2014 Backroad Frameset

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The Lynskey Backroad touring frameset is designed for fully loaded, self-supported, transcontinental touring and takes full advantage of disc brake technology and oversized headset bearings.

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Backroad Frameset package includes frame, Lynskey Chrome-Moly fork, and FSA Orbit Z 44mm Headset Oversized headtube increases front end stability Threaded and knurled Cable guides allow easy cable tension adjustment Disc Brakes provide superior stopping power in all conditions Hassle free welded in threaded fender mount A 27.2mm seatpost diameter adds to overall comfort Under downtube 3rd water bottle mount Rear brake cable routing saddles accept both full housing or hydraulic lines 2014 Backroad Frameset The Backroad is designed to accept a mountain triple crankset


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.
  • 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 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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  • Oversized Headtube, 1.75" Downtube, 1.375" Toptube, .875" Chainstays and .75" Seatstays substantially improve handling and increase stability under heavy load
  • Includes the Lynskey Chromoly Touring Fork with Fender and Lower Rider Rack Mounts and Disc specific braking
  • Includes FSA Orbit Z Headset (Upgradeable)
  • 135mm Rear Spacing
  • Double/Triple butted tubeset
  • Rack and Fender Mounts
  • Fits 37C Tires with Fenders and 42C Tires without Fenders
  • 27.2mm Seatpost
  • Recommended Fender: Planet Bike Cascadia Road Black Fenders (45mm wide)


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)
Dropouts Shamrock w/ Bullets
Rear Spacing 135mm
Brake Type Disc

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