Sneak Peek: Kinesis Maxlight Phase

by Barney Marsh 10

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Bruce looks proud

Bruce from Kinesis stopped by last week, and we managed to wrangle a sneak-peek of the new Maxlight Phase out of him: It’s an aluminium frame, designed for trail riding, hooning with your mates etc, so it’s not a head-down XC frame by any stretch of the imagination. It’s got a 67 degree head angle (pretty slack for a 29er/27.5+), 72.3 degree seat angle and 430mm chainstays. Looks like a lot of fun…

DSC_0027There’s a neat little yoke to keep the back end short and stiff, with enough clearance for a 1x chainring. Press fit BB, and some very chunky looking welds.
DSC_0025A neat little brake mount already welded on to save faff. And it’s 148 Boost on the rear to boot!

DSC_0026We rather like the graphics…
DSC_0030Kinesium – It’s a manufacturing process apparently. The frame comes with lots of internal routing for nice clean lines, too.
DSC_0028And some groovy shaped tubes all over the shop. Looks very tidy to us. It’s designed around a 140mm fork – lots of fun.

Price is going to be £399 for the frame, and you should be able to get your paws on one before Christmas, so start asking Santa nicely…

More details on the Phase here

Comments (10)

  1. Nice that. Designed around what size fork?

  2. Was I dim enough to miss that on first read or has there just been a quick edit? 🙂

  3. I’ve pruned for clarity: it’s definitely 148×12 at the back (I’ve been reliably told) 🙂

  4. “and some very chunky looking welds.”

    Is chunky a euphemism for untidy?

    I actually like these. A guide in the Sierra Nevada I rode with loved his old one and one of my mates has one built up for burly duties. A proper throwabout bike

  5. it was all going so well, until: “press-fit BB”

    ahm-oot.

  6. Not that excited about press fit bb either, but could be a nice starting point for a b+ trail machine.

  7. Shame about that top tube

  8. Fugly. Eye of the beholder and all that.

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