Just in: Kinesis Crosslight FiveT

A performance cross bike that you can do more than race cyclo cross on

by Jo Burt   March 18, 2010  

Straight out the box from Upgrade is this Kinesis Crosslight FiveT cyclo-cross bike. Looking rather dashing in new graphics the double-butted aluminium frame shows it’s race heritage by sporting weekend friendly features like a flattened top-tube underside for shouldering ease and mud-shy top-routed cabling and yet has twin bottle-mounts and rack/mudguard eyelets for weekday versatility.

Yes this is one of those special British 'cross bikes that with a change of tyres is all ready to go as a commuter bike or, note those rack and bottle cage mounts, to take you off on tour. 

 

Continental 'cross purists might sniff, but it works for us and much as it causes me grief to say it, for the time being at least cyclo cross remains an esoteric branch of cycle sport in old Blighty (although the numbers are growing). So straight from the box at least the added versatility makes sense. although the numbers are growing. 

It's spring (hopefully) and we're testing cyclo cross bikes, what madness is this? Well,  Kinesis and other makers of tell us that these bikes are good sellers all year round something echoed by other cross bike manufacturers too. See there's never a bad time of year to go and play in the mud, or ride to work… or go for a tour. Suggested retail price for the FiveT is £969.99 but even a cursory glance around the interweb suggests you can find it for less, it is also available as a frame only option for those who like to do their own thing.

Component sweeties to lick include a Kinesis carbon fork, 9spd Tiagra shifters and mechs, a Truvativ compact chainset, Tektro Froggleg-style cantilevers, Mavic rims and Kenda tyres, with other bits being unbranded and utilitarian to line the price up well within the melee of the £1,000 battleground, an arena where on first impressions this bike looks to come out fighting hard from the bell (not included). But we’ll put all that out on test in the field. Many many fields.

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given the state of the roads at the moment, a quick bike that takes big tyres looks like a good bet to a lot of people, I reckon.

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posted by John_the_Monkey [422 posts]
19th March 2010 - 8:26

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If active participation in cyclo-cross got ten times greater - and I genuinely doubt that there are that many unhinged people in the country Wink - it would still be a minority sport but the reason we're seeing all these £1,000 cross bikes is that it's a way of making sexy the sensible, practical bikes that everyone ought to be buying. If that's what it takes to convince people to spend £1,000 on a great bike rather than £200 on a piece of c*** then that's good news in my book. As long as you guys point out the inevitable villains that will inevitably crawl out from under stones to exploit the expanding market......

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posted by NickInBath [41 posts]
19th March 2010 - 9:23

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As long as you guys point out the inevitable villains that will inevitably crawl out from under stones to exploit the expanding market...

A £99 gas-pipe 'crosser with pressed steel brakes and plastic levers? put me on the list! Big Grin

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posted by Dave Atkinson [7467 posts]
19th March 2010 - 9:35

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I have a 4t and it's a terrifically versatile bike. I use it to train, Audax (aka cheap sportives!) commute and yes, even CX from time to time. And you can tour it so don't need to buy a bloody touring bike. Good bike and not trendy... Recommended.

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posted by alotronic [284 posts]
19th March 2010 - 23:24

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