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    Lynskey Sportive

    Has anyone acquired a Lynskey Sportive, which is marketed as a long distance rando bike. I would be interested any impressions from any current owners,

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    My wife and I after CC touring for 30 years on a pair of racing bikes I built up in the 1980s, ordered a pair of Sportives with 105 5700 gruppos and 105 hubs laced to Mavic A-319 rims from Adrenaline Bikes for ourselves as retirement presents. They will be similar to this http://www.adrenalinebikes.com/store...oductid=121811

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    I have my deposit in on one, due to arrive sometime in July. Jack at Lynskey was a pleasure to work with through the process, and he upgraded my finish for free. Looking forward to building this up. I will use it for everything, brevets, commuting, club rides, pulling the tagalong and trailer with the kiddos ... it will replace my 2004 Salsa Campeon. I'll swap most of my Ultegra kit over, and add an Enve 2.0 fork, King HS, Thompson post, new 105 brifters. I ordered a Large to replace the 56cm Campeon, hoping the fit works out, might have to mess with stem length as bit, but should be OK. I'll be sure to post ride reports and pics when I get her on the road!

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    Can you bring it into your workplace and chain it to your desk?

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    I bought one yesterday, used my current wheel set, saddle, and seat post. I will never again let anyone convince me that the frame isn't a big part of the ride quality! It is a little slower handling than the frame I replaced and the ride(for me) is smooth as butter. This is after the first 25 mile ride on roads I am use to ridding. I would say the ride is close to my Long Haul Trucker loaded on 700x28s. I was running 700x23 with 110psi front and 120 rear on the Lynskey. The handling is much faster than the LHT unladen, but not as fast as the old Trek Al road bike frame it replaced. Much more comfortable and I can't tell it was at a speed loss over the old frame either, but I will know a little more about that after doing some long rides on it. To me it's just smooth all the way round.

    I would guess that anything I dropped that much on I had better love!

    BTW, I have never done an ultra distance ride, but do lots of metric and century rides durring the year.

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    Hi,

    May I jump into this thread with a related question? I am currently trying to decide between a Lynskey Sportive and Serotta Classique TI. Both will be built with ultegra. I was curious what you all might think about differences between the two frames, the companies, if whether the Classique is really more aggressive, less geared towards century+ riding, or if the Sportive is too much of a 'tour-like' ride to let me push on local club rides, etc. I should say that I do have an old Fuji Touring bike and worry that the Sportive is biased somewhat that way and would be "cross over" bike between touring and race.

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    Hi, I'm glad I found this thread. I was just looking at the Lynskey Sportive on their website last night. I have been also been looking at Litespeed and Merlin. I'm curious if anyone has done any comparisons.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mput23 View Post
    Hi,

    May I jump into this thread with a related question? I am currently trying to decide between a Lynskey Sportive and Serotta Classique TI. Both will be built with ultegra. I was curious what you all might think about differences between the two frames, the companies, if whether the Classique is really more aggressive, less geared towards century+ riding, or if the Sportive is too much of a 'tour-like' ride to let me push on local club rides, etc. I should say that I do have an old Fuji Touring bike and worry that the Sportive is biased somewhat that way and would be "cross over" bike between touring and race.

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    There is a huge price difference, the Classique TI frame is twice as much. I looked at Moots also and felt I was priced out. Does the Classique TI have rack and fender mounts? I need a bike that will be fast on the weekends but can handle the occasional tour.

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    I will post more to this thread as I ride the bike. The problem with questions like speed and pushing hard, is that they are subjective. I haven't gotten mine "dialed in" for what I will use it for, or done enough long rides, or rides with groups to have a good subjective answer. I can tell it seems to climb better than the Al road bike frame I was using and seems to accelerate easier. (same wheel set) I'm willing to give up a little topend speed if the comfort of the frame lets me make up for it on the back side of century rides, and it does indeed ride 10X smoother than my former frame. I did a hard fast ride yesterday evening (20 miles) and thought I may have been a little slower on this frame, but one ride doesn't make it so. After the ride I dropped my bars because I felt I was too up right, even in the drops. I like my bars set up so I am a little streached on top of the hoods, more up right back on the tops of the bars, and a little uncomfortable in the drops.
    As far as quality of the frame, it looks like it could be launched into orbit!

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    I rode a made-by-Lynskey Planet X Sportive. This bike was manufactured in 2008 and matches the current Lynskey Sportive perfectly.

    It's a very good frame, best for a mid-weight or lighter rider. The head-tube was a little short for my requirements.

    The rear triangle is stiff while still providing a sweet ride quality. The Alpha Q fork, in combination with the front triangle was flexy, however. High speed stability was adequate, but not perfectly composed.

    I'm a bigger guy, 6' 0" and 210 lbs. The largest frame was just a little too flexy for me. However a lighter rider on a smaller frame should be happy.



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    Quote Originally Posted by uciflylow View Post
    As far as quality of the frame, it looks like it could be launched into orbit!
    Sounds great. But does it feel like it could launch you into orbit!

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    [QUOTE=Barrettscv;12897324]I rode a made-by-Lynskey Planet X Sportive. This bike was manufactured in 2008 and matches the current Lynskey Sportive perfectly.

    It's a very good frame, best for a mid-weight or lighter rider.

    I'm a bigger guy, 6' 0" and 210 lbs. The largest frame was just a little too flexy for me. However a lighter rider on a smaller frame should be happy.

    Thanks, Nice looking bike. So, I'm 5' 8" and 175 lbs and would only tour with weight perhaps once or twice a year. Primarily this would be my Go Fast weekend and long distance bike. It sounds like the right fit for me.

