The cyclo-cross race season doesn’t get going until September at the earliest so to be talking about a new ‘cross product in July seems a bit keen, doesn’t it?
That was what I thought until news of the first the first full carbon fibre cyclo-cross frame from Kinesis, the Crosslight CSix2, popped up in Twitter feed earlier this morning. Rightly proud of his latest development, Dom Mason of Upgrade Bikes, the UK division of Kinesis was keen to show the world the brand new frameset.
It’s quite a creation. An all-carbon construction with a frame weight in the region of 1kg (1.8kg incl. forks, headset and clamp) and meeting the all the important criteria of ‘cross racers, such as massive mud clearance and cables routed along the top of the top tube. Attention to detail abounds such as cable stops designed to accommodate a full run of outer cable housing to the rear mech to keep the shifting slick through the grimmest conditions.
This is an early development sample, the final production frame will loose the bottle bosses. It’s been put through testing, with National Cyclo-Cross Champion Jody Crawforth giving the CSix2 a good battering and giving valuable feedback.
Find out more at www.kinesisbikes.co.uk