Kinesis Crosslight Pro 6 review

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£1399

The Kinesis is a cyclocross aggressor

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80.0 out of 5 stars

"Fast and sharp, this great value package will deal well with muddy ’cross races"

Wednesday, October 24, 2012 7.00am By

The Kinesis Crosslight is almost an institution on the British cyclocross scene, and although it first incorporated disc mounts over 10 years ago, the latest Pro 6 is the first of its modern machines to do so. Its low, aggressive position and fast handling certainly kept us on our toes. 

At 9.62kg (21.2lb) including light wheels, it proved lively, although the slim tubes and conventional BSA bottom bracket are less beefy for out-of-the-saddle efforts than the oversized tubes and BB30s on some other ’cross bikes. Even so, the Kinesis was a nimble climber and the compact bar was a boon on the flat, enabling us to stay on the drops longer. 

Passing mid-race, fatigue began to set in, making accelerations hurt more, and the three running sections per lap were leading to increasingly heavier legs. Descending the banks, the Pro 6’s newly relaxed head angle and tapered carbon steerer tube were immensely stable, with Tektro’s Lyra discs offering bags of feel and power, enabling us to gain ground before the dismount. 

Kinesis crosslight pro 6: kinesis crosslight pro 6

The Pro 6 was a joy to pick up, with the smaller diameter tubing leaving extra shouldering room. Its beautifully flattened top tube made it a very comfortable machine to run with. 

Picking up speed after the remount, the 28-spoke wheels responded well. Although the general surefootedness of the wide rims was partly undone in the loose dirt and mud by the tendency of the WTB Crosswolf tyres’ edge grip to fall away when pressed hard. 

We ran the tyres at 37psi, and it was notable that the Crosslight gave a relatively hard, jarring ride despite running 32mm tyres. On loose surfaces we found the Pro 6 needed concentration in order to get the best from it, as it felt faster-handling and twitchier than expected.

Final production spec will include an FSA Omega chainset, retaining the rapid-shifting 105 front derailleur. But on this course we were mostly working the cassette for all the speed we could wring from it. 

This article was originally published in Cycling Plus magazine, available on Apple Newsstand and Zinio.

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Specification

Name:
Crosslight Pro 6 (12)
Brand:
Kinesis
Price:
£1399

Description:
WTB Crosswolf tyres
Brakes:
Tektro Lyra
Fork:
CXD full carbon tapered
Frame Material:
Kinesium
Front Derailleur:
Shimano 105
Handlebar:
FSA Omega compact
Rear Derailleur:
Shimano 105
Rims:
Crosslight CX Disc
Saddle:
Velo Kinesis Aon
Seatpost:
FSA
Shifters:
Shimano 105
Stem:
FSA
Weight (kg):
9.62

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