Looking for a highly capable bike suited to commuting, gravel riding or multi-day off-road adventures without spending a fortune? Step forward the brand new Kinesis Tripster AT, the UK company’s follow-up to its successful titanium Tripster ATR.
The new Tripster AT uses an aluminium frame and carbon fork and sells for £699, or you can get a full SRAM Rival 1 build for £1,699. Kinesis has considerable experience with aluminium and it shows in this frame, from the curved downtube providing stiffness to the chainstay yoke to ramp up the tyre clearance, and neat multi-port internal cable routing.
Tyre clearance is generous, with space for 700 x 45c or 650b x 52c tyres. It’ll also take a 40mm tyre when using full-length mudguards. Disc brake calipers are bolted to frame and fork via flat mount and thru-axles feature at both ends.
Geometry is the same as the Tripster ATR, so expect a longer wheelbase and slacker head angle than a road bike, and a choice of seven sizes from 48 to 63cm.
Kinesis UK_Tripster AT_Arran Blue_studio_107_Complete Bike SRAM Rival.jpg, by Dave Arthur
Kinesis UK_Tripster AT_Arran Blue_studio_8.jpg, by Dave Arthur
There are mudguard mounts on the frame and fork, and rack mounts on the frame, but we expect most potential customers would be looking at the growing range of bikepacking bags, which the frame has been designed around. There’s extra space in the front triangle with multiple bottle cage positions and a third on the underside of the down tube, the top tube has been flattened to provide extra frame pack stability. Even the head tube graphics have been positioned so as not to be concealed by the straps of a frame pack.
Kinesis UK_Tripster AT_South Downs 6am Mist__DSC7255.jpg, by Dave Arthur
“It is a truly versatile frameset that is as at home on the commute as it is UK bridleways or the biggest of rough-road adventures. It’s a bike to inspire the fast-growing desire for bike packing and offers true versatility for self-build projects, upholding the Kinesis UK moto ‘Dream-Build-Ride’” says Kinesis UK.
You have a choice of two colours, Arran Blue and Seeon Yellow. The former is inspired by the colours of the Isle of Arran and the latter was inspired by a desire to provide a neon bright colour that will ensure you’re seen in any light and on any road.
Kinesis UK_Tripster AT_Roots manoeuvre_DSC7879.jpg, by Dave Arthur
The new Tripster AT is going to be available in July and you can see it in the flesh at the Adventure Festival in the Lake District this weekend. You can read more about the Tripster AT over at www.kinesisbikes.co.uk/Catalogue/Models/Adventure/Tripster-AT
Our friends at road.cc have had a chat with Kinesis brand manager Bruce Dalton about the new bike and all its key details in the video below.
Unboxing the brand new Kinesis Tripster AT aluminium adventure bike, by Dave Arthur