Many of you may not realize that our hometown titanium wizards, Lynskey Performance, also make bikes for several other companies. We recently came across this hardcore long forked trail hardtail, made for Ragley Bikes of Britain.
J. Pills claims the designer, Brant Richards, is insane… but I am thinking seriously about something like this for the sort of super-technical hiking trail pickery, rock drops and gravel road bombing I do around the homestead.
The brits have some strange ideas regarding what makes a proper hardtail: this thing is made for 130-160mm freeride forks and 2.5″ rubber. It has a slack head angle, an upright seat tube, short stays and a stretched out top tube. Sort of like the old Gary Fisher Genesis geometry taken to the extreme. Maybe if you rode the slimy, rocky trails those limeys ride, you’d understand.
At any rate, this frame is interesting, and it shows the capabilities of Lynskey to build just about anything you can imagine.
Here’s a nice, unbiased review of the Ragley: Ragley Ti on Bike Radar