Occasionally, we here at Bikemagic like to dabble in sports other than mountain biking. We’re talking specifically about cyclo-cross here, those road-based frames that are equally good fun off-road and on, ideal for rides that feature a bit of dirt and a bit of the black stuff.
For hacking around in the winter on a variety of terrain, cyclo-cross bikes are huge fun. They’re startlingly fast, compared to many mountain bikes, and they’re hugely versatile – we know many who fit racks and use them for the commute to the office, as well as some ‘training’ afterwards.
For those now aware, there was a rule change last year by the UCI, the governing body of international cycle racing of all disciplines, allowing for the use of disc brakes on cyclo-cross bikes at World Cup races. With this news has come, slowly, an increasing number of cyclo-cross frames built with disc brakes in mind, and as such they’re finding more fans with mountain bikers, used as they are to the power and modulation of disc brakes.
The latest is the just launched Kinesis Crosslight Pro6. It's been designed for racing with ‘race geometry’ but that said the frame does feature eyelets for mudguards, racks and bottles. So you could race it on Sunday and ride to work on Monday.
Features include a Kinesium tubeset and gets a tapered head tube with new forged dropouts and ‘aStay’ asymmetric chainstays. It’s disc brake only with post-mounts, there are no bosses for cantilevers. Cables and hoses are routed along the top of the top tube, which itself is curved to delightful aesthetic effect, while the front mech cable runs along the down tube. The fork is carbon with aluminium dropouts.
Looks good we reckon. It’ll be available in three colours and is expected to be in stock in July.
More behind this link www.kinesisbikes.co.uk/new-crosslight-pro6/