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    Titanium frame - Lynskey Sportive vs R230

    Any Lynskey fans know how these frames differ? Specifically which would make more sense for long comfortable rides (centuries, etc., but no touring)? TIA
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    No Lynskey fans here?
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    I cannot give you a comparison with the R230, but I can tell you that my Sportive is a great frame for long rides.

    I spent an extended weekend riding with some friends, most of whom were on carbon racers (a Paris, a high-end Wilier and a high-end Litespeed, among others), and the Sportive had enough jump to keep up with most of those guys. And it really does take the edge of chip seal roads and potholes in a way no carbon frame can, so you can ride it for 4-5 hours quite comfortably.

    About the only area where I think it falls down slightly is low-cadence/high torque climbs: there is one climb we did which averages 7-8% for 6km, with 2-3 km being in the 12-17% range. I was grinding this on 39/25 and here, the bike didnt feel as responsive as my carbon racer when trying to accelerate on the climb. BB flex, maybe? Or could just be my fat ass blaming the bike. This is just a matter of how the bike "felt" - I still made it up the top without any problems and I dont think I lost any time due to the bike.

    But accelerations on flats were absolutely fine, and keeping up with 30-32mph surges by others was not a problem. After 4-5 hours on the saddle, my legs were dead from the hard riding but I never felt even slightly beaten up due to road conditions (and in this part of the world, that is saying a lot).

    Love this bike! In fact, I think she deserves an upgraded groupset from the Rival that I have on her - am thinking Campy.
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    Lynskey R320 and R330. Awesome rides. Fantastic builder. Great customer service. Don't hesitate on anything he makes with HIS name on it. I can't vouch for his semi-mass produced stuff, but my rides leave nothing to be desired in a Ti frame.

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    Given the differences in these two frames geometries, you’d probably be better off with the 230 if your not touring. The Sportive has a 10mm shorter HT and 10.1mm shorter TT for a medium, that’s a deal breaker for most folks (I know it would be for me). Also, if you’re not touring, the 20mm longer chain stays will definitely contribute to the bike feeling less “snappy” compared to the 230. Surprisingly thought the sportive looks to have a REALLY nice double/triple butted tubeset, at a lower cost than the 230. That said “horses for courses”, IMO I wouldn’t buy a touring frameset if I wasn’t touring. The 230 will be just as smooth without sacrificing performance. Just my 2 cents..

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    Thanks guys. I really appreciate the input. Sounds like I can't go wrong either way. I do like the fact that the 230 is on special pricing right now and according to one shop, about 1/2 lb lighter than the Sportive. It's between those and a Gunnar right now and I'm just trying to figure out which way to go (steel vs Ti).
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    Quote Originally Posted by charliekeri View Post
    Lynskey R320 and R330. Awesome rides. Fantastic builder. Great customer service. Don't hesitate on anything he makes with HIS name on it. I can't vouch for his semi-mass produced stuff, but my rides leave nothing to be desired in a Ti frame.
    i give my Cooper a 4.5/5.0. I'd have preferred either a shorter HT or internal headsets. Instead, i get an ungodly headtube stack of 3.2cm...

    The second is weight as my Cooper in size small is about 2.9lbs, but i'm not too concerned about it.

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