All new geometry on this fantastic TI frame gives a sporty feel alongside comfort and stability
Low, stable BB. Long HT. More relaxed HA. Designed for use with shorter stem lengths
Clearance for up to 40mm tyres and full 45mm mudguards
530g, monocoque, UD carbon, taper-steerer fork with hose-clip
Welded rack and ‘guard mounts.
• Seat Post: 31.6mm.
• Seat Post clamp: 34.9mm.
• front mech : Band-on 34.9.
• BB: 68mm. British.
• Headset: Integrated, 41.8ø upper, 51.8ø lower, for taper head tube. FSA No.42/ACB
•Sizes: 48cm- 51cm – 54cm – 55.5cm - 57cm – 60cm
This high quality, disc brake ready, Titanium frame is built in the same factory as our highly praised Racelight GF_Ti frame.
Headset included with frame.
Both bearings are ‘ACB’, meaning ‘Angular Contact Bearings’. The head-tube seat angle is 45º.
The headset drops into a tapered seat in the head tube and is tensioned using a headset tensioner within the fork steerer. Tensioning the headset centres it on the taper and prevents any play. The larger lower bearing allows a tapered steerer and larger crown. This gives sharper response and helps reduce flex under braking.
TAPER HEAD TUBE: Machined from Ti billet. The 1.5″ lower bearing allows a tapered fork steerer and larger crown. This gives sharper response and helps reduce flex under braking. Increased head tube dia. gives more weld area at the most highly stressed point.
Ti3AL/2.5V: An aerospace grade alloy, 94% titanium, 3% aluminum and 2.5% vanadium. This is one of the strongest alloys of titanium available in a seamless tube form.
CWSR: ‘Cold Worked Stress Relieved’ tubing. The tubing is shaped cold and then goes through a process to remove the stresses built up within the tube during forming.
SKELETON-MOUNT: This disc mount was specially developed for the Kinesis Tripster ATR, it is light, tough and suitable for post-mount type callipers. I.S. mount can be fitted using an adaptor.
‘ANTI ROAD SHOCK’ SEAT STAYS: The ‘hourglass’ bend, seat stays are shaped to give maximum comfort for long hours in the saddle.
Review Submission by Stu Edwards
So I've had a Tripster ATR for about 18 months now....what can I say apart from wow! If there was one bike I had to keep and get rid of all the others this may be it.
I'm into audax and long bikepacking type endurance rides and where I live in Tasmania there is plenty of mixed terrain. This bike excels every time! It is as much of a road bike as I would ever need and sheds the gravel, its not to bad on the singletrack either!
Since owning it I rode Paris Brest Paris on it last year in 72hours and got off feeling as fresh as a daisy! (ok that's a little lie, but the ride titanium gives you is amazing). I then rode it on the Japanese Odyssey 3000km bikepacking event (bit like the TCR) and again it was faultless. This year it will see some more Japanese roads on the 2nd edition of the Japanese Odyssey and maybe the Indian Pacific Wheel Race (Perth - Sydney) in early 2017. The Tour Divide is also on my radar and to be honest I think the Tripster would do just fine, but if Kinesis would like an 'ambassador' to ride a Sync then I'd love to hear from you* (*shameless plug, if you don't ask you don't get) :-)
This bike puts a smile on my face when I ride it! :-)
If I could change one thing on this bike (and i'm sure you've thought of this for future models) is that that it would have thru-axles.
p.s. i'd like to change my rating to 4.99 stars.... that is because the decals on the down-tube came off.... it was nothing to do with several thousand km of 'sand blasting' from gravel roads...honest guv. Anyway I 'de-badged' it. So now its a 'stealth' tripster and people have to ask what it is...still looks pretty sick though. :-)e.
This is a capable and beautiful titanium all-rounder that offers a great ride on or off road.
