Lynskey R300 SRAM Force eTap AXS Review
- Price: $4970
- Frame: Titanium
- Tires: Kenda Valkyrie Elite 700x30c
- Gear: 2×12 Electronic
What we like about it: The titanium frame has a light weight and excellent robustness.
What we don’t like about it: Titanium frames don’t paint easily, which can pose limitations for some riders.
Bike racing has always been loved as a competitive sport, and every rider wants a bike that suits them to help win and enjoy the cheers of the spectators.
So, I found this Lynskey R300 SRAM Force eTap AXS, a very good titanium frame race bike, and I think it should be able to have a very good performance in the race.
Below, we will analyze the riding experience, key features, components, and specifications as well as other versions of this bike.
Additionally, at the end of the review, we will also compare several best bike models. If you want to know more about bike reviews, don’t hesitate to follow us.
In order to better feel the excellence of this bike in competition, I purchased a ticket via Skyscanner, booked a hotel, and experienced the Laguna Seca track in the Sea Otter Classic in California, USA.
The track is 3.602km long, with an elevation change of 55m and 11 corners that is difficult to ride.
I started this track in the warm April sunshine and found that the Titanium frame is really light.
When I rode at a very fast speed, I encountered an uphill. I set the SRAM Force eTap AXS derailleur to the smallest gear ratio to get more power with the least amount of physical effort. This could better distribute my physical effort in different sections of the track.
On the descent, I gripped the FSA Omega Compact Alloy Handlebar, a 6061 aluminum tube double-butted, tapered and shot peened for improved reach and comfort.
My hands didn’t stiffen up from gripping too hard, and I was able to press the SRAM Force eTap AXS HRD Hydraulic Disc in time for emergencies.
I rode to the most difficult part of this track, the famous Turn 8 and Turn 8A combination, often referred to as the Corkscrew, where I took full advantage of my vast experience and the characteristics of this bike.
I kept switching the SRAM Force eTap AXS, always ready to slow down with the SRAM Force eTap AXS HRD Hydraulic Disc.
The 73.0° head tube angle helped me change direction well as I overcame what is considered one of the most challenging corners in the racing world.
Is that all?
Moving forward, I had to ride in a more aggressive position.
This caused me some discomfort, but the Lynskey Pro Saddle – Blk saddle has a very cozy cutout that is ergonomically pleasing and helped me reduce pressure in sensitive areas.
My hips didn’t get uncomfortable with aggressive posture.
In addition, the bike is equipped with Kenda Valkyrie Elite tires, and during the ride I could feel the high level of quality and performance of these tires in line with the durability.
I also have to admit that they enjoys an excellent rolling resistance, excellent wet and dry grip, and a very high resistance to punctures, so that I didn’t have to worry about the tires at all throughout the entire track.
First of all, this is an awesome race bike, with a lightweight titanium frame that helps the rider get faster.
Its fork has an excellent shock absorption, which can make the rider more comfortable.
In addition, the Kenda Valkyrie Elite 700x30c is a very adaptable tire with excellent rolling resistance, wet and dry grip and good puncture resistance, making it a superb road tire.
After many tests, we know this bike much better that it’s truly a very good hardtail trail bike.
However, many riders have their own requirements for the performance or components, so we found bikes of the same type for your reference.
Lynskey R300 SRAM Rival eTap AXS
The two bikes are extremely similar in parts and have identical geometry.
Although the difference lies in the component parts, there’s no big one.
Lynskey R300 SRAM Rival eTap AXS is equipped with the SRAM Rival eTap AXS rear derailleur and the SRAM Rival eTap AXS front derailleur, while the Lynskey R300 SRAM Force eTap AXS comes with the SRAM Force eTap AXS front derailleur.
In fact, the difference between the two derailleurs isn’t that great.
As for the disk rotors, Lynskey R300 SRAM Rival eTap AXS is equipped with SRAM Centerline 160mm Rotor – Center Lock, while Lynskey R300 SRAM Force eTap AXS carries SRAM Centerline XR 2-Piece 160mm Rounded Rotor, same 160mm rotor, not much difference in performance.
So, since they are priced the same, riders can choose the right bike by which derailleur they prefer.
What do we like about it?
- The titanium frame has a lighter weight and better robustness.
- The Kenda Valkyrie Elite 700x30c has a very high level of quality, performance, durability, and rolling resistance that allows the rider to ride more comfortably and faster.
- The bike has a compact drop design for improved reach and comfort.
- The Lynskey Pro Saddle’s ergonomic cutout reduces pressure on sensitive areas.
What don’t we like about it?
- Titanium frames are not easy to color and can pose limitations for some riders.
- Is this bike good for beginners?
Both beginners and experienced riders can handle it well.
- How wide are the tires?
It has 30c tires that are adaptable to many different road conditions.
- What is the braking system?
The braking system on this bike is the SRAM Force eTap AXS HRD Hydraulic Disc.
- How do I choose the right size?
The sizing chart is below:
Here we provide you with a size chart, but of course you do not have to follow this standard. The best way to find the most suitable size is to test ride.
