BIKE TEST (longtermer): Kinesis 4S Disc
- By kitch on at 9:42pm 29 September 2016
- Posted in: News and blogs
- Tagged with: bikes, cycling, adventure, reviews, Longtermer, Kinesis, road bikes
My annual cycling habits are pretty consistent and I clock up about 8,000 road miles every 12 months. The majority are consumed on the 26-mile daily commute to LCC head office from west London, then there’s the racing (mainly criterions) and mandatory Sunday social rides out to the Surrey Hills. I cover a lot of ground, at a decent lick, which is why I was initially wary of my Kinesis longtermer. Disc brakes and wide (for me) 28mm tyres made me a little hesitant, but with several months’ testing under my belt it’s now a combo that I genuinely swear by.
With a top-tube measurement and reach close to my own road bike I’ve been able to mirror a position that I felt instantly comfortable with and have found riding on the drops or tops to be like a home from home. The only change I made was the stock saddle, which I didn’t take to, and switched it out for a Fizik favourite.
The UCI ban on using disc brakes for crit racing means that the 4S Disc hasn’t been used on that scene, but the commutes (for which I add a streamlined rack) and fast-paced socials have given me plenty of scope to assess the bike’s feel and performance.
And it’s fair to say it not only looks the part with its sleek finish and super neat cable routing, it’s also really responsive, quick off the mark (great for interval training) and stable at speed. And those disc brakes change the way you ride for the better; the reassurance is immense. The own brand wheelset is also worthy of high praise.
It’s a bike I’ve wanted to ride and on which I was happy to do the bulk of my training for RideLondon and other major events this summer. It certainly contributed to my personal best at the former and a 33rd placed finish.
Look out for the final appraisal in the winter issue of London Cyclist magazine.
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