Lynskey Performance Designs Ridgeline-29 SL 29er Hardtail

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The Lynskey Ridgeline 29 delivers all the benefits you expect from a high performance 29er. Our combination of cold-worked/multi-shaped titanium...

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[Jul 16, 2014]
PedalaNZ

OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
5
Strength:

Geometry, compliance, weight, flexibility(geared/ss), looks, frame price on sale

Weakness:

This section is now reserved for my other bikes

I always have a quiver of bikes built up for different uses but I've started to rebuild this frame frequently instead - it's that good. In similar frames I've got a recent 29er Reynolds 853 frame with similar sliding dropouts (Pipedream Skookum) and a 29er carbon frame (Planet X Dirty Harry) plus 8 years riding rigid singlespeed hardtail 29ers (my favorite ride). Five minutes on the first ride with the Lynskey frame and I knew it was in a class above - it felt right in every way. It felt so much more comfortable I ditched the USE suspension post I was using for long rides and went back to a rigid post. With a rigid carbon fork and light carbon wheelset it flies....makes the steel frame seem heavy & dull and although it gives away 0.5 kilos (a pound) to the carbon frame it is less twitchy, noisy and feels more planted and hammerable. I built it up 2 x 10 with a Fox 120 fork for two long, steep and muddy winter races - it came through with fun, placings as good as I can expect and never a bike problem.

My only issue was a period of machine gun cracking noises which I eventually (after swapping out BBs etc) tracked to the rear sliding dropouts - a light grease between the sliders and frame slots solved that. Which reminds me about the slider lock bolts....what was Lynskey thinking! How can engineers that can spec such a great frame also spec bolts made out putty metal? Even with care and a torque wrench mine have almost rounded out. This is a small thing & I'm planning a visit to my local bolt store to find a good steel set.

The only frame this won't replace is my full sus for all mtn and rough trail use. I now suspect I wasted $$$ on earlier HT frames - for my use I should have saved my pennies and got a Lynskey ti frame years ago.

Finally, even though I got the frame at a giveaway price from CRC I would give 5 chillies for value even at full retail - consider you could spend a fortune for an average bike - most of us have done - while a frame this good is worth every dollar.

[Apr 16, 2014]
Henry

OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
4
Strength:

I use the bike geared and single speed, rigid or with suspension, tapered or straight steerer. Frame is light and stiff. So far I love it. Welding is flawless.

Weakness:

Non so far.

Moneys worth. Not the cheapest but for a titanium frame like this you can't go wrong.

[Apr 10, 2014]
Ollie
Cross Country Rider

OVERALL
RATING
4
VALUE
RATING
5
Strength:

Versatile frame, smooth ti ride, customer service, lifetime warranty

Weakness:

Tire clearance, not belt compatible

Picked my 2013 Ridgeline 29SL up for a song from an online store. Beautifully made frame and very versatile, with the 44mm headtube handling straight and tapered steerers. Headset was a tight fit (perhaps tolerances are out?) but everything else built up easily. Love that it has a threaded bottom bracket (press fit is the worst standard ever!) and the dropout options make it a very versatile frame. I'm running mine with a Rohloff, it makes for a smooth and fast trail machine! I like the aesthetics of the straight tubed Ridgeline more than the twists of the Pro29, so sorry to see they've discontinued it in the SL model. Good race orientated geometry, but the ti makes for a forgiving all day ride. Love that I don't have to worry about scuffing paint with the industrial mill finish. All up and exceptionally good value titanium frame.

Similar Products Used:

Too many alloy hardtails to name

[Nov 20, 2012]
Frank
Cross Country Rider

OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
4
Strength:

Customer service with follow-up, compliant ride, nice blend of comfort and performance. USA made, which is awesome and important to me.

Weakness:

Pricey, but USA made.

