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Lynskey Riders - Help Needed Please!

Old 07-29-16, 12:14 PM
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Originally Posted by tkm
I'm ordering a Viale for my "do-it-all" bike and I'll let you know how it is. I probably won't gravel grind much with it, but if I do I should be able to find an adequate tire to put on it given the extra room it allows. Chip/seal though it'll definitely see.
Yeah, thanks, please do! I would be curious to see it. There's one in the LBS here, it looks very traditional to my eye. Nice, cool continental look.
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Old 07-29-16, 12:29 PM
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Yeah, thanks, please do! I would be curious to see it. There's one in the LBS here, it looks very traditional to my eye. Nice, cool continental look.
I haven't seen a Viale in person, just going by the website. Top tube appears to be slightly sloped, correct? I don't want a flat TT and I don't want one that's massively sloped, either.

I do love the fact that it takes a standard 1 1/8 external cup headset.
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I'm at the point where I have some time. I am not unhappy with my Masi, far from it. It just seems a little too flexy under my clyde body. I had to go heavier with my wheel set, running a set of custom made Velocity Dyads with the stock tires still. Those Kenda's may be cheap, but I have never had an issue with them, 26c is just an odd size. Mine is also a 2013, great bang for the buck. My issue is, as a clyde that like to throw his bike around a bit and pretend I still weigh 120 lbs I can feel the bike flexing under me. When I go over a bump and see things move I get even more scared that it will asplode on me. Not really, but I do know that I am not being kind to the frame overall.

I want bang for the buck. I can afford a $10k bike, but I don't need to spend that much. I need to spend enough so that I get a great bike but not so much that I regret the decision. That's the reason I was looking at Bike Direct. I did look at the Lynskey and I have to say, the bikes I would be happy to ride are not sub $2k. Then again neither are the BD Ti's I've looked at either. So do I splurge and go made in the USA with the frame? That may be another deciding factor.

Thanks for your feed back.
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Originally Posted by jamesdak
I had a lot of bad luck with the Enve single bolt seatpost. Just could not get it to hold. I weigh around 180 lbs. Lynskey said to use more torque than stated but that didn't help. I'd hit a bump and boom saddle rotates. I contacted Enve themselves and they said to use friction paste instead of grease inside the clamp head. To be honest I haven't tried that. I just replaced it with another seatpost and have been trouble free.
This has nothing to do with this thread, but maybe it helps someone. Both my bikes use the Enve single bolt post. I've used them for years. You can't use grease. It will definitely slip. If you had used carbon paste, any kind, it would have been set and forget. I weigh 165lbs now, but I used the post in the mid 180s.
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Originally Posted by tkm
I haven't seen a Viale in person, just going by the website. Top tube appears to be slightly sloped, correct? I don't want a flat TT and I don't want one that's massively sloped, either.

I do love the fact that it takes a standard 1 1/8 external cup headset.
Yeah, I have the std 1 1/8" on my Tuscany. It's like only a few that were done that way - Litespeed went from 1" standard to integrated hs pretty fast, then went back to std for a little while. I like it a lot.

Re: Viale, I saw the one in my lbs on a rack - it was probably a medium or so, so it wasn't sittable to me at 6'1". The TT was a bit sloped, but not that much, and it looked to me like a little shorter top tube. a Light tourer and commuter, Lynskey says. I know the reach on this one in L is about 2 cm shorter than, say, the Cooper Cx - which may imply a more upright posture. Nice chainstays, though, means easy lugging around stuff. Look at the geo on the site, you'll be able to visualize it maybe. They say it's the best-selling bike of that family.

Let us know when you get it.
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Originally Posted by Yendor72
I'm at the point where I have some time. I am not unhappy with my Masi, far from it. It just seems a little too flexy under my clyde body. I had to go heavier with my wheel set, running a set of custom made Velocity Dyads with the stock tires still. Those Kenda's may be cheap, but I have never had an issue with them, 26c is just an odd size. Mine is also a 2013, great bang for the buck. My issue is, as a clyde that like to throw his bike around a bit and pretend I still weigh 120 lbs I can feel the bike flexing under me. When I go over a bump and see things move I get even more scared that it will asplode on me. Not really, but I do know that I am not being kind to the frame overall.

I want bang for the buck. I can afford a $10k bike, but I don't need to spend that much. I need to spend enough so that I get a great bike but not so much that I regret the decision. That's the reason I was looking at Bike Direct. I did look at the Lynskey and I have to say, the bikes I would be happy to ride are not sub $2k. Then again neither are the BD Ti's I've looked at either. So do I splurge and go made in the USA with the frame? That may be another deciding factor.

Thanks for your feed back.
Yeah the Kendas are durable enough, but pretty high rolling resistance in 26c. Also the stock wheels on it re spec'd for 1650 grams I believe, but often ran way over 1700 and can be up to 1800 grams for the set. That's not horrible, but I noticed a big difference when I swapped out for some Ksyrium SL's. I am at 183 lbs, so take that for what it's worth.

I know a couple of folks with the Motobecane Ti bikes, they are very happy with 'em. I would have no qualms at all about the purchase - especially if you know your exact fit measurements, and know your way around a bike to do some service. But - eventually you will get what you pay for. You may see your Moto with a mixed group set instead of 'all 105', or 'all sram force', to cut some costs. If that's important to you, you need to consider it.

I also asked Lynskey once what the weight limit of a frame - they told me all their frames are engineered for up to 350 lbs (I think). Safe to assume the Moto's would be similar???
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