Weaknesses: slight toe overlap, somthing that the R430 would overcome at it is 1 cm longer front/centre
This is the best bike that I have ridden. Had a Sintesi made from deddacci 16.5 steel which was a great frame. The lynskey accelerates and climbs like this quality steel frame, stiff but with just a hint of spring that makes it feel alive. The ride quality however is something else, just enough give to never feel harsh, rough finished roads and holes seem to be dampened beautifully. Even better it does all of this while still transmitting enough feel from the road so that you feel connected to it. The handling is sublime, if a little on the quicker side. The slightest pressure on the bars sees it rail through corners. Yet is stable to ride no-handed. On top of all this at 1200 g (ML) it is light without being stupid. The shapes of the tube, welding and paint is stunning. Couldn't be more pleased.
Strengths: Climbing, Cornering, Acceleration, very nimble
Weaknesses: The engine.
I have a Litespeed Blade from the Lynskey family so when I set out to get a new road bike I went to them first. This bike corners like it is on rails and when I first started riding it seemed the bike was like a good horse who wanted to run and knew how to do so well. This is my favorite bike hands down.
Bike Setup: Bontrager race lite wheels, headset, bars, Thompson silver seatpost,
a Road Racer
Date Reviewed: November 23, 2008
Strengths: Lightweight, stiff, but still a good ride. Welds are as good as it gets. Not the assembly line quality you get from the "new" litespeed.
Weaknesses: A little "pricey" but not too expensive. They currently offer 10% on new purchases.
2007 Lynskey R420 Houseblend w/ Campy Record, FSA bars, stem, and seatpost. I've owned several L'speeds (both original Lynskey and ABG), carbon frames, custom aluminum and carbon. Anyone looking for a race level frame should start with Lynskey. The ride is exceptional. Not too stiff. I've raced this frame for one season and have been really pleased. Also, the Lynskey's are good to work with and stand behind their products much better than others I've dealt with in the past. After owning my Lynskey for about a year, I found a crack in the downtube. Contacted Lynskey about the problem and it was corrected quickly. No problems whatsoever. Exactly what you'd expect from someone willing to stand behind what they sell. First class!
Looks like WheelandSprocket (the folks who brought us the cheap AlphaQ forks) just reduced their buy-it-now prices on the Lynskey R420 frames on ebay to $1699, with BCB (8%) this drops the price down to about $1565. This seems like a great deal for a painted 6Al-4V Ti frame with an AlphaQ GS10 fork. ... Read More »
Just wanted to share with you my new machine. This is my first high end bike. It's a Lynskey R420 frame decked out with SRAM Red. Frame came with Alpha Q fork, upgraded to the Zero Gravity brakes, Lynskey seatpost, Easton 90SLX bars, Ritchey WCS stem, Chris King headset, Nokon cables, Ne ... Read More »
I have to say that I'm pretty excited about this frameset. I am going to build it up with a SRAM Red Compact Group, Mavic Ksyrium SL Premium Wheels with Vittoria Open Corsa EVO CX Tires, Selle SMP Glider Saddle and Deda Bar and Stem. I am just waiting for my parts to come in. I will post a picture o ... Read More »