I started with a trek rig. I never was happy with the way it handled like an 18-wheeler in the turns and beat me to death in the rocks. Yes, there are rocks in Oklahoma, lots of them. I was able to move everything directly from that lousy rig frame to the Lynskey with only one minor hitch, the BB shell on the rig was wider and I needed 2 spacers to adapt to the Lynskey shell. No big deal, bought a spare BB and it came with the two spacers I needed.
Light weight (24 lbs for my XL with mediocre rig parts), no paint to scratch, easy to clean, compliant ride, great handling, what more can you ask for?
I have had the Ridgeline SL for a couple months now and still love it. It is a joy to ride and I recently took it on a 3-day torture test in Arkansas at Syllamo - more rocks. It is great to deal with somebody in the USA and makes quality product. The only issue I have had, which is minor, is that the Allen bolts on the dropout sliders have come somewhat loose once or twice. I check them occasionally now and if it happens again, I will use a little locktite. If you can afford it, I recommend this frame highly.

Similar Products Used:

Trek rig, stump jumper far

[Sep 28, 2012]
mersh448
Cross Country Rider

OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
5
Strength:

Light weight Titanuim frame, Excellent handling, great geometry and incredible fit. Also, incredible customer service!

Weakness:

careful with the slider bolts. do not to over torque or round out the hex bolt. use a new and sharp 5 mm hex wrench

I researched a lot of frames before deciding on the Lynskey Ridgeline 29 SL. I was very reluctant to leave my full suspension Turner Flux 26'er and commit to a 29'er single speed. However, the Lynskey Ridgeline proved to be an excellent choice! The slider feature and flexibility of the Ridgeline SL to be converted from single speed to geared was well worth the nominal price difference as compared to the Ridgeline VF (geared only). I set mine up SS initially and have never regreted the move. I had a couple minor stem and seat height adjustments on my first ride and have not needed to change a thing since. The handling of the bike is precise and controlled with the 15mm thru axle Fox fork. Taking on downhills is no problem either. The Ridgeline descends with confidence and predictability! No need to worry about the climbs either. My Ridgeline built up weighed in at 21 lbs. The light weight single speed accelerates well when the trail turns upward and feels light, nimble and flickable on the technical single track of western PA. The Ti frame is compliant enough to use on all day epic rides. I've done a number of 30-50 mile rides and have not felt like I've been beaten up when the ride is over. I did not list the following as a weakness because it turned out to be a strength and a positive for Lynskey. I developed a frame crack at the top tube-head tube junction. I called Lynskey directly and informed them of the issue. They were awesome to deal with! Absolutely no hassle! I sent my frame back and within a couple weeks, it was returned to me repaired and totally refinished. My frame looks brand new again. I am so confident that frame crack was a very isolated occurrence, that I bought a second frame from them. The folks at Lynskey worked with me and set me up with a great deal on a M2923 frame. I am also very happy with that purchase. Bottom line is, the Ridgeline is an awesome frame and Lynskey customer service is TOP SHELF!

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Merlin X-tra Fat, Moots Rigor Mootis

[Jun 20, 2012]
Brandon V

OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
5
Strength:

It is awesome! I want for nothing else. This bike from day one has been such a joy. So light and durable. I am very rough on my toys and its good to know that i can challenge myself and this bike to the max.

Weakness:

Have found 0 weaknesses. There is one, there is no paint to chip away so it always looks new and never looks like ive been using it.

If you are pondering... look no further. I was reluctant to purchase such an expensive bike, but after looking at carbon and comparing those prices this bike really was not that much more, and i got a lifetime frame. I was hooked from day one, luckily a good friend at Lynskey (Matt Richardson) informed me that this would be the best purchase i will ever make. Buy a Lynskey! They are all handmade in TN, about 10 miles from my house so even though that doesn't cut down the price its well worth it.

[Apr 06, 2012]
BigJon
Weekend Warrior

OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
5
Strength:

Great fit, light, quick steering, durable, good customer service, great value

Weakness:

