When it comes to frames, there are usually only two options: high-end race or basic entry-level.
But just because you don’t wish to be contorted into a super-low riding position doesn’t mean you’re looking for a budget bike. Lynskey may have found a gap in the market, therefore, with its Silver Series frames, which, it claims, offer the magic mix of comfort, durability and long-term class.
With the aim of retaining its American handmade quality, Lynskey has used the same 3AL/2.5V straight-gauge titanium tubing throughout its Silver Series range, which has reduced production time significantly. This, it claims, has allowed it to produce artisan quality in an industrial process. While you shouldn’t expect the ride-feel of Lynskey’s higher-end frames, you can still look forward to titanium’s signature springiness as you roll along, according to the maker.
The two key frames in the range, Rouleur (shown above as Breakaway) and Peloton, are both designed with more relaxed/sportive geometry in mind. The Rouleur is slightly more performance-oriented, coming with shorter top tube and head tube lengths compared to the equivalent size in the Peloton — 53cm effective top tube length and 13.5cm head tube as against 55cm effective top tube and 17.5cm head tube both for a size M.
Other similarities are carried across the range, such as the 68mm bottom bracket and 1 1/8in head tubes, which no doubt assist in keeping a lean production line. Nice touches, such as sufficient clearance to allow the use of 28c tyres, make these good all-rounder frames, potentially making them your go-to frame for most occasions.
At £1,000, it’s a considered purchase, but if you’re serious about your bike riding and looking for a lifer, then the Silver Series is well worth a look. Available now in size XS to XL.
Option three – Rack-ready commuter
The third frame in the series is the Viale, aimed at commuting and light touring, falling in-between the Rouleur and Peloton geometry wise. It still uses exactly the same tubing, but also comes with rack mounts and enough clearance for mudguards and 30c tyres, making it the most versatile of the three for the same £1,000 price tag.
Lynskey Helix Titanium frameset tested by Tech Editor Mike Hawkins £2,299.99