We love the Kinesis RTD – in our view it is quite simply the ultimate all-conditions, all-round, all-seasons fast road bike. Built from premium Scandium alloy (arguably the best you can get, bar none), the RTD is designed to be ridden quickly across cities, counties or continents – more than living up to its name “Race The Distance”. It doesn’t matter if you are riding to work, part of the Sunday club run, completing an Audax, winter training, or even racing the Transcontinental itself, the RTD is ideal for riding hard but in total control with plenty of comfort when things get rough or tough.
The RTD’s geometry has been carefully refined to allow responsive yet stable handling in all of its guises – be that fully loaded for your next adventure, while hitting muddy UK bacl lanes in the middle of winter or when spinning along for mile after mile when the conditions improve.
“the RTD [is] ideal for riding with luggage. But unladen, it flies – there’s enough lateral stiffness to give it true race bike speed, but sufficient compliance to keep you sitting comfortably. Kinesis has nailed it here, producing a great bike that will get you to your destination swiftly, and in style, however far away it may be. Verdict: Kinesis has reached new aluminium alloy heights” Cycling Plus
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, but one that would double up as a perfect fast-paced road bike for winter training or all-road exploration in all conditions.
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-the-range premium alloy delivers low weight with fast-paced performance.
“it’s Kinesis that’s delivered a bike which exceeded all our expectations of what we thought an alloy bike can off er. The RTD may be designed with long-distance races or bikepacking treks in mind, but in reality, it’s a fantastic bike to ride over any distant – short or long. With a superbly designed frameset at its heart, we reckon the Kinesis RTD might just be destined to become a bit of a classic” BikesEtc
The RTD is very much Kinesis UK’s way of honouring the legendary Mike Hall and the inspiration he gave to all of us. The four bands at the rear of the top tube signify the four checkpoints in the TCR race, while the seat tube graphic and overall style is derived original drawings shared between Kinesis UK designer Matt Gray 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 highly 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 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.