Lynskey Performance is one of the latest framebuilders to add a 29-inch-wheeled cruiser-styled mountain bike to its stable following feedback from last year's Interbike show.
According to Lynskey, the company displayed a one-off 26in cruiser there but world-wide interest prompted the development of a big-wheeled version. Lynskey also makes a 'regular' 29er hardtail, the Pro29.
Stock versions of the new cruiser start at US$2,795 but the 29er hardtail can be custom-built to a wide range of user specifications, configurations and tubing. Custom versions of the highest-end ‘Level 4' frames incorporate a mix of double- and triple-butted 6Al/4V and 3Al/2.5V titanium tubing as well as a premium price tag of US$4,395.
While this bike may look like a cruiser, it has the geometry of a race hardtail, according to Lynskey. "You may catch your competition off guard when you show up with the 29er at the next cross-country race," said Mark Lynskey.