Kinesis KR510 review

Kinesis KR-510 top tube
Cycling Weekly Verdict

Putting the Kinesis KR510 in fourth place is not really doing it justice. The distributor’s choice of spec was limited to the products it supplies, not necessarily how we would have kitted it out, and it’s up against some aggressive pricing here. The ride quality of the frame showed a lot of promise, particularly with stability, handling and certainly for comfort, and with a change of tack with component choices it might have been a different story.

Reasons to buy
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    Stable, predictable handling

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    Copes with road shock and vibration well

Reasons to avoid
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    Heavy (with this spec)

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    Rear not as laterally stiff as carbon bikes

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The Kinesis KR510 is a frame and fork package that we had built to our budget, limited to what the distributor supplies. The SPF alloy frame with carbon seatstays plus the RC05 carbon fork goes for £649.99, so we picked the trusty mid-range Shimano 105 groupset except for a Truvativ Elita compact chainset and TRP brake calipers. Wheels are the Reynolds Solitude with Kenda Kontender Lite Kevlar 23C tyres. It built to a weight of 18.7lb.

As one of the two heavier bikes with longer wheelbases (the other one being the Kuota Kharma Ultra), the Kinesis KR510 had a more stable ride feel but is also very capable. When the frame does not transmit so much of the road vibration it puts the rider at ease, and that was a characteristic of the KR-510. Be aware of the Kinesis sizing, particularly the top tube length, which seemed long relative to size, a 57cm TT on a 56cm frame. Having to fit a shorter stem to suit some of our testers did sharpen the handling up a bit more than we’d have preferred. A 120mm stem resulted in a more balanced feel.

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