quality is a good compromise and is not an issue on a 200km.
09-22-10, 05:53 AM
I have a cooper cx from lynskey that I can ride all day Usually gravel roads and it is very comfortable.Would imagine it would be a great road ride.
The best riding bike I own. 2000 Lynskey Litespeed Appalachian.
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