The Lynskey Cooper is a real smooth operator. Its oversized cold-worked tube set lends the stiffness and handling you’re after while the geometry and the magic of titanium impart the comfort you demand.
Developed from both our racing and Gran Fondo traditions, the Lynskey Cooper is a real smooth operator. Its oversized cold-worked tube set lends the stiffness and handling you’re after, while the geometry and the magic of titanium impart the comfort you demand.
Strengths: Titanium ride (like butter... the downhills are amazing!), good fit, and its beautiful to ride.
Weaknesses: Not a thing I can think of...
I bought this frane from Lynskey during a half off frame event with a Lynskey fork. Previously, I was riding an old Trek 5500 with an Ultegra gruppo. I pushed all of the parts from my old bike to my new one-- saved a little more jack-- and now I have beautiful new Titanium ride for under 2k.
Initially, the ride felt a little noodly on the climbs-- it did not seem to have the get-up/go that my 5500 had. However, I believe that was more the motor's fault, not the frame's...
This bike is amazing on the downhills: there is no wobble at speed (I'm looking forward to heading towards some mountain pass roads that'll bump me up to 50mph to see what that feels like) and it carves up the corners nicely.
For the money-- and also for the factor that you don't see Ti everyday-- this is an amazing bike. No complaints-- except that there aren't enough hours in the day to ride her, sometimes!
Date Reviewed: July 2, 2014
Strengths: fast and efficient: acclerates and climbs as well as larger tubed carbon frames; tracks well and easy to control but turns quickly and easily; ride is very comfortable with good dampening. Frame is set up to take generic, off the shelf threaded bottom bracket, head set and 27.2 mm seatpost.
Weaknesses: the only weakness I can identify is that the titanium gets hot when left out in the afternoon New Mexico sun!
I just got back from a 60 mile ride, up into the mountains outside Albuquerque with about 3200 vertical feet gain/loss.
Fourth ride on the Lynskey in three days, and I realize that I'm just beginning to learn about the qualities of the frame. It rides very well. It is efficient and quick. It is very vibration absorbing; it reacts to harsh bumps with good control and comfort. It turns quicker than other endurance type frames I have ridden but still tracks well and today had remarkable stability in cross winds. During descents I got it up to 40 mph in 20 mph tail/ cross winds and 30 mph is heavy cross winds and the bike maintained stability very nicely.
I'm riding it with a Campy Record triple grupo, open pro rims, DT revolution spokes, and a LOOK carbon fiber fork/alloy steering tube, Campy carbon fiber seat post and an older Selle Italia Max Flite saddle.
At this point I feel the Lynskey Cooper is the nicest performing frame I have ever ridden.
The Cooper is about 0.7 lb heavier than some of its carbon fiber competitors. I feel this is insignificant given its efficiency and riding characteristics. Weight is only one factor in determining performance. Additionally there is the benefit of threaded bottom bracket (easier and more bullet proof than some of the pressed in bearing arrangements), and non-proprietary, external bearing headset. I feel the durability and reparability of titanium is also a significant advantage over carbon.
I was hesitant to purchase the frame without a test ride. I contacted Don Erwin, at Lynskey. While he could not identify any local source for me to test ride the bike he encouraged me to purchase and try the frame; if I wasn't satisfied I could send it back or a full refund.
BOTTOM LINE: I THINK IT IS A GREAT FRAME AND REALLY LIKE IT.
It's made in the USA and I can actually talk to the people who design and make them.
Date Reviewed: June 24, 2014
Strengths: Everything absolutely fantastic
Weaknesses: Nothing at all
This is all the bike anyone could ever need its beautiful to ride. I've built mine up with the latest ultegra group set and wheels and it rides sublimely,i don't want to get off it! It handles superbly,corners and climbs like a mountain goat and it doesn't leave you beat up like a carbon bike does as it seems to glide over less than perfect road surfaces. All in all i love my Cooper.
Date Reviewed: June 17, 2014
Strengths: For the money, you cannot beat this frame. Perfect balance between stiffness, compliance in road handling and absorbing the bumps and vibrations during long Century rides.
Weaknesses: Straight tubing, so it maybe a bit heavy when compared to other frames. Another way to look at it, your getting more Titanium for the money.
I put just over 5000 miles on this frame in less than a year. The Cooper can do everything. Club Ride throw downs, chasing KOM's, long Century rides, gravel grinds, Rule #5 rides, the Ti can take all punishment. It's like having 3 or 4 different bikes in one frame. Built it up with ENVE components, Ultegra drivetrain and HED Belgium's. The most impressive characteristic was how nice the bike handles. It corners like an F1 car and rides like it's on rails thanks to Ti...the maneuverability is superb. The Ti vibration damping on long Century rides works...your less fatigued. If you can find one used...grab it. ENVE fork is a must...no wobble at all at high speeds.
Date Reviewed: August 13, 2013
Strengths: The ability to 'soak up' vibrations caused by poor road conditions. The fact that this frame will last forever.!
I have now owned a Lynskey Cooper frame for over 2 years, & am still totally delighted everytime I ride it. I built it up with a quality set of parts, a Sram Red groupset & Zipp 202 tubular wheelset, plus a full carbon fork, bars & seatpin. It climbs like a mountain goat, handles superbly, & due to the light weight accelerates like a Ferrari. Add to this that you don't see them every day, (unlike the Carbon fibre Giant it replaced) and you really do have a sense of well being riding something so special, or at least I do.!
I found a great deal on a Lynskey Cooper in a local shop. The shop owner had built the frame up with an Ultegra group and it didn't sell, so he rebuilt it up with 105, but with a gossamer crank and bottom bracket. Shimano 501 wheels, and some handlebars, stem and seat from his parts bin. Did have t ... Read More »
I just finished the build. Here are some pics.
I am having set-up issues with the BB7s. I can't get them to clamp down enough without pre-setting them really close to the pads- so close that the discs to rub the pads during free spinning. What am I doing wrong?
I need to put a longer casing on ... Read More »
Finally here. Doing a slow build. Got Chorus 10 alloy that ill be hanging on her, but really want to save that for my next lugged steel frame. But I'll use it since its the only group I have ready to roll. Waiting on a set of HS spacers in the Rasta colors. Doing brake bolts in Rasta too.
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[B]Armstrong Watch: Day 11,309[/B]
There has been a temporary boost in morale as Oscar-nominated actor Bradley Cooper has been selected to play Lance Armstrong in the upcoming biopic, to be directed by JJ Abrams.
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