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Kinesis UK RTD Road Frameset

Code: K-RL-RTD-W-48
  • £765.00
  • RRP £850.00
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The Kinesis RTD is the ultimate transcontinental bike. 

Designed to be ridden fast across cities, counties or continents, the RTD lives up to its name – Race The Distance, be that to work, on the Sunday club run, an Audax or even The Transcontinental Race

The RTD geometry has been carefully refined to allow responsive, yet stable handling in all guises even when fully loaded for your next adventure.

The Kinesis RTD is the ultimate Scandium, all conditions, all seasons frameset.


We have put everything we have learned during the last 17 years of alloy frame design and manufacture into this completely new and very advanced Scandium alloy road bike frame. Whilst other manufacturers focus has been on carbon, we believe that by putting the same development into alloy tubing, we have created a frame that rivals carbon in many ways, and hands down beats it on price.

Damian Mason of Kinesis UK said ‘Kinesis are the only frame manufacturer to use Super Plastic Forming (SPF) on their alloy frames. Most manufacturers use Hydroformed tubes, but with SPF we can create lighter tubes and more intricate shapes that will build into a lighter and stiffer frameset.’

The RTD went through multiple prototypes to fine tune the geometry to make a frame that was stable when loaded, yet handled well and felt fast on an Alpine pass. As with the geometry, the tubing shape has been carefully selected to maximise the riding characteristics of the RTD. An oversized down tube, flared top tube and tapered head tube combine to make a laterally stiff front end. Whilst the flattened seat stays and narrow gauge seat tube add a level of compliance in the rear end.

We have integrated the gear cables and rear brake hose into the headtube. The absence of cable port holes on the down tube