Optimum performance and advanced frame technology make the Helix rise above the rest. The Lynskey pioneered Helix tubing technology, with its unique spiral shape, creates a remarkably light, stiff and stable platform. Built around competition geometry for aggressive riding, the frame utilizes a Helix down tube, top tube and seatstays which resist torsional forces and impart excellent stability, precise handling and a power to the pedals that will no doubt remind you why you chose to start riding in the first place.
Strengths: Light, stiff, comfortable, and gorgeous
Weaknesses: Decals on top tube easy to scuff due to twisted Helix tube. Just be careful when putting on a rack.
I have a 2012 Obea Orca Gold (very fast, but very stiff) and a 2007 Litespeed Teramo (very comfortable but heavy and sluggish in the mountains). Was looking for something fast like the Orca but more comfortable. I have to say I think I have found the perfect bike. Geometry is nearly identical to the Orca so I was easily able to build it to the same riding position. Bike rides fantastic. You still have the smooth Ti feel but the responsiveness in the mountains is there. Out of the saddle response is instant, no give in the BB area. Have not taken it on a century yet but expect it will be my go to bike for long days in the saddle.
The Litespeed has been given to my son and the Orca is hanging on the wall. I have not forgotten her but I seem to keep grabbing the Helix on my morning rides.
Bike Setup: Helix with satin finish. SRAM Red, American Classic Sprint 350 wheelset,
a Recreational Rider
Date Reviewed: April 21, 2014
Strengths: Craftsmanship is second to none. Perfect welds by artists.
My "dream bike" Lynskey Helix is not only a work of art, but so much fun to ride! Clearly it is built to go fast, but the motor is still improving. I am strictly a recreational rider but after seeing a Helix frame knew it was for me. We bought the frame and fork from Lynskey, and set it up with Shimano Ultegra 6800, eleven speed compact group set. The wheels are Shimano Ultegra, as well. We used a Thompson seat post for a bit of flexibility and durability. The one upgrade we did was put a Dura Ace crankset for more stiffness. I have only had my Helix for about 1600 miles but cannot find a thing about it I do not love. Yes, it was expensive, but it is my dream bike and is worth every penny, uh, dollar! Thank you David Lynskey for crafting such a wonderful work of cycling art.
a Recreational Rider
Date Reviewed: October 7, 2013
Strengths: Performance, fit, comfort, stability - Matches my riding style perfectly. The right bike for A/BB group rides and the occasional century.
Weaknesses: Version prior to 2013 may not accommodate 25mm tires
I took delivery of my new Helix a few weeks ago from Just Riding Along Bike Shop in Laytonsville, MD and I couldn't be happier with the bike and the service I received. Coming from a carbon race bike I had some concerns about stiffness but I needed to boost comfort for my longer rides. Travis, from JRABS, knows my riding style and current bike so he pointed me toward the Helix. Researching Lynskey and checking with Travis' Lynskey customers confirmed this was the right choice for me. Of particular use were the reviews by Pez Cycling News from a few years ago and the ti shootout article in Bicycle Quarterly from this past winter.
Here's a picture of my bike: "http://www.pinterest.com/pin/365143482258948575/"
The resulting bike and build have been nothing short of excellent. I don't think the fit and performance could be any better matched to me even if I had spec'd a custom frame. Seat is nicely centered on the post and my preferred bars are right where they should be without unsightly stacks of spacers. I've lost no performance, gained comfort, and ride measurably faster. It feels like I'm in tune with the bike and can put more power into it without beating myself up. This is truly transformational. Thank you crafting such finely tuned machine.
Bike Setup: Campagnolo Chorus, Enve 2.0 forks, Thomson Elite X2 stem, Thomson Elite seat post, American Classic 420 rims, Deda Zero bars, Fizik seat, Ultegra pedals
Date Reviewed: October 3, 2013
Strengths: Combination of frame geometry and straight bladed forks makes turning and cornering razor sharp.
I have an extremely bad neck and back from a motorcycle wreck, and the smoothness of the ride is amazing.
Feels like nothing I've ever ridden before. This is what I imagine nights with Giselle must feel like.
Best of all, when sprinting up hills out of the saddle, my previous cf bike would hop and skitch all over the place.
Not so with the Helix. Rear wheel stays firmly on the steet. Simply amazing feel.
Thanks, United Airlines, for killing my carbon frame.
Otherwise I never would have gotten this beauty.
a Recreational Rider
Date Reviewed: May 22, 2013
Strengths: - exceptional craftsmanship
- timeless looks
- great customer service & advice
Weaknesses: Quality comes at a price.
The Helix demonstrates what happens when people do what they love, rather than do what they're told. Craftsmanship is exceptional. Ride quality is outstanding. No road buzz, and very laterally stiff when its time to sprint or bridge.
Buy one. And take the advice of the Lynskey team when it comes to key build items like headset, fork & seatpost. Remember, you're making a long-term investment, not buying a carbon bike made in some other corner of the world, where all you're left with in a few years are the components that were bolted to it.
Build it up yourself if that's your thing. I did, and it deepened my appreciation for what the Lynskeys have created.
Then fit it and forget it...you'll feel like you've been riding the Helix for years.
One cautionary note: the headtube angle/fork rake may result in low-speed contact between your toes and the front wheel. Only an issue if you're buying this bike to ride around in parking lots. At speed it hasn't fazed me.
I am hoping I can get some positive feedback and not get critiqued by this question. I know everyone here loves their lynkskey's, but, I am still going to ask.
I can get the helix frameset with everything I want for about $1100 less than the moot cr with same specs..
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I'm interested to hear people's opinions about these 2 bikes. I want a great general purpose bike that is not going to be found wanting depending on which direction i end up taking.Having said that, Long term, I see myself riding longer distance events rather than criteriums.
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Anyone here run 23mm rims (with 23mm tires) on their 2012 or earlier Helix? It is an awesome bike but just wondering about the clearance between the nondrive chainstay and tire before ordering some 23mm rims.
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OK, I know this is the Moots board. I own a Psychlo-X that I love. I smile every time I ride it.
I'm on the fence about selling my Lynskey Helix and getting a Vamoots CR. I cannot keep both bikes. I would have to sell the Helix to get the Vamoots.
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I just have a question for any lynskey owners who are running a tapered fork on their road frame. I have just purchased a helix os with a enve 1.5 tapered fork which needs an external bearing cup assembly on the bottom of the headtube. By installing the external cups on the headtube t ... Read More »