The Lynskey R230’s competition-tuned tubeset delivers smooth power transfer and confidence-inspiring steering. Its semi-compact geometry offers lots of stand over and the bi-axially ovalized down tube boosts bottom bracket stiffness for enhanced power transfer. By curving and ovalizing the seat stays the R230 is fantastic balance of comfort and performance that will go long and fast with ease.
Strengths: Very well made. Does everything well. Subtle understated beauty.
Weaknesses: Can be expensive, if you're not patient enough to wait for a good deal.
I've ridden off and on since 1990. I've had all kinds of bikes over the years, and used to work as a mechanic in a
shop. So, I have a pretty good history of cycling under my belt.
About 8 months ago I returned to road riding after a number of years involved in other sports. I didn't have a bike
at the time and I wasn't sure if I would be back into riding "whole hog", so I decided to test the waters first by
buying a used bike off Craigslist. That bike was a pretty generic carbon job with very run of the mill components
(Campy Centaur / Sram Rival) and very basic 2000g wheels.
The problem with that bike was the frame was too big and the geometry was too aggresive for my 46 year old body to
adapt to. It caused neck pain, in addition to just feeling "off". Still I soldiered on as best I could.
I then decided I should try something in my actual correct size and with a more relaxed geometry. I found a 2013
Specialized Roubaix on Craigslist for a very good price.
The Specialized was better. The position was better, it fit properly and it was
generally pretty comfortable. But, after several months on that, I felt kind of uninspired by it. Even though it's
pretty light and stiff, it's just sort of blah.
I started reading up on the new generation of Ti frames and decided that was the direction I wanted to go in. I patiently trolled Ebay and other classifieds until I spotted a 2010 R230 size medium frame being
sold along with a headset, carbon fork, and seatpost. The owner was willing to take $1175 for the whole
package, which works out to about $900 for just the frame. Can't beat that!
I built the frame up with the parts off bike #1 and have now been riding it for the last 3 weeks as much as possible.
This is just a great, great frameset.
It does everything so well. It's light, stiff, supple, solid, well made and beautiful. Even built up with well below
average parts, it rides wonderfully. I will eventually have all the best stuff on it, and can't even imagine what a
joy it will be then.
I don't care what anyone says about the weight of a carbon frame vs titanium (or any other material). The difference
in weight between this frame with the lightest possible build and a carbon frame with the lightest possible build will
be on the order of 12 - 14 ounces.
Anyone who says that means anything better be a pro racer with 4% bodyfat. I liken posers whining about 12 ounces on a bike frame to the people who say they'd prefer a Nissan GTR over a Ferarri 458 because the Nissan has a lateral G rating that is .02
higher. That's the spew of a numbers dork who couldn't get either car (or either bike) anywhere near the limits enough to see the
What's more, do you know what those extra 12 - 14oz means? It means that if you wreck (and anyone who rides near their limits probably will eventually) there's a good chance a carbon bike is either going to get ruined, or leave you wondering what damage may have been done. A good titanium frame is much much more likely to survive unscathed. I'm not talking about the bike falling over in the garage like a lot of retro grouches claim will comprimise carbon. Let's not be ridiculous in that direction either. I mean a good old fashion 25 mph, lay it down, wheel tacoing, road rash wreck. Something like that *is* going to be a problem for a lot of carbon jobs.
This frame just the right geometry and build / attributes for an all around bike. Not full on race aggresive, but also not "old man" upright style like the Roubaix. It's right in the middle. This means it is equally at home taking fast corners, sprinting up over rolling hills, coming down at 45+ mph or just casually tooling along at 12mph. It does it all with poise and confidence. It's not going to be the ride you'd want in a crowded high speed crit, but it was not designed for that. It also won't be as stiff at the absolute hammer limits for a 180lb+ sprint monster, but I'm not one of those. Refer back to the bit about the GTR vs the Ferarri if this concerns you.
I am reluctant to use adjectives like "alive" to describe this frame and another like "dead" to describe my carbon bike, but if I was forced to describe them, then it would be with words along those lines.
On top of everything else, the bike has a subtle understated elegence and beauty. The vast majority of riders don't really know what they're seeing when they look at it. Everyone is so used to seeing huge carbon tubes with garish decals all over them. Those will get you noticed, no doubt... If that's important to you. They'll get you noticed as a poser much faster if you don't ride well.
My Roubaix is now up for sale, and the money I get back for that will go for the first round of upgrades on the R230. I'm thinking some Dura Ace carbon clinchers, and the rest will go in the fund for an eventual group swap to Sram Red or Campy Record. What a bike that will be!
Bike Setup: Campy Centaur / Sram Rival Group.
