Sunday, 1 July 2012

Kinesis Crosslight Build

The Crosslight FiveT frame is a true all round performer, it’s a superb ‘crosser with many of the features of the EVO4. Its got clearance for 3 rings, twin bottle mounts and rack and mudguard eyelets, the ‘Crosslight3’ and ‘PureCX’ forks have eyelets too, should you want to take it touring or commuting.

Order your choice of frame size/colour and fork option, built up with our new spec. high quality build kit below.

Bike Build List
Crankset: Shimano Tiagra 50/34
BB: Shimano Tiagra
Levers: Shimano Tiagra 10sp
Rear Mech: Shimano Tiagra
Front Mech: Shimano Tiagra
Cassette: Shimano Tiagra 10sp 12-28
Chain: Shimano Tiagra 10sp
Wheels: Shimano R500
Tyres: Maxxis RAZE 700x33C DK 60TPI
Headset: FSA Orbit
Brakes: Tektro CR-520 Black (Frog Leg style)
Saddle: Selle San Marco ‘Ponza Power Lux’
Handlebar: FSA Vero Compact 31.8 420mm
Grip: Black Cork Tape
Stem: FSA OS 190, 31.8, 100mm
Seatpost: K-UK Alloy 27.2 350mm.

Online Reviews and Articles Below

Lots of fun and change from £1,000
The Kinesis Crosslight FiveT is billed as an all-rounder. We’ve spent a month in its company, so what did we find?

The frame is well thought out…the top tube flattens at its junction with the seat tube for easy shouldering, a feature that may prove as useful to urban users carrying bikes into apartments and offices as to cross-ers.

We were pleased to see a set of Shimano R500 wheels rather than a generic brand. They rolled smoothly and met any challenges thrown their way

Kinesis UK supply two sets of tyres with the FiveT, for road and cross. On the tarmac, the Ryder Freedom rubber was comfortable… The Maxxis Raze 33c cross tyres were excellent on grass, gravel fire roads, and rutted tracks of hard packed dirt.

Full marks to Kinesis for a full Tiagra drivetrain on a £999 bike. The compact bar quite made the bike for us; the final piece in a jigsaw begun with the high fork crown and short head tube. Its shallow drop offered comfort and was perfectly adequate for the limited need for aerodynamic positioning when riding off-road.

We had a lot of fun on the FiveT, which easily met the limited off-road challenges presented by fields, fire roads, and dirt tracks….billed as a bike on which to ‘commute now, and cross later’, and if you’re seeking a machine that will accommodate a little off-road action on the ride home, it’s hard to beat…. for traffic-cheating short cuts on the way home, and options for something more adventurous, it’s just the ticket.
Hard to have more fun with change from a grand, we’d say.

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