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    Quote Originally Posted by miamiturtleguy View Post
    Sounds great. But does it feel like it could launch you into orbit!
    Only if you order the optional after burner.

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    Thanks for everyone's observations. I have ordered a Lynskey R230 with Sram Force components which will better fit my riding style. Hopefully the new bike will arrive before BRAT which I plan to ride this year as well as the entire Natchez Trace (444 Miles) next year.

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    Congrats Tybee!

    I have gotten to put in 70miles on the Sportive Saturday, and another 27 today. I am NOT a racer, and do some fast club rides, but I mostly ride orginised century rides during the year. My frame is the large and I ride a 56cm but the large seemed around 57 and it fits like a glove. I weigh 250 and I'm sure the best way to increase my speed is to trim 25lbs or so off my azz! I guess everyones idea of too soft or too firm is like a bed, everyone has an idea of "just rite". This frame rides so good to me that I could have ridden it all day! It just seems to eat up the rough pavenent and take the sharp edge off cracks and hard bumps. I know one ride don't make the whole story, but my speed was about the same as I would have expected from my old frame and I was feeling much less beat! So far I would say it does everything I have asked of it. I'm still dialing it in to some extent and will post back my findings after I put a 1000 miles on it and a few centuries. I think it's intestring that I can find almost no info on this frame and am glad to see this thread continue.

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    I am very interested in this bike. Would love to hear from anyone who has done any loaded touring or even trails or used it as a cross bike.

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    Ours are expected in August and I'll report back after we've had them for a while. We don't do loaded touring and our CC touring is usually in the 60-80 miles a day range, although we've cranked 100 plus.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Tybee View Post
    Thanks for everyone's observations. I have ordered a Lynskey R230 with Sram Force components which will better fit my riding style. Hopefully the new bike will arrive before BRAT which I plan to ride this year as well as the entire Natchez Trace (444 Miles) next year.
    Good choice! You supported a local (Tennessee) company as well.

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    Quote Originally Posted by miamiturtleguy View Post
    I am very interested in this bike. Would love to hear from anyone who has done any loaded touring or even trails or used it as a cross bike.
    I would use a CX frame or a sports/touring frame for the usage you describe. The Sportive will fit 700x25 tires, but wider tires will be needed for anything off-road. Also, the chain-stays are too short for loaded touring. The Sportive could allow about 20 lbs of load for Brevets or credit-card touring, but not loaded touring. I have a Cyclocross bike that is a better all-around bike that the Sportive.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Barrettscv View Post
    I would use a CX frame or a sports/touring frame for the usage you describe. The Sportive will fit 700x25 tires, but wider tires will be needed for anything off-road. Also, the chain-stays are too short for loaded touring. The Sportive could allow about 20 lbs of load for Brevets or credit-card touring, but not loaded touring. I have a Cyclocross bike that is a better all-around bike that the Sportive.
    According to Lynskey , the Sportive has "Clearance for 28c tire (25c when using mudguards)". http://www.lynskeyperformance.com/store/sportive.html

    Chainstays are 42.5 cm which is good touring bike length.

    Ofcourse, everyone on BF knows that CX bikes cure cancer, athletes foot and baldness in all cases.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Barrettscv View Post
    I would use a CX frame or a sports/touring frame for the usage you describe. The Sportive will fit 700x25 tires, but wider tires will be needed for anything off-road. Also, the chain-stays are too short for loaded touring. The Sportive could allow about 20 lbs of load for Brevets or credit-card touring, but not loaded touring. I have a Cyclocross bike that is a better all-around bike that the Sportive.

    For comparison, the Surley Cross Check has 42.4 cm chain stays in my size. But don't forget the diseases it cures.

    http://surlybikes.com/bikes/cross_ch...lete/#geometry

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    The Sportive has short-reach brakes. Fitting a 28 could be tricky depending on brakes used. Very little mud clearance, if any.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Barrettscv View Post
    The Sportive has short-reach brakes. Fitting a 28 could be tricky depending on brakes used. Very little mud clearance, if any.
    And, to the best of my knowledge Sportives, don't cure cancer, athletes foot and baldness in all cases.

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    Quote Originally Posted by miamiturtleguy View Post
    There is a huge price difference, the Classique TI frame is twice as much. I looked at Moots also and felt I was priced out. Does the Classique TI have rack and fender mounts? I need a bike that will be fast on the weekends but can handle the occasional tour.
    I believe the Classique has (hidden?) mounts near the drops for fenders, but not for racks. My shop had a early 2009 floor model available which made price basically the same as for the Sportive. However, despite the Serotta being a great deal, I preferred the feel and versatility of the Lynskey. Moots are great bikes too, but like Serotta or Seven, I think they may be priced more than they're worth for entry/mid-level TI; at least at MSRP.

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    I put in my order for the Sportive. I can't wait to clip in and put down some miles! I'll post back to this thread with my impressions.

    Tybee, I think the R230 will ride similarly to the Sportive. Based on descriptions and a discussion I had with a rep at Lynskey I'd say it's a bit lighter, maybe a tad stiffer, and probably more responsive and precise through turns. The R230 is more pricey as it uses some different tubing. Unfortunately, I didn't have opportunity to ride one. It would have been more $$$ for me to consider this frame (same deal I received on the Sportive could not be had) and so I never even put it on the decision table. It'll be months and thousands of miles before I can honestly say if I made the right call. Please post back and let us know what you think of your new steed. I think we're both gonna be awful happy with our set-ups.

    Yes, CX bikes cure disease (especially Surlies), but a TI rando will bring about world peace

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