Tomorrow I start travelling to 24hrs of Old Pueblo. In the process of getting the bike ready I cleaned it up late last night, re-greased everything, new chain, switched the Ice Spiker Pros to Ikon EXO's, new brake pads, etc. This morning I was doing some final prep work on it (in sunlight) and noticed a crack in my top tube.

Come on!

Are you kidding me!!

Lynskey cracked top tube

Lynskey crack on the other side

The bike is unraceable. Now I have to scramble and prep up my alternate bike... gah! The whole purpose of flying down to Tucson was to race on a singlespeed rigid 29'er and now I'm going to have to switch to a full suspension 26'er with a singlespeed chain tensioner.

Very disappointing.

13 comments:

Andrew said...

Bummer man. Good luck on the Epic. I used to think I wanted a Ti bike, but I keep seeing all these stories of them cracking and my desire decreases.

Shaun Taylor said...

Thanks Andrew. I'm bummed out about it for sure. More to follow in another blog update.

Anonymous said...

Don't worry about it. Looks like there is at least 25 hours of riding left in that frame.

Shaun Taylor said...

I was tempted but that whole catastrophic frame failure on a high speed descent in Tucson thing... sorta made me reconsider.

Andrew said...

Truth be told I was this > < close to flying out and pitting for you this weekend. I have a free Southwest flight burning a hole in my pocket and have been looking for a place to use it. I'd like to use it to ride though, and something came up this weekend anyway.

Shaun Taylor said...

Well it would have been fantastic to see you, not just as a pit crew but just to see you and hang out a bit.

It's a small world, hopefully we'll get to do some riding again in the future.

Andrew said...

I have been trying to scheme up a way to get myself and my bike to Rossland for a weekend with the flight but it's tough to work out.

Shaun Taylor said...

It's worth the trip.

Dale Scott said...

Hi Shaun,

Did you manage to resolve the Lynskey crack - I hear they are fairly good with their repairs / replacements. The reason I ask is that I'm considering purchasing a Ridgeline - its either that or a ritchey p20er....

Dale Scott said...

Hi Shaun,

Did Lynskey ever resolve the crack in the frame? I hear they are pretty good with there repairs / replacements. I ask because I'm considering purchasing a ridgeline myself its that or a ritchey p29er.

Cheers.

Dale

Shaun Taylor said...

Hi Dale,

Lynskey resolved my cracked frame, though it wasn't a smooth and rapid process. As for the Ridgeline, I think the bike rides really well and when I owned it I liked it.

I switched over to Orbea bikes shortly after the crack developed on the Lynskey. Upon hearing about the cracked frame, Orbea stepped up and showed me some much appreciated love. Currently I race on two Orbea Alma S-Team 29'ers setup as singlespeeds and they are fantastic bikes.

Dale Scott said...

Hey Shaun,

Thanks for the feed back on the frame. Its a pity the ridgeline broke - titanium is 'supposed to be for life'. Its difficult to make a judgement call as quite a few guys here in S.A I know ride them and haven't had any issues to date.

I have a singular swift, setup as a single speed - besides its weight (it feels heavy to lift) rides pretty light. I'm still considering a steel frame for the job too!

Cheers,

Dale

Pedal, Pedal, Pedal....

Shaun Taylor said...

If the frame doesn't break you will be riding a great bike if you choose the Lynskey.

I was considering the Swift when they first came out, I don't have any personal experience on them, but it looked like a great bike at the time.

If you want steel and you've got the money (and some time), why not think about something like a Vanilla or Waltworks, maybe Vassago or Siren, or...

If you like carbon, I'll stand behind my recommendation of the Orbea Alma. ;-)