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New tapered head tube and carbon Tracer fork for the updated Kinesis Gran Fondo Ti

by David Arthur   July 25, 2013  

Kinesis Bikes have updated their Gran Fondo titanium frame with a new tapered head tube, machined from a single billet of titanium, and a carbon fibre fork that accomodates 28mm tyres with full-length mudguards.

The new carbon fibre Tracer fork has a tapered steerer tube and and along with the new headtube should improve steering accuracy over the previous model. More importantly, the new fork has extra clearance so it can take full-length mudguards with 28mm tyres, addressing our main criticism of the original bike when we reviewed it.

Kinesis have also made a few other tweaks. The bottom bracket has been lowered to increase stability at speed, and the top tube has a new ovalised profile which they say improves lateral stiffness.

Aside from those changes, the rest of the frame is unchanged. That’s a good thing, when we tested it a few years ago we found it to “deliver the goods on speed, lightness, comfort and longevity,” the crucial aspects you want in a bike built for long-distance comfort and speed.

The new frame still carries the subtle finish of the original as well, with a hand-brushed 3AL/2.5V titanium tubeset with smart white decals on the down tube, seat tube and top tube. The new carbon fork has a matching white decal as well.

There’s the same gently curved seat stays  and oversized chainstays to balance the demands of power transfer and comfort. It’s very neatly finished with tidy welds in evidence, with double passed welds in higher stress areas.

Our test sample has arrived with a £2,069.99 Shimano Tiagra build, with a compact 50/34 FSA Vero chainset and Tektro R317 long drop caliper brakes. A Shimano R501 wheelset, WTB tyres and FSA and Kinesis components complete the bike. Alternatively you can buy the frame and fork for £1,499 and build it yourself.  The complete bike weight on our scales is 9.23kg (20.34lb).

The frame is available now with a choice of five sizes (51, 54, 57, 60, 63cm).

The original was extremely well received and we have high hopes for this updated version. The bike is currently out on the roads being tested so we’ll have a full review soon.

www.kinesisbikes.co.uk

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Interesting that this is price increase makes it the same as the Starley stainless steel (news item today). Catering for similar markets I think and I can't help thinking its now a little overpriced in comparison, (heavier, shorter warranty)

Still, possibly gives buyers an opportunity to get the mark 1 GF ti at a discount, which, IME, is a great bike. I think speccing with heavy wheels and tiagra for the review will not show this bike off to it's full potential. It really flies with carbon wheels & crankset and is more than a match for most other bikes at this price in terms of comfort and pace..

Looking forward to the review

posted by 700c [524 posts]
25th July 2013 - 11:54

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I managed to pick up a Mk I frame a couple of months ago for £700 Big Grin This meant I could up-spec the wheels and groupset. She look good:

http://www.flickr.com/photos/stepney/sets/72157632926286250/

Rode it on La Marmotte this year, and she went like a dream both up and down hill.

posted by djtrax [22 posts]
25th July 2013 - 13:02

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Looks a lot better with a black fork rather than that painted silver fork.

posted by amazon22 [150 posts]
25th July 2013 - 13:06

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djtrax wrote:
I managed to pick up a Mk I frame a couple of months ago for £700 Big Grin This meant I could up-spec the wheels and groupset. She look good:

http://www.flickr.com/photos/stepney/sets/72157632926286250/

Rode it on La Marmotte this year, and she went like a dream both up and down hill.

Wow, looks nice. It definitely deserves decent wheels. £700 is an absolute bargain for that frame

posted by 700c [524 posts]
25th July 2013 - 19:50

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'we found it to “deliver the goods on speed, lightness, comfort and longevity,” the crucial aspects you want in a bike built for long-distance comfort and speed.'

D Oh

posted by mcaley [5 posts]
25th July 2013 - 22:23

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djtrax wrote:
I managed to pick up a Mk I frame a couple of months ago for £700 Big Grin This meant I could up-spec the wheels and groupset. She look good:

http://www.flickr.com/photos/stepney/sets/72157632926286250/

Rode it on La Marmotte this year, and she went like a dream both up and down hill.

Nice bike!!

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posted by Martin Thomas [566 posts]
25th July 2013 - 23:23

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nice job with the white electrical tape on the bars.... Smile

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posted by jezzzer [339 posts]
26th July 2013 - 2:05

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