Versatile on-trend 1x road bike

The R1 from Kinesis UK follows on from the success of the G2 gravel bike and is heavily influenced by the award winning Kinesis RTD and 4S road frames – going on to become an award winner itself! The R1 is a 1x road bike aimed at riders of all abilities and experience levels, and offers bags of versatility, in an engaging and highly practical package.

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“The R1 has an instant zing when pressing the pedals. That sensation didn’t dull throughout and is always welcome, making accelerations and climbing far more engaging. The Kinesis R1 has all a UK-based rider could want. It’s easily upgradeable, very enjoyable to ride and simple to maintain” BikeRadar

With the MTB and Cyclocross bikes now firmly entrenched with 1x and the burgeoning Gravel scene going the same way, we’ve seen many road riders experimenting and using 1x Road set ups, including many members of the KinesisUK Team. The R1 is aimed at the cyclist craving simplicity, reliability and the capability a 1x drivetrain can offer: in short a bike they can just get on and ride and have fun.

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“Understated class, great practicality and excellent ride quality…elegance and simplicity perfected. Based on its lively ride feel, up-to-date 1x drivetrain, simplicity and execution, it’s a deserved winner. Riding year round in whatever the weather gods throw at you is hard enough, but the R1 feels fresh and a very capable and rewarding place to be” BikeRadar

The R1 would make a great everyday road bike with an easy-to-use and easy-to-maintain drivetrain for their commute, their spins into the countryside and their trip to cafe. With this in mind Kinesis have specified the R1 with true ride-anywhere gear ratios, more than enough for the steepest climbs and the fastest descent.

‘packs enough performance to excite, more than ample comfort and a versatile setup’ Cyclist Magazine

‘Continuing the no-nonsense approach of its stablemate, the gravel-ready Kinesis G2, the R1 could just as easily be equipped with a set of lightweight off-road tyres, such as the 33c Challenge Gravel Grinder which can be run tubeless, for blasts on local green lanes…It’s a simple and effective introduction to road riding, a horizon-broadener, and it reminds me why I fell in love with cycling in the first place” Cyclist Magazine

There is also room for a 30c tyre with full mudguards, and mounts for a pannier rack. The R1 features the Kinesis Rider Fit Geometry to give better fit and more consistent handling for a wider range of riders. The smallest size has a semi sloping top tube for greater seat post extension increasing the comfort. Longer reaches (recommended for use with shorter stems) mean there is less toe overlap on the smaller sizes and improves the handling on the larger sizes eliminating the need to run a long stem to achieve the correct fit.


The Kinesis R1 is available as a full bike only – but as specialists in customising bikes please contact us using the form below if you would like to discuss the tailoring of the R1 to suit your requirements.

Kinesis R1 Apex

Key Features:

  • Frameset:  Kinesis R1 Double Butted 6061 Alloy with Full Carbon R1 fork
  • Groupset:  SRAM Apex 1x Hydraulic Disc
  • Wheelset:  Alex Rims 1.9P Tubeless Compatible with Schwalbe G-ONE Speed 700x30c tyres – available with our famous Epic Wheel Upgrades for enhanced performance at outstanding prices.


Frame: Kinesis R1 Double Butted Alloy 6061
Fork: Kinesis R1 Full UD Carbon
Headset: FSA Sealed Bearing No. 42 Integrated Road
Shift Levers: SRAM Apex 1 HRD
Rear Mech: SRAM Apex 1 Long Cage
Chain: SRAM PC1110 with POWERLOCK
Bottom Bracket: SRAM BB GXP
Brakes: SRAM Apex 1 HYD 160 mm Rotors
Cassette: SRAM PG-1130 POWERGLIDE 11-42
Crankset: SRAM Apex 1 XSYNC 44t
Front Hub: Alloy, Sealed Cartridge Bearing Hub, Centre-lock, 12 mm x 100 mm Through Axle
Rear Hub: Alloy, Sealed Cartridge Bearing Hub, Centre-lock, 12 mm x 142 mm Through Axle
Rims: Alex Rims 1.9P Tubeless Compatible
Tyre: Schwalbe G-ONE Speed 700x30c Folding
Seatpost: Kinesis Alloy 6061 27.2 mm x 350 mm
Handlebar: Kinesis Alloy 6061
Stem: Kinesis Alloy 6061 6° Rise
Saddle: Selle Italia X3 Black
Colour: Pebble

Exclusive Epic Editions

Available with our renowned Epic Wheel Upgrades for enhanced performance at outstanding prices, such as:

  • Complete bike with Mavic Ksyrium S wheels (worth £360) – just £1699
  • Complete bike with DT Swiss P1800 wheels (worth £380) – just £1715

Standard Factory Specification Model

The manufacturer's RRP with standard components is £1500 – but to receive our own unbeatable EVERYDAY EPIC LOW PRICE please send us a price request below.


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