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 Post subject: Natasha the Lynskey
PostPosted: Sun Aug 18, 2013 5:43 pm 
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Since I decided the Yeti http://www.retrobike.co.uk/forum/viewto ... p;start=30 wasn't for me, I had a bit of a search around for a replacement. Trawling ebay, singletrack and other forums, I decided I wanted another titanium frame. Part of the reason for losing interest in the Yeti was the paint. The black seemed so delicate, and there was no way of refinishing it myself, if it needed to be reprinted after a couple of years use I would have to go to a specialist who can refurbish carbon fibre frames. Not as simple as paint stripper and powder coat.....

Having two Merlins at the moment, I knew how easy a titanium frame is to keep clean, so decided to look out for a 29er to join them.

After stripping the Yeti and cleaning/servicing anything that needed doing, the new frame arrived and I built her up.

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The seatpost is a different size, as is the front mech. So these are new. The top headset cup transferred over from the Yeti, and the parts bin supplied a matching lower cup. The pic above was from the initial ride home from work while I got the fit adjusted.

After the first ride proper I decided that 2x10 wasn't enough gears for me, I knew this when I had the Yeti but the Lynskey cemented the idea.

After a few rides I gave her a clean and took some better pics.

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The cranks are the Gucci ones with the ti axle ;)

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The welds are pretty good, certainly as good as my Oreas, but not as good as my 96 Mountain.

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And the bike as it is now, ready to ride.

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I smile every time I see it, which I don't remember doing to the yeti. And in the company of the other bikes I am sure she feels at home.


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 Post subject: Re: Natasha the Lynskey
PostPosted: Sun Aug 18, 2013 6:20 pm 
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Nice frame there buddy,
Still not convinced on the 29er looks in general though.


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 Post subject: Re: Natasha the Lynskey
PostPosted: Tue Aug 20, 2013 12:50 pm 
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Wow, beautiful.


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 Post subject: Re: Natasha the Lynskey
PostPosted: Thu Aug 22, 2013 8:46 pm 
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This is not going to help anyone resist the 29er!

I've always been more for 26" but I can't deny this is stunning :D


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 Post subject: Re: Natasha the Lynskey
PostPosted: Thu Aug 22, 2013 11:08 pm 
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Cheers peeps.

She has been on a few rides now, a couple in the Forest of Dean, and a few more local. Today in the Dean, roughly halfway round the blue:-

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I also equalled my best time on the fast downhill section on my local loop, which shows she is no slouch..


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 Post subject: Re: Natasha the Lynskey
PostPosted: Fri Aug 23, 2013 7:28 pm 
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what is the story with the Lotus 7 kit car - not registered so does that mean you are still building or is it for track only?


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 Post subject: Re: Natasha the Lynskey
PostPosted: Fri Aug 23, 2013 7:37 pm 
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02gf74 wrote:
what is the story with the Lotus 7 kit car - not registered so does that mean you are still building or is it for track only?

That's a customers race car. It's a Caterham, with a zetec and a cosworth race kit. It was in for me to make a pair of oil catch tanks for the engine and gearbox. It's dry sump, and sequential. Looks like god fun.


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 Post subject: Re: Natasha the Lynskey
PostPosted: Sun Aug 25, 2013 11:54 am 
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cant beat titanium,,,,,,,,,,,,,,like the race face chainset,,


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 Post subject: Re: Natasha the Lynskey
PostPosted: Sun Sep 14, 2014 10:45 pm 
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Wow, not posted anything for over a year! Trouble free riding. But it is time to move on, I fancy the same thing but in 27.5. So the frame and fork are currently on ebay.


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 Post subject: Re: Natasha the Lynskey
PostPosted: Sun Jan 11, 2015 11:11 pm 
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I have had a great time with the 29er, but it is now sold. I have however just ordered a new ridgeline, this time a 650, and the next few weeks will be the hardest, waiting.


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