Lynskey Ridgeline 29″er: Out Of The Box

In our announcement of the Lynskey Ridgeline, we gave you the spec numbers as provided by Lynskey. Here I will break down the build and give you the numbers as I measured them on this particular rig.

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First off, I noticed that there is nary a tube that has not been manipulated in some way. There is a lot of impressive frame tubing work on the Ridgeline. The frame is done up in a “satin brush” finish which looks great. The decals are available in white or black on the Ridgeline, and obviously we got the black ones. Here are the numbers I came up with on the bike I have here:

Frame Size: Large
Head Tube Angle: 72 degrees
Seat Tube Angle: 73 degrees
Effective Top Tube Length: 24 inches
Bottom Bracket Height: 11 5/8ths
Wheel Base: 43 5/8ths (44mm offset on fork)
Complete Weight: (with pedals) 20.8 lbs

Yeah…..it is light! The lightest bike we have test ridden yet. The nice thing about the build is that it has smart spec choices and nothing I feel is a little sketchy. Let’s take a look:

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Wheels: Industry 9 hubs and spokes to Stan’s NoTubes Flow rims
Tires: WTB Nanoraptors with tubes*
Fork: White Brothers Rock Solid 29″er (44mm offset)
Head set: Chris King, black anodized “Sotto Voce”
Stem: Thomson 90mm
Handle Bar: Salsa Pro Moto 17 degree
Crank/BB: TruVativ Stylo SS, GXP BB, 32T w/bash guard, 175mm length
Chain: SRAM PC-1
Cog: Endless 17T
Brakes: Avid Elixir w/160mm rotors F/R
Seat Post: Lynskey 400mm titanium w/carbon base top plate and aluminum hardware. Zero offset
Saddle: WTB Pure V w/titanium rails
Grips: ODI Lock on
Pedals: Old, used up SPD knock offs. (Guitar Ted’s)

*Note:  Rear tire has subsequently been converted to tubeless. Front tire to follow.

So, as you can see, it wouldn’t be too hard to drop this down below 20lbs with some alternative component choices. However; this build shows that you do not have to get too crazy to get a nice, light sled. That’s cool.

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The overall look gets lots of compliments. The silver/grey and black look is classy and understated. The lines of the bike look “right” and the decals are not bad in the overall scheme of things, really. They sort of blend in with the whole look of the bike to my eyes. One thing I was surprised to see was the “fade ano” on the Industry 9 spokes, which blends into the look so well most people don’t notice it unless you point it out. As far as looks go, the Ridgeline scores highly as presented.

One more note: I normally don’t comment on how bikes we recieve are packaged, but Lynskey needs to be called out here for its stellar packing job. The box was twice the overall thickness and weight than ordinary bike boxes and the bike was so well packed that I looked at it for several minutes before I went ahead and took off the packing. Nicely packed bikes mean that they arrive in one piece, (usually) and this one was packed about as well as any bicycle I’ve unboxed. And I’ve unboxed a whole lot of bicycles! So that was notable to me, at least.

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Now that we’ve seen the bicycle and dissected the build, how does it ride? That question will be answered in my next post on this bike coming soon. Stay tuned.

Also: See our first post on this bike here: Lynskey Ridgeline 29″er On Test

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