- The Lynskey GR250 does not quite have the same level of ‘pop’ when pedaled hard, especially out of the saddle, as compared to the aluminum Warbird. Now I am not saying the “F word” here (Flex…not the other “F word”), as I do not see that happening at all with the Ti frame, but bigger aluminum tubes are usually very good at this zippy feel and Ti maybe not so much. It’s nuanced but apparent. The Warbird has less bottom bracket drop and that can give a bike more of a responsive feel out of the saddle as well.
- The ride though, it is quite interesting. On pavement too, but especially on dirt, the GR250 really mutes the chatter/vibration coming into the frame and fork. It’s the oddest thing although I have heard this mentioned before with Ti bikes. It’s like walking across a hard floor with dress shoes on, and along the way, you kick a chair leg which jolts you a bit. Then you walked over the floor again, but this time with socks pulled over your dress shoes. The hard floor just seems ‘quieter’ and the chair leg you kicked again, while still a jolt, feels less so. “Quieter” is the word I would use and that feeling is very nice indeed, being less fatiguing over time I would bet. Even steel is not like this, even if the compliance is equal. It’s appealing.
- The front end of the GR250 is smoother than the Warbird and I think a great deal of this is from the 3T fork. Remember that one of my goals was to soften that part of the bike a bit over the Salsa and I think that has been accomplished.
- The seated compliance, to my mind, is about the same which shows that the Warbird was really well designed in this regard. I don’t think I gained or lost here. When you have a decently compliant frame and stack in a seat post and saddle that have some give, then that adds up nicely. Of course the tire is always the first line of defense here, making the most difference of all.
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