BB Standard: BSA, 68mm, Threaded
Tire Clearance: 32c
|Lynskey Pro Road Carbon #5 Fork w/ Axle
|SRAM DUB Bottom Bracket – BSA 68mm English threaded
|Cane Creek 40 IS 42/28.6- IS 52/40
|FSA Omega Stem +/- 6° Rise
|FSA Omega Compact Alloy Handlebar
|Lynskey Pro Saddle – Blk
|FSA SL-280 27.2 x 350mm x 20mm Setback Seatpost
|SRAM Force eTap AXS Front Derailleur
|SRAM Force AXS DUB Crankset 2x 46/33t
|Optional: Please select preferred setup.
|SRAM Force AXS XG-1270 12-Speed Cassette
|SRAM Force D1 12 Speed Chain
|SRAM Force eTap AXS HRD Front(left) Shifter w/Caliper
|Vision Team 30 Disc
|Kenda Valkyrie Elite 700x30c
|SRAM Centerline XR 2-Piece 160mm Rounded Rotor
|Giant TCR Advanced Disc 1+
|Giant Course 1
|Shimano 105 Di 2
|Cannondale SuperSix EVO 3
|Vittoria Rubino Pro Bright Black, 700x25c
|Shimano 105 Di 2
|BMC Teammachine SLR TWO
|SRAM Force eTap
|Liv Langma Advanced, SL Disc 1
|CADEX Race, tubeless, 700x25c
|Shimano Ultegra Di2,Giant
Lynskey R300 SRAM Force eTap AXS VS Giant TCR Advanced Disc 1+
The Lynskey R300 SRAM Force eTap AXS has a robust and light titanium frame.
Even though the Giant TCR Advanced Disc 1+’s carbon frame is also light, it tends to break in the face of incoming side impacts, while the titanium is very strong in this way.
In addition, the Giant TCR Advanced Disc 1+ has carbon wheels, which effectively reduce the weight, compared to the aluminum wheels of the Lynskey R300 SRAM Force eTap AXS.
But again, there’s always a risk of the carbon fiber snapping in the face of side impacts.
So, if you want a sturdier bike, Lynskey R300 SRAM Force eTap AXS can better satisfy you.
When your budget is not enough, Giant TCR Advanced Disc 1+ which is almost 500$ cheaper will be a better choice for you.
Lynskey R300 SRAM Force eTap AXS VS Cannondale SuperSix EVO 3
The Lynskey R300 SRAM Force eTap AXS has a stronger titanium frame than the Cannondale SuperSix EVO 3’s carbon frame. Still, the difference between the two bikes is in the components.
The Cannondale SuperSix EVO 3 has Shimano 105 Di2 components, a semi-wireless setup where the shifter communicates wirelessly with the rear chainstay.
While the Lynskey R300 SRAM Force eTap AXS has SRAM Force eTap AXS that is completely wireless, with the wireless shifter being paired with the front and rear chainstays. Both carry removable and rechargeable batteries.
Overall, if you prefer a titanium frame, the Lynskey R300 SRAM Force eTap AXS is more your speed, and if you fancy a completely wireless setup, the Cannondale SuperSix EVO 3 would be the way to go.
Lynskey R300 SRAM Force eTap AXS VS BMC Teammachine SLR TWO
The Lynskey R300 SRAM Force eTap AXS has a 32c tire clearance to accommodate larger tires, while the BMC Teammachine SLR TWO only has a 30c tire clearance.
So in terms of compatibility, the Lynskey R300 SRAM Force eTap AXS is a bit better, and the Lynskey R300 SRAM Force eTap AXS’s titanium frame is also stronger than the BMC Teammachine SLR TWO’s carbon frame.
In addition, the Lynskey R300 SRAM Force eTap AXS enjoys 30c tires, compared to the 25mm tires on the BMC Teammachine SLR TWO.
The 30c tires have superior adaptability and stability, and the 25c tires are more flexible.
Suppose you like a bike with great compatibility, I would recommend the Lynskey R300 SRAM Force eTap AXS, and if you want a more flexible bike, the BMC Teammachine SLR TWO would be a better choice for you.
Lynskey R300 SRAM Force eTap AXS VS Liv Langma Advanced, SL Disc 1
The Liv Langma Advanced, SL Disc 1 has a power meter that the Lynskey R300 SRAM Force eTap AXS doesn’t have.
The Liv also presents a full carbon body, and is nearly $4000 more expensive than the Lynskey R300 SRAM Force eTap AXS.
Besides, it has the excellent Shimano Ultegra Di2, Giant components, and very comfortable Liv All Condition Grips that the Lynskey R300 SRAM Force eTap AXS doesn’t own.
The titanium frame of the Lynskey R300 SRAM Force eTap AXS is a bit stronger, with a larger 1.51 Stack/Reach Ratio to give the rider better reach and comfort, and the Lynskey R300 SRAM Force eTap AXS has a larger 73° Head Tube Angle for greater agility and better change of direction.
All in all, if you are on a limited budget and want a more comfortable ride and nimble shifting, the Lynskey R300 SRAM Force eTap AXS will suit you better; If you want a bike with a power meter, the Liv Langma Advanced,SL Disc 1 is your perfect match.
Above is our full review of the Lynskey R300 SRAM Force eTap AXS, a very good titanium frame race bike. In the competition, it can help riders get very good places. All together we give it a high score of 4.8.
Of course, if you’re interested in exploring other similar bikes, we have reviewed a variety of bikes at different price points that you might find interesting. Feel free to check out our other reviews as well.
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