Tripster ATR finally built up – lush!
eshoote has a twitter feed @1loveMountains , that’s the sort of trip we all dream of doing on our tripsters but a 10 mile run along the coast t’night to Gatehouse of Fleet for a pint will have to do me for the moment, got to make the most of this glorious sunshine and i guess i’d best keep hydrated with a beer or two as it’s 20? at the moment. 😉
We Love Mountains blog/website here , well worth a look and a bookmark for all us wannabe travellersPosted 3 years agobirdageMember
DrP, rode most of the SDW a few weeks ago. ATR was great but must of got close to losing some of my fillings. Wasn’t till I got to Washington and let my tyre pressure down a bit that it became fun!
Used a frame bag, old Carra barley and dry bag on the bars. Worked really well. Loving the bike packing pics!Posted 3 years ago
Mine came on Monday. 51cm.Posted 3 years ago
Had a quick 5 mile spin Monday night and changed the stem straight after to an 80mm I had lying about.
Done a 15mile loop today and it felt much better. It’s the first “road type” bike I’ve had since I was about 9 and I think it’s going to be well used.
As mentioned the gearing is quite high? I’ve ordered a 12-30 cassette to ease climbing.
It’s like a road bike that likes to go off-road!BuzzlightyearMember
I am 178cm, I have a 56 equilibrium and also felt it was to long, it has a 90mm stem on it now. My 54 tripster with its 100mm stem is pretty much exactly the same length as my equilibrium, I can put them next to each other and take some pics if it will help? I’m really glad I went for the 54, the 57 would have been way to long and the head tube would have put me sky high. The 54 actually has a 55 tt and 54 st, the 56 equilibrium has a 56 tt and 53 st.Posted 3 years ago
Just tonked the 22 miles home on mine tonight from work. Tailwind, sunshine, quiet lanes, dry roads. Happy days.
My 28c GP4Seasons were waiting for me when I got back, so will probably pop them on for the weekend. The 25c Gatorskins have been fine – fast, grippier than people suggest, but I’m looking forward to the slightly higher volume and hope the rolling resistance isn’t much more.
Seeing everyone’s setups with knobblies on has me thinking that I *need* to go down that route pretty sharpish too… 😉Posted 3 years ago
I’m amazed and impressed at how much attention (and how many pages) a single bike has got!
I’m not that surprised as the Tripster is very easy to get evangelical about, to be honest the only time i take my Hummer out is to walk the dog round the woods or round the coastal hill path, I’ve used it perhaps once or twice this year for it’s intended use as a mtb and the only reason i don’t take the Tripster round the woods is that i have 28mm Clement’s on it at the moment.
Cracking run t’night round the coastline for a pint at Gatehouse then took the long way back and got home at 10.30pm with the very last of the light, I’ve not had my tea before 11pm any night this week as the weather has been so good that as soon as i finish work bout 6ish it’s a quick 3 mile pedal home, get changed, fill the bottles and head out to play till the light dies or i die through lack of food/energy and then i limp home, knackered and weary but already thinking about where to go the following night.
Here’s couple of so called Gravel bike websites/blogs to look through plus a few other blogs/sites, there’s reviews of various relevant bits of kit you may find interesting.
I’m sure there’s many other sites/blogs so if you find anything interesting please post a link
D’ya think we should rename the thread title now that it’s not about my initial post?, 😀
The All Accommodating Kinesis Tripster ATR Love-In threadPosted 3 years ago
I have SKS Chromoplastics in a 45mm width (700×28-37), they fit over my Clement USH 35mm tyres and i’d doubt you’d get anything bigger under them – i had the stays sized so they fit really snug around the tyre, they were great on the road but mud clearance was an issue off-road, there is a larger 50mm width (700×38-45) which is listed as for Hybrids.
There was someone who posted up a thread recently with regard to custom carbon fibre mudguards – i’d be interested in a set of them.Posted 3 years ago
My carbon road bike got stripped down and sold within months of buying my Tripster. Yes it was a couple of pounds lighter, but the Tripster really smooths out the sort of bumps that a carbon bike skits over and is perfectly quick and sprightly too. It is, however, a totally different riding experience. Mine’s been shod with 25c and 28c road tyres.
