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Kinesis launch disc-equipped Aithein race bike

British brand's lightweight aluminium frame given the disc treatment

Kinesis Bikes have been busy. Following the launch of a sweep of new bikes at the Cycle Show, including the GF_Disc and 4S Disc, Kinesis have launched a third disc-equipped road bike: the Aithein Disc.

The Aithein, if you’re not familiar, is Kinesis’ lightweight aluminium race bike, launched in 2013 and reviewed on RCUK here. The non-disc frame comes in at a featherweight 1,041g, which makes it one of the lightest aluminium frames out there, but this disc version comes in a little heavier at a claimed 1,300g for a 53cm frame. Still, all in all, it’s no heavyweight.

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While the Aithein is pitched as a race bike, you won’t be able to race the disc-equipped bike just yet, and Kinesis have tweaked the geometry a little, which should give the Aithein Disc slightly more stabled, relaxed handling than the non-disc version.

The disc-ready frame has a claimed weight of 1,300g

The Aithein Disc is available in six sizes – from 47cm to 59cm – and, using a 56cm frame as an example, the disc version extends the wheelbase from 998mm to 1005mm, and slackens the headtube angle from 72.75 degrees to 72 degrees.

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The Aithein Disc frame, made from Kinesium tubing, also now has clearance for 28mm tyres and all gear cables are run internally, whereas they’re external on the regular Aithein. The front and rear disc housing also runs internally.

Gear cables and disc hoses run internally on the Kinesis Aithein Disc

Otherwise the frame, which is Di2-ready, retains the tapered headtube and 31.6mm seatpost clamp of the rim brake Aithein.

The inboard rear disc mount is cold forged and accepts the new flat mount disc brake standard (a post mount adapter is included), while the newly-developed carbon fibre fork, which has a claimed weight of 450g, uses the existing post mount standard. The rear wheel spacing is 135mm and both the front and rear use quick releases.

The Kinesis Aithein Disc frameset costs £749.99 and is available in two colours: anodised black and metallic blue.

Meanwhile, Kinesis have also expanded their wheel range with the launch of two new wheelsets: the Racelight Disc and CX Tubular.

The Racelight Disc wheelset comes with a claimed weight of 1,550g (710g front, 840g rear), with an on-trend rim which is tubeless-ready and 24mm wide, with a depth of 22mm. The wheels cost £399.99.


The CX Tubular wheels, meanwhile, have a claimed weight of 1,590g, with a 22m wide and 25mm deep rim. Yours for £299.99.

You can see the full 2016 range – wheels and bikes – on the new Kinesis website.

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