My Bike.... Kinesis FF29

Want to show off your latest bit of Bling?
Or just want to show of the love of your Life ;)
User avatar
junglist_matty
Posts: 1678
Joined: Wed Mar 04, 2009 12:31 pm

My Bike.... Kinesis FF29

Postby junglist_matty » Wed Mar 20, 2013 17:19 pm

After many hours reading reviews, looking up prices and checking for info, I finally ordered myself some new bits....


Image

Image

Image

Image

Image



Just need to choose the wheels and tyres!
Last edited by junglist_matty on Tue Mar 26, 2013 21:52 pm, edited 1 time in total.

User avatar
The Rookie
Posts: 23068
Joined: Thu Apr 30, 2009 09:29 am

Re: Just ordered some goodies!

Postby The Rookie » Thu Mar 21, 2013 11:23 am

junglist_matty wrote:Just need to choose the wheels and tyres!

Round ones are definitely the best!

I must say I do like the look of Kinesis frames, classic, elegant and understated.... looking forward to this build.

User avatar
junglist_matty
Posts: 1678
Joined: Wed Mar 04, 2009 12:31 pm

Re: Just ordered some goodies!

Postby junglist_matty » Thu Mar 21, 2013 11:42 am

The Beginner wrote:
junglist_matty wrote:Just need to choose the wheels and tyres!

Round ones are definitely the best!

I must say I do like the look of Kinesis frames, classic, elegant and understated.... looking forward to this build.


I was thinking more along the lines of this

Image



...On a serious note though, yep, I love the FF29 frame, it was between it and the Cotic Solaris, but I much prefer the lines of the FF29 frame and I like that it's fairly quick yet still well planted on the trails. Can't wait to get it built up and out on a ride; will update this thread accordingly!

User avatar
lawman
Posts: 7077
Joined: Sun Jan 25, 2009 16:45 pm

Re: Just ordered some goodies!

Postby lawman » Thu Mar 21, 2013 12:38 pm

Kinesis make great bikes, I loved my XC120 and it served me well for years, still got the frame hanging up the garage, can't bear to part with it! Nice to see they've bought it up to spec with a dropper post compatible seat tube and tapered headtube. Don't think you could have gone wrong with either the ff29 or solaris tbh, both awesome bikes!

paulneenan76
Posts: 738
Joined: Tue Sep 18, 2012 11:46 am

Re: Just ordered some goodies!

Postby paulneenan76 » Thu Mar 21, 2013 15:03 pm

Oooh I like the look of that. Will keep my eye on this one methinks :D

Paul
Family, Friends, Fantastic trails - what else is there

viewtopic.php?f=10017&t=12898838
viewtopic.php?f=10017&t=12897374

User avatar
junglist_matty
Posts: 1678
Joined: Wed Mar 04, 2009 12:31 pm

Re: Just ordered some goodies!

Postby junglist_matty » Mon Mar 25, 2013 19:56 pm

Decided on the wheels...

Image

They're not the lightest, also not the heaviest but they do get good reviews, I paid £200, was either these or the Fulcrum Red Power XL's for £180, decided to go with Mavic as the spare parts are cheaper

User avatar
junglist_matty
Posts: 1678
Joined: Wed Mar 04, 2009 12:31 pm

Re: My Bike.... Kinesis FF29

Postby junglist_matty » Tue Mar 26, 2013 21:59 pm

Frame and wheels arrived today and spent this evening doing some bike building, here's the result....

Image

I still need to decide on the brakes so for now I just hooked up an old front Formula Mega I had laying around in the garage,

Also need to decide on stem and bars, but will make an educated decision after a few test rides so I've a better idea about how it rides and what would be most comfortable; I'm thinking it's going to most probably be a flat bar and short stem.

Looking forward to taking it out for a first test ride in the morning :)

User avatar
DanDax1990
Posts: 1082
Joined: Mon May 21, 2012 10:38 am
Contact:

Re: My Bike.... Kinesis FF29

Postby DanDax1990 » Tue Mar 26, 2013 22:46 pm

Looks nice!

MrPhil
Posts: 55
Joined: Sat Nov 03, 2012 20:05 pm

Re: My Bike.... Kinesis FF29

Postby MrPhil » Tue Mar 26, 2013 23:31 pm

Nice, been told to buy a FF29.

Whats your build cost upto now?

Tempted but a std build from Kinesis is £1500 and thats near On One carbon 29er prices :?

User avatar
chez_m356
Posts: 1892
Joined: Wed Oct 28, 2009 20:04 pm

Re: My Bike.... Kinesis FF29

Postby chez_m356 » Tue Mar 26, 2013 23:50 pm

great looking build, really like that :D
Specialized Hardrock Sport Disc 10- CANYON Nerve AM 6 2011

emseens
Posts: 130
Joined: Thu Dec 16, 2010 23:35 pm

Re: My Bike.... Kinesis FF29

Postby emseens » Wed Mar 27, 2013 05:29 am

Nice bike, but handlebar hoes up in to the sky :D
It isn't 26er, you must bring that thing down ;)

User avatar
junglist_matty
Posts: 1678
Joined: Wed Mar 04, 2009 12:31 pm

Re: My Bike.... Kinesis FF29

Postby junglist_matty » Wed Mar 27, 2013 07:29 am

MrPhil wrote:Nice, been told to buy a FF29.

Whats your build cost upto now?

Tempted but a std build from Kinesis is £1500 and thats near On One carbon 29er prices :?


I had the C.456 which I have sold for:

Frame + Hope headset = £200
Fox Vanilla R Forks = £220
Pro2 wheelset (stiffy rims) = £150

I re-used the XT 10-Speed groupset from the C.456 but I want to get some different brakes.

