The titanium team that is Lynskey Performance in Chattanooga, Tennessee, has addressed the downsides associated with prepping a ti frame to be compatible with a Hammerschmidt drive system.
What began initially as a custom request has developed into two specific package options for riders looking to use Truvativ’s Hammerschmidt drive system on a Lynskey titanium frame, according to Jamie Pillsbury, Lynskey’s marketing and design coordinator. Interested customers are familiar with the benefits in the Hammerschmidt drive system, but are also weary about the significant and irreversible modifications required to existing bikes, Pillsbury said.
But Lynskey Performance addressed some of the setbacks associated with prepping a frame to be compatible with the unique drive system.
“We understand that most people either do not have ISCG tabs on their current bike or the tools and confidence to perform irreversible modifications to their existing frame,” said Mark Lynskey. “We wanted to make it as easy as possible to buy a bike that is ready to ride.”
On Lynskey’s packages, the frame is ready and the parts can be included. The first package has a cost of $955 and includes:
• Hammerschmidt crankset and bottom bracket
• Hammerschmidt X.9 shifter
• ISCG tabs on a new Lynskey frame
• Hammerschmidt specific cable routing on the frame for a clean look
The second allows existing titanium frame owners to send in their frame for modification. For a cost of $635 Lynskey will:
• Add ISCG tabs
• Prep and face the bottom bracket to Truvativ specifications
• Add Hammerschmidt specific cable routing
• Refinish the frame for a like-new appearance.
The Ridgeline-LT, a long-travel titanium hardtail that accepts a 140mm front suspension fork, is the most notable frame requested for this modification. And with Truvativ’s focus on the All-Mountain and Freeride sector of the cycling industry, it makes perfect sense, Pillsbury said.
Singletrack.com profiled Lynskey Performance Designs and its production of custom high-performance titanium bicycles and components in a previous story.