None noted so far

I figured it was about time to replace my 20-year-old Yeti, and since I have a Lynskey T230 bike that I really like, I decided to look at some of their MTB offerings. As luck would have it, they had some media special bikes on sale (never ridden, just used for pictures) and they had my size (XL). That one of the great things about dealing direct with Lynskey- they often have promos or sales that can save you a bunch, and they also (as in the case when I bought the T230) will work within your budget to get you a bike that fits your needs.
When I received the bike, it was carefully packaged with all the frame tubes wrapped in foam insulation and the whole thing was packed in a sturdy, well padded box. As luck would have it, we had a heavy rainstorm the day before, so my local trails were covered with all kinds of ruts and mud, so a perfect opportunity to see what this bike could do.
First good thing I noticed was the fit. At 6'5", I'm not the easiest person to fit on a bike. With a 100 mm stem, this bike fits me perfectly. I felt no lower back strain and I was able to extend my legs fully on the pedals. It also has a steeper head tube angle than my Yeti, so it took a bit of getting used to the quick steering. Once on the trail, I can see why everyone raves about the 29" wheels- they just rolled right over most bumps and ruts. On some steep uphills, I was able to scoot way forward on the saddle to keep the front end planted, but it still had enough weight on the back wheel to maintain traction. Downhills were a bit scary at first, due to the quick steering, but I got used to that pretty fast.
When I bought the T230, a number of people told me that titanium was going to be too flexy for someone my size (I'm 200 lbs.). I have not noticed any excessive flex on either bike, especially so with the Ridgeline.

Similar Products Used:

Yeti Pro Fro

[Oct 27, 2011]
mpbspt
Cross Country Rider

OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
5
Strength:

Beautiful welds, super light, able to adjust geometry, love the sliders- running as single speed, Tight Tolerances (Bottom Bracket, Headtube, etc)

Weakness:

Decals - mine were cracked when received - no big deal though - Lynskey replaced them for free. . . . . . .

If you have been thinking about getting this frame - think no more - best bike I have ever ridden (over 25 years of MTB). The company is super cool too - I had a million questions about sizing and such and they were on it.

Similar Products Used:

Litespeed Ocoee Ti, TST G-man Ti, DBR Ti

[Jul 13, 2011]
Andrew from Australia
Cross Country Rider

OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
5
Strength:

Lively feel, doesn't rust, geometry good, doesn't break and of course, it's a 29er!

Weakness:

None so far - occasional creaking noise may be e13 bottom bracket or it may be rear dropouts.

I have ridden this bike in all weathers and most terrains. I love it! It can morph between a rigid single speed commuter for rough paths and a serious hardtail easily. For the amount of use it gets - about 100kms a week - it has been fantastic. I am about to change the seatpost because I have changed saddles to one with less available rail length so I need a seatpost with more setback than the 17mm that comes with the Thomson to achieve the same position.
The determining factor for me was that I wanted a 29er frame that was set up for single speed but could be converted to geared. There are many on the market that are set up for geared but can be converted to single but few this way around. I looked at some Ti frames labelled differently but built by Lynskey and ended up buying the original.
I am over 230lbs and can break frames, cranks, forks, you name it! I have had no sense of the frame being "soft" and you also never get a sense of it being as rigid as Aluminium.
Based on my feedback a colleague has bought the helix model and he loves that too.
Highly recommend this frame.

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26" MTB's such as Specialised, Gary Fisher, Giant.

[Jun 01, 2011]
Biff242
Cross Country Rider

OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
5
Strength:

Lynskey delivers all of the benefits of titanium - lightweight, smooth riding, durable -- in a highly refined frame that is extremely well balanced and lively, with a geometry that is ideal for epic riding over technical terrain.

Weakness:

The slider bolts are creaking a little -- about to replace them.

Balance. This bike has what none of the carbon frames that I have ridden have -- a finely tuned balance that allows you to rip it through the corners, dive down descents, leap up and mash it up the climbs, manual up - over - and down the backside of log piles, and do it all in complete control with maximum speed.

For anyone over 180 lbs. and anyone who rides technical terrain (or anything with east coast roots and rocks) titanium, IMHO, is the top choice over carbon, which, when done properly, has great trail feedback, but cannot take the punishment of trail riding over the hours and days that someone who buys his own gear will dish out.

And, it goes without saying, there's a little special pride that comes from knowing that your frame was designed and built by hand in Tennessee. There are lots of great products made in other places, but if and when it comes time to address a repair issue, it's going to be handled, and completed, nearby.

Similar Products Used:

Ellsworth Enlightenment 29, Niner Air Nine Carbon, Niner One Nine, Gary Fisher Xcal, Specialized S-Works carbon 29er singlespeed

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