Kinesis has just launched their latest electric bike, the drop bar, gravel going, Range adventure e-bike. Kitted out with a Fazua motor just like their Rise mountain e-hardtail, the aluminium adventure bike gets added power and large tyre clearance too.
Following on from the launch of the first e-bike, the Rise mountain bike, Kinesis say the new Range features a premium aluminium frameset based on their already established adventure platform. Again, as with the mountain bike, they have chosen to pair the Range with a Fazua Evation motor, which they say has a smooth, natural way of delivering the power and is lightweight too.
The Fazua motor provides up to 400W of assistance over three modes with a 250wh battery. Above the legal 15.5mph limit, the Fazua motor disengages from your bike and becomes unnoticeable so Kinesis say. If you'd rather pedal without the motor and battery inside the bike there is the option to remove it and add a blanking plate, sealing off the cavity of the downtube so this can become a relatively 'normal' gravel bike. Kinesis claim that the battery and motor unit weight 1.38kg and the full weight of the bike (size medium) is 15kg, leaving you with a 13.62kg bike to pedal if you do take the power away.
Kinesis chose to do away with the clunky bar remote from Fazua and integrate the controls into the top tube as seen on the Rise e-MTB. This means that you'll need to take your hands from the bars to alter the setting or mode of the motor.
There is currently one specification of bike available which will retail at £3,500. For that money, you'll be getting a carbon fork with rack mounting options and an alloy frame that is rear rack and mudguard compatible plus capable of taking up to a whopping 700 x 50c tyres.
There is a 1x SRAM Apex drivetrain, Apex hydraulic brakes, Kinesis own brand Sector GCe E-Specific 700c wheels that are shod with WTB Riddler 45c tyres and Ritchey bars, stem and seatpost, topped off with a Selle Italia saddle. Lastly, if you want, you can spec integrated lights on the bike from Lezyne for added extra cash.
To finish off the bike comes in one of the coolest paint job's we've seen in a while, Kinesis call it Galactic Iridescent and it's rad! You can get a commuter e-bike with flat bars too, its called the Range Fitness e-bike and will cost £3,150 for a bike specced with a carbon fork a Shimano 1x10 Deore groupset and a similar finishing kit to the gravel bike.
Kinesis says stock is due April 2020 but the brand are accepting orders for the limited first run now. Alternatively, they say visit your local Kinesis dealer who will be able to take your order. Bikes will also be available to view and test ride at the London Bike Show (ExCel, 27th-29th March, 2020) and London E-Bike Festival (Evolution London, 2nd-3rd May 2020).
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