Kinesis Racelight KiC Frames

5/5 (4 Reviews)

Product Description

  • It is constructed from Hydroformed Kinesium
  • Lightweight, wishbone carbon seat stays
  • Sculpted tube profiles and intergrated gussets

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User Reviews

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by flyingscot a Recreational Rider

Date Reviewed: June 29, 2007

Strengths:    Comfort
Sharp confident handling
Great looking
Price. Fantastic value.
Not a lot of them around so a certain amount of exclusivity

Weaknesses:    None I can think of.

Bottom Line:   
I'm tempted not to write about how good this frame is because everyone will want one, especially at the price, and I have to admit the exclusivity is part of it's appeal.

I quit smoking a while back and put on a few pounds and found that with the extra weight and increase in fitness I was starting to notice the shortfalls in my 'built for comfort' carbon frame, noticeably the lack of stiffness. I started to crave the snappy feeling of my old aluminium frame and was prepared to lose a bit of comfort to get it, so after doing a bit research I took the plunge and ordered up a KiC2.

I haven't been disappointed. It's a few grams lighter than my carbon frame and manages to be very nearly as comfortable, yet it's still nice and stiff, especially out the saddle on climbs, where it really flys up the hills. The quick, sharp steering gives confidence through the corners but it's still nice and stable on fast descents. It's every inch a proper race bike.

It's a looker as well. Beautiful hydroforming that even Pinarello or Bianchi would be proud of. The plain white paint might not be fancy compared to some of the graphic paint jobs out there, but it's very durable and has a lovely pearlescent green lacquer on it that catches the light and makes it look a lot more expensive than it is. I've seen bikes costing 3 times as much that aren't as good looking as this thing.

Overall, I doubt there is a frame out there at this price range that comes close to giving this kind of performance or looks as good.

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Favorite Ride:   Smooth quiet country roads

Purchased At:   chain reaction cycle

Similar Products Used:   Prorace Styx carbon
Revolution Curve

Bike Setup:   Kinesis Attack fork, Ultegra 9spd, Thomson seatpost and stem, Specialized Toupe, BBB carbon wrap bars, PlanetX handbuilt wheels.

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by dominick a Road Racer

Date Reviewed: August 24, 2006

Strengths:    Won't break the bank
Looks great and rides even better
You don't look like every other guy who is out riding a Trek/Giant/Spec/etc! ;)

Weaknesses:    Could have given it a better name (but that's just being silly isn't it!)

Bottom Line:   
I've had this bike for 2 seasons now and love it. Was a bit unsure before I bought it as it was a lot cheaper compared to the frames I’d ridden in that past but, but all I can say is I was wrong! Excellent value for money and puts a lot more expensive bikes to shame... It's stiff, light and is the most comfortable bike I’ve ever ridden after my steel colnago. Perfect on the climbs and I’ve found it great in crits where it's really responsive when you need to 'throw it around' or jump off the front. Descends like a demon... 100k/h down the Alps and still felt fully in control! My only question still remains why is it so cheap?

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Favorite Ride:   French Alps

Purchased At:   my local bike shop

Similar Products Used:   Giant TCR, Trek 5200

Bike Setup:   Kinesis Attack Fork, Shimano 10s Dura Ace Groupset, Oval components, SLR seat, Mavic Wheels... £2300 dream machine!

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by ftt a Road Racer

Date Reviewed: August 17, 2005


Weaknesses:    NONE AS OF YET

Bottom Line:   
Got this frame after reading the write ups in mags and talking to racers at the local crits.Wow is she good the full carbon end smooths out the big bumps,and the handling at speed even with a large stem is still postive.finsh is top draw smoth welds and first class paint job .The white being the colour to go for as you get a glitter effect when the sun hits it.Tube are shape nice with plenty of strength in the bottom bracket.

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Favorite Ride:   where ever theres sun shine

Price Paid:    $499.00


Similar Products Used:   COPPI GALAXY ALTEC+2

Bike Setup:   Fully loaded with 10 speed ultegra,cx6 carbon pedals,richey o/s wcs bars,itm super lite o/s stem,deda black stick carbon with mag head seat pin with fizik arione seat.Wheels hand built dura ace hubs on ambrosio excellence x lite rims.Kinesis full carbon attack fork Full weight about 17.50LBS

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by CAP232 a Road Racer

Date Reviewed: June 2, 2004

Strengths:    Performance to Price. It's Through the roof!!

Weaknesses:    None

Bottom Line:   
Wow! What a bike. Why was I wasting my time looking at the more common or more recognised brands? I can quite confidently say that this frame is compareable to a Pinarello 'Prince' in handleing, weight and comfort. My frame is finished in pearl white which really catches the light and looks fantastic against the carbon forks and full carbon rear end. Last years model only had carbon seat stays but this year Kinesis have added a one piece chain stay which is shot directly into the back of the bottom bracket. This, combined with the fact that the frame is constructed with this hydroformed aluminium alloy (internal pressure applied, blowing the tubes into the shape of a mold) the bottom bracket is ridiculously rigid. The tubing flares at the ends giving the bike a look similar to an Orbea 'Orca', which is nice. The bike seems to carry you a little up the hills. You can't ask for more than that? The bike is very 'chuckable' when switching around the road trying to get the best line, but holds perfectly true and is stable when you sit up, hands off the bars, trying to put a race cape on. Not bad really when you consider the frame costs a third of that of the 'Prince' and yet weights the same. There don't seem to be many around the lanes yet, I don't expect there to be many, but for me that is a good thing. I always have prefered my bikes to be a little different. Stif Mountain Bikes up in Leeds were great in supplying me with the frame. Easily one of the best Bike shops in the UK! PS. They DO build the best hand built wheels in the UK. I have had a set now for 4 years and have raced and trained on them hard. They are still true! Nuf Sed!!

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Favorite Ride:   To Wales and back.

Purchased At:   Stif Mountain Bikes

Similar Products Used:   Cannondale CAD 2.8, Santa Cruz Roadster, Pegorotti Steel, Pinarello Prince.

Bike Setup:   Dura Ace 10 spd, 3T finishing kit, Hope Hubs/Mavic Cxp33 rims.

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