Kinesis Racelight Grandfondo Frameset in Red
Matching frame material to purpose is equally important as getting the geometry spot on. Our GranFondo frameset is an excellent example of this philosophy. Carbon is a wonder material, but alloy tubes can do some things just as well, if not better. Scandium is the ideal material for a frame that needs to be responsive and lively, but retain some compliance to cushion the blows of a long distance ride. We have used Easton ‘GX2’, Flared, Taperwall tubing, the flared section at the headtube helps to avoid lateral flex and give a really direct steering feel, whilst the tapered butting keeps things light and reliable for years of use.
Scandium has the ‘spring’ of steel but with the light weight of advanced alloy. Carbon plays it’s part too, the ‘carbon strutt’ seat stays and Selcof carbon post take out some road buzz and the carbon fork is tuned and shaped for some vertical compliance whilst keeping that direct handling feel.
The GranFondo has plenty of ‘race bike feel’, it’s no slack angled tourer, but the geometry is designed to be forgiving over the distance, with longer [but not too long] headtubes and chainstays.
The GranFondo is a versatile frameset too, with mudguard eyelets on frame and fork + rack mounts. It’s designed for short [39-49mm] brakes, allowing ample choice of high end componentry.