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    Just Plain Slow PhotoJoe's Avatar
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    The Lynskey is Born!!!!

    UPS delivered a nice big box to work today! I had to open it up to peek, but I waited to put it together until I got home. I'd say "build it", but Lynskey did that for me.

    It's a Lynskey R230, 105/Gossemer/FSA mix with the ENVE 2.0 fork and FSA RD60 wheels.

    First, unpacking:



    I have to say, it was REALLY well packed. They must own stock in pipe insulation and zip tie companies.

    Now, I don't own a bike stand, but I'm resourceful. So, out came my heavy duty C-Stand. Hey, it worked!









    Without pedals:



    With my SPD's:



    It weighs a little more than I hoped, but I cheaped out on a lot of the gizmos and do-dads. It's all good. I'm going to wear these bits out and when it comes time to replace pieces, I'll get a little weight-weenie then. It's still over 10 lbs. less than what I've been riding! Besides, I put my money into the frame. That's what I really wanted. That's what will stick with me for a VERY long time. Anything bolted to it is replaceable in time. Would I have preferred to go Ultegra/Force or better. Sure. But I jumped right into my dream bike. I'm actually glad I have things to upgrade when I need to replace something. That will keep it fun.

    I took it for a quick spin around the block. It seems to be awesome. I will reserve any further judgement on that until I can really get out and ride it. Everything seems to be adjusted perfectly, right out of the box. And, I'm sure it's assembled correctly, with all the grease where it has to be, and not where it shouldn't be. I have not checked the trueness of the wheels yet, but they felt good, with no pulsing in the brakes.

    It is BEAUTIFUL though (IMHO! ). I'm too tired to drag out the lights, backdrop and macro lens. Maybe in a couple weeks I'll do a shoot on it. We'll see if I want to take the time, or spend that time riding it!

    There is a very small hill on the block I rode around. I got out of the saddle and it is a WHOLE LOT squirrellier than my old RockHopper with slicks. I LOVE it. It's so much more lively than I expected. The wait was definitely worth it.

    Speaking of the wait...again, I can't praise or thank Lynskey enough. Don was awesome to work with and really took the time to make sure I got what I wanted. He explained all my options, pros and cons, benefits and drawbacks, etc. I am very pleased with my choice so far, and expect that only to grow as I get it dialed in for my body. Don was upfront as to their production schedule and when the next batch of R230's would be made. It was my choice to wait, or go to Bikes Direct. I chose to wait. And I'm glad I did. Lynskey delivered right when they said they would, for exactly what I was quoted. The only variable in the whole quote was shipping, and only because he didn't know my zip code when I placed the order. it was refreshing to deal with such a professional.

    I look sick to you, don't I? I may have to stay home from work tomorrow!
    If at first you don't succeed, Skydiving is not the sport for you!

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    Oh, I forgot the garage door shot (required by law in the 41)

    Sorry the pedals are in the wrong position and the valve stems don't line up!



    Sun went down. I'll have to do the real shots another day!

    Edit: Again, quicky with a point and shoot, but it'll due for now.

    Last edited by PhotoJoe; 06-28-12 at 07:07 AM.
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    Nice color on that one, congratulations, it looks great.

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    Quote Originally Posted by PhotoJoe View Post
    I'm too tired to drag out the lights, backdrop and macro lens. Maybe in a couple weeks I'll do a shoot on it.
    Dude, you have some messed up priorities.

    If it's any consolation for you, my carbon bike with SRAM Red/Force (only the shifters and crank are red) and pretty damn light wheels comes in at about 18 lbs with pedals. I don't think 2 pounds is going to kill you.

    Congrats on getting the bike together so fast. GO find some hills and start riding up 'em and we'll plan a GMR fest for late July or early August or something.

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    Quote Originally Posted by TrojanHorse View Post
    Dude, you have some messed up priorities.
    So true on so many levels!!!!

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    I don't think 2 pounds is going to kill you.
    No joke. First upgrade is to drop about 25 lbs. off the motor!

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    GO find some hills and start riding up 'em and we'll plan a GMR fest for late July or early August or something.
    That's my plan. I'm hoping to go for a ride tonight. Definitely a hill or two in that mix. I have to say, just from my little ride around the block tonight, I'm worried that my 11-25 ain't gonna cut it, but I'll be able to tell more tonight. Maybe I just need to HTFU and MAKE them work.

    Nah, who am I fooling. I'm not that tough!
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    Congrats!! Looks really nice.

    Quote " There is a very small hill on the block I rode around. I got out of the saddle and it is a WHOLE LOT squirrellier than my old RockHopper with slicks."

    HA...You'll tame the squirrel in no time ;-) A climbfest will show the bike's true colors, both going up and going down there will be a substantial difference.

    I guess since the covergirl model like photo shoot will have to wait, a good report of the taming of the squirrel should be due in short time...

    AQ

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    Nice write up, i'd be interested in your opinions after some experience on the bike - does it flex, road chatter, bumps, etc

    Lynskey is on my list of potential frames at some point. Leaning towards the Sportive frame only at this point (no duty on shipping that to Canada)

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    And I think I should clarify - when I say squirrelly, I mean lively...as opposed to my "not squirelly" Sherman Tank of a RockHopper. I love the feel. It's just different than what I had.
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    Quote Originally Posted by PhotoJoe View Post
    That's my plan. I'm hoping to go for a ride tonight. Definitely a hill or two in that mix. I have to say, just from my little ride around the block tonight, I'm worried that my 11-25 ain't gonna cut it, but I'll be able to tell more tonight. Maybe I just need to HTFU and MAKE them work.