Pinarello F3 Wildcat wheels (these are slightly better than junk).
a Recreational Rider
Date Reviewed: November 12, 2014
Strengths: Climbs well, descends well and is very comfortable (ENVE 2.0 Fork is a great complement to this frame)
Weaknesses: Not as light as carbon frames
After reading all these reviews, and having owned numerous high end titanium (and a few carbon) frames, I had extremely high expectations for this frame. I'm happy to report that so far it has exceeded all of them. It is very responsive climbing (which was noticed by my riding buddies right off the bat) and also descends like "its on rails". And... at the same time it is very comfortable and with the "etched" graphics and the beautiful welds it is really cool looking and draws comments everywhere.
The ENVE 2.0 fork is a terific complement to this frame. The fit of this large frame is perfect for my 6' tall proportions.
Best ride I have owned. Highly recommend to anyone who appreciates fine craftmanship and is looking for a great all around ride.
Similar Products Used: Serotta, Trek, Litespeed, Merlin, Spectrum, Calfee
Bike Setup: SRAM Force 22 group with compact gearing. ENVE 2.0 fork. Mavic Ksyrium Elite S wheels with 25c Conti Gran Prix tires. Ritchey post, stem, handlebars and Speedplay zero pedals
Date Reviewed: November 7, 2014
Strengths: Stability, predictability, craftsmanship, durability, and comfort
Weaknesses: Pricey & heavier than carbon. Needs a more modern BB housing and head tube.
This is a review for the 2014 R230 frameset.
I built it up with DA7900 group, Enve 2.0 fork, HED Ardennes SL wheelset, and Ritchey carbon cockpit and seat post.
This is a fabulous frame set for club rides, centuries, gran fondos, and multi day tours. Handling is fantastic, especially in long, fast descents. Tracks rock solid with no tendency to be "nervous" or wander. I've had several other quality road bikes, but none have handled as well as the R230. I've ridden several very hot, very bumpy centuries this season, and have not gotten beat up or saddle sore. The comfort is outstanding.
It climbs very well -- better than any of my previous bikes -- but I think it would be better yet with a more modern bottom bracket housing and tapered headtube, like the R350. But, it is a great all around bike and I'm not complaining.
As equipped, it weighs in at 15.2 without the pedals, which I think is respectable for a small non-carbon frame build.
The welds are flawless and the bare frame is a work of art.
a Recreational Rider
Date Reviewed: November 6, 2014
Strengths: Smooth. Going over tar and chip roads is like going over a freshly paved bike path. SMOOTH. I was expecting an improvement, but the experience was surprisingly smooth. I used the same wheels/tires on a steel bike before the R230. After receiving the R230, I put the same wheels/tires on the bike, and the ride was vastly superior. This must come from the frame or seatpost, or most likely, the combination of the two... I'm 37 and ride about 100 - 200 miles/wk. So I'm looking forward to saving some and wear and tear on my body as I approach 40.
Fast. I wanted this frame, out of the Lynkskey family, because I didn't want to sacrifice performance for comfort. Mission accomplished. I'm very happy with how the bike climbs and how the bike handles.
Packaging. Ordered via website. They know what they are doing when they pack these bikes for shipment. Kudos to Lynskey.
Weaknesses: Customer service. Placed at least 10 phone calls, following my online order through Lynskey.com, to keep tabs on production and ship date. Took 4 weeks from order to ship out. The burden was always on me to follow up, and when I didn't, things didn't move along on their own.
At the end I was told the bike would be complete and ship on a Wednesday. The following Monday (no bike) I call, and am told the bike was completed the prior Wednesday but has been sitting in the shipping department...and would ship out that day. WTF. Nice people, but I expect better.
Went from a steel frame with 105 group, which I enjoyed....to the R230 with Ultegra. It made me a little uneasy spending so much a bike, but I suspect that feeling will fade over time as the miles pile up.
Strengths: Smooth, beautiful, classy, and plenty stiff enough for anything I can throw at it. After riding a carbon frame for a decade, the first thing I noticed was that the ride is quiet and not "rattling".
Weaknesses: The titanium Enve seat post is fine- if you get the instructions. Lynskey should include instructions when it ships the product.The frame is slightly heavier than a carbon frame, but I just need to lose one pound of body fat to even it out.
I expect this bike to last me a lifetime. No disappointmets at all.
Bike Setup: Bought frame only, built up with my own Ultegra 6800 groupo and wheels. I went for the matte finish with no decals, so whatever is not matte grey is black. It has a nice sleeper look, or maybe velo-batman.
First I must state that, the Lynskey R230's description on its website "the ideal frame for the spirited enthusiast or club rider looking for a road frame that’s equally at home on a century and at the start line" exactly fits what I am looking for.
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Greetings to you all,
I am in the market to upgrade my seatpost on my R230. I am currently using a Thomson Elite in black but am looking at either an ENVE seatpost or the new Lynskey Ti post with the ENVE head on it.
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