The standout bike on the Kinesis stand at the Core Bike Show was the stunning new Tripster ATR (that last bit stands for Adventure Tour Race).
The drawn 3AL/2.5V titanium frame is designed for enormous versatility, to satisfy riders who want a bike for almost any purpose. Indeed, the only things the Tripster isn’t best suited to are road racing and time trials – with disc brakes, clearance for 40mm tyres, 45mm full mudguards, a rack, a mudguard and bottle mounts, a low bottom bracket height and a head angle that’s been relaxed a little for stability, it can be a tourer, sportive or cyclocross bike or all-round adventurer.
The 530g monocoque UD carbon fork has excellent clearance, an integral hose clip and tapered steerer, which slots into the beautiful, hourglass-shaped head tube, sculpted from a titanium billet.
Available from late February, the Tripster will come in 48, 51, 54, 57 and 60cm sizes and framesets will retail for £1,499.99. We rather like the idea of riding a sportive one weekend then changing tyres and adding a rack for an expedition the following week, while riding to work in between.
Kinesis will also offer a few build packages for complete bikes.
Continuing Kinesis’ development of light alloy frames, the new Racelight Aithein uses the company’s Kinesium alloy to make a 1,200g (56cm) frame. A unique Superplastic seat tube flares into a rectangular shape at the bottom bracket, for great rigidity, and allows the other main frame tubes to be lighter.
The new kinesis racelight aithein prototype in bare metal: Robin Wilmott/Future Publishing
The new Kinesis Racelight Aithein prototype in bare metal
The head tube is tapered and the Aithein has a BB386 EVO bottom bracket shell for ultimate compatibility and efficiency. Shown in prototype bare metal form at Core, the bike is an out-and-out racer or fast sportive machine, and has an 89kg (196lb) frame weight limit.
The new monocoque carbon fork has a tapered 1.5in steerer, an aero shape and weighs a svelte 330g. Coming in 47, 50, 53, 56 and 59cm sizes, the Aithein frameset will be available from April 2013 in orange or black, and retail for £649.99.