Maxlight’s New FF29, er, 29er

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Here are a few pics from Core Bike to cheer up your Monday morning. They show the ‘nearly final’ prototype 29er from Kinesis. Like its stablemates, the Crosslight and Racelight, it’ll be called the Maxlight and should be out late spring. This bike here is unpainted and had stickers glued on it, but the final version will come in three colours.

Near enough how it's going to look. Only it'll have paint...

 

Here's the prototype 29er rigid fork from Kinesis. Full carbon, 490mm, tapered and a claimed 590g. £274.99

 

Production headtube will be a hair longer to fit the taper of tapered forks better

 

Estimated frame weight is 1600g for a 39.5cm frame.

 

Ignore this dropout, it'll change. That's what prototypes are for...

Kinesis UK is very excited about the new bike and reckon it’s going to be a ‘grin inducing… trail destroyer’ for aggressive trail riders. So expect to be able to run 120mm forks and a dropper post if you like. Geometry is a fast 72/74. It’ll come in black, grey and green and will cost £499.99 for the frame, or there’ll be a number of ‘chassis’ part builds which will include the neat carbon rigid fork or an X-Fusion suspension fork. Reynolds carbon trail wheels are also a possibility…

 

Check out www.kinesisbikes.co.uk/products/maxlight for more details in a month…

 

 

Chipps

Singletrack Editor

Chipps wasn’t around for the dawn of mountain biking in the UK, but he likes to claim that he arrived in time for second breakfast (about the time he shows up for work, then…) starting in the bike trade in 1990 and becoming a full time mountain bike journalist at the start of 1994. Over the subsequent quarter century, he has seen mountain bike culture flourish and diversify and bike technology go from rigid steel frames to fully suspended carbon fibre (and sometimes back to rigid steel as well.)

His riding style is best described as ‘medium, wheels on the ground, trail riding’ though he’s been spotted doing everything from endurance downhill racing to 24 hour cross country racing. He favours mid-travel trail bikes and claims to be wheel-size, gear, brake and tyre agnostic. In fact, his garage spans most bicycle flavours, taking in steel hardtails, carbon trail bikes, even a mountain bike tandem, along with road, touring and gravel/cyclocross bikes.

While he’s happy to chat about bikes all day, his real interest is in the people and places that bikes can introduce you to and he talks as fondly about the trails he’s ridden and riders he’s met as the bikes that took him there.

Comments (3)

    Won’t the brake mount require more spoons?

    Near enough how it’s going to look. Only it’ll have paint…
    Shame – I’m not a fan of the look of most Maxlight frames, but this one looks great with graphics-over-raw.

    Any more info on geo? ett, chainstay etc?

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