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Old 04-18-24, 02:03 PM
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In case it's relevant I got an email from Litespeed announcing a 25% off sale on all orders, with added incentives on certain road bikes.

Happy shopping.
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Old 04-19-24, 09:25 AM
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Don't forget about resale

Another factor to consider is resale when/if you ever want to sell it down the road. A known brand - like Lynskey for example - will hold some value and likely fetch more than an unknown brand will.

OTOH, if you buy an unknown brand early on and that brand takes off, youíll have yourself a collector's item you can cash in with

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Originally Posted by HMJ
Another factor to consider is resale when/if you ever want to sell it down the road. A known brand - like Lynskey for example - will hold some value and likely fetch more than an unknown brand will.

OTOH, if you buy an unknown brand early on and that brand takes off, youíll have yourself a collector's item you can cash in with

Good luck.
He bought a Lynskey. See post #25
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Originally Posted by boomer58
Now for some pedal and shoe suggestions for the bike.
What do you want from your shoes/pedals? Some people prefer flat pedals and flat-soled shoes that are easy to walk in. Others prefer clipless pedals and rigid-soled shoes for efficient power transfer. Others are somewhere between. Shoes are also a very personal preference where something that is great for me might be terrible for you.

Personally, I'm in the clipless pedal and stiff shoe camp. My gravel bike and MTB have Crank Bros. Eggbeater pedals, and my shoes are Shimano XC902s. For me, and the way I ride, this is perfect.
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Old 04-19-24, 09:51 AM
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Originally Posted by Eric F
He bought a Lynskey. See post #25
Yeah, saw that, thank you.

More of a general post since I just went through the same situation: buy a known entity's bike or an unknown's. I went with the known entity for this reason, among many others.

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The Lynskey frame arrived this past Wednesday and I brought it to the local shop Thursday. I will hopefully have it Wednesday or Thursday. I just hope my hand heals a little better so I can ride it. Leaving for our big trip in 3 weeks and want to do a lot of riding. I'll keep you updated, boomer
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Originally Posted by boomer58
The Lynskey frame arrived this past Wednesday and I brought it to the local shop Thursday. I will hopefully have it Wednesday or Thursday. I just hope my hand heals a little better so I can ride it. Leaving for our big trip in 3 weeks and want to do a lot of riding. I'll keep you updated, boomer
Congrats on your Lynskey, you will love as I do mine.

