News And Rumors: Update on Haro and Lynskey 29"ers

At the beginning of the month I posted some news and rumors which included bits on Haro’s 2010 29″er line up and news of a titanium 29″er hardtail from Lynskey Performance Designs that was promised at a budget price. Here are some updates on those two stories.

Lynskey Performance Designs “Ridgeline” 29″er: Lynskey Performance announces the details of the budget priced titaium hardtail we mentioned in our earlier post. The new model, dubbed the Ridgeline, will have some pretty tasty details. Lynskey Performance’s own Jamie Pillsbury elaborates on the process that led to the new models final design: “Well here is the the good news…this is basically one of our Level 3 designs without the multi-butted tubes. The initial design was more of a straight gauge round tubed bike and we all agreed that was pretty boring, even at the lower price point. So we decided to go with our oversize downtube and shape it for added stiffness and better handling and went with a round sloping top tube.
Lynskey Performance Ridgeline

As can be seen the frame is a dedicated geared hardtail design. The derailluer cables are routed on the down tube and the rear brake on the disc only frame is routed at seven o’clock on the top tube. The frame uses International Standard disc tabs located on the seat stay side of the left drop out.

Drop out detail

This drop out features the clover from Lynskey’s crest. Pretty cool detail for a budget titanium frame. Jamie Pillsbury elaborates on the frame a bit more, with news on pricing: “While this frame is less than a quarter pound heavier than the same sized PRO29, it is significantly less expensive. At $1250 MSRP, it rivals the price of any similar quality steel frame, and crushes anything else in the handmade titanium realm. We are looking to roll out a healthy production run as soon as we get back from the holidays so they should be available mid Jan.

frame detail

So, if you have a hankerin’ for that grey metal in your next 29″er, give Lynskey a shout out. They are taking pre-orders for the first batch of frames. Contact them through their website for more details.

More 2010 Haro 29″er Details: In our previous Rumors post we reported that the Mary 29″ers would no longer be sporting straight top tubes, but would have the bent top tube like their 650B sisters, the Beasley’s. Now we learn from the blog of Jill Hamilton that the models will also share graphic details. Jill says, “….if you like the looks of the Masi steel bikes with classic panels, you’re going to love the look of the new Mary graphics.” We wondered aloud on the last Rumors report if the Haro Ally 29″ers would get the changes, but apparently they will retain the straight top tubes for now. They wiil also get a similar graphic treatment as the Mary. In spec news for the Haro 29″ers we learn that the On One Mary bar will be eschewed in favor of a new 10 degree bend Ritchey handle bar.

Look for more updates as they become available.


No Responses to “News And Rumors: Update on Haro and Lynskey 29"ers”

  1. GreenLightGo Says:

    The Masi graphics they have on the website are fantastic – Haro may have a banner year in 2010!

  2. Dirt McGirt Says:

    Lynskey…. droooooooooooool

  3. Itchak Says:

    Lets seeee, cost in production: 175$ profit , bla bla 285 dollarettes just right.

  4. matt Says:

    Looks nice. The only thing I don’t care for is the der. hanger. Not replaceable? Really? Charge an extra few buck and change that. I’d hate to bend/break that and then have to go through the process of getting it fixed from Lynskey or another frame welder.

  5. Griffin Says:

    Yea Im with Matt. Love the frame. But would love to see a rear derailleur hanger that you can replace.

  6. O.G. D-Wet Says:

    Yea, for sucha beast frame it shud def have a replaceable hanger… WTF LYNSKEY???

  7. Nichol Says:

    I plan on picking up one of the new lynskey 29ers, and emailed Lynskey because I had concerns too about the non replaceable hanger. Mark Lynskey emailed me back the same day – a Sunday – with this :

    We get the rear derailleur hangar question from time to time. It’s a fair question because as you state if a non-replaceable hangar becomes non-functional you’re pretty much hosed, at least in the short term. The long and short of it is that as long as the design is proper the odds of wrecking a titanium hangar are extremely slim. It’s actually pretty much an non-issue. We simply don’t have people calling up with bent derailleur problems. The material is not only very resilient it is extremely tough. In fact if you were to bend a ti derailleur hangar it will accept you bending it back in place much more than steel. Properly understood this becomes a benefit on the road or trail as should damage occur you can make adjustments and get on with your ride. In 25 yrs I can only remember 2 times where the hangar was so mangled that it needed to come back for factory repair. Both were covered under warranty.

    hope this message doesn’t jam up the blog…

  8. Guitar Ted Says:

    Nichol: Hey, thanks for sharing that. It’s excellent information, and hopefully will quell the worries of many that had concerns over this issue. Thanks, and no- it doesn’t cause any issues with this site. 🙂

    I can also tell you that one of these frames is on its way to Twenty Nine Inches for a test/review soon. Stay tuned! 😉

  9. tdspro29 Says:

    if you crash hard enough or jam a derailuer bad enough to bend a ti frame the bent hanger will be the least of your worries. ti is awesome not soft like steel. it will shift better also without an aluminum hanger,stiffer. ti hardtails ride incredible compaerd to any other material. go ti never look back.

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