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.
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!
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!