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Kinesis GF Ti Disc review

19 Apr 2017
Verdict:

A fantastic frame with enjoyable yet secure ride feel

Cyclist Rating: 
Price: 
£1,999 frameset; £3,393 as built
For 
Versatile • instantly comfortable geometry • tough construction
Against 
Slightly dull road feel • mechanical disc brakes • wide-spaced crank arms

Kinesis has been making the GF Ti (Gran Fondo Ti) for many years and the GF Ti Disc is the latest version of a model that is widely – and rightly – seen as a classic, with the big difference of course being the inclusion of disc brakes.

The GF Ti is aimed towards riders who love big rides and are looking for versatility with mudguard mounts and rack mounts that could make their bike an all-rounder – suitable for the worst winter weather, some touring and even maybe as a super commuter.

The frame is nicely shaped with a hourglass head tube with subtle inset badges and swooping seatstays that are designed to improve comfort.

While our test bike was fitted with a mechanical Ultegra groupset, the internal cable routing is Di2-ready meaning upgrading to electronic shifting would be a doddle should you wish to go that route.

The Ultegra parts are matched with a Turn Zayante chainset that is incredibly stiff, but also has a wide stance that makes heel rub almost inevitable.

Riding is as comfortable as expected and despite being on the heavy side, it still handles the steepest climbs well.

The Racelight wheels are reasonable all-rounders and while the Vee tyres offer plenty of grip, they mute the road and give a slightly inert ride that loses a little of the magic that titanium can provide.

With 25mm tyres fitted the clearance is impressive – there’s space for up to 32mm tyres. Despite the lack of feedback due to the tyres, riding downhill is huge fun as you learn to trust the level of grip on offer.

The Fizik stem and bar are good quality and combined with thick, comfortable bar tape they help give a stable, precise ride that makes it easy and confidence-inspiring to hit sweeping downhill bends.

The mechanical TRP Spyre brakes offer improved braking performance over rim brakes in poor weather, but can’t match the modulation, power or control that hydraulic brakes can offer and in the dry, can’t match a well set- up rim brake.

At this price we’d like to see a hydraulic option as standard. Still, a great bike, that oozes quality and inspires confidence.

Ratings

Frame 9/10; Components 8/10; Wheels 9/10; The ride 9/10

Verdict: The GF Ti is a fantastic frame with geometry that gives it an enjoyable but secure, safe ride feel. Choosing components is part of the Kinesis buying experience, which negates quibbles over the spec of our test bike – the addition of hydraulic disc brakes would make this even more special.

Spec

Frame Custom-drawn 3AL 2.5V titanium
Groupset Shimano Ultegra 6800
Brakes TRP Spyre disc
Chainset Praxis Works Turn Zayante, 50/34
Cassette Shimano Ultegra, 11-28
Bars Fizik Cyrano R3
Stem Fizik Cyrano R1
Seatpost Kinesis Carbon
Saddle Kinesis Elite
Wheels Kinesis Racelight Disc, Vee Apache 25c tyres
Weight 8.75kg
Contact kinesisbikes.co.uk

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