    Nah, who am I fooling. I'm not that tough!
    You're on a 50/34 compact right?

    34/25 is 35.8 gear inches
    34/28 is 31.9
    I'm using a 36x28 which is 33.8 gear inches, so that's right in the ball park. I alternate between that and 36/25, which is 37.9 gear inches (and I don't spend a ton of time in the slightly higher gear)
    My old combo of 39/26 is 39.5 which was too hard for my iffy knees.

    You might as well keep what you have for now and ride around on it - see how you do on the steep bits by you. The good news is a 12/27 cassette is only about $67 or so, which is a pretty cheap upgrade.

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    Very nice, I was going for the R230 back in March but did not have the patience for June delivery. Great choice!

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    That is BEAUTIFUL!

    Hills are not my friend and I don't think I could keep an 11-25 cassette...but that is me. I am seriously thinking of getting my SRAM Apex onto my 4.5 as it has an 11-32 cassette while what I have currently is an 12-30.
    Move along....nothing to see here....anymore.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jeepseahawk View Post
    Very nice, I was going for the R230 back in March but did not have the patience for June delivery. Great choice!
    So what did you end up with?
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    Quote Originally Posted by PhotoJoe View Post
    Oh, I forgot the garage door shot (required by law in the 41)

    Sorry the pedals are in the wrong position and the valve stems don't line up!



    Sun went down. I'll have to do the real shots another day!

    Edit: Again, quicky with a point and shoot, but it'll due for now.
    Well you did get the shot with it in the big/little ring (again, a requirement in the 41) so you got that going for you...
    which is nice.

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    awesome bike. please report on you findings as i am curious about Ti and clydes with the whole flex thing. Also a 12-25 cassette is flatlanders like me gearing. Personally i love the tight spacing and no huge jumps, but i have no hills.

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    Looks great!

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    Quote Originally Posted by CJ C View Post
    awesome bike. please report on you findings as i am curious about Ti and clydes with the whole flex thing. Also a 12-25 cassette is flatlanders like me gearing. Personally i love the tight spacing and no huge jumps, but i have no hills.
    Yes, nice bike! I also want to hear a Clyde's perspective on the Ti.

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    Very very nice! ...and yes, you do look sick to me, maybe 2 day sick!

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    Lovely Lynskey
    [SIZE=1][B]What I like about Texas[/B]
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PGukLuXzH1E

    Set F1re To The Ra1n ( NY Night Rain Ride)
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    Quote Originally Posted by 10 Wheels View Post
    Lovely Lynskey
    Didn't the Beatles do a song about that? Oh, wait...that was Rita. My bad!
    If at first you don't succeed, Skydiving is not the sport for you!

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    Quote Originally Posted by PhotoJoe View Post
    So what did you end up with?
    A Seven Cycles Axiom, looks very similar to your Lynskey.


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    Quote Originally Posted by jeepseahawk View Post
    A Seven Cycles Axiom, looks very similar to your Lynskey.

    Yes it does. That is purrrdy!

    Are those GP 25's? I just mounted mine tonight. Felt kind of weird buying tires before I owned a bike they would fit on, but the deal was so good, I just couldn't resist.
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    Just for giggles, here's my last bike - it's an old Merlin Road from back when Tom Kellogg was there, probably circa 1988 and yes, it's still in outstanding shape. It had old, barely functional Dura Ace 8 spd on it, so I bought a bike build kit (mostly SRAM Force with Red shifters) and built 'er up. I rode it for about two years before I realized it was just a bit too big (I think it's a 61 cm), and that aluminum fork didn't do my fillings any favors either.

    Now mine WAS noodly in the BB area - I'd get chain rub when I stood up and got busy. My new frame exhibits none of that behavior.

    I still have the frame if anybody wants to try a classic Ti frame from the 80s.


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    Congrats on that nice bike! I'd also be interested to hear what you report once you've gotten some time on it.

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    Darn you JoePhoto!!! You got me all excited seeing your Lynskey, which I have been dreaming of one for a long time. I checked out the website and they are running a crazy cheap deal on R330's. So, I called them up and talked to Jack. Talked to him for a while to figure out if it is the right bike for me, as well as sizing issues. Then I call a LBS that is a non stocking dealer for Lynskey to see if it is alright to ship the bike to them for to be built up. They said I would be crazy not to buy the bike for that price, since the frame alone retails for the price of the complete, and they could not sell it to me for that price. So, to cut to the chase, you can see what I ended up doing in the attachment.




    The bike comes with full Shimano 105, plus I added a couple of upgrades like the envy 2.0 fork, and brushed finish(which was free). Now the waiting game starts. It won't ship until July 20th.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Hill-Pumper View Post
    Darn you JoePhoto!!! You got me all excited seeing your Lynskey, which I have been dreaming of one for a long time. I checked out the website and they are running a crazy cheap deal on R330's. So, I called them up and talked to Jack. Talked to him for a while to figure out if it is the right bike for me, as well as sizing issues. Then I call a LBS that is a non stocking dealer for Lynskey to see if it is alright to ship the bike to them for to be built up. They said I would be crazy not to buy the bike for that price, since the frame alone retails for the price of the complete, and they could not sell it to me for that price. So, to cut to the chase, you can see what I ended up doing in the attachment.

    The bike comes with full Shimano 105, plus I added a couple of upgrades like the envy 2.0 fork, and brushed finish(which was free). Now the waiting game starts. It won't ship until July 20th.
    I hope you ordered one for Mrs Hill Pumper too.

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