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Kinesis CX Race

Kinesis CX Race
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4 Nov 2015

An all-out aluminium racer, the Kinesis CX Race is developed with design input from elite riders.

Founded in 1999, Kinesis has crafted a formidable reputation for building high quality road, mountain bike and cyclocross frames for other leading brands, with significant success on the world stage. More recently the company has begun to build frames bearing its own name, and the CX Race is the culmination of those 15 years of cyclocross experience, designed with input from its roster of elite racers to deliver uncompromising performance.

‘Basically, we’ve removed everything that won’t help you race faster or win,’ says Bruce Dalton of Kinesis UK. ‘I rode cross full time last year and over the season I was getting together a list of things that I thought you must have on a quality cross bike. For example, initially the tubeset was designed to be box shaped, but I knew that would be more difficult to grab when shouldering your bike, so we smoothed out the tube cross section which helped the pick-up but didn’t impact stiffness.’

Stiffness, pedalling efficiency and weight are the key factors for race performance, and they underpin every design choice on the CX Race. Kinesis also appreciates that many cross riders may want to race with more than one bike, so keeping the cost down has been another major priority. ‘You could afford to run two CX Races for the price of one high-end bike from another brand.’ says Dalton. ‘We chose scandium as the frame material due to its weight and stiffness similarities to Toray T800 carbon fibre, so the CX Race has the attributes of a carbon bike at the price of an aluminium one.’

An additional advantage of working with aluminium is the comparative ease of updating a frame’s design when compared to carbon. This means Kinesis has been able keep pace with the rapidly changing trends in cyclocross. ‘The frame is single-chainring optimized, has provisions for Di2 cable routing and offers dual brake compatibility – options for both discs and cantilevers – to offer the rider versatility,’ Dalton says.

It’s a promising combination of value and all-out performance that is likely to win many fans this coming season.

Spec

Kinesis CX Race £549.99 (frame)
Frame Kinesis CX Race
Groupset Sram Force 1
Brakes TRP Spyre SLC disc 
Chainset Turn Zyante
Bars Fizik Carbon Cyrano
Stem Fizik Cyrano R1
Seatpost Kinesis UD
Wheels Reynolds Assault Tubular Disc
Saddle Fizik Tundra 
Weight 8.04kg (57cm)
Contact kinesisbikes.co.uk

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