I had the wonderful luck of picking up a Lynskey R240 Custom racer built up with a pretty cool mix of Campagnolo 10 speed components.
Campy Record 10 speed carbon shifters, Record alloy crankset, Record front derailleur, Centaur rear derailleur, Chorus brake calipers.
The wheels were pretty cool too, with Record hubs (smoooooooth as silk) laced to 32 hole Mavic Open Pro Ceramic rims. These rims really are amazing: consistent strong braking wet or dry, unbelievably durable and shows no sign of rear whatsoever. The one small trade-off is that it EATS brake pads at a huge rate.
Of course, I took no time to write off the rear rim on a crazy-fast dark descent, hitting a pothole (but not coming off). Trying to source a replacement had proven to be impossible, so I ended up with a grey normal OpenPro. OCD-me wasn’t too happy…
I changed a couple of small items: Adding leather bar tape (complete with champagne corks as plugs) and a Brooks Swallow saddle.
Having run her pretty much as-bought for the better part of two years, something started itching when the shifters were commandeered to do duty on my Mercer CX-tourer (build here).
While I loved the colour (candy apply red), I wasn’t too fond of the decals (like the too-modern “Lynskey Custom” you can see here). Also, I managed to chip the paint on the top tube through sheer carelessness. I’ve also discovered that painted Titanium is pretty chip-prone in general: several smalls spots around the BB area, as well as the cable guides on the down tube losing some paint.
This all pointed to a new paint job to fix the chips, change the decals and get a more classic look. A re-occurring theme I hope to never cure of…
I found this image online of where I’d like to go with the frame:
(Image source here)
I stripped the frame and fork of all components and dispatched same to a frame painter rumoured to be the best in the country…One Anton of Bogus Designs (check his Instagram handle here).
I had a spare, brand new Deda carbon fork laying around, with a polished uni-directional weave visible, more or less like this (bad bad image, sorry!):
The idea is to add the Lynskey logo to the fork crowns, and add the “Lynskey” script on the inside of the each leg against the white band, to be the same as the down tube design. Obviously not all the way around. Almost like this, but different script and with the addition of the white half-band:
I do like the exposed carbon and think this will ad some modernity to go with the carbon of the Super Record groupset.
On cleaning up the parts, I discovered the headset cups were pitted pretty badly:
Great opportunity to pony up and get a Chris King 1-1/8 unit. Chainreactioncycles to the rescue…ordered and delivered in 5 days (which included a public holiday).
Also, the current bar, stem and seat post aren’t matching and likely not quite suitable to where I want to go with this bad boy. The carbon bars I so abusingly ran for the last 2 years have picked up some nicks and scuffing which I only really saw when stripping everything off. Again, an opportunity to rethink these items. ITM, Deda, ENVE…Ax Lightness? There’s some time to ponder this while I wait for the frame to be completed.