Kinesis Maxlight XC120 frame review

Lightweight aluminium trail/race platform

Our rating 
3.5 out of 5 star rating 3.5
GBP £325.00 RRP | USD $536.96
Kinesis Maxlight XC120 Frame

Our review

A tight, light and low-slung aluminium chassis that builds into a great fast trail or race bike
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The privateer’s race frame choice for years, the Maxlight is still right up there when it comes to competitive chassis design.


Built by top Taiwanese firm Kinesis, the XC120 is loaded with advanced hydroform tube shaping. In fact it’s tweaked to the max from the hourglass ‘zero stack’ head tube and bulged integral top tube reinforcement to the superlight snaked rear stays.

There’s a big external gusset under the throat, and the forged dropouts and bottom bracket shell are machined to minimise weight.

Designed around the latest 120-130mm forks the XC120 has a speed-friendly 69.5° head angle for a surefooted descending feel.

It’s still deinitely a low-slung and aggressive pursuit bike rather than a pootler, though, and at just over 3.5lb you’ll be able to create a properly light bike from it with the right kit.


Tube shaping at the rear and a skinny 27.2mm seatpost increase comfort as the hours hammer by, making this a versatile high-velocity ride.

Product Specifications


Name Maxlight XC120 Frame (09)
Brand Kinesis

Weight (kg) 1.63
Frame Material Aluminium
Available Sizes 42 46 50 55cm
Available Colours Black Blue Silver
Head Tube Angle 69.5