|16.2 lbs as seen here. With Edge 1.25s, it goes down to 14.6lbs!|
Why go Friendly’s when you can eat Ben & Jerry’s? Why tolerate Bud American Ale if you can splurge on your favorite local microbrew? Why endure another year on another carbon frame when you can ride a Lynskey?
Wait! Lynskey, you say? Don’t they make titanium frames? And isn’t titanium so, you know, the year 2000? Answer: not any more it’s not. Behold the second coming of titanium glory and fix your eyes on Lynskey Performance Designs’ newest frame, the Helix OS!
This is a racing machine.
Lynskey has been around the bike biz for decades, originally as Litespeed in 1986 and 20 years later as Lynskey Performance Designs. Each frame is beautifully crafted, whether custom or stock sized.
While the company has remained true to its traditional titanium frame building roots, it has really popped the cork with the unveiling of the Helix and Helix OS. Made from 3al/2.5v, this signature frame has twisted top and down tubes as well as seatstays, which provide greater stiffness without adding weight. This, of course, is the mantra that gets fed to bicycle consumers year after year: more stiffness; less weight. The Lynskey Helix, however, cuts through the marketing fluff and has created a product the family from Chattanooga, TN, can easily say is an incredible racing bike.
Available now, the Helix OS ratchets stiffness and performance levels to even greater heights with a beefy oversized headtube and the soon-to-be-industry-standard BB30 bottom bracket shell. I’ve built my frame up with an Edge 2.0 fork, a Cannondale Hollowgram SL crank, and a smattering of superlight Sram Red and Bontrager parts. Since I worked at Fit Werx in Waitsfield, VT, which is one of the most respected boutique bicycle shops in the country, I’ve ridden dozens of high enders: Serotta Meivicis and Legend Ti, Parlee Z1s, Guru Geneos, Cervelo R3SLs, Trek Madones (5 and 6 series). All of these brands are highly respected and make fantastic products, each with their own unique characteristics. I’ve also been riding and racing since I was 15 and I’ve got to say, that even with all of the carbon featherweight frames out there and all of the aerodynamic test results shooting from the pages of Velonews, my Lynskey Helix OS is my favorite bike of all time.
For me, this frame represents balance. Now for the superlatives. It’s sublimely smooth and stable. It’s also quiet. At 145 lbs., you’d be ill-advised to bet on me to be your go-to source for bicycle stiffness. I can offer to you though, that it feels stiffer than a Trek Madone 5 series with Dura-Ace 7800 cranks I had two years ago. It won’t leave you speechless with its weight, but it isn’t portly, either, at 14.6 lbs with my Edge 25 race wheels. It’s snappy, crisp, and agile, and SO fun to ride.
The Helix OS represents the pinnacle of titanium craftsmanship. It’s stunning to look at and even more fun to ride. I can’t praise this bike enough.