By Adam Newman
I rode and reviewed a Lynskey cyclcross bike last spring, and to this day it has been one of my favorite bikes I’ve tested for this magazine. So naturally I was intrigued when Lynskey, the largest manufacturer of titanium bikes in the US, announced a new lineup of road and mountain bikes that will hit a price point that is closer to most aluminum bikes.
Dubbed Silver Series, the line includes five models—three road bikes and two mountain bikes—made from 3/2.5 titanium in Lynskey’s shop in Chattanooga, Tennessee, with stock geometry. Frames will retail for $1,099 and complete road bikes for $2,199 with a Shimano 105 build and the mountain bikes for $2,499 for a Shimano XT build.
The Peloton is a road bike for general purpose riding, racing, and adventure. It has a slightly taller headtube and can accommodate a 28c tire.
The Breakaway is for the racers. It has a more aggressive geometry compared to the Peloton and is for riders to like to go full gas.
The Viale is for commuting, light touring, or all-day adventures. It can fit up to a 30c tire to tackle rough roads, using medium reach rim brakes, and comes with fender and rack eyelets.
The MT650 and MT29 are built around the two most popular wheel sizes for hardtail mountain bikes, 650b and 29-inch, respectively. Both have 9mm quick release dropouts, are disc-brake only, and are designed around 100-120mm suspension forks.
By doing all their own prototyping, welding, testing, re-testing, and manufacturing in-house, Lynskey says it is able to develop the material farther and faster. It also buys more titanium than anyone, reducing costs even further.
The difference between the new Silver Series bikes and Lynskey’s more expensive models is that Silver bikes use round, straight-gauge tubing that is not only easier to work with, but easier to finish. The more advanced tubing takes four times longer to miter and weld, Lynskey said, and three times longer to finish.
Lynskey says it hopes the new models will appeal to a broader customer base that is looking for American-made quality and an alternative to the “me too” quality of carbon bikes. They will begin shipping from Lynskey in mid-April and will be sold through dealers, distributors and consumer-direct.Tweet Print