Lynskey R230 Shimano 105 Complete Bike: The R230 was designed specifically for the rider who wants a do-all, multi-use road frame. The oversized downtube offers exceptional stiffness along with confident handling. The semi-compact...
Strengths: geometry, material choice, welds are superb, finish is outstanding
Weaknesses: can't think of any
Lynskey really hit the mark on this ride. Beautifully designed and flawlessly executed. Too bad there aren't more things in life that come together this well.
I've been a serious rider for 26 years (just turned 40 this year) and have ridden pretty much everything in every different way possible (world class competition road and track, mountain and cyclecross, touring cross country, commuting, city riding) and I really can't remember being on something new and being as impressed as I am with the R230.
I bought directly from Lynskey. Don was very helpful in making my frame and component selections and really taking care of me throughout the process.
Upon receiving the bike I noticed that quality extends beyond materials and service but also to the actual build of the bike. Clean and professional leaving no detail overlooked (the headset spacers have a logo on it - these were all aligned perfectly). It shows they care about quality. I found myself thinking, if the build is this good, how's the ride?
The ride is wonderful. There's a lot of commentary about the qualities of titanium so I don't need to go into that. The geometry and fit of R230 is as described by Lynskey and other reviewers and so is the ride - brights, responsive, performance without all the sharp edges.
My hats off to Lynskey for making such a fine machine and delivering it with precision and grace.
Weaknesses: Lynskey customer service leaves everything to be desired.
I bought two bikes, one for myself and one for my wife. We initially inquired direct to Lynksey online, but then went through my LBS, who is a Lynskey dealer.
THE BICYCLE REVIEW
The bicycles are great, with whatever gruppo they comes with. I have been on four rides my wife on one. We ordered them with the Enve 2.0 fork (carbon made in USA), Lynskey titanium seat posts (very comfortable) and Mavic Ksyrium Elite wheels. We have Contentinal 4000 tires as feel they give the best combination of weight combined with durability.
This bike is about three pound lighter than my 2002 Litespeed. The difference on every level is positive. Despite all the problems I encountered (see below), the bicycle itself was worth the money. The only reason the Value Rating is a 4 instead of a 5 is because it seemed to be the most expensive of the the stock titanium bicycles. I do not know if the less expensive brands would ride as well or not.
THE PROBLEMS .
I tried to do some competitive price shopping when I did not like the original quote for the two bikes. I did this with the full blessing of my LBS who said they would build the bikes regardless of where I bought them. When Lynskey found out I was price shopping the other dealer I was talking to refused to sell me the bicycles. Had Lynskey called my LBS first, none of this would happened.
My LBS and I finally did agree on a price for two R230s with SRAM Rivals. When I inquired about upgrading to SRAM Force -- before anything was shipped to my LBS -- I was unable to do so. My LBS spent a week back and forth with Lynskey and the distributor, but finally gave up. They would not exchange the stock, unopened parts. Yes, I was willing to pay the difference.
The bikes came in to my LBS, but had to wait a week before being built. On July 5, 2013 I send a letter to Mark Lynskey explaining my frustration. I have no yet (it is now July 25) received a reply. Perhaps one will come eventually. While I was hoping for a resolution of my issues, I would have accepted any courteous response as a sign of "we care, even if we cannot do anything about this."
Kudos to my LBS who worked with me every step of the way.
Lynskey's attitude is not really unusual. There a many companies who have their own take on Customer Service that is bound to leave some of us unhappy. I decided to enjoy my bike.
Next round, however, I will take a more serious look at Litespeed again.
Bike Setup: R230, Small, Enve 2.0 for, Lynskey Ti Seatpost, Bright brushed finish, SRAM Rival groupset, Mavic Kysirum Elites, Conti 4000 tires, specific Selle Italtia seats, Shimano SP A600 pedals.
a Recreational Rider
Date Reviewed: July 9, 2013
Strengths: Light, Strong, Compliant, Fit, Comfort, Style, Looks, Craftsmanship, Attention to detail, Beauty, Order Options
I purchased my R230 about 3 and 1/2 years ago direct from the guys in TN and had it shipped internationally to Abu Dhabi. Ordering a bike so specific to my needs via the internet and over the telephone was stressful, but the personal service I received was definitely the best. All questions were answered and many options offered to fit my needs. I ended up ordering my bike configured with the Sram Red Groupset, Zipp Vumaquad cranks, Zipp SLC2 bars, Bontrager XXX stem, Reynolds Assault Wheels (Later changed to Sram S30 AL golds), ISM Adamo Racing saddle, Lynskey Ti seat post and Continental tires. (Also had my initials etched into the top tube).
