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New Kinesis Tripster AT is happy on-road or off, with big wheels or small

1 Jun 2017

British designed all terrain frameset with input from racing legend Mike Hall

Having stumped up the time and cash to host a bunch of recent adventure style events, including The Distance and the fearsome 200 kilometre Dirty Reiver, the team at Kinesis have definitely been getting out and about of late. It’s perhaps no surprise then that their designers have also been busy harvesting all their experience with the aim of adding a new off-road platform to the brand’s line-up.

The result of their efforts is the ultra versatile new Tripster AT.

Subscribing to the adage that it’s better to have, and not need, than to need, and not have, the Tripster AT packs in the compatibility to cover a huge range of potential set-up options.

Chief among its features is the capacity to swap between standard 700c and smaller 650b wheels. This opens up a huge range of tyre options, along with the ability tackle everything from road work and commute duties, to covering the gnarliest terrain you’d conceivably attempt on a drop bar bike.

Borrowing the proven geometry of the brand’s Tripster ATR titanium model, but rendered in aluminium to keep down the cost, the frame has been tested to rigorous CEN mountain bike standards, meaning it shouldn’t buckle whatever nonsense you might choose to employ it for.

With adventure riders requiring the option to transport their kit into the wilderness, the capacity to fit and carry the latest bike-packing gear was a key design concern.

‘The new frame boasts profiles designed for better fitting of bike packing bags and withstanding the rigors of heavy off-road abuse when the frame is loaded for travel,' explained Kinesis Brand Manager, Rory Hitchens.

'It is a truly versatile frameset that’s as at home on the commute as it is UK bridleways or the biggest of rough-road adventures.'

Other practical touches in evidence include triple bottle cage bosses with dual position downtube mounting for reach and frame-bag versatility, a 27.2 diameter seat post, along with rack and mudguard mounts and a threaded BSA bottom bracket shell.

The bike also features both front and rear thru-axles.

In the months before his untimely death adventure racing legend Mike Hall, founder of the Transcontinental, collaborated with the brand on the detailing of the bike.

‘Mike brought some of his bike-packing knowledge to the Tripster AT and most noticeably he designed all the graphical details in close consultation with Kinesis UK’s in-house designer Matt Gray,’ added Hitchens.

‘This frame was to have been the starting point for what was to become a more involved relationship working on his own bike design ideas.'

His input is acknowledged by a small decal on the frame.

The Tripster AT frameset and corresponding carbon fork is available in either Arran blue or Seeon yellow for £700, while a SRAM Rival1 build kit and Kinesis CX V4 wheelset will add another £1000.

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