Shimano Ultegra 12-Speed Di2 Build Project Part 2: Lynskey Helix PRO Disc

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Grease those headset cups

The Lynskey Helix PRO titanium road bike build continues in Part 2, paired with Shimano’s R8170 12-Speed Di2 groupset. A little known fact, JOM of the Gravel Cyclist crew still rides on the pavement semi-regularly, which allowed for a unique collaboration with Shimano and Lynskey Titanium Bicycles.

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Handlebar & stem fitted

Handling the build is Pete, co-founder of Brickyard Bike Co., located in Phenix City, Alabama, just across the Chattahoochee River from Columbus, Georgia. This is not Pete’s first rodeo, and marks his fourth build project with Gravel Cyclist HQ.

Shimano Ultegra R8170 12-Speed Di2 Build Project Video – Part 2

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In this video, JOM Of the Gravel Cyclist continues where we left off from Part 1. Pete performing his magic building the Lynskey Helix PRO from a massive box of parts, into the bike you’ll see in later in this presentation. There are likely to be several wheelsets featured on this bike, the first of which is the Corima Essentia 40, as featured in this video.

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Install the compression plug

Lynskey Helix Pro Disc

“The Helix Pro Disc is designed with our Race geometry and disc brakes for additional stopping power. The benefits of the Helix frame include overall frame stiffness and handling, with optimal speed and lightweight. The addition of disc brakes takes your performance to the next level. Internal downtube and chainstay cable routing lends to clean lines and aero performance. New rear end with half-yoke design allows ample clearance for 32c tires.”

Additional Photos

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Set the compression cap
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Tighten stem bolts
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Route hydro brake housings through the handlebar
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Routing continued
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Ensure there is plenty of housing for rotating the handlebar
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Approximately mark the brake lever location
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Mark the brake housing for cutting
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Cut brake housing
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Install housing barb
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Tap barb into place
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Reattach brake levers & connect brake hose
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Bleed the brakes
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Bleeding air bubbles out of the line
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Installing the wheels
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Tastes like a bike!
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Checking for rotor trueness, make needed caliper adjustments
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Check & straighten the derailleur hanger
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Abbey Tools HAG, the BEST hanger tool
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Begin setting up the R8170 Di2 derailleurs
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Shimano eTube software on a smartphone
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Photograph the shifter bar code, setup is a breeze
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More eTube configuration
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Sizing the chain
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Cutting the 12-speed chain to length
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Running the chain through the rear derailleur
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Drivetrain looking good
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Preparing to setup the front derailleur limits
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Setting the rear derailleur B-screw
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Pete eyeballs the big ring / big cog combo
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Wrapping the Handlebar tape (Holdfast Cycling)
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Handlebar wrap complete
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Not a superlight build, some lighter wheels / tyres will drop it some
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Built on Brickyard
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Thank you, Pete!

Coming later, the Groupset review!

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