First Look: Kinesis Tripster AT complete bike
Kinesis' Tripster AT has been something of a UK gravel, adventure and bikepacking stalwart since it was launched, with a versatile aluminium frame and geometry that allows it to turn its hand to almost anything. This updated version now comes with a rake-adjustable Columbus fork as well as a fully-built option.
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Designed with input from the late and legendary adventure cyclist Mike Hall, the Tripster AT is designed to balance fully laden, mixed-surface handling with big-mile ability. To that end, it's coated in rack, bottle and guard mounts and the gaudy colour scheme is designed to stand out and make you much more visible, with graphics that are designed to work when you're using bikepacking bags.
Our colleagues over at road.cc have tested the Tripster AT before, but this latest version now gets a Columbus Futura Cross carbon fibre fork with adjustable flip chips to change the fork offset (or rake in the roadie world) from 47mm to 52mm, allowing you to increase the stability for fully loaded travel or liven it back up as you see fit.
You'd have to build your own Tripster AT in the past too, but now distributor Upgrade has this complete bike on offer, which comes with a mostly SRAM Apex groupset save for a Rival rear mech. There are hydraulic disc brakes (on flat mounts) and a wide range 11-42T 11-speed cassette paired to a single 40T ring, all controlled the pointy-hooded brifters, which we do like. Most of the finishing kit is from Ritchey, with gently flared aluminium Evomax Comp bars, plus matching stem and post.
Kinesis provides it's own Crosslight V5 tubeless wheelset and that's shod in Schwalbe G-One All Round Race Guard 700x38c tyres, which sadly aren't tubeless ready. You can stuff in up to a 45mm tyre with 700c rims or a chunky 52mm with 650b wheels if you like.
As specced, the Tripster AT will cost £2,200 and Upgrade has stock in now. We'll be giving this bike a full review soon too...