All new for 2011, the Lynskey ProCross is the ultimate cyclocross racing frame. In light of recent UCI rules changes we’ve made several, major, evolutionary changes in keeping the ProCross at the pinnacle of the sport. The most notable changes come at the rear end of the bike. Spacing has been pushed out to 135mm and a DISC SPECIFIC BRAKING SYSTEM has been added for better performance and traction under braking. At the front of the ProCross we’ve made a notable change in the form of an OVERSIZED headtube for increased front end stiffness and even better handling. It’s a true race ready machine designed to take you to the top step of the podium.
The ProCross is not just a road frame simply modified for larger tires and disc brakes. It is specifically intended to provide exceptional handling and control over rough as well as slippery terrain. This is accomplished by distinctively tuning the frame to allow a proper balance of stiffness and compliance. The ProCross geometry is well balanced, giving the rider the utmost in confidence to push the limits of their ability. Let the ProCross inspire you to new heights of winter fitness.
Thought it was time to post a review of my new Lynskey Pro Cross. Lynskey is a name that some people may not be familiar with, but the Lynskey family founded Litespeed Titanium Bicycles in 1986. They sold Litespeed in 1999 and in 2006, formed the company that bears their name, Lynskey Performance Designs. These are the folks that are solely responsible for my titanium obsession. I remember the first time I laid eyes on the Litespeed Ultimate in 1998. To me that was the coolest looking frame of that era with its curved seat tube, bladed down tube and curved seat stays. I was hooked! I was able to scrape together enough money to get one, but when it was time to pull the trigger, the dealer I went to happened to also have a Vortex in my size on hand and when I picked it up, I couldn’t believe how light it was. That started me down the weight weenie path. I ended up getting the Vortex and I have had nothing but titanium road bikes ever since. So, when it came time to get a new cyclocross bike, I called up the people that started it all for me, Lynskey.
Enough about my history with titanium, let’s get on with the review. As soon as I pulled the frame out of the box, I knew this thing was going to be special. The welds, the tube shapes and the weight were everything I expected from Lynskey. With my build kit of SRAM Red, Zipp 404 Tubular CX wheels, Avid Shorty Ultimate brakes, Crank Brothers 11 TI Candy pedals, Chris King headset, Ericson TI seatpost, Fizik Aliante Kium saddle and a full Ritchey WCS cockpit and WCS fork along with the fact that I replaced every steel bolt on the bike with a titanium one; the bike came in at 16 pounds. So far, so good!
I didn’t even get a chance to do a test ride the bike before taking it out to race it at the Chris Cross Cyclocross Challenge. I knew from the looks of the massive bi-axial ovalized down tube that this thing was going to be stiff. What really surprised me was how smooth it was. From the get go, I was awed by the comfort of the Lynskey's ride. The frame seemed to absorb everything the course threw at it. I honestly don’t know if it was the Ritchey WCS fork, the Zipp 404 wheels or the Lynskey frame, but the vibrations that hit the wheels were absorbed and never made it as far as my body. The almost complete absence of flex in the top tube and down tube is proof of the superior knowledge that Lynskey possesses when designing and tuning a titanium frame. There's no twist or give in the frame and that enables you to concentrate all your power to the pedals and that power is mainlined right to the rear wheel. So, this bike is comfortable, yet stiff and you might think that compromises the handling performance, but you’d be wrong. The bike handles awesome when you dive into corners. It never once got sketchy on me and I found myself hammering through the corners with my only concern being that I did a good glue job on my tubulars and they weren’t going to roll off the rim. Wow, I am impressed.
Similar Products Used: Seven Mudhoney
Ritchey BreakAway TI Cyclocross
Bike Setup: SRAM Red, Zipp 404 Tubular CX wheels, Avid Shorty Ultimate brakes, Crank Brothers 11 TI Candy pedals, Ericson TI seatpost, Chris King headset, Fizik Aliante Kium saddle Ritchey WCS stem, Ritchey WCS bar and Ritchey WCS fork
a Recreational Rider
Date Reviewed: July 21, 2011
Strengths: Stiffness, fit and finish, helix tube design, ride quality
Weaknesses: Dropout shields are difficult to work around, slanted top tube awkward for shoulder carry, no eyelets for rack.
Great frame when coupled with a carbon fork. Completely bombproof and very versatile. Get the etching on the logos--the stock stickers are cheap looking. Wish I had gotten the disc brake model. A great race bike.
Bike Setup: Self built wheels, Stans, Chris King, CXray spokes, Ultegra, Kforce lite crank, EuroX Mag, Easton EA 90 Fork
a Recreational Rider
Date Reviewed: June 2, 2011
Strengths: Helix tubing is SICK! The combo of comfort and stiffness. The degree to which the sales and production staff at Lynskey is willing to customize your bike for a reasonable price. The fact it is made in USA by well paid workers....not in a dungeon in China.
Weaknesses: Would maybe like different cable routing options. Do cross bikes need to have top tube routing? Down tube routing looks much nicer usually, and I've never broken a cable mountain biking. Decals scrape off easily, but thy offer and etching option.
This review is actually for the 2010 Pro+Cross that was customized for 135 rear drop outs and disc brakes. Excellent bike in every way. Titanium is truly a superior material. Built up with Ultegra 6700 drive train, FSA k-force light carbon crank, Avid BB7 discs, Ashima rotors, and new Stans Alpha 340 rims to DT240s discs. The Helix tubing is a real eye catcher anywhere you bring it, and the bike is very stiff in turns. This bike feels as stiff as an alloy hardtail when I take it on single track, but is also very smooth and comfortable when I put road tires on it for long rides. Needless to say, that is a rare combo. Brushed finish is beautiful and durable. Breezer dropouts are awesome.
Similar Products Used: Specialized Tricross. Cannondale CAAD 9
Bike Setup: As described/
a Recreational Rider
Date Reviewed: August 24, 2010
Strengths: Finish, welds, weight, configuration. This is the perfect cross bike ... even if you're not racing cross.
Weaknesses: None. Although my wife doesn't race cross (yet), she loves the frame on and off road.
I purchased this Lynskey Pro+Cross for my wife after she was very impressed with the quality and finish of my Lynskey. It was a demo bike and came with SRAM Rival (I've now switched the Rival to my cross bike, and build this up with Ultegra 6700). Although my wife had a decent road bike when she got her Lynskey, she has since moved her HED Jet 4s over to the Lynskey and rides it as her "every day" bike. Other road bike: sold. She has a second set of wheels for gravel/dirt roads, etc. The quality, fit, and finish of the welds, etc., couldn't be better, and the frame is comfortably light for her 115 lbs, and her miles ridden have increased dramatically this year (in my opinion, due to the fact that she finally has a great bike that fits exceptionally well).