I have segment times on Strava that are faster and slower than the carbon bike. Both of my only two current road KOMs were set on the carbon bike, but I pinned it up one of them last weekend on the Tripster and took another couple of seconds off it – it’s a minute and a half, 4% average climb up a narrow lane that steepens to 11% in places. I’m happy with that…
Not that I’ve any experience of it, but I wonder if it’s a bit like wanting a race replica (of sorts) motorbike, hooning around for it and enjoying it, but realising the shortcomings of something like that, probably getting a little older and appreciating that something a little more refined / less specialist / less racy would let you get more out of it. You could argue that unless you’re racing the TT or doing track days or whatever, you don’t need a Fireblade or a GT3. It’s no reason not to have one or that they’re not brilliant at what they do, but would something else actually be more rewarding for the sort of cycling / motorbiking / driving that you’re doing. Not very eloquently put, sorry.Posted 3 years ago
I Loved my Carbon Cube (And my Fireblade 😀 ) but it was a bit of a “one trick pony” and only came out on nice days where I didn’t have to carry anything….. which basically meant club runs.
If it was wet/damp or I needed to carry anything, then I ended up on the Langster single speed (With Rack and raceblades) or on the cargo bike.
I figured the Tripster would be the equal of the cube in terms of feelgood factor but so much more bike too, and with me on it not really any slower 😳
It`ll be practical for more of the riding I actually do, rather than more of the riding that advertisers want us to believe we do 😉
I`m never going to race, but if I do want to try and hang with the fast group on a club run I may still have a chance on the ATR if I can ever get fit enough !!
EDIT: Oh and mine shipped today so hopefully it`ll turn up tomorrow !!Posted 3 years ago
I cant wait to try it out 😀
(I only just held off on ordering the second set of wheels today too, but I suspect that`ll be the next purchase along with a wider range cassette)
Thanks cr500dom, much better put! It seemed daft to me that the bike I was riding most had the crappiest kit on it. My high days and dry days carbon bike had Dura Ace and fancy dan bits, and got used a fraction of the time. I don’t care that the Ultegra kit on the Tripster gets grotty in the winter and wears out. That’s because I use it all the time.
You will enjoy yours 🙂
EDIT: 2nd set of wheels? I tried that too – just stick the good ones on, enjoy them and replace when they need it. Life’s too short…Posted 3 years agoadshSubscriber
Hmmmm it’s tempting as I live in the Chilterns and really do quite a lot of ‘gravel’.
But I like higher volume tyres on my HT, found 1.9s painful, can’t imagine rigid fork as find some bits too harsh with a fork locked out (and that has an inch or so of give) so a light HT works better for me.
Anyone care to do the Ridgeway at some point from Goring to Avebury and back – about 90miles and nothing more than ruts.Posted 3 years ago
Well it arrived this morning !!Posted 3 years ago
Happy is an understatement, this thing is fantastic !
It’s just so comfortable and what DrP said is so true, you can just hoon along the road and turn off-road at the same pace and it just goes off up the track like a rocket !!
I never thought it would be this good over mixed terrain, and I haven’t even pushed it yet…..
I don’t regret selling the carbon road bike at all, this is miles better for the real world riding that I actually do
Oh and Gtth…. I wanted a second set of wheels for ease of swapping between 28c Conti 4 seasons and Small block 8s or other CX tyres depending what I was doing that day 😀
Might just treat myself to a second set of wheels so I can have them set up tubeless with a chunky off-road tyre ready to swap out my existing road set-up, at that price it’d be impossible to build better myself. If I keep to the same wheels then I have no probs with disc alignment.Posted 3 years ago
2 Tubeless valves £10, a £2.50 roll of 1″ gorilla tape and a small bottle of stans or suchlike fluid. I clean the rim bed with isopropyl alcohol wipes then lay the tape into the rim bed as I spin the wheel in the frame, press it down with a thin rounded tyre lever to make sure it’s well stuck down. Complete one revolution, then take a scalpel and as you spin the wheel lay the scalpel gently into the rim bead to cut away any excess tape as you don’t want tape interfering with the tyre bead seal. Cut a small x in the valve hole and insert your tubeless valve and do it up tight but not too tight, fit tyre, squirt in approx 80ml of fluid and inflate – job done for less than £20 with a roll of gorilla tape left over for all sorts of odd jobs.
I’ve done it that way in one form or another for over 10 years, some tyres are a really slack fit on the kinesis rims so try and only do it with tyres that are a tight fit.Posted 3 years ago
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