Lynskey release three £999 US-built titanium frames

Breakaway, Peloton and the Viale three new affordable titanium frames made in the US

by David Arthur   April 29, 2013  

Tennessee-based Lynskey have released three new titanium road frames that aim to make owning a US built titanium frame a little more affordable. They’re headed up under its new Silver Series label, and include the Breakaway, Peloton and the Viale. Each will cost £999.99.

A regular custom made Lynskey, like the extraordinary Helix with its twisted tubes, will set you back the thick end of £3K. So to get a frame made in the same factory as that but costing substantially less is quite impressive. The range includes a road racer, a comfort-oriented model and a light tourer/commuter. They’re each made from 3AL/2.5V straight gauge titanium tubing and carry a lifetime warranty.

The Peloton could be considered the ‘sportive’ model, with a taller head tube and shorter top tube placing the bars in a more comfortable position for those who don’t want to stretch out pro-style.

For harder riding and racing, the Breakaway has classic racing geometry that is a bit more aggressive than the Peloton,  to speed up the handling responses and is lower at the front so you can tuck down low at the front. Both frames have clearance for 28mm tyres however making them versatile choices for year-round riding duties.

For a summer of touring duties or riding to work, the Viale has all the necessary mounts to fit mudguards and racks and will take 30mm tyres with ‘guards and long-reach brake calipers. They’ve added a third water bottle mount too, for those longer rides.

“Our mission for the Silver Series was to distill our 25 years of engineering experience with titanium into a family of bikes that takes our ‘cut no corners’ philosophy and

delivers world class performance and quality at an unheard of value,” stated Mark Lynskey, co-founder of Lynskey Performance Designs.

We had a chat with Mark Lynskey last year about disc brakes on road bikes, flick over to that interview here.

More details at www.lynskeyperformance.com and www.hotlines-uk.com

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Nice frames, I'm interested BUT
$1100 in the US, £999.99 here.......ROE 1.55 ish....hmmmmmm Stiff in material, stiffed in pricing.

posted by Simmo72 [264 posts]
29th April 2013 - 14:45

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Looking at the US pricing, I'm guessing £999 is for the frame (US price for a frame-only is $1099)- fully built bikes look to be more than double that ($2199 upwards)

posted by Al__S [480 posts]
29th April 2013 - 14:51

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Simmo72 wrote:
Nice frames, I'm interested BUT
$1100 in the US, £999.99 here.......ROE 1.55 ish....hmmmmmm Stiff in material, stiffed in pricing.

US prices won't include any sales tax- UK prices should include VAT. Factor that in to your calculations!

posted by Al__S [480 posts]
29th April 2013 - 14:53

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As the old saying goes you don't get champagne for beer prices. There's a lot of people shaking their fillings loose on cheap carbon, having never ridden a Ti bike, and wondering why titanium costs more.

I've had titanium for four years now. It cost £1990 for the frame and it was money very well spent. Also it's hard to break, it doesn't matter if it gets scratched and it just looks beautiful.

Best frame I've ever bought.

Silly me. You're probably right....

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posted by MercuryOne [1013 posts]
29th April 2013 - 18:02

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Simmo,
It's not quite as simple as putting the dolar price into a currency converter.
Working in the trade I get to see what it costs to import good.

You have to factor in import duty, shipping (lots), VAT, margins for the uk distributor, margins for the uk dealer.

Believe me the margins the distributer and dealer will be making are tiny.

£1k is an absolute bargain for a US made titanium frame from a brand like Lynskey.

posted by Scottyroyal [19 posts]
29th April 2013 - 21:30

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No quoted weights, but these would make for a hell of a year-round bike. Equip with 105 (or equivalent) for compromise of performance and cost-to-maintain, have summer/winter wheel choice and you're away.

If I could have, say, 6 bikes, would it stop me drooling over others that I don't have?

posted by notfastenough [2890 posts]
30th April 2013 - 13:02

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Colour me interested.

Lynskey are also making the Kona Rove Ti frames, which look like they could also be a bit special.

posted by thereandbackagain [152 posts]
30th April 2013 - 17:15

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>As the old saying goes you don't get champagne for beer prices. There's a lot of people shaking their fillings loose on cheap carbon,

If its a cheap monoque frame, it's not that it's stiff and you feel the bumps, it's that it's not stiff enough in the sideways direction so when you put the power in the frame bends wasting your energy.

Charlie Horse

posted by ch [96 posts]
30th April 2013 - 18:04

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