The Kinesis GF_Ti is said to provide the holy grail not just of titanium bikes, but road bikes the world over – giving speed, comfort and agility in a lightweight package. Aimed at the sportive rider, or even weekend tourer, its versatility and do-it-all nature is borne out by mudguard and rack mounts, as well as 28c tyres.
First impression: In the first five miles of our test loop, this bike does enough to convince us that it’s the most comfortable bike on test. Beyond the way in which the wide-diameter, high-volume tyres damp out the imperfections, the frame is perfectly designed for a long ride on a bad road. Imagine what it’d be like on fresh, summer road surfaces.
On the road: Very rarely does a bike build gel so well as this one. First, the level of comfort from the rear end is almost other-worldly, with any harshness taken out of the ride by the design of the seatstays and lowering the pressure of the 28c tyres. The front end is almost equally flawless, with precise, assured handling and a quality set of bars.
Handling: The fairly long wheelbase and relaxed steering geometry of the GF_Ti mean nothing’s ever going to get out of hand. Even on some of the more rapid descents of our loop, the front end remained composed under quick direction changes, bumps in the road, and when adjusting our line mid-corner. Which isn’t to say that it’s not a fairly agile machine.
Build Quality: Weld quality was the best on test, while bowed seatstays act as built-in shock absorbers. The stunning tapered head tube looks like a metal hourglass
GFTi (V2) REVIEW
“Near superbike capabilities in a frame that is just at home on the commute, audaxing, sportives and much much more. It’s a looker too”.
“A great bike just got better; the tweaks that Kinesis have made to the frame have worked for the best”.
“Against its competition it holds all the cards. As a frameset it’s the same price as the Equilibrium Ti but handles better and is a much more exciting ride and the Sabbath September we’ve also tested has nowhere near the speed capabilities”.
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“Kinesis really has achieved the perfect balance with what is arguably — in my experience at least — a difficult material to get just right in a bike frame.”
The finish of the frame is exquisite. Compared to equivalent frames by rival Ti manufacturers it is incredibly good value.
But the main thing is that it rides superbly. If this were my bike I’d ride through the winter on this spec quite happily.
So it seems as though Kinesis really has achieved the perfect balance with what is arguably a difficult material to get just right in a bike frame.
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Winner › Kinesis Gran Fondo Ti – A versatile any-time-of-the-year ride.
Rather have one bike than three? The Gran Fondo ti has it covered.
The Kinesis GF Ti is a strong contender for the ‘only bike you need’ prize. Super-versatile all-rounder with state of the art construction, the ride is subtly compliant rather than magic carpet but still gives respite from poor roads.
The Kinesis carbon fork, with its deep blades delivers a notable accuracy to the front end. The tapered steerer and oversized main tubes help, lending the GF Ti considerable poise and confidence. There’s little sign of the stereotypical titanium twang!
..the Kinesis Gran Fondo Ti, a superbly versatile bike that’ll turn its hand to almost anything, at any time of year. Big tyres and mudguards for winter, rack on for some ultra-light touring, light wheels for some sportive action – the GF Ti is a strong contender for the ‘only bike you need’ prize as well as our test winner.
CYCLING PLUS – ARTICLE
The original GF Ti endurance bike impressed us, and having made the switch to disc brakes it’s now even better. The fork features huge clearances, though the geometry is actually more suited to speed than cruising.
Comfort is excellent on poor surfaces, while the head-tube and fork remain resolute …. for sportives, Audax events or light touring – or even as an occasional gravel grinder – this disc-braked Kinesis is a superb and very versatile machine.
CYCLING PLUS – ARTICLE
“The ‘bike for life’ tag may be something of a cliché when it comes to titanium but the GFTi Disc comes close to fulfilling that promise…”
“….It has the classic ride quality of a titanium machine, but with a turn of speed to ensure it’s a thoroughly engaging partner….”
“…Now it’s also future-proofed in this disc version the GFTi Disc makes a strong case for being the last bike you’ll have to buy for a while.”
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Updated classic gets even better with wider tyres and disc brakes
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The Kinesis GF_Ti Disc is a jack of all trades – and a master of most. It’s possibly the last bike you’ll ever need to buy – for club runs, sportives, audaxing, commuting, Alpine breaks, touring, all-roading.
The definitive ‘N+1’ killer: fast, comfortable, light, tough, good looking…. Pick five!
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