Boasting a comprehensive bike range that already includes a gravel adventure bike, Kinesis recognised the need for an adventure mountain bike. In stepped brand ambassador, Emma Ossenton. Armed with some cartoon-like drawings, she designed what would quickly be known as the Fernweh.
The development of Kinesis' brand-new Ti-framed adventure MTB was tumultuous, to say the least, thanks to the impact of COVID-19 delaying its launch, and its stranglehold on the supply chain. However, the team was determined and now the bike will be shown at this year's COREbike show, with it becoming available to buy in April.
Dubbed Fernweh (German for far-sickness), the new adventure bike is built to munch miles far off the beaten track and, as such, it can accommodate 29-inch wheels with tyres up to three inches wide. This choice was made to help cope with the square edges often found in German concrete tracks.
The Fernweh is then offered with the option of a Columbus Futura Adventure Carbon fork and it can be fitted with a suspension fork with 80mm of travel.
While simple at first glance, it gets some cool tech such as the extended seat stays that are welded to the top tube - similar to what we saw on the GT Aggressor. When combined with the specially designed yoke, this adds a welcomed touch of flex.
For ease of servicing, it's built with external cable routing with flat-mount brakes and there's routing for a dropper post. The Fernweh is built with a euro threaded 73mm bottom bracket, 148mm Boost rear hub spacing and it comes in five sizes from XS up to XL.
The Kinesis Fernweh will retail at £2,400.
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