2014 Backroad SRAM X9 Triple w/ Bar End Shifting

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Quick Overview

The Lynskey Backroad with SRAM TT500 Bar End shifters provides the ultimate touring platform with the ease and proven reliability of bar end shifting.

2014 Backroad SRAM X9 Triple w/ Bar End Shifting2014 Backroad SRAM X9 Triple w/ Bar End Shifting
DT Swiss TK 540 36 spoke wheelset carries the heaviest of loads Lynskey Backroad outfitted for long range touring Oversized headtube increases front end stability A 27.2mm seatpost diameter adds to overall comfort Disc Brakes provide superior stopping power in all conditions Hassle free welded in threaded fender mount Under downtube 3rd water bottle mount Rear brake cable routing saddles accept both full housing or hydraulic lines Separate rear dropout threaded rack and fender mounts 2014 Backroad SRAM X9 Triple w/ Bar End Shifting


There are several very important considerations in choosing your touring bike, and the backroad addresses these very well.

If you'd like the addition of S and S couplers to make this a  Backroad Traveler, you may simply add the S&S couplers in the option dropdown.


  • Utilizing a 3Al-2.5V titanium tubeset, the Backroad is the strongest touring frame available.
  • There is no weight limit on the frameset. It will handle as much weight as you care to put on it.
  • The Backroad is fully outfitted with rack and fender mounts and 3 water bottle mounts.
  • Recommended Fender: Planet Bike Cascadia Touring Fenders (45mm wide)
  • The chrome-moly steel front fork has low-rider mounts, fender mounts, and has disc-specific brake mounting.
  • FSA Orbit Z Headset


  • The Backroad employs disc brakes, a feature not found on most touring frames.
  • Disc brakes provide the best stopping power of any brake system
  • Disc brakes are extremely low maintenance
  • They are not significantly affected by water or mud and grime
  • You do not have to be as concerned about overheating on long descents
  • Should your wheel come out of true or you warp or bend a rim a disc brake system will remain fully functional
  • You will not have to be concerned about rim failure due to wear from rim brakes


  • The Backroad is one of the most stable touring frames available. You will not have any shimmy or high speed wobble due to frame flex.
  • The frame is built using 3Al-2.5V oversized titanium tubing
  • A massive 1.75 inch (44.5mm) downtube and 1.375 inch (35mm) toptube provide excellent torsional rigidity.


  • Steering is precise and unwavering
  • Front end stability is enhanced by an oversized headtube for the new 44mm headset bearing systems. This is also a feature you’ll not find on most other touring specific designs. This bearing system uses larger bearings which handle bigger loads and require less maintenance
  • The fork of choice, the Lynskey Custom Steel, Disc Specific, 50mm Rake Angle with Added Rack and Fender Mounts allows the rider to load up to 100 lbs. of gear on the frontend. This fork, combined with the oversized 44mm headtube provides a smooth, controlled, non-waivering downhill ride and precise, predicable steering on any grade.


  • The Backroad accepts a wide range of gearing options allowing excellent climbing while loaded
  • The frame is designed to use a 10 Speed Mountain Triple Drivetrain, a road double or a road triple WILL NOT fit.
  • 135mm rear spacing allows stronger wheel build
  • See Graphic in the Backroad Photo Gallery for specific chain stay/chain ring/crank arm clearances


  • The Lynskey Backroad is the most durable and reliable touring frame you will find
  • Titanium provides the best combination of strength, durability, and weight as compared to steel, aluminum, or carbon fiber
  • Titanium will never rust or corrode and needs no paint for protection
  • Scratches and dings will not affect the safety and durability of the frame
"I received my Lynskey Backroad tour bike with the Lynskey build package and wheels shown on the Lynskey website. What a bike! The YouTube video I watched said load it up with whatever you’re strong enough to carry and go down the road. Now that I have the bike, I’m certain that it’s up to the task. I still own and love a classic early 80’s touring bike. Its been from the 80’s until now that someone - Lynskey – has finally made a bike that exceeds the abilities of those classic touring frames from yesteryear. With the frame’s strength and titanium construction, it’s a bike for life. Thanks to all of the people at Lynskey for a great product and truth in advertising."-Jim
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  • Disc Brake specific design offers significantly better braking in wet conditions and removes the threat of overheating during long descents
  • Titanium provides unmatched durability and comfortable ride quality
  • Chrome-Moly steel front fork handles the heaviest of loads up front
  • The DT Swiss 36 hole touring rim is specifically designed to handle the weights and stress of transcontinental touring
  • Bar End shifters provide simple, durable, and low maintenance shifting. The rear shifter is 10 speed indexed and the front is friction based allowing micro trim adjustments
  • SRAM X9 Triple drivetrain is durable and easy to maintain and provides the necessary gearing ratios for heavy loads.
  • Longer chainstays, a lower bottom bracket, and a touring specific designed tubeset offer exceptional comfort and stability
  • Fits 37c tires with recommended fender and 42c without fenders
  • 3 waterbottle mounts (1 on seattube and 2 on downtube)


Recommended Height 5'3" - 5'6" 5'5" - 5'9" 5'8" - 6'0" 5'11" - 6'3" 6'2" - 6'4"
Seat Tube Length (A) 49 51.8 54.61 56.68 59
Top Tube Length Effective (B) 52.5 54 56 57.5 59
Head Tube Angle (C) 72° 72° 72° 72° 72°
Seat Tube Angle (D) 74° 73.5° 73° 73° 72.5°
Bottom Bracket Drop (E) 80mm 80mm 80mm 80mm 80mm
Chain Stay Length (F) 44.5 44.5 44.5 44.5 44.5
Head Tube Length (G) 15.08 17.25 18.9 20.9 23
Fork Rake (H) 50mm 50mm 50mm 50mm 50mm
Stand Over Height (I) 29.7” 30.8” 31.5” 32.4” 33”
Wheelbase (J) 101.01 102.09 103.56 105.12 106.02
Bottom Bracket Height (K) - - - - -
Front Center (L) 57.79 58.86 60.31 61.86 62.75
Stack (M) 59.28 61.35 62.91 64.81 66.8
Reach (N) 35.31 35.73 36.69 37.63 37.87

* All dimensions in centimeters or degress unless otherwise noted.

Lynskey Performance - Geometry Diagram

Fit Chart

Height (in) 5'3" - 5'6" 5'5" - 5'9" 5'8" - 6'0" 5'11" - 6'3" 6'2" - 6'4"
Height (cm) 157 - 168 165 - 175 173 - 183 180 - 191 189 - 195

Additional Information

Frame 2013 Backroad or 2013 Backroad Traveler
Finish Matte Satin (multiple upgradeable finishing options available)
Sizes S, M, ML, L, XL
Fork Lynskey Chromoly Touring Fork
Wheelset DTSwiss TK540/Shimano XT Wheelset (36 Spoke)
Tires Continental Plus 700x37c Reflex
Brakeset Avid BB7 Mechanical Disc
Shifters Sram TT500 Bar End Shifters and S500 Brake Levers
Front Derailleur Sram X.7
Rear Derailleur Sram X.9
Crankset Sram X.9 Mountain Triple (22/33/44Tx175mm)
Cassette Sram Apex (11x32)
Saddle Lynskey Sport Saddle
Seatpost FSA SL-280 27.2 x 300mm with 20mm offset
Handlebar FSA Omega Compact
Stem FSA Omega
Headset FSA Orbit Z
Rack Blackburn TRX-1 Touring Rear Rack, Salsa Down Under Front Rack

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