29 May 2008 - 15:08My first Ti or the Lynskey Review
I’ve always wanted to give it a try though so I was very stoked when George said that we’d be building up the small Lynskey Pro29 in my size. And if it wasn’t enough that I’d get to test out this cool new bike, George also got it into his head that this would be a Ridiculight build. What started as a straight part swap from my Niner EMD to the Pro29 – became an exercise in shaving grams.
He weighed every Schwalbe Racing Ralph in stock to find the lightest pair in stock. The front was a not very heavy 551g, the rear 547g. All in the pursuit of Ridiculight.
Completely built, with Speedplay Frogs but without a water bottle cage, the bike weighs a respectable 22.6 pounds.
It’s light and zippy. Very responsive – but not twitchy in any way. It handles like a dream on singletrack. I was very pleased with it’s ability to scale technical steep sections, and since it hardly weighs anything, you feel like you’re just flying up the hill.
The curved top tube offers a lot of standover – I’ve said it before, although 5’6″ isn’t that short, I have short legs. This frame has plenty of standover and could definitely accommodate a much shorter rider than myself.
The only negative for me is occasional toe overlap with the front wheel. This is probably peculiar to the small frame, and happened only randomly on tight switchbacks, but nonetheless it was a little disappointing for a fame of this calibre.
Other than that, this bike is fast and solid. It would be a fantastic choice for racing and I hope to be able to test it out at some off-road tris, one of these days.