When you’re a small frame builder making your own frames, it can be easier to quickly adopt to new trends. As such, Lynskey already has a few different gravel bikes in their line up, but they’ve just added one more. Picking up where the PRO GR left off, the new PRO GR Race is just that – a slightly racier version of their top end gravel rig designed for fast, comfortable gravel riding.

Lynksey gravel bikes get faster with new PRO GR Race Titanium builds

Utilizing a shaped 6AL/4V titanium top tube and a 3AL/2V aero downtube, Lynskey claims that the titanium frame closes in on the ideal blend of comfort and frame stiffness.

Lynksey gravel bikes get faster with new PRO GR Race Titanium builds Lynksey gravel bikes get faster with new PRO GR Race Titanium builds

Lynksey gravel bikes get faster with new PRO GR Race Titanium builds Lynksey gravel bikes get faster with new PRO GR Race Titanium builds

All of the cable routing is now internal using their tube within a tube routing system which claims to eliminate rattles and offers push-through cable routing. Otherwise, the specs are mostly the same with flat mount disc brakes, a tapered head tube, BSA bottom bracket, 27.2mm seat post, and 12 x 142mm thru axle. One big change though – the frame is able to clear only 700c x 35mm tires, which is quite a bit smaller than the 700c x 45mm clearance on the PRO GR.

Lynksey gravel bikes get faster with new PRO GR Race Titanium builds

In addition to the change in cable routing and tire clearance, the PRO GR RACE also gains new geometry that is a bit more, well, race-y. Both the head tube and seat tube angles are 0.5° steeper than the PRO GR, and the chainstays shorten by 15mm. There is also a corresponding shortening of the wheelbase and a few other minor changes.

Lynksey gravel bikes get faster with new PRO GR Race Titanium builds

Offered as a complete bike with a Lynskey PRO GR gravel fork with 12 x 100mm thru axle, the base build with a SRAM Force 1x group starts at $4,050. From there you can custom tune your build with different frame finishes, frame graphics, head badges, wheels, drivetrain, and cockpit options. Available now.

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    • I think that’s addressed by their “tube within a tube routing system,” AKA conduit. I have my doubts about it eliminating rattles, and the central entrance behind the head tube looks like the cables are going to wear at the fork.

  1. I love Ti bikes, but it’s hard to find Lynskeys appealing, especially when they’ve not replied to emails asking about their bikes. There are so many more makers of Ti frames that respond to emails.

    • Robin, I would give Lynskey another chance…. I own a GR260 and a Sequel 29″ and both were dead easy to get spec’ed and ordered with the Lynskey folks. In fact, they sent the wrong headset with my Sequel and shipped me the proper replacement no questions asked. I have nothing but the highest praise for them and the purchase experience.

    • Robin, I also highly recommend contacting Lynskey again. I recently bought a mid-priced GR270 frameset from them. I called and emailed them countless times with questions about fit, assembly and more. They answered me every time with detailed answers. They waited on me like I was buying a $20,000 bike even though I actually bought one of their lower to mid-priced framesets during one of their sales — not even a complete bike. You might also try calling them and asking for Adam. Everyone there I talked with including David Lynskey himself was on-the-ball and very customer service oriented.

    • They use odd shapes to impart particular mechanical properties into the frames. On a carbon fiber bike, mechanical properties of the frame can be affected by how you lay up the carbon fiber sheets during construction, but you can’t do that with alloy bikes. To get around that restriction, Lynskey affects frame properties by forming unique tube shapes such as the top tube here or the “Helix” shape on some of their other bikes. As on a carbon bike, they want to make it stiff to resist flexing from pedaling forces, but compliant against other forces to provide a comfortable ride.

      There is a good interview with Mr. Lynskey about all of this on Youtube. It isn’t just styling (although some people think it looks good).

      • Like their helix garbage? The twist does nothing. Making the twist stresses the material, leading to failure. Lots of examples of that. Nope, this company is not good.
        Expect to see these brand new models for 50-60% off in three weeks.

        • I have to agree Greg. As the owner of more than a couple “Lynskey” bikes (under various brands)…seems to me that Helix was and is nothing more than a marketing ploy. I know two guys who had the top tube on their Helix shear.

          As far as the company not being ‘good’. In every instance I have heard there was a prompt replacement (if under warranty). Cant say so much for many other brands out there (including the Big S and the Big T).

          • I had a lyksey 2012 pro 29 crack just under the seat tube after a couple of seasons of normal xc use which was a known issue by them. Lynskey only offered to repair the crack which would have taken them multiple months to complete the repair. They also offered to sell me a frame at what presume was around cost which was 1100$ at the time. Lynskey’s warranty is crap imo.

    • Try “shouldering” that bike. OUCH!. I thought round tubes were the most efficient. Just vary the diameter and wall thickness to determine stiffness.

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