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.
Weaknesses: Lack of internale brake cable routing
I bought an XL frame over last christmas sale. I then added my existing Campy Record groupset as well as an Enve Fork 2.0 tapered which is what Lynsey suggests.
In order to ride a Campy groupset in the PF30 bottom bracket, you need a proper adaptor. I chose to use the Praxis BB Adapter for PF30 for $85. Let me detail few points on the build and the ride:
- if you will build the bike yourself you will notice the amazing craftsmanship of the frame. Every little part screams quality.
- the head tube includes this year integrated HS cups hence you will only need tapered bearings. Lynsey has both CC or FSA on sale on their website. Very easy to install the fork and Lynsey can install the crown race for you free of charge
- it has classic external cable routing. very easy to install and maintain
- as I mentioned above this year Lynskey is using PF30 bottom brackets on all their build. Its very important to choose the right adapter to avoid squeaks and clicks. I recommend Praxis adapter. Don't even bother using cups without the middle sleeve.
- in order to avoid galling make sure you use grease and anti-seize generously. I use anti-seize when pressing the BB adapter and on the seatpost. Grease everywhere else.
- there is a lot of confusion about tire clearance. Lynskey changed chainstays specs in 2013 to accomodate modern aero deep wheelsets. There is absolutely no issue now running modern deep-profile rims. I run a 2015 Reynolds Aero 58 which is almost 27mm wide and i have plenty of clearance. Same applies to tires. I run Continental Gran Prix II 700x25 which in reality are 26.2mm and no issue whatsoever.
- modern carbon fork such as Enve, now requires to be cut ABOVE the stem. Do not cut the steerer tube below stem's upper bound as this will not guarantee proper grip of the compression plug. As a consequence, when installing the top cup, you will need a spacer. Enve recommends at least 5mm. I used a 10mm.
- the Helix is labelled as Pro geometry; however as per Lynskey description, the geometry is more relaxed than the R3xx and R4xx series. I can confirm that. The ride is very comfy. Not necessarily too upright, but just right if you looking to do centuries etc.
- I run 40mm spacers cause i wanted to have a more relaxed ergonomics, however given longer head tube, I feel I can drop it safely to 15-20mm.
- great handling of road potholes and grip when cornering. I felt confident to really push my limit. The frame is stiff but maintains the Ti magic feeling. Exactly what i was expecting.
What I would change:
- internal cable routing at least for brake cables.
- decals..they fixed the issue in 2015 with nice metals 3D logos. Great job on that
- braze-on clip for front derailleurs. Makes the overall look cleaner
- they changed the twisted top tube with what they called super tube...I prefer the twisted top tube I hope they will switch back to it in the next models.
Date Reviewed: January 25, 2015
Strengths: Clean build with great welding, light, fast and climbs well. Unique design...I like that.
Weaknesses: None and getting it at a great, discounted price was even better.
Wanted a Ti bike for some time. Waited patiently and then it happened...Lynskey was having a clear-out and I was the owner of a Helix frame for under $2K in under 2 minutes...wow! I purchased the Lynskey carbon fork which is an ENVE fork with Lynskey logos...I wanted that. Built it out with Campy group and Zipps along with Easton cockpit.
The result is a 16 pound missile which is fast and climbs incredibly well...for some reason and it may be the Campy Record groupset, it feels lighter. Its incredibly responsive and the parts are just right for me. Although its stiff there's not as much chatter, maybe the 25s on it help and I keep them at 90 and 100 front and back respectively.
I have carbon and steel bikes...this Ti bike is a great addition to the team...better than I hoped for.
Happy that the Lynskey family got back into building Ti bikes because 2 things are true: First they are experts who deliver a quality product and Second, Made in the USA (even though I am Canadian) can deliver real quality.
Michael at Lynskey was right when he said, after I asked about 'the ride quality"...he said..."Strap in"...he wasn't kidding!
Date Reviewed: December 11, 2014
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.
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 »