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Lynskey GR250: Checkpoint “Plan B”- by Grannygear
Editor’s note: Grannygear, our SoCal friend and editor over at TwentynineInches.com, is also a back road, gravel riding fan. He has written reviews for us previously and here we share his latest project- A titanium framed gravel road rig from Lynskey. His introduction to this bike can be found by clicking the link HERE and his first Checkpoint post is HERE.
Plan B- What Are The Options? One of the things that attracted me to the Lynskey GR250 was the ability to run up to a 2.1″ 650B/27.5″ tire. So while the aluminum Gen2 Warbird I had would handle a 42X700c tire, which was as big as I would ever want to run in that wheel size for that kind of bike, it would not work with the smaller wheel and bigger tire combo. The widest part of the 650b tire would interfere with the shaped chain stay on the Warbird. Basically the 650b set up ended up ‘out of the pocket’ so to speak. I figured with the GR250 I could run a 27.5 XC type MTB tire for days where the trail conditions would be rough and loose. How often would that be?
Now then I had some concerns as to bottom bracket height. The GR250 has 75mms of bottom bracket drop and that is really good for stability on loose surfaces at speed , but not so good if you are inching that bottom bracket closer to the ground with smaller wheels. Pedal strikes coming to a corner near you? Also I needed to build some 650B wheels. How and what to use?
The wheels built up at 884g/754g for the F/R. 1638g total. That is not bad at all for 32 spokes and brass nips. I taped them with Gorilla Tape (WTB does have their own tape but they forgot to send some) and I used WTB branded stems.
NOTE: The Lynskey GR250 frame and 3T fork were purchased by Grannygear and is being reviewed/tested for RidingGravel.com. RidingGravel.com is not being paid nor bribed for this review and we will strive to give our honest thoughts and opinions throughout.
13 thoughts on “Lynskey GR250: Checkpoint “Plan B””
Good to see a review of the Horizons. I am planning my next bike purchase and these fitting it are on the top of my list.
GG, you know that Rawland Ulv can handle 29er tires, as well as b+….
Is the bike performing well? Ride quality, etc…
@JClar…yes it is. I am very pleased with it and if I was not, I would have been tellin’ ya. . The ride quality is what I was looking for and although I miss some of the more ‘road bike’ feel of the Salsa, I think this is better all round, and even more so in the dirt. I actually am shopping for a Ti 27+ frame right now and thinking about a Ti or Ti/Carbon road frame next year. There is something to that shiny metal stuff….
I am also thinking about going 1x at some point…like maybe with a Shimano 11-42 cassette and a 40T ring. We shall see. Will shed some top end and gain some low end. Never have been impressed with SRAM front der for road, and that is across three bikes with it over the last couple of years.
Thanks for the comments. I’m seriously considering this bike, but they don’t offer the 3T forks anymore. They have ENVE CX forks now. I would think the ENVE fork would work as well as the 3T?
@JClar…I saw that. Interesting. I thought they were going to do a Lynskey branded fork. I don’t really know. Carbon lay-ups can be so different. I like the road 2.0 Enve fork I have. I just ordered an Enve Gravel fork for Mrs. Grannygear’s new bike. I think they do carbon really, really well, but a Cross forks best attribute does not have to be compliance. You know?
I am with Guitar Ted on this point…most all G-Bikes are too stiff in the front end.
I’ve wondered about the CX vs Gravel fork’s compliance. Maybe I’ll just get a Cutthroat?
Thanks for the report. I am seriously considering the GR250 and was waiting for your feedback. Considering this or OPEN UP. I know they are quite different.
If I bought a GR250, I’d likely equip it with a Whiskey #9 fork-it has clearance similar to the GR250 rear triangle and is available with fender mounting points. I hesitate to commit to the GR250 for two reasons. First it’s relatively slack front end makes me worry that it won’t handle well–I like a neutral handling all road bike, with trail around 60. The second reason is the frame weight you posted in your initial impressions. If it is indeed over 4 pounds, it is about a pound heavier than some titanium competitors, the Seven Evergreen SL for example.
Since you briefly mentioned it, will we be seeing a review of the WTB Rangers? I’ve been looking for 2.0 tires to fit into my cyclocross frame and the Rangers definitely flew under the radar for me.
@Kris: Speaking for Grannygear here- You can find a review on trails for the WTB Ranger here on Grannygear’s site, Twenty Nine Inches: http://twentynineinches.com/wtb-ranger-2-25-29er-first-impressions/
I realize this isn’t “gravel specific” and may not answer your questions to your satisfaction, but it is Grannygear’s thoughts on the model, so you may be able to glean some insights from his review.
I am looking forward to the wrap up post on the GR250. I can’t decide if I want to run fat 650b or husky 700c and like the flexibility of having both options available. I would love to see a comparison of the GR250 to the Standard Rando, Tamland, RLT9 or similar bikes.
@Nooge…wrap-up is being written now. I will be commenting on my feelings about the wheel size choice now that I have had time to consider it. Sneak peek: for all-round use it is really hard to beat 700c and a 40-42mm tire, at least for my area.