Lynskey R255 Road Frame (2014)
I followed the masses, lemming-like, into the world of carbon a few years back, only to find that the ride seemed a bit "wooden" and characterless. Carbon frames went viral of course and in my view are ubiquitous, quite dull and very samey.
Without question, metal is completely under-rated in the world of cycling (I have a Pashley 3-speed Guv'nor with a Reynolds 531 frame that I use at weekends to meander through the country lanes...via the pub I might add) and I love the robustness of the steel...It's a proper bike and bloody heavy!
The R255 is like a Van Gogh on wheels; beautifully formed, achingly desirable, full of character, stirs the soul, makes you think, mesmerising to look at, wills you to go back and look at it again, and best of all, the carbon snobs think that it's totally bonkers!
I have made a concession to carbon of course (Zipp 303's, Enve forks and cockpit), but topped it off with a Brooks Titanium Swallow saddle, as nothing less would do.
So that's my story, all built around a gorgeous Lynskey frame. I saw the light and will never go back to carbon. What however is the defining bit for me, is how you guys are so engaging, approachable and utterly enthusiastic. The fact that you take the time and make the effort to connect with your customers in the way that you do, with boundless energy, is remarkable. It's infectious and is what distinguishes you from every other manufacturer around. I thank you for that.
The R255 is my first Lysnkey, but will definitely not be my last!
Check out this glowing review from Ride On magazine: Lynskey R255 Review
Great for the most discerning cyclist:
Whether you are strictly a weekend enthusiast occationally putting in a 30 miler or a veteran century rider tracking how many times you've theoretically circumnavigated the globe, the R255 will bring a smile to your face every time you get on it.
The R255 has the ability to soak up those long stretches of rough surface that you regularly dread on your other bikes, but still accelerates with a flick of the pedal. This frame will not beat you up. Go out for dinner and a dance the same night you ride your first 100 miler.
It responds instantly from your input, whether it be a quick burst of acceleration on the last roller of the day or while negotiating your favorite sweeping descents with predictable, almost automatic, handling.
Just like all Lynskey bicycle frames, the R255 is hand made in Chattanooga, TN by the area's finest craftsmen. Lynskeys are made to last a lifetime. Titanium is the perfect material for bicycles, not only is it strong and light it has exceptional memory and does not fatigue. Twenty years from now your frame will ride exactly the same, if not better, than the first time you rode it.
Before the tubes are meticulously mitered to fit together, a butting process is employed to trim excess weight from the center of the tube while not sacrificing strength or ride quality.
- Headtube angle that provide an unwavering handling.
- Triple Butted Tubeset shaves weight while not sacrificing strength.
- Geometry that puts you in a slightly more upright comfortable riding position for long days on the saddle
- Wright style drop-outs with replaceable aluminum hanger
- Headtube shifter bosses for easy access
- 34.9 clamp-on front derailleur
- 130mm rear spacing
- 27.2mm seatpost for added comfort
- 68mm English bottom bracket
- Clearance for 28c tire
Finish: Industrial Mill ($175), Black Lettering
Headtube Design: 1-1/8" Standard
Bottom Bracket Type: 68mm Standard English
Seatpost Diameter: 27.2mm
Seat Tube Diameter (Front Derailleur Clamp Size): 34.9mm
Wheel Size: 700c
Dropouts: w/ Replaceable Aluminum Hanger
Rear Spacing: 130mm
Brake Type: Caliper
This product was added to our catalog on November 28, 2014.