Kinesis CXRace Evo (video)

The Kinesis CXRace Evo might only be sold as a frameset, but that doesn't stop it being a firm rider favourite here in the UK

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One of the UK scene’s favourite brands, Kinesis has evolved its cross bikes over the years and augmented the features that make it so enduringly popular with British riders.

Sold as a frameset only, the CXRace Evo has a threaded bottom bracket shell that ought to supply creak-free riding in muddy conditions along with easy maintenance and replacement.

Kinesis CXRace Evo

The Kinesis can only be bought as a frame

That, and the lack of carbon, might seem old school, but the CXRace Evo’s scandium alloy frame is thoroughly in the modern cyclocross age, sporting a 142x12mm thru-axle and flat-mount disc brake fixtures.

Kinesis CXRace Evo

SRAM Rival groupset

The frame allows full internal cable routing and is compatible with electronic shifting, although there’s the flexibility to follow the classic top tube/seatstay cable route if you prefer. It uses a band-on front mech, so can be run neatly in either a single-ring or double-ring configuration.

Kinesis CXrace Evo

The Kinesis is band on front mech compatible

There’s a tapered head tube to fit Kinesis’s carbon fork, which again features a thru-axle and flat-mount brakes with internal hose routing and plenty of tyre clearance.

Kinesis provides a range of adapters as well as headset bearings and thru-axles as part of the frameset package.

Kinesis CXRace Evo

Cable actuated flat mount disc brakes

Sizing goes from 45cm up to 60cm to accommodate a broad spread of riders down to youth and junior racers who have been bitten newly by the cross bug.

Our bike features the £999.99 Rival 1 Build Kit from Upgrade Bikes with everything you need to get the CXRace Evo up and running. As well as the single-ring SRAM Rival groupset, you get TRP’s reliable Spyre mechanical disc brakes. Wheels are Kinesis CX V4 clinchers with Vee XCX 33mm tyres. A Kinesis Elite saddle and Zipp Service Course Compact bars complete the package.

Price £549.99 (frame only)
Frame CXRace alloy
Fork ATR Disc, carbon
Size range 45 – 60cm
Weight 8.8kg/19.4lb
Groupset SRAM Rival 1
Gear ratios 40, 11-36
Wheels Kinesis CX V4
Tyres Vee XCX 33mm
Brakes TRP Spyre mechanical disc
Bar Zipp Service Course Compact alloy
Stem OS-190 alloy
Seatpost FSA SL280
Saddle Kinesis Elite