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Kinesis launch aluminium Tripster AT adventure frame – available for £699.99

Launch of affordable Tripster AT follows success of titanium Tripster ATR adventure bike

Kinesis launched the Tripster ATR in 2012 and the forward-thinking titanium machine helped define the burgeoning adventure bike market. The second-generation frame arrived last year and now Kinesis have introduced an aluminium model – the Tripster AT.

Affordability is key here. While the Tripster ATR V2 frame comes in at £1,849.99, the Tripster AT will cost £699.99. In fact, Kinesis will offer a complete Tripster AT bike with SRAM Rival 1 and own-brand Crosslight CX Disc.v4 wheels for £1,699.98 – less than the cost of the titanium frame alone.

Kinesis say the AT shares the same DNA and geometry as the ATR and the geometry is easy to quantify, with the Tripster designed to inspire confidence off-road, while retaining a sense of speed on the tarmac. You’ll find a slack headtube angle (70.5 degrees on a 55.5cm frame), a high bottom bracket to provide plenty of clearance (with a BB drop of 70mm across all frame sizes) and a long wheel base (over a metre on all frame sizes).

Kinesis have introduced the aluminium Tripster AT adventure bike

As for DNA, the Tripster is a machine with a thirst for adventure and that’s obvious from the smaller details. The AT has stacks of tyre clearance – 700 x 45c or 650b x 52c – and you’ll also find mudguard mounts, triple bottle cage mounts and – something which will please home mechanics – a threaded BSA bottom bracket shell.

Kinesis also worked with the late Mike Hall, who tragically died during the Indian Pacific Wheel Race in March, during the development of the Tripster AT. Kinesis say Hall brought his bike-packing knowledge to the AT, while also working with the Sussex-based brand’s designer to develop two new colours: ‘Arran Blue’, inspired by the blue-grey light and wide open spaces found in the Scottish Highlands and the Island of Arran, and ‘Seeon Yellow’, described as ‘an unashamed shouty frame of neon yellow that will get you seen in any light and certainly on the road.’

Kinesis Tripster AT adventure bike
Kinesis Tripster AT adventure bike
Kinesis Tripster AT adventure bike

The frame itself is made from Kinesis’ own hydroformed ‘Kinesium’ tubing, apparently tested to pass the more stringent mountain bike safety standard. Kinesis say the AT’s tube profiles have also been designed to offer better compatibility with bike-packing bags.

“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,” says Kinesis UK’s Rory Hitchens. “It’s a bike to inspire the fast-growing desire for bike-packing and offers true versatility for self-build projects.”

Kinesis say the Tripster AT is designed for adventure

The Tripster AT is available to pre-order now from Kinesis dealers, with stock expected in the second week of July.  The frame will be available in seven sizes (in 48/51/54/55.5/57/60/63cm) and comes with a carbon 12mm thru-axle fork.

Flick through the huge gallery below for more detailed images of the Tripster AT.

Website: Kinesis Bikes

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