Kinesis UK has announced the launch of a second generation of its Tripster ATR titanium all-rounder. The Tripster ATR v2 features revised tubing and geometry, internal routing, and compatibility with thru axles and 700c and 650B wheels.
Launched in 2012, the Tripster became one of Kinesis’ best selling models. ATR stands for Adventure-Tour-Race, hinting at Kinesis' aim of making this bike as versatile as possible.
When we reviewed the bike we called it “a capable and beautiful titanium all-rounder with a great ride".
“If you're looking for a bike for Audaxes, touring and general ranting about the ATR is brilliantly capable,” said Dave. “It's lovingly made, the ride quality is excellent and it'll throw its hand at most things with only minimal changes to the build.”
So what’s changed with version two?
“There’s a new custom titanium tubeset featuring an increased gauge on the down tube and a flattened off section of the top tube,” says Kinesis UK. “Additionally, there’s a new rear triangle design incorporating flat mount disc brakes and a new switchable rear dropout system that gives owners the choice of running a 12 x 142mm thru axle or a more traditional 9 x 135mm QR.”
New internal routing accommodates brake and shifter cables/ hoses/Di2 wiring inside the frame. There’s also a third bottle cage mount under the down tube.
Tyre clearance is increased. Kinesis says that it’s now possible to run 700c tyres up to 45mm wide (or 40mm with mudguards) and it’s also possible to run 650B wheels with 2in mountain bike tyres. Kinesis has also released a new straight blade, full carbon, tapered 12mm thru axle fork called the ATR for the Tripster, available separately for £279.99.
Kinesis is supporting the launch of the Tripster V2 with a video featuring Tour Divide record holder and Transcontinental organiser and brand ambassador Mike Hall, shot recently in Wales.
The Tripster ATR v2 (frame only) is available to order now for £1,849.99.
For more info go to www.kinesisbikes.co.uk.
Mat has been in cycling media since 1996, on titles including BikeRadar, Total Bike, Total Mountain Bike, What Mountain Bike and Mountain Biking UK, and he has been editor of 220 Triathlon and Cycling Plus. Mat has been road.cc technical editor for over a decade, testing bikes, fettling the latest kit, and trying out the most up-to-the-minute clothing. We send him off around the world to get all the news from launches and shows too. He has won his category in Ironman UK 70.3 and finished on the podium in both marathons he has run. Mat is a Cambridge graduate who did a post-grad in magazine journalism, and he is a winner of the Cycling Media Award for Specialist Online Writer. Now over 50, he's riding road and gravel bikes most days for fun and fitness rather than training for competitions.