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S-Works Roubaix vs Lynskey

Old 08-13-08, 11:09 AM
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S-Works Roubaix vs Lynskey

Hi guys,

First off: yes i'm new to "technical" biking but before everyone here accuses me of being a newbie with a large budget, I should say that I've biked a lot in the last 20 years but, believe it or not, i was still using a 3-speed no-name cheap steel bike. I've now matured and am ready for a big expense after buying my commuter bike (Specialized Sequoia). I am considering a s-works Roubaix (either new or used) or a ti-made Lynskey r220. Let's just say components will be comparable.

I'm looking for for a very comfortable ride yet sporty mainly to do long rides. No crits or competition planned. I assume the roubaix will be lighter and a little more pleasant ride but. Can anyone give me their opinion?

thx a million
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Old 08-13-08, 11:23 AM
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Tarmac or Moots.

I haven't seen much to be wowed about from the Lynskey camp yet...
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Old 08-13-08, 11:28 AM
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Tarmac is too stiff a ride for me, i prefer Roubaix. I'll check out Moots
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Old 08-13-08, 11:48 AM
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At that price range, you have a million choices. It all comes down to which ride fits and feels best.
I'd also go with the Roubaix. The bike mags all love it. It's probably all the bike you'd ever want.
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Old 08-13-08, 11:49 AM
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I am in the process of buying a 2009 Roubaix. (great New Pro SL frame) I am having a tough time deciding if I should get the SRAM (RED & Force) or wait for the NEW Shimano (Dura Ace 7900 & Ultgra) bike...

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Old 08-13-08, 02:58 PM
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I would not discount the lynskey just because they are not that popular yet. Dave lynskey knows bikes( i believe he started Litespeed) All the lynskey reviews i found were great.. I have 07 roubaix expert with the 8R frame and love it. I also just ordered a Lynskey 220R. I expect the lynskey will be alittle stiffer and slightly more nimble than the roubaix.
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Old 08-13-08, 03:21 PM
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I purchased a 2007 S-Work Roubaix about 1-1/2 years ago and I highly recommend it. I ride about 4,000 miles a year and average about 18 mph. Most of my riding is solo and I enjoy the sponsored rides that lead up to the MS150 in the spring here in Houston.

Before I dropped the big bucks on the S-Works Roubaix I rode a Trek 5200 for a couple of years.

My only regret is that I dropped the dollars on the S-Works Roubaix without getting a professional fitting to ensure the bike size was EXACTLY what I should be riding. While I have no reason to question the 58 cm frame I am on, looking back at the total dollars spent I should have invested $300 or so to get a professional fitting before committing to the purchase.

Now, 1-1/2 years later and about 6,000 miles, I am thinking about getting the fitting.

So, bottom line .... don't hesitate to get the bike but you really should get a fitting from someone you trust. By the way, just having the guys at the shop tell you that it looks like it fits fine for you really isn't enough for a bike purchase as large as you are planning.
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Old 08-13-08, 07:07 PM
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Of my Last 3 bikes a 1998 Litespeed ultimate was the best. Low maintenance Ti and very comfortable ride with a stiff rear end that was a great climbing companion....
The Trek is very nice but I do miss the road feel of Ti and the rear wheel tucked in under the seat.

the Paramount is a fine ride but a little flexy in the bottom bracket and prone to paint chips and rust.
I like Ti the best!......Lynskey
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Specialized make some really good bikes. In particular, if you are in the market for a carbon bike, you would have a great one with the Specialized. That said, you can not compare that with a custom made Ti bike. The Lynskey is a fantastic and custom bike that you would be proud to own for many many years.
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Spend some time trying out/test riding various bikes. You want something you'll like a lot for a long time as well as fits you. The Roubeaux and Lynsky are just two bikes but aren't close to each other in terms of being comparable. You need to ask yourself what you want in a bike.

If it's comfort, the Roubaix is a good choice. I can name a dozen bikes also comfortable.

Lynsky is a Ti frame, which has different properties than CF. the most important characteristics in a ride is the geometry. Lynsky typical geometry is more race orientated, or at least performanec, orientated, than many other brands in the Roubaix competition. That doesn't mean the Roubaix isn't a competitive frame; it's just it's designed for comfort first and foremost.

Go talk to some local dealers. Let them know what you are looking for and see what they suggest.

But the two choices you indicated so far is like a Cadilac CTS versus a NIssan 350Z
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Old 08-13-08, 08:25 PM
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I'd go Eriksen before I went Lynskey.
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Old 08-14-08, 05:11 AM
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Old 08-14-08, 05:53 AM
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Originally Posted by StanSeven View Post
But the two choices you indicated so far is like a Cadilac CTS versus a NIssan 350Z
I've got an 07 Roubaix Expert and an 08 Tarmac Expert...So I know the difference between the comfort and racy side...

I'd say the better comparison would be a Cadillac STS and a Nissan 350Z....

The Roubaix is plenty quick and at the end of the day I complete my rides on that bike as fast as I do the ones on the Tarmac....I just feel faster on the Tarmac...
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Welder Chris Moore is without equal. Eriksen Started Moots and Moores welding is what made them. Now with them starting Eriksen that's where the best Ti work is being done. Just look at them welds.
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i looked at 4 lynskeys and the welds were awesome,better than the 2 litespeeds i looked at(the only thing I had to compare)
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I picked up an R120 frame a few weeks ago because I was looking for something that would be comfortable for long rides, reasonably light and somewhat sporty. The welds look great but that is the only thing I can comment on as I have not built it up yet.
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I have a Lynskey R310. I absolutely love it. It does everything well. It is comfy on long rides, but it is also great in crits. I've never had a bad bike, but I like it better than the specialized allez pro or Serotta Fierte Ti I have owned. It is almost like a combination of those two bikes. It sprints like a rocket with a race geometry but it is nice to ride all day. It is a perfect all rounder that is slightly geared more toward racing.
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Old 08-16-08, 04:35 PM
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ttt for more testimonials, especially people who have experience with a Lynskey and Roubaix!

thx again
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I'm a ti bigot, so Lynsky...but I don't think you'd be wrong with a Serotta, Moots or Litespeed either. My Litespeed Siena is like a luxury performance car...a BMW Five Series for example.
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Lynkskey Ti for sure

I rode plastic frames for a while, before realizing I should join the "ride Ti" camp.

Here's one of my favorite posts on this subject... see the review by "Sam Russell."

http://www.roadbikereview.com/cat/la...5_5668crx.aspx

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Old 01-30-10, 09:46 AM
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I have a lynskey and love it. fantastic welds, smooth ride. very pleased with my purchase. Lynskey, Moots, Serotta, they are all in the same class.
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Not as big on the Lynskeys, though I like Ti. I went with the Roubaix, though I could have gotten some decent deals on the Lynskeys. I have seen too many flexy Lynskey Mtn frames, a few that had to go back to the factory. This year has seen some redesigns so my opinon may be outdated but when I found the Roubaix S-Works on sale, the Lynskeys didn't stand a chance.
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