The RTD is the ultimate transcontinental racing and fast winter training bike – designed to be ridden quickly across cities, counties or continents, the RTD lives up to its name “Race The Distance”. Be that to work, on the Sunday club run, an Audax, winter training, or even The Transcontinental Race itself!
The RTD geometry has been carefully refined to allow responsive, yet stable handling in all guises, even when fully loaded for your next adventure – put simply, the Kinesis RTD is the perfect Scandium, all conditions, all seasons frameset.
Kinesis became a checkpoint sponsor of the Transcontinental Race (TCR) in 2016 and started working with its founding father, the late Mike Hall. This gave them a deeper insight into what it takes to prepare for and to actually complete events like the TCR. They became inspired to design a bike that would allow more cyclists to dream big about exploring their personal limits in a self-supported bike race way, and one that would double up as a perfect fast-paced road workhorse for training or all-road exploration.
The RTD is a new bike designed for repeated days in the saddle. Kinesis gained knowledge from their brand ambassadors and made observations from the TCR race. Compared to the Kinesis ‘Racelight’ there are subtle changes in frame geometry and detailing that contribute to significant improvements in all-day comfort on the RTD.
The frame showcases a new internally routed headtube which cleanly moves cables away from the down tube and improves bag fitting options and ultra clean looks. The new thin-flat seat stays improve shock absorption along with the 27.2 diameter seat post diameter.
The RTD is Kinesis UK’s first modern Scandium Alloy road frame and this top of then range premium alloy delivers low weight with fast-paced performance.
The RTD’s strong graphical presence is clearly linked to the award-winning Tripster AT model. Whereas the AT was graphically detailed with Mike Hall, the RTD is very much Kinesis UK’s way of honouring Mike and the inspiration he gave all of us. The four bands at the rear of the top tube signify the four checkpoints in the TCR race. The seat tube graphic and overall style is derived from original drawings shared between Kinesis UK designer Matt Gray and Mike when working on the Tripster AT. Drawings from Mike showed the bold graphics marked as black on a simple white background and both agreed the pure simplicity of this two-tone approach really struck a chord with the stripped back nature of bike packing races. So, the RTD is very much inspired by the TCR racers pushing their limits every day, the race itself and Mike.
Kinesis have put everything they have learned during the last 17 years of alloy frame design and manufacture into this completely new and very advanced Scandium alloy road bike frame. Whilst the focus of other manufacturers has been on carbon, Kinesis believe that by putting the same development into alloy tubing they have created a frame that matches the performance of carbon, and hands down beats it on price.
Damian Mason of Kinesis UK said ‘Kinesis are the only frame manufacturer to use Super Plastic Forming (SPF) on their alloy frames. Most manufacturers use Hydroformed tubes, but with SPF we can create lighter tubes and more intricate shapes that will build into a lighter and stiffer frameset.’
The RTD went through multiple prototypes to fine tune the geometry to make a frame that was stable when loaded, yet handled well and felt fast on an Alpine pass. As with the geometry, the tubing shape has been carefully selected to maximise the riding characteristics of the RTD. An oversized down tube, flared top tube and tapered head tube combine to make a laterally stiff front end. Whilst the flattened seat stays and narrow gauge seat tube add a level of compliance in the rear end.
The flagship Scandium alloy frame is paired with a full carbon monocoque from leading fork manufacturer Columbus. The RTD is fitted with the all new Columbus Futura fork. The Futura has everything you could want in a fork for the RTD – masses of tyre clearance, longer fork offset, internal routing, mudguard compatibility, all wrapped up in a lightweight package.
As with their premium titanium GTD frameset, Kinesis have partnered with GW engineering to supply the RTD with their patented ‘Switch Lever’ hollow Thru Axles with a rapid removeable lever. The RTD uses adaptable cable ports that allow you to build your frame with exactly the right cable routing for whether you are running Di2 or mechanical gearing with either a 1x or 2x set up. The frame also has the full complement of bottle mounts and mudguard mounts, enabling you to build your bike up for your next epic adventure.