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Kinesis Tripster AT review

Gravel gets set for winter conditions

Our rating 
4.5 out of 5 star rating 4.5
GBP £1,850.00 RRP
Mudguards an extra £60
Pack shot of the Kinesis Tripster AT gravel/road bike

Our review

A superbly versatile bike that’s as fun as it is practical
Pros: Wonderfully thought-out frame design; great handling; good mudguards; big fun
Cons: Occasional gear change hiccup; slippery saddle
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The Kinesis Tripster AT is a bike with practicality and comfort at its core. Kinesis thinks this winter build will see you through the dark, damp months and during your greatest adventures for years to come.


For me, it’s a first to see big-volume gravel tyres covered with equally big fenders. The price comprises the Kinesis AT frameset (£750), Upgrade Apex Hydraulic Build Kit (£1,100) and Kinesis Fend-Off wide alloy ’guards (£60).

The AT stands for all-terrain and stems from Kinesis’s original titanium ATR (all-terrain race), the company’s first foray into versatile all-roaders.

Kinesis has forged a reputation for offering great-value and quality alloy bikes using its own Kinesium tubing, so it’s only natural that the titanium superbike has received an alloy reimagining for a wider audience.

Kinesis has forged a reputation for offering great-value and quality alloy bikes using its own Kinesium tubing
Kinesis has gained a good reputation for its Kinesium tubing.
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Kinesis Tripster AT frame

The frame bears the name of Mike Hall, the ultra-riding legend who was tragically killed while competing in the 2017 Indian Pacific race. Mike had input into the design, including the two-position down-tube bottle mounts, so you can lower the bottle to more easily fit a frame bag; the underside of the top tube, which is flattened to make said bag more secure; and a third cage mount under the down tube for extra water capacity.

The versatile nature of the chassis heavily derives from its generous frame clearances; it will fit up to huge 52mm-wide tyres (in 650b) and 45mm rubber in 700c.

Aside from choosing wheel and tyre size, you can also play with the steering geometry, thanks to the Futura Cross carbon fork that comes with a tool and two 5mm spacers.

With a degree of tool dexterity, you can switch between endurance/gravel-friendly steering or a racier alternative. It’s a nice option if you intend to run slimmer road tyres rather than the 38c gravel ones fitted.

Kinesis Tripster AT geometry

Seat angle (degrees)74747473737372.5
Head angle (degrees)7070.570.570.570.57171
Chainstay (cm)44444444444444
Seat tube (cm)48515455.5576063
Top tube (cm)52.55455565758.560
Head tube (cm)1213.51617.2518.52121.5
Fork offset (cm)
Bottom bracket drop (cm)7777777
Wheelbase (mm)1,021.401,032.701,038.251,043.801,054.401,0651,074.40
Stack (cm)53.9955.5957.9459.1260.362.8764.29
Reach (cm)37.0238.0638.3838.4738.5639.2839.73

Kinesis Tripster AT ride impressions

The frameset weighs 1.91kg (57cm). Add a 436g fork and you can see it’s built tough rather than light – not surprising as part of its remit is to carry luggage.

Mind you, at 11kg with 38c tyres and the Apex build kit, it’s not that bad and, more importantly, whatever surface you ride on, it doesn’t feel like an 11kg bike.

That’s because the frame’s stiffness delivers an incredibly responsive feel, while the Alex GD26 rim/Novatec hub tubeless-ready wheelset and excellent Schwalbe G-One (non-tubeless) tyres ensure a comfortable yet lively ride.

Kinesis Tripster AT
Alex GC26 rim/Novatec hub and tubeless-ready wheelset.
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The Apex 1 drivetrain is very much aimed at ‘adventure’ riders with a 40t chainring and 11-42 cassette. The 40/42 bottom gear means you can climb most inclines – on or off-road.

At the other end of the scale, you can easily maintain good high speeds, whether you’re eating up gravel or flying along on tarmac.

The Kinesis Tripster AT gravel/road bike is equipped with a SRAM Apex 1 drivetrain
SRAM’s Apex 1 drivetrain is aimed at the adventure rider.
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The Fend-Off Wide mudguards are designed specifically for big tyres. Their full length is complemented by large flaps front and rear that extend to within a couple of centimetres of the road.

I came away astonished by just how clean I remained. More impressed were the riders behind me! These are well worth the £60 top-up, though I’d like to see safety fittings on the front ‘guard like its rivals on other bikes I had on test.

The AT’s build is all solid stuff. The alloy bar has just enough flare, is comfortably oversized on the tops and comes clad with quality tape.

The Kinesis Tripster AT gravel/road bike is equipped with SRAM Apex hydraulic disc brakes
Satisfying stops with SRAM Apex 1 hydraulic disc brakes.
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The brakes are power-laden and easy to control. SRAM’s Apex 1 shifts well, with just the occasional hiccup stepping up the block when it’s muddy and the chain’s not quite sitting in the teeth.

My only other niggle is the X3 saddle. Typically Selle Italia, it’s well shaped and comfortable, but the glossy surface isn’t compatible with wet weather and wearing Lycra.

Too many times I ended up sliding around, longing for some texture to grip the seat of my bibs. The Selle Italias on the Condor Fratello Disc and Tifosi CK7 Centaur do a better job.

Selle Italia X3 saddle on the Kinesis Tripster AT road/gravel bike
The shiny surface of the Selle Italia X3 is not rain compatible.
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If the AT sounds like a sensible bike with lots of reliable fittings and components, well it is. But – and this is a major ‘but’ – it’s definitely not boring.

The handling is sorted and confidence-inspiring, while the chassis responds with race-bike vigour to sprints. The big textured tyres mean you can take this machine anywhere and, thanks to the brilliant Fend-Off ’guards, it keeps you as dry as possible.


Frankly, I’m pretty much smitten with its charms and hugely impressed with its performance.

Kinesis Tripster AT
The Tripster AT could be anything from a sportive steed to a long-distance commuter, or a world-beating Transcontinental race machine.
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How we tested

Mudguard-equipped bikes have been a staple of road cycling for decades, with winter club rides likely to insist on covered tyres because there’s little worse than sitting in a chaingang with a constant spray of muck being delivered into your face.

Like all chaingangs, we covered the fiscal range by selecting four bikes for every budget to keep you riding outdoors through the dampest days and put them to the test on our local roads in the conditions they were designed for.

Also on test

Product Specifications


Price GBP £1850.00
Weight 11kg (57cm)
Brand Kinesis


Features Mudguards: Fend-Off Wide
Headset Kinesis with ACB bearings
Tyres Schwalbe G-One All-road RG 38c clincher
Stem Alloy 6061 90mm
Shifter SRAM Apex 1
Seatpost 6061 alloy 27.2mm
Saddle Selle Italia X3
Rear derailleur SRAM Apex 1 long cage
Handlebar Alloy 6061 44cm
Available sizes 48, 51, 54, 55.5, 57, 60, 63cm
Frame 7046 Kinesium alloy
Fork Columbus Futura Cross carbon
Cranks SRAM Apex 1 Xsync 40t
Chain SRAM PC-1110 with powerlock
Cassette SRAM PG-1130 Powerglide 11-42
Brakes SRAM Apex hydraulic disc, 160mm rotors
Bottom bracket Shimano threaded BSA
Wheels Alex GD26 tubeless rims on Novatec sealed-cartridge hubs