The Lynskey Legacy Titanium Road Frame showcases the beauty and nostalgia of a classic road frame and is given a breath of new life thanks to the elegance of a titanium construction.
Comfortable, Strong And Lightweight
The Legacy is a modern frame design that uses ‘old school’ road geometry. With a level top tube and a seat tube of similar length, this frame layout creates the perfect sitting position for endurance cycling and long days in the saddle. When combined with Lynskey titanium tubing, it creates an exceptionally comfortable, strong and lightweight frame.
- Material: Titanium
- Finish: Industrial Mill
- Headtube Design: Straight steerer
- Bottom Bracket Type: 68mm BSA threaded
- Seatpost Diameter: 27.2mm
- Seat Tube Diameter: 34.9mm
- Wheel Size: 700c
- Max Tyre Width: 28c
- Dropouts: QR
- Rear Spacing: 130mm
- Brake Type: Caliper
Lynskey Legacy Review:
The Legacy is a bike I have been itching to build up for quite some time. It was initially released at Eurobike 2014 and generated a lot of interest from the cycling community. The best component about the bike is the old-school road frame geometry that creates a modern day ride. This particular frame is in a 46cm size which is ideal for me and has almost reached the end of it’s production run. The Legacy is a work horse of a bike and is designed to get you anywhere you need to go on two wheels while offering a bit of comfort and aesthetics at the same time.
In case you have never ridden or owned a titanium frame before, the Legacy is a great place to start. Titanium is a great material and has a lot of properties that make it wonderful. It is much lighter than steel, yet it has a nice ride and comfort to it. This is my first titanium bike and I have to say that I wish I would have started riding them years ago. Commonly used in the 1970’s, it is amazing how well modern day construction methods have improved titanium frames while keeping the weight of the metal low. The ride is smooth yet really lively. Steering is very responsive and the road chatter is nicely absorbed.
Titanium frames are basically made on a measurements scale like steel frames, but the top tube and seat tube are designed such that the frame stays relatively tall and smooth. The top set of numbers are the seat tube measurements and the bottom are the top tube measures. With a 46cm (with a 110mm stem) and a 54cm being the smallest sizes available, the Legacy in a 46cm really feels like a modern 56cm frame. I do feel that this is due to the horizontally flared TT/ST as compared to the comparatively tall stack geometry that most other frames have. All things considered the frame has a really comfortable feel to it, with a nice stability while riding.
This is my favorite Lynskey frame to date. I have been a strong advocate for the brand for quite some time but I always felt that the rest of the frame lineup needed a bike like this. Stainless, CroMoly, Aerocoque & Sculpt are wonderful but they’re just not quite what someone might look for in the “perfect” frame. Im not quite sure if there is a perfect frame but the Legacy comes damn close. I have been running this bike 80% of the time and recently started using my Moots Ristretto again. The funniest thing about it is that the size 54 Ristretto feels pretty roomy and dainty at this point. The Legacy is an excellent bike for racing, riding to work or riding with friends. I believe this is my favorite Lynskey frame and I have high hopes that the entire 2017 lineup will be equally impressive.
Lynskey Legacy Review:
This is a really hard one to nail down. My scale shows 16.5 lbs (74) which I believe is more or less accurate from what I weighed some of the parts. I can tell you that the frame is incredibly light and the welds seem really clean and tidy. I have not weighed a small tube of the same size in titanium, but I believe it to be roughly 1/3rd of the weight of steel. It’s not like the bike floats off the ground, but if you were to hold it while comparing it to other frames it would easily be the lightest. Honestly, it just feels like a light road frame.
I decided to go with a Brooks Cambium Hex saddle (brown) and I personally wont be running any other saddle for the time being. It’s comfortable, lightweight and looks great. I have been looking for an excuse to try one for quite some time and I am glad I did. It’s a nice alternative to the Brooks C15 which many people seem to love as well. Looking at it, it has a similar shape to the classic B17 but a slightly more modern take. The one issue I have is that the width keeps rubbing against the downtube so I will have to file it down a bit to fix that issue.
SLX brakes and levers. Simple, modern and lightweight. Disc brakes are fantastic but the lever-style systems of yore are still pretty nice if you want a simple setup.
Stem: Thomson Elite. I have been really loving this stem lately. It’s really nice and comes in a few different sizes.