Your trip is in 3 weeks? man, that's pushing it with your hand, and you won't have time to ride the bike to get use to it. Praying for your speedy recovery so you can do the trip without discomfort. Have fun on the trip.
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With modern Chinese bikes, the welds aren't problematic any more, as they are done by robots now.
The problem with Chinese bikes is that they will cut corners to lower cost wherever they think they can get away with it, and you often don't find out until later. Things like using a cheaper alloy that may or may not be good enough.
Component quality is one big one. Is the groupset name brand? If not, be suspicious.
How about the other details?
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Originally Posted by rekmeyata
If you want a inexpensive Chinese made TI bike, your best bet might be Planet X and their Titus Roadrunner Sram Force 1 TI bike for $2,443. If that price is still a bit high, then go to the Pros Closet, they sell used TI bikes without the headaches that Ebay could give you.
I never quite understand the distrust of 'china' made. Would you prefer that a random US or European company buy a container load re-sticker them and add 1000 to the price? This company also make frames for larger companies and they offer the same warranty. These are NOT knock-off copy frames that don't have any QC checks.
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Thank you Rekmeyata, I am very excited about it, hopefully it will be done today. I took my crossroads out for a quick spin yesterday and with the Ergo hand grips it wasn't too bad. I'll probably put a piece of pipe insulation around the right side of the handlebar and see if that helps. Still have some swelling and numbness in the hand but keeping my fingers crossed (no pun intended) that it will get better.
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Good choice! Lynskey is a legit builder, employs our neighbors and will be there if you need support. With their attractive pricing there is no need to buy a pig in a poke.
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Shelbyfv - Very happy with the looks of the frame so far. I could have saved some money by buying the complete bike at Lynskey but I wanted to give my local shop some business plus if there is an issue they are close by......except when we leave in a couple weeks for a 5 month rv trip across Canada and the Pacific northwest.
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Originally Posted by boomer58
Hi all. Quick update, I was able to ride the Hi-Light gravel bike that the local shop had built. Really nice ride and a big difference in comfort from my current bike even though I only rode it for a few miles. I am leaving for a 4-5 month trip across Canada and the PNW and want to have a new bike for the many rides that I want to do while traveling. I ended up with the best of both worlds here. I was scepticle about asking him if I purchased a Lynskey frame, would he build me a bike. He did not think the Chinese frame would be here in time for me to leave so I asked him about the Lynskey and he said no problem. I went home and called Lynskey and purchased a GR300 frame and fork and it will be here in a couple weeks. My local shop is going to build the bike for me and it will give me the satisfaction of having a frame that has a great reputation with my local shop doing all of the rest. He gave me some great advice on components for the bike and everything is on order. Unfortunately I had hand surgery last week and I will not be riding for awhile but who knows, the 12 -15 stitches don't come out until next week and then it will be a few weeks until I can think about riding. Anyways, I got a new bike coming. Now for some pedal and shoe suggestions for the bike. I have been watching some You Tube videos on people doing some rail trails and that has me interested in doing some of those. boomer
Good call!
Do you have any pictures or links to pictures in the meantime?
What does your build entail?
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Old 05-13-24, 05:09 AM
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There has been a little delay in the build. When I ordered the frame and fork from Lynskey, I didn't realize that I needed a headset also. The shop called me on Friday and said they didn't have one in stock but that they could get one here by Tuesday,(they are closed Monday). Oh well more time for my hand to heal up. Here are the components for the bike. I don't know how to post pictures but I will try when I get someone to help me with that.
Shimano Ultegra Hollowtech English BB
'' GRX front derailleur
" " rear "
" " Crankset
" " Shift/Brake levers
" " Hyd disc brake calipers
" Brake rotors
" 105 12 speed Cassette
Zipp service drop handlebar
" " course seat post
Spinergy GX Shimano wheels
Panaracer Gravel King SK Tires 700 x 38 Tubeless tires
I am going on the advice of the shop owner on all of the components. He has done a professional fit for me and he also knows my capabilities. Going on 66 years old and I am not in to any kind of racing or competition stuff but I would love to do some rail trail rides in the future. This is probably a lot more bike than I really need and I am spending more on it than I should but my reasoning is that it is cheaper than a Harley or a sports car, at least that is what I tried to explain to my wife. I'm still up in the air as far as pedals and shoes go. He showed me a set of pedals that clipped in on one side and were flat on the other so you could ride with riding shoes or sneakers. Thanks for looking, boomer.
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Old 05-13-24, 06:02 AM
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Originally Posted by mstateglfr
Classic case of someone asking questions and not giving much info, so people start guessing when responding.
People shouldnít guess. If the OP doesnít provide more details, they donít care enough about it and itís not worth putting much effort into answering.
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Ummm, OP posted "Hi-Light." Don't know how he could have been more clear.
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Old 05-13-24, 08:21 PM
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Originally Posted by njkayaker
People shouldnít guess. If the OP doesnít provide more details, they donít care enough about it and itís not worth putting much effort into answering.
Not really sure what you mean by this but I thought I did provide some details, at least the ones that I had.
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Originally Posted by njkayaker
People shouldnít guess. If the OP doesnít provide more details, they donít care enough about it and itís not worth putting much effort into answering.
My comment is from a month and a half ago, but noted- I will mark you don't as not in support of me guessing.
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Picked up the bike yesterday. Didn't have a chance to ride it until this afternoon and it rode like a dream. I was on a paved bike trail but had about 3/4 of a mile of brick road to get there and it was a lot more comfortable than my other bike. I did 15 miles but didn't want to overdo it with my hand and it was 90 degrees out. It's the first time out in about a month and it sure felt good. Thank you for all of your replies and advice on this thread, boomer.
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