One of the most eagerly awaited UK mountain bikes of 2012 is the Kinesis Maxlight FF29. We have been counting the days until it hit production. That day has come, it is now available.
It seems very clear that this UK based company wanted their first 29er to obtain the same handling their previous 26in mountain bikes are well known for.
Which means a longer and slacker geometry so it feels right at home when being ripped through fast flowing singletrack, by inserting a perma grin on your face at the same time. Geometry is nice at 71.5 degrees for the head angle, and is based around a 100-120mm fork. They made the chainstays short at 17.5in and the wheelbase is 42.59in.
The technology called SuperPlastic Formed has been used to mold the 6000 series aluminum tubing. The downtube strays from the traditional Kinesis straight tube aesthetic to a downtube that curves near the head tube and bottom bracket. They utilized a tapered head tube, and a straight top tube – where the cables are routed underneath, and Supertaper seatstays to provide enough clearance for 2.2in MTB tires, these are classy looking twenty niner bikes. Weight the frame only is 1.78kg (3.92lb).