Tennessee-based photographer Dan Henry recently emailed me to let us know about his new custom Lynskey cycloross machine. As you can see, Dan’s a tall boy so a custom frame was the ideal solution to the challenge of finding a perfectly-fitting bike. He also tells a good story, so I’ll let him fill us in:
“The Lynskey family started their bicycle building career with Litespeed in the 80s, sold the company to American Bicycle Group in 1999 and missed building bikes so began building again under the family name in 2005. It is a great privilege to own and ride a bike that has been hand built, but even more so when the craftsmen built it specifically for the owner.
“I am 6’5″ tall and after falling in love with the sport of cyclocross, I quickly became disappointed while trying and not fitting on most stock bikes without major tweaks. I am fortunate to live a few miles from where these titanium bicycles are born so I placed an order and waited patiently.
“Pictured is my custom 2013 Lynskey Pro+Cross with trademark Helix shaped down tube and flattened top tube. The oversized head tube points the ENVE carbon fork and Easton EC90 stem and bar in the right direction, and to stop the rig the new lightweight Avid BB7 SL disc brakes were added.
“The use of full length cable housings were a custom request so that the brakes can be upgradable to hydraulic lines when they become available. To finish off the bike a Stan’s NoTubes ZTR Iron Cross wheelset, Lynskey 27.2 matching ti-post, and Sram’s workhorse Rival groupset were enlisted.”
Very special thanks to Dan for the words and pictures. Dan has also produced a short video that provides an amazing insight into the pure alchemy that goes on behind Lynskey’s doors. Check it out on his Bici Photo website. It’s worth the watch.