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 Post subject: New Lynskey Helix
PostPosted: Tue Sep 13, 2011 11:17 pm 
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After much deliberation, I finally decided on replacing my Lynskey L3 with a new Helix. I have had it about a month and have made a few changes from it's orginal spec (primarily crank and seatpost). Here's the Build list:

Frame: Lynskey Helix Handbrushed finish w/ etched logos (medium, approx 1250 gms)
Fork: Enve 2.0 with Ultra Star plug
Bar: Easton EC90 SLX 44cm
Stem: Syntace F119 w/ti bolt kit
Tape: Bike ribbon Eleganza
Headset: Chris King
Cables: Campy
Group: Campy Record
Pedals: Speedplay Stainless
Bottle Cages: 25gm Carbon
Seatpost: Toronto Cycles Ti Setback post 250mm/31.6
Saddle: Specialized Romin Ti Rails
Brakes: Negative G c/Reynolds Blue pads
Wheels/Tires: Reynolds Attack Clinchers w/Vittoria Open CX Corsas w/Vittoria latex tubes
Custom White Industries/Sapim CX Ray/OP Ceramic w/Open Paves and Vittoria latex tubes

Total weight with Carbon Clichers is 15.5 lbs and right under 16 with my trusty WI/Ceramic OPs.
With Reynolds/OPen Corsas:
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With Mavic OP Ceramics/Open Paves:
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The ride is everything I had hoped for. VERY similiar to my old L3 with a hint of extra stiffness. Love it!
My only future change will likely be to go back to an FSA compact bar. I love the weight of the easton but I miss the shape of the FSA bars I have on all my other bikes.


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 Post subject: Re: New Lynskey Helix
PostPosted: Tue Sep 13, 2011 11:27 pm 
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Bike looks great, well done :thumbup:

The handlebar / shifter positioning looks a bit funky though, although it could be the camera angle. Or maybe you prefer it that way.

Either way, solid build.

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 Post subject: Re: New Lynskey Helix
PostPosted: Tue Sep 13, 2011 11:34 pm 
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It's the angle. Although they have a very slight tilt (due to injured wrist) the tops of the bars and shifters are pretty much level to the ground.


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 Post subject: Re: New Lynskey Helix
PostPosted: Wed Sep 14, 2011 2:11 am 
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Solid :thumbup:

How about posting some close-ups of the frame?

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 Post subject: Re: New Lynskey Helix
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 Post subject: Re: New Lynskey Helix
PostPosted: Thu Sep 15, 2011 3:04 am 
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Agreed, very nicely done.

Looking for some bar tape just like that, so thanks for passing along a lead.

Enjoy the ride. Regards, Jeff


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 Post subject: Re: New Lynskey Helix
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really nice execution :thumbup:

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 Post subject: Re: New Lynskey Helix
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Thanks guys. I've got a few future projects (besides the bars) to get the bike down to about 15 even (ti spindles, ti bolts, tune the seatpost...). As for close ups, I'm away on buisness so they will have to wait a few days.

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 Post subject: Re: New Lynskey Helix
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Hello, A very nice bike! I need some help from you. I have the opportunity to buy a Lynskey Helix frame in size M only for EUR 1050, just like this one in the pictures above. But I wonder whether it will not be a bit too small for me,
because I am 177 cm (5 ft 9.5 in) tall. The manufacturer suggests for me the "ML" size. Could you please tell me how tall you are? What are your riding experiences and especially what is your position and whether it is comfortable to you.
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 Post subject: Re: New Lynskey Helix
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Very nice.

And yeah, taking the photo from a lower then the bars tends to make them a little funky looking if they aren't totally flat.

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rowerowymaniak wrote:
Hello, A very nice bike! I need some help from you. I have the opportunity to buy a Lynskey Helix frame in size M only for EUR 1050, just like this one in the pictures above. But I wonder whether it will not be a bit too small for me,
because I am 177 cm (5 ft 9.5 in) tall. The manufacturer suggests for me the "ML" size. Could you please tell me how tall you are? What are your riding experiences and especially what is your position and whether it is comfortable to you.
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CM,

Sorry I missed your post, I haven't logged on for a bit. As for your question, I'm 5'9" as well and could go either way (M or ML) but based on my prefered stem lenghth and saddle to bar drop I went with a M on my last 2 Lynskeys. Your extra 1/2 inch might put you even closer to the "edge" b/w sizes. Hope that helps and congrats on the sweet deal.

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 Post subject: Re: New Lynskey Helix
PostPosted: Sat Jan 07, 2012 10:00 pm 
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It's beautiful, despite the debate on Lynksey's vs. Pinarellos - this is still somehow elegant and perhaps classic while maintaining an aire of aggressiveness (the twist? your choice of build?)

Great, great rig you've got there. Ride on.

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That's an all business ti rig with great posture. Lack of red highlights on the Campy group actually works out well.

I am normally pretty good at nitpicking on builds, but I tried and failed to find any fault with this one.

The twist, in my mind more of a styling feature, is certainly unique and nicely executed.

BTW, I find a light spray of Pledge and a quick wipe down will give you a more consistent ti color when taking photos.

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 Post subject: Re: New Lynskey Helix
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prendrefeu wrote:
It's beautiful, despite the debate on Lynksey's vs. Pinarellos - this is still somehow elegant and perhaps classic while maintaining an aire of aggressiveness (the twist? your choice of build?)

Great, great rig you've got there. Ride on.


Thanks much, I appreciate the kind words. I wish I could say I've been putting her through her paces recently but I'm in the midst of pre-deployment training for an all expense paid trip to the Afghanistan. I've been running more than riding given the circumstances. I've totally missed the Pinarello vs. Lynskey debate, guess I need to check it out.


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elviento wrote:
That's an all business ti rig with great posture. Lack of red highlights on the Campy group actually works out well.

I am normally pretty good at nitpicking on builds, but I tried and failed to find any fault with this one.

The twist, in my mind more of a styling feature, is certainly unique and nicely executed.

BTW, I find a light spray of Pledge and a quick wipe down will give you a more consistent ti color when taking photos.


Thanks...she really does ride like a dream. As I stated in the first couple of posts I'll be doing some minor tuning but the next component change will definately be the brakes. I'm on the fence b/w either putting my favs back on (mavic SSC), going all out on a set of EE brakes, or giving the planet X CNC'd a try (I heard great things about them).


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