Total spend:
Frame (Large) - £410 from Merlin (frame has 10% off at the moment with Merlin)
Forks (Reba RLT) - £260 from J E James (had a discount code for £25 off over £200 spend)
Wheels (Crossride) - £200 from Wiggle
Saddle - £30 from eBay
New gear cables/outers - £10
Tyres - £30

So not including brakes & groupset, it's cost me about £950...
i decided on this frame because I wanted something a lot faster than my C.456 as I found it really sluggish to ride, (probably more likely due to the build spec I built and that the frame was a bit on the small side for me), that and I didn't ever feel at home on the C.456.
The style of my riding has changed from jumps/drops/freeride/aggressive XC type stuff to mainly XC trails and the odd trail centre trip, so this fitted the bill best (going by reviews).... Plus it's a bit different, not that many people ride them and the frame looks exceptionally well made and isn't a strict race XC bike, yet it's still fast.

emseens wrote:Nice bike, but handlebar hoes up in to the sky :D
It isn't 26er, you must bring that thing down ;)


Yep, I understand this also, I don't have a flat bar and short stem so need to decide on which ones to go for so for now, just using the riser bars ;)

User avatar
junglist_matty
Posts: 1678
Joined: Wed Mar 04, 2009 12:31 pm

Re: My Bike.... Kinesis FF29

Postby junglist_matty » Wed Mar 27, 2013 09:04 am

My first ride felt very good; bike feels very fast :) Averaged 17.5mph into a cross/head wind most of the way, couldn't be happier! Really wanted something quick as a lot of rides around where I live are 50% road 50% bridleway tracks so it's important that it rolls well on the road and this bike flies on the road (for an MTB).

Seriously need to lower the front end though... Will have to remove all spacers under the stem and possibly flip the stem upside down for the time being until I get a 0degree stem, although the length feels perfect, I though I'd need it shorter.

Really pleased, can't wait to go ride it on the trails now!

User avatar
The Rookie
Posts: 23068
Joined: Thu Apr 30, 2009 09:29 am

Re: My Bike.... Kinesis FF29

Postby The Rookie » Wed Mar 27, 2013 09:13 am

Looking very tasty, what size frame as that looks proportioned more like a 26er than a 29er (good thing!).

Mystic Meg says she sees a Steerer cutting operation in your future....

User avatar
junglist_matty
Posts: 1678
Joined: Wed Mar 04, 2009 12:31 pm

Re: My Bike.... Kinesis FF29

Postby junglist_matty » Wed Mar 27, 2013 10:26 am

The Beginner wrote:Looking very tasty, what size frame as that looks proportioned more like a 26er than a 29er (good thing!).


It's a size Large, I'm 6ft2" hence the main reason for wanting a 29er; I'm a big bloke and ride big frames, so I thought why not try this big wheeled malarky and see what the fuss is about!? Without having ridden a decent trail, I have a really good feeling about this bike, something I've not had for quite some time about a MTB.

The Beginner wrote:Mystic Meg says she sees a Steerer cutting operation in your future....


Mystic meg isn't far wrong ;) ...I didn't want to cut it too short to start with so I could try out the riding position with a higher stem.... Taking it for a test ride and deciding to loose a few spacers and cut down the steerer a bit more is a hell of a lot easier than DOH, I'm an idiot and I've cut the steerer too short problem ;)


cove888
Posts: 49
Joined: Sat Dec 12, 2009 19:44 pm

Re: My Bike.... Kinesis FF29

Postby cove888 » Wed Mar 27, 2013 21:03 pm

Hate to say it but I think you should have gone for the XT wheelset at merlin or a used hope 29er wheelset

http://www.merlincycles.com/bike-shop/w ... otors.html

User avatar
junglist_matty
Posts: 1678
Joined: Wed Mar 04, 2009 12:31 pm

Re: My Bike.... Kinesis FF29

Postby junglist_matty » Wed Mar 27, 2013 21:24 pm

cove888 wrote:Hate to say it but I think you should have gone for the XT wheelset at merlin or a used hope 29er wheelset

http://www.merlincycles.com/bike-shop/w ... otors.html


Why's that?

XT wheelset = 1880g (without skewers)
Hope Pro 2's 29er with Stans Crest rim = 1854g (with skewers)
Crossrides = 2020g (with skewers)


XT hubs are rubbish& XT front wouldn't fit the forks

Pro2's new are £300+ and I can't use crests because I'm too heavy, so would have to get Arch rims and then they're the same weight as the cross rides.

I've got three sets of Mavic wheels now, the others are 2008 CrossMax ST, never had any trouble with them, and the other set on my road bike are Kysrium's which also have no issues....So I'm really pleased with Mavic reliability and spare parts are cheap.

emseens
Posts: 130
Joined: Thu Dec 16, 2010 23:35 pm

Re: My Bike.... Kinesis FF29

Postby emseens » Thu Mar 28, 2013 05:31 am

I build 29er wheel set on Novatech hubes 711 back and 811 15mm in front, Arch EX rims and sapim race spokes, wieght ~1700g ;)

User avatar
junglist_matty
Posts: 1678
Joined: Wed Mar 04, 2009 12:31 pm

Re: My Bike.... Kinesis FF29

Postby junglist_matty » Thu Mar 28, 2013 10:25 am

emseens wrote:I build 29er wheel set on Novatech hubes 711 back and 811 15mm in front, Arch EX rims and sapim race spokes, wieght ~1700g ;)


How much did you pay for them?


Return to “Your Mountain Bikes”

Who is online

Users browsing this forum: No registered users and 1 guest