2014 Backroad Traveler w/ S&S couplers

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Quick Overview

The Backroad Traveler combines the innovative technology of the world’s best disc specific road touring bike with S&S couplers which allows you to easily separate your bike into 2 parts and pack it in a case for ease of traveling. This case size also qualifies as regular airline luggage thus eliminating any additional luggage fee.

2014 Backroad Traveler w/ S&S couplers2014 Backroad Traveler w/ S&S couplers
The Backroad Traveler goes from a full size bike to a travel friendly suitcase in just a few minutes time Precision machined S&S couplers are extremely strong, have no flex whatsoever, and are completely free from creaking 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 Threaded and knurled Cable guides allow easy cable tension adjustment Separate rear dropout threaded rack and fender mounts The Backroad is designed to accept a mountain triple crankset


The addition of S&S titanium couplers allows simple breakdown of bike for airline or other types of travel where normal bike carriers do not work. Long touring design offers comfort, excellent handling, and titanium durability ready for heavy, loaded touring.

The Lynskey Backroad Touring Frameset (included touring fork and headset) is designed for fully loaded, self-supported, transcontinental touring and takes full advantage of current component innovation. There are several very important considerations in choosing your touring bike, and the Backroad addresses these very well:


  • 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 Road Black Fenders (45mm wide)
  • The chrome-moly steel front fork (included) has low-rider mounts, fender mounts, and has disc-specific brake mounting, and is heavy duty for those moments of heavy braking while carrying a heavy load.


  • 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
  • Most other touring specific designs. This bearing system uses larger bearings which handle bigger loads and require less maintenance
  • The oversized headtube also allows the use of tapered steerer tubes.


  • 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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  • S&S Couplers are extremely durable and rigid. No additional frame flex occurs due to poor coupler engagement
  • Coupler wrench included with couplers
  • Titanium provides unmatched durability and comfortable ride quality
  • Longer chainstays, a lower bottom bracket, and a touring specific designed tubeset offer exceptional comfort and stability
  • Disc Brake specific design offers significantly better braking in wet conditions and removes the threat of overheating during long descents
  • 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
  • Fits 37c tire with recommended fender and 42c without fenders
  • 3 water bottle mounts (1 on seatube 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
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

Headtube Design 44mm Oversized
Bottom Bracket Type 68mm Standard English
Seatpost Diameter 27.2mm (31.6mm Prior to 2012)
Seat Tube Diameter (Front Derailleur Clamp Size) 34.9mm
Wheel Size 700c
Max Tire Width 42c (37c with Fenders)
Rear Spacing 135mm
Brake Type Disc

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