When the bike arrived, the packing job was impressive. I could tell that they did not just wrap and pack it to get it out the door. It took me some time to unpack it from the box. The bike was pre-assembled, so it did not take much to get it on the road. My first ride on the bike still stands out clearly in my head, even though it was 3 years ago. It was my first time on a Ti frame and it definitely felt the way people describe it. Very responsive and compliant. The bike felt as if it became part of the road. Out of the saddle response is immediate and the bike climbs. I am by no means an expert, but I have ridden bikes all my life and have owned bikes of all price ranges (I will not go into brands, no need to). and this is by far the best bike I have ever ridden PERIOD!!! Match that with the service I received and there you have it, 5 out of 5!!! I bought this bike because I am now over 40 and wanted a bike that will be the last road bike I will ever purchase. If maintained properly, this Ti frame should last forever. If you are reading this review, then you are thinking about buying Ti, if you are thinking about buying Ti and still not sure, call the guys at Lynskey and I promise you they will help you make up your mind.
This review is for the Lynskey R230 titanium road bike. I probably should start with a little about me. I’m 54, 5’9” and 155 pounds. I was 212 on the 50th birthday. I’ve been riding for just under three years. I’m doing between 4-5k miles per year. My first bike was a Giant Defy Advanced 1 and it was a really good bike. Great geometry for this beginner and comfortable for sure. I enjoyed the bike and didn’t need a new one. For some reason I decided I wanted to try titanium. I chose to order the frameset from Lynskey directly and dealt with Mr. Don Erwin. He was super knowledgeable and patient with me through the ordering process. You can ask him anything. He always makes time for you. Once I received the frame I built it up with Campagnolo Chorus 11, Campagnolo Neutron Ultra-wheels, Continental GP 4000s 25mm tires, Specialized Romin expert saddle, 3T stem and Easton EC90 aero handlebars. She came in at just about 17 pounds. This bike is not only more comfortable but also more efficient. Power transfer is exceptional and I feel like I can ride it all day. It climbs well and descends like A BMW. I will say that titanium IS all they say it is. Faster, more comfortable than my comfort carbon bike and just a joy to ride. I strongly recommend the Lynskey R230.
Similar Products Used: Only other bike I've owned is the Giant Defy Advanced one.
Bike Setup: All Campy baby. See review for details
a Recreational Rider
Date Reviewed: February 23, 2013
Strengths: USA Handmade, beautiful welds, double and triple butted, - The staff at Lynskey Rocks! - you can actually talk to real people that make the bikes right here in the USA
Weaknesses: No weaknesses
Great all-around frame for those of us that aren't racing, but appreciate a stiff, yet compliant ride for long rides. I am by no means a weight weenie, but you can build a nice 15.5 lb bike on this frame that is bombproof thanks to the qualities of Ti. I've owned some carbon frames and never felt comfortable on them. I can literally bounce a hammer off my frame with no damage so I don't have to worry about a material that wil fail me. The ride qualitiy is similar to carbon, yet I appreciate actually "feeling" the road.
And most importantly - I am proud to ride a bike that was hand-made on the USA! The dudes at Lynskey are awesome - I also bought a Ridgeline 29 from them 2 years ago and love it!!! - Carbon is disposible, Ti is forever!
This review is for the Lynskey R230 titanium road bike. I probably should start with a little about me. I’m 54, 5’9” and 155 pounds. I was 212 on the 50th birthday. I’ve been riding for just under three years. I’m doing between 4-5k miles per year. My first bike was a Giant Defy Advanced 1 and it wa ... Read More »
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.
The cost is about the same for both items but I'd like people's opinions on ... Read More »
Hello all, Long time lurker first time poster.
I am purchasing a r230 lynskey ti road bike. It will have the torelli handlebar with a choice of either control tech or torelli full carbon forks. Do you guys have any opinions on what I should place on the bike? The other components on the bike ... Read More »
I have been riding a new Lynskey R230 since about Feb. I love the bike, but just recently dicsovered a crack in the chainstay tube. I dropped the bike off at the shop yesterday to return to Lynskey (hopefully that all goes smoothly). I have no idea if they will replace the tube or give me a new f ... Read More »