Kinesis Tripster ATR
The ‘ATR’ stands for Adventure. Tour. Race. But it could just as easily stand for “All Terrain” . Because that’s what the beautifully thought out Tripster ATR excels at – taking in its stride pretty much anything any kind of terrain can throw at it, all while retaining a refined ride feel you just don’t get with lesser frame materials.
Use the Tripster ATR for adventure cycling, long distance racing, loaded-up touring, audax or cyclocross. Or just for riding just about anywhere you choose. While its sister bike, the GFTi, is all about extending the capabilities of fast agile road bikes to encompass every type of “road”, the Tripster is all about adventure, anywhere…road or not.
With the original Tripster ATR back in 2012, Kinesis UK were an early mover in the trend towards a more capable, adventure focused, drop bar off-road bike and it quickly became one of the most popular framesets they have ever produced. They’ve been much loved companions on roads and trails from Kingston upon Thames to Kazakhstan as they proved an almost perfect choice for exploring, fast and far. And since the launch of the original model, Kinesis have taken extensive feedback from both customers and brand ambassadors.
In developing the Tripster ATR v2 Kinesis have kept all of the best features of the old bike but taken the technical capability up to a new level. They have enhanced the strength of the bike through a new custom tube set, increasing the gauge on the down tube and flattened off the base of the top tube, which allows frame bags to sit more securely and to make it more comfortable for you to shoulder the bike for longer carrying sections of any adventure.
Kinesis have re-engineered the rear triangle to include a Shimano flat mount tucked out of the way on the chain stay along with through axle compatibility, and carefully designed seat stays that allow for both maximum tyre and heel clearance (and for large chainring sizes if running a 1x chainset). For flexibility Kinesis developed a switchable drop out system allowing a choice of either 9 x 135 QR or 12 x 142mm through axle.
The Tripster ATR v2 now features internal routing with brake and shifter cables/hoses (and/or Di2 wiring) inside the frame. This reduces the chance of muck and detritus getting into your cables, helping ensure you have crisp shifting regardless of the conditions. Also new is a 3rd bottle cage so you can securely carry even more on the bike using a caddy or fuel bottle for trekking across the Himalaya’s if you wish to. Tyre clearance has been increased to up 45mm tyres (or up to 40mm with mudguards) and it’s also possible to run 650B wheels with 2.0 MTB tyres as well, increasing choice and versatility.
Whilst doing all of the above, Kinesis also took the opportunity to revise the geometry, adjusting the bottom bracket height to increase off-road performance whilst ensuring the bike feels stable and planted at all times. This, combined with the long top tube and slack head tube angle, creates a package that excels with a shorter stem and wider bars.
The new Tripster ATR v2 will inspire you and give you the confidence to go the distance on every adventure!
“I wrote that the Titanium Tripster ATR from Kinesis could be the best, or as I put it: the ultimate cycle touring bike available. After riding it across a good chunk of the planet [at least 8500km over 95 days] I feel even more strongly that this is the perfect adventure touring bike….I really can’t fault it in any way whatsoever. Everyday I swing a leg over the loaded up bike and a smile is quickly on my face as I ride into the morning sun. ” WeLoveMountains
Titanium is the ideal frame material for a go-anywhere high-performance adventure bike – it is lightweight, corrosion resistant, lively, comfortable and handles beatifully over the roughest of surfaces and twistiest of descents. And if, as in this case, the titanium is of the highest quality with super-high purity levels it is also incredibly strong and reliable, making it perfect for the toughest of conditions or when carrying a load. Ti has the reputation of being a “bike for life”, but in this instance it is also a bike “bike for all terrains”.
The Kinesis Tripster ATR comes to us as a frame, which can then be built up into a complete bike in our workshop using components of your choice – and that includes the fork. While Kinesis do of course offer a Tripster specific fork (as in the example build above) for all round riding they were keen, given the overwhelming versatility of the Tripster, to avoid being tied into a particular fork. So if for example you need front rack mounts it is no problem to team the Tripster frame up with any number of options from other manfacturers.
Kinesis Tripster ATR Technical Highlights
This high quality, disc brake ready, Titanium frame is built in the same factory as Kinesis UK’s highly praised Racelight GF_Ti frame.
- TAPER HEAD TUBE: Machined from Ti billet. The 1.5″ lower bearing allows a tapered fork steerer and larger crown. This gives sharper response and helps reduce flex under braking. Increased head tube diameter gives more weld area at the most highly stressed point. Both headset bearings are ‘ACB’, meaning ‘Angular Contact Bearings’. The head-tube seat angle is 45º. The headset drops into a tapered seat in the head tube and is tensioned using a headset tensioner within the fork steerer. Tensioning the headset centres it on the taper and prevents any play.
- Ti3AL/2.5V: An aerospace grade alloy, 94% titanium, 3% aluminium and 2.5% vanadium. This is one of the strongest alloys of titanium available in a seamless tube form.
- CWSR: ‘Cold Worked Stress Relieved’ tubing. The tubing is shaped cold and then goes through a process to remove the stresses built up within the tube during forming.
- ‘ANTI ROAD SHOCK’ SEAT STAYS: The ‘hourglass’ bend, seat stays are shaped to give maximum comfort for long hours in the saddle.
- FLATTENED TOP TUBE: Shoulder flat added to underside of top tube for comfort when carried and stability of bike packing bags.
- SHIMANO FLAT MOUNT: Inboard disc caliper mount keeps the caliper out of the way of racks etc. Post mount 160 adapter included.
- SWITCHABLE DROPOUTS; 12 x 142mm Through axle supplied, 10 x 135mm QR option.
- Di2 ready
- Internal cable routing throughout
- Shimano flat mount inboard rear disc caliper mount
- Multi dropout system; 12 x 142mm with through axle supplied [or 10 x 135mm QR option]
- Welded triple bottle cage, mudguard and rack mounts
- SEAT POST: 31.6mm for added strength and larger welding surface for rear triangle
- SEAT POST CLAMP: 34.9mm
- FRONT MECH: Band-on 34.9
- BB: 68mm. British Threaded.
- HEADSET: Integrated, 41.8ø upper, 51.8ø lower, for taper head tube. FSA No.42/ACB
- SIZES: 48cm- 51cm – 54cm – 55.5cm – 57cm – 60cm – New 63cm
Kinesis Tripster ATR Geometry
Kinesis Tripster ATR Reviews
Please note: most of the following reviews refer to version 1 of the Tripster – the revised Tripster version 2 is too new for reviews just yet!
Verdict: Capable and beautiful titanium all-rounder with a great ride.
The Kinesis Tripster ATR isn’t a do-anything bike, because such a thing doesn’t really exist outside of adverts. But it can handle a really wide range of riding, and it’s beautifully made, comfortable and responsive. There’s very little I wouldn’t be happy doing on it.
ROAD.CC – ARTICLE
No doubt about it, the Tripster is exactly the kind of bike we’d like to own – confident, fun-loving and versatile thanks to its copious ground clearance and rack mounts.
If you ever worried 40mm tyres were slow, think again.
CYCLIST – ARTICLE
I’ve been cycling east for at least 8500km over 95 days and reached Eastern Kazakhstan on the Kinesis Tripster ATR … and I was asked the question of: how’s the bike been riding since my first review?
Before I left on my Cycling East journey I wrote that the Titanium Tripster ATR from Kinesis could be the best, or as I put it: the ultimate cycle touring bike available. After riding it across a good chunk of the planet I feel even more strongly that this is the perfect adventure touring bike. While I can’t do any direct comparisons over this distance, I really can’t fault it in any way whatsoever. Everyday I swing a leg over the loaded up bike and a smile is quickly on my face as I ride into the morning sun. Its just unbelievably comfortable and forgiving on my arms and back, but more importantly so much fun to ride.
Updated adventure frame gets a new titanium tubeset and increased tyre clearance
Kinesis launched the original Tripster ATR in 2012 and it came to be something of a genre-defining bike. With a titanium frameset, slack geometry, disc brakes and clearance for chunky tyres, it was a machine designed for adventure.
Now Kinesis have introduced the Tripster ATR V2 – making a number of subtle but significant updates to fine-tune a frame which has become one of the Sussex-based brand’s best-selling models.
ROADCYCLING UK – GEAR NEWS
Upgrades to specification and geometry reflect latest build trends for multi-terrain bikes
Kinesis has just launched its second generation Tripster ATR titanium adventure road bike. The ATR in its name stands for Adventure-Tour-Race and it’s designed for use over a variety of surfaces, with clearance to fit wide tyres. As well as standard 700c wheels with tyres up to 45mm width, it will also fit smaller 650B wheelsets shod with MTB tyres up to 2 inches across.
CYCLING WEEKLY – PRODUCT NEWS