Out on the open road it had no problem keeping up with a group of slick-tyred roadies,
and when the tarmac ended, that long wheelbase and low bottom bracket gave our novice off-roader the confidence to keep up with the faster MTB riders.
If you ever worried 40mm tyres were slow, think again.
Some credit for that must also go to the fantastic brakes which have a unique, and much-loved lever shape.
No doubt about it, the Tripster is exactly the kind of bike we’d like to own – confident, fun-loving and versatile thanks to its copious ground clearance and rack mounts.
With a frame and fork starting at £1,500, it needn’t be all that expensive either, although the build here has really sparked our imagination.
The Tripster inspires confidence whatever the road surface, and has enough tyre clearance to really play it fast and loose….
…it opened our eyes to how much great riding we’ve missed on our doorstep, which is exactly what these bikes are all about.
“Tripster ATR frameset must be on your shortlist.”
…the Tripster is well equipped to handle weekdays to work and pretty much anything else at the weekend.
Clearly, this ATR has been designed to last.
We’ve built our test frame into a fast, do-it-all machine with big volume slicks, carbon disc wheels and cockpit from Zipp and a Brooks saddle.
It’s slightly eclectic, and it certainly isn’t a cheap build, but it weighs in at less than 9kg (58cm) and its range of abilities is simply incredible.
…a lower bottom bracket than a ’crosser which makes it stable and swift handling on-road but get off the beaten path and the slightly
more relaxed ’cross-derived head angle makes it comfortable over bumps and rough surfaces.
With hundreds of miles beneath its wheels already, the Tripster ATR is a frameset we’d be happy to use anywhere: on towpaths and byways and even off-road trails with the right tyres. With a set of slicks fitted, we’d be happy to take it on an audax or tour, too. If you are looking for a true do-everything bike with exciting levels of performance, then the beautifully put together
If you love mixed riding and want something that’s exotic, light, fast and versatile, look no further.
KinesisUK, Decade Tripster ATR: British-designed bike for all conditions
There’s no denying that cyclo-cross, gravel, do-it-all bikes are really taking off at the moment. These machines try to tick as many boxes, and offer as much versatility, as possible.
It’s clear that much love has been put into this frame. The tapered head tube is a thing of real beauty, with the head badge machined directly into a solid piece of billeted 3al/2.5v titanium.
This careful attention to detail is evident throughout, all the way from the neat welds, to the curving, flowing, tapered lines, and precisely applied graphics.
What gives this bike the edge over its competition is the amount of clearance; it allows you to run up to 40mm tyres with mudguards — the equivalent of a thin mountain bike tyre.
That’s a big nod towards the versatility of this bike.
The hand-built Kinesis CX Disc wheels were a revelation in terms of their lightness, yet were surprisingly very robust. They’re not suitable for very skinny tyres, but everything else should work well.
The fast acceleration of the bike was instantly apparent — and surprising given that I was using 38mm tyres.
A long head tube and big clearance at the fork means the cockpit of the bike is high, creating a more upright riding position.
The long wheelbase provides a surefooted platform; nonetheless, the steering is direct and agile enough to inspire confidence on urban jaunts.
This bike is expensive, but you do get what you pay for. It is a fine example of good design and quality workmanship.
What’s more, it really will last you, and we’re talking decades — if you look after it.
As a bike to simply enjoy riding — whatever, wherever and without worrying — it’s great.
… if you enjoy a variety of cycling and only want one bike for everything, this is really worth considering.
Overall: a great bike to have in the shed
Realistically, not that many of us are going to be doing much gravel racing in the UK, which is the sort of racing the R in ATR most closely matches. Neither are many of us about to set off on a big adventure to far-flung places, although I've no doubt that this bike would be a capable companion. But if you're looking for a bike for Audaxes, Touring and general Ranting about the ATR is a brilliantly capable bike. 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. It's not one bike for everything, but it's certainly one bike for the n+1 list.
Capable and beautiful titanium all-rounder with a great ride