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  • Kinesis Aithein owners out there?
  • Premier Icon Fantombiker
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    Looking at buying a aithein frame, anyone got one? Its a long time since I had a aluminium frame…..

    I was going to build it up for a winter bike. Our club rides don’t slow down in winter so I need a racey bike for winter. I was going to put the crudguards on it and to counteract the expected harshness I was going to put a carbon post and run 25mm tyres…anyone do this?


    Premier Icon JoB
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    you’d be hard pushed to get 25mm tyres and Crud guards in there, it’s tight as it is with 25s in the rear

    it’s racey, that’s for sure, a carbon post might help a bit

    Premier Icon jamesr
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    I think rather than compromising with an Aithein, I’d get a TK3 or whatever the latest incarnations is called.
    Great frame: light, stiff, good handling and room for proper guards and big tyres.

    Premier Icon mtbtomo
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    I’ve run one in winter but without guards.

    And I wouldn’t say it was particularly harsh. Firm yes, but harsh no.

    Kinesis do other frames if you want 25mm tyres and guards though. Why do people think Kinesis; think good value frames and then try to make the Kinesis race frame into a winter bike? You just wouldn’t do it on a big brand race bik….or would you??? So why do it with the Aithein?

    I’ve got one cos I’m happy to make do without mudguards and don’t want the compromise of a heavier not as racey frame – I haven’t even tried the Aithein with 23mm tyres and crudguards though there are some in the spares box.

    But they’re ace frames and Kinesis warranty back up is excellent!

    Premier Icon mtbmatt
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    I don’t find mine harsh at all. I did 1100km in 4 days and didn’t have any discomfort.
    People expect to it be harsh as thats what they are told aluminium is like, but I have ridden carbon bikes that are more uncomfortable.

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