Robert wanted a do-it-all touring bike that he could commute on, or hit the occasional dirt road with.
This Titanium wunderbike hails from Chattanooga, Tennessee, from our friends at Lynskey bikes. It’s robust for sure; a beefy down tube and chain stays mated to a long & low geometry with provisions for racks, fenders, and all the trimmings. The frame finish is outstanding, and sports nice details like the artistically styled dropouts, smart cable routing, and a very pleasing decal set.
We’ve come come to believe Titanium is a great frame material for so many uses… and road touring is definitely one of them. Ti holds that “metal” liveliness that’s so special, but also affords added damping to the road feel and durability, both in terms of corrosion resistance as well as metal fatigue. All important stuff if you intend to ride your bike day in, day out… and possibly loaded down in far away places.
We were able to opt for a complete build kit from Lynskey, which we then set to adjusting to tune it in “just right” for Robert.
The build worked out with a 3×10 Shimano XT drivetrain mated to a Shimano 105 shifting system. The STI levers work with an Ultegra 10spd rear derailleur, not the XT, but it has a large enough cage to accommodate the gear volume. The result is easy, convenient shifting with an outstanding range of gears.
The Avid BB7 brakes are flawless in this application, and will provide enough stopping power to slow even a very heavy load. As standard practice, we like to trick them out at The Hub with linear brake housing, which boosts the power a bit and gives a very solid lever feel.
The wheelset is a DT Swiss build laced up to XT hubs. Solid, smooth, dependable. Panaracer TourGuard tires are the right way to go here.
We changed out the cockpit to a Tall & Handsome seat post from Paul Components (NorCal folks) because it works seamlessly with a classic Brooks B-17 saddle.
When Robert came to pick up his new ride, we complemented his setup with a full fitting; set his seat height, fore & aft, and adjusted the height & length of the stem. We also discussed matters like handlebar roll, brake adjustment preferences, and cleat position. This was a really special build we’re happy to have put out on the road!