Do Lynskey frames still break as frequently as they used to?
I’ve always liked the look of the Lynskey twisted tube frames and was just wondering if they had resolved all the issues they had in previous years? I know they’ve changed their dropouts and seat tube diameters in order to combat the issues in these areas. Has it made a difference? CheersPosted 4 years agoBadlyWiredDogSubscriber
I don’t think you can really make a call on that yet tbh. The newer designs haven’t really been around for long enough to do enough miles.
I cracked a Lynskey-made Ragley Ti downtube behind the headtube, but that was after a lot of riding over two years, like being ridden up to five or six times a week. I’m pretty sure Ed Oxley’s went in the same place, but again, that would have had a lot of use. I know of someone else who cracked the seat-tube on a Ragley, went back for warranty, came back with a 27.2mm insert bonded into a new seat-tube, but was then sent back and bored back out to the original 31.6mm. Which seems odd.
The good thing about Lynskey is the lifetime warranty. I got mine fixed after a certain amount of confusion and dissatisfaction over the original repair, so even if it does crack, you should get it sorted. And logically, the curved down tubes – more support for the headtube, straight downtube on the Ragley left a lot of headtube showing below the weld – and sleeved seat tubes make sense.
I’m not sure I’d buy one used and therefore without a warranty, but with a new one, you should be able to get it repaired under warranty if it does go and despite the initial hiccup, I’m really happy with the end result. And I suspect that having a Lynskey-branded rather than a Lynskey-made, non-Lynkey branded frame, would simplify the warranty process too.
I’m not sure that’s much help. I guess what I’m saying is that ultimately the warranty back-up is good if the worst does happen so there’s a safety net, Lynskey are good guys based on my experience of dealing with them and their frames ride beautifully – I have a Planet X Ti Pro Road as well.
You’d probably get a more representative response on mtbr.com simply because there are more Lynskey owners on that side of the pond, but I’m not sure the latest designs will have done enough miles for any general issues to be apparent yet and people with a negative experience tend to be more prominent than happy customers as with any online reviews.
Sorry for the long-windedness… 😉Posted 4 years agoBadlyWiredDogSubscriber
“Lifetime” meaning the lifetime of the bike, not the owner, though.
Dunno, have Lynskey rejected warranty claims because the bike has survived beyond its lifetime? Just wondering. I spent a lot of time looking at lynskey and warranty-related stuff and though there are disgruntled people out there with cracked frames, I can’t recall anyone having a legitimate claim rejected on that basis. I guess the obvious answer is to check the exact terms before committing to buy.Posted 4 years ago
My mistake, was Litespeed, rather than Lynskey.Posted 4 years agorsvktmSubscriber
Pro 29 with the helix tubes, tiny fracture in a weld in the seat tube. 4 week turnaround from me giving it to the bike shop and me getting it back, from my limited knowledge appears insert not long enough and was stressing the weld. Now got a longer insert, new stickers and re polished. Also appears that all the other welds were checked. I would not hesitate getting another lynskey, this one has been very well used and raced and whilst heavy (ish) this gives me more confidence in its ability to last.Posted 4 years ago
Think the Litespeed story above surprised a few. Lynskey, Van Nic and Singular on the other hand for example have a reputation for honouring their warrantees. Guess its down to the attitude of the manufacturer. Although I haven’t looked at a Litespeed frame since that story.
Was a bit surprised at the Fireline 2 year warranty though. Seems a bit short for a premium product.Posted 4 years ago
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