Friday, 3 February 2012

CORE Bike 2012 - Kinesis Racelight T2, Decade Tripster, Speedfill, Oval and Green Oil

There was a lot going on at the improve Bikes stand at CORE, as there always is. Peak of our list of things to see was the Kinesis Racelight T2 in a new come-and-get-me-on-cyclescheme build that gives you an excellent and reliable spec at a pound under the £1k mark.

core bike 2012

If you're not familiar with the T2 then it's a proper winter training bike. That means a racy position but enough room to get a 25mm tyre plus mudguards. In fact, Dom the designer reckons you can even squeeze a 28mm under the 'guards if you like the really filthy conditions. The alloy frame is complemented by Kinesis' own DC07 carbon fork.

Transmission duties are taken care of by Shimano's new Tiagra 10-speed groupset. You get full Tiagra, save for the brake callipers which are subbed out for long-drops to give enough room for the mudguards. Wheels are ever-dependable Shimano R500s and Kenda Kriterium 25mm rubber is the standard issue.

All in all it looks like more or less the ideal winter trainer, and rack mounts mean you can press it into service as a commu-tourer too. We'll be getting one in to thrash about in the late winter grime, so we'll let you know how we get on with that


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