Completed in February 2013, this Lynskey Cooper CX was equipped with a SRAM drivetrain comprising a Force chainset, WiFi rear mech and front mech, along with SRAM Apex gear shifters. A Hope stainless steel bearing bottom bracket with GXP conversion was used instead of the stock Truvativ GXP unit. The latest SRAM Wifi rear mech was used to allow the use of an 11-32 cassette and 50-34 chainset.
The new Cooper CX disc brake only frame is bang up to date for cyclo cross and commute use but there is a lack of quality forks to compliment the growing numbers of disc equipped cross frames. We managed to secure a very early pair of the new Lynskey carbon cross disc forks, these look and work fantastic on the bike. They come with an alloy steerer, International Standard disc tabs and a disc side cable tab (RRP £199). Another useful feature on these forks are mudguard eyelets, Lynskey have made these forks with a hole in the crown to allow the use of full mudguards. This works perfectly on the versatile Cooper CX as it has rack and guard eyelets on the frame. A Hope Stainless conventional cup headset was fitted to the bike.
Hydraulic disc brake were discussed for the bike but in the end we elected for Avid’s benchmark BB7 mechanical disc brakes. The wheels were also a talking point, some high quality disc ready wheels suitable for cross and commute use were needed. We looked at the options and decided to go with a set of Moonglu custom wheels using Hope Pro 2 Evo hubs and Stans Iron Cross disc only 700c rims. These can be used with or without inner tubes and are suitable for use with 700 x 35c cross tyres or will also work with narrower road tyres.
The intention is to use this bike for the annual 3 Peaks cycle race and to offer that additional control on the technical descents, Cane Creek Cross Top brake levers were included in the build. The bike was completed with Fizi:k handlebar tape and a Gobi XM saddle, along with Easton EA70 handlebars, stem and seatpost.