Kinesis has just dropped all of the juicy details on its brand new Tripster ATR V2.0, which features a new titanium frame and modular thru-axle compatible dropouts. Originally launched back in 2012, the Tripster quickly rose to become one of Kinesis’ best-setlling models. The latest version aims to build on the original’s strengths, while updating the tubing and frame geometry, and incorporating modern features.
Standing for ‘Adventure / Tour / Race’, the Tripster ATR is a drop bar bike built with wide tyre compatibility and a lovely titanium frameset. The new frame features an increased gauge on the down tube for strength, and a flattened top tube that allows for a better fit with frame bags. Out back, there’s new flat-mount rear disc brake tabs, and a switchable rear dropout system that gives owners the choice of running 12 x 142mm through axle that come as standard, or a more traditional 9x135mm for QR.
The Kinesis Tripster ATR V2 Features:
- Ti3AL/2.5V Titanium tubing
- Billet Machined tapered head tube
- Shimano flat mount rear brake tabs
- Switchblade dropouts for 142x12mm thru-axle and 10x135mm QR compatibility
- Di2 ready
- Internal cable routing
- Welded triple bottle cage and rack mounts
- Welded rack and ‘guard mounts, triple bottle cage mounts.
- Seatpost: 31.6mm
- Seat clamp: 34.9mm
- Front derailleur: 34.9mm band clamp
- Bottom bracket: 68mm British Threaded.
- Headset: Integrated, 41.8ø upper, 51.8ø lower, for taper head tube. FSA No.42/ACB
- Frame sizes: 48cm- 51cm – 54cm – 55.5cm – 57cm – 60cm – 63cm
- RRP: £1849 (frame only)
Up front on the Tripster ATR is a stunning integrated tapered head tube. Machined from a single billet of Titanium, the curves on this are something else. Complete with Kinesis etchings that, unlike stickers, will last the life of the frame. Class.
Along with the new Tripster ATR frame, Kinesis has also introduced a brand new straight blade, full carbon, tapered 12mm through axle fork. Also called the ATR, this lovely looking carbon fork will be available separately for £279.99.
The Kinesis ATR fork features a 12mm thru-axle and flat mount disc brake tabs. There’s heaps of mud clearance built in, and you can fit up to a 700x45c tyre, or if you’re running 650b hoops, you’ll be able to squeeze in a 47c wide tyre. Rake is 45mmm, and Kinesis claims the full carbon fork weighs 550 grams including the supplied 12mm thru-axle.
Speaking of tyre clearance, the Tripster ATR V2 frame gets a little more flexibility out back too. Like the fork, there’s room for up to a 700x45c tyre, and a 650b wheel will yield you enough clearance to get a 2.0in wide mountain bike tyre in. So that gives you a whole load of options for wheel and tyre setup.
Other changes over the previous Tripster ATR frame includes a provision for internal cable routing, including Di2 compatibility. To improve the Tripster ATR’s long distance capabilities, Kinesis has also added a 3rd bottle cage under the downtube. Along with the added tyre clearance and the revised downtube that will stow a frame bag more comfortably, this looks to be a speedy bike for bikepacking-lite adventures.
According to Bruce Dalton of Kinesis; “Right from the beginning in 2012, the Tripster surprised us with how popular it was and how much people enjoyed building them and riding them. They’ve always been fun to ride, capable and tough and people have taken them on some amazing adventures all over the world, like adventurer Ed Shoote from We Love mountains . We’ve given the Tripster a thorough re-design for this new V2 model. Customers and our ambassadors were telling us they wanted an even more capable and versatile bike to help them do more adventurous riding but with all of the qualities they loved about the original. We’ve worked long and hard on making the v2 an even better bike and we’re really pleased with the end result”.
Long-distance hard man and all-round cycling legend, Mike Hall, has been putting the new Kinesis Tripster ATR V2 through it’s paces to highlight just what this versatile bike is capable of, and they’ve put together this lovely edit to show it off. Watch this, and get inspired!
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