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 titanium Tripster ATR excels at – taking in its stride pretty much anything any kind of terrain you can throw at it, all while presenting a refined ride feel you just don’t get with lesser frame materials.
The corrosion proof, and deeply beautiful, bare Ti frame tubes shrug off both the elements and any amount of under-tyre challenges to offer the rider an engaging, super-stable, and just plain enjoyable ride feel. We have tested the Tripster ATR in a huge range of conditions, over everything from short/fast country blasts to week long tours in the Pyrenees – and have loved every minute.
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 Racelight 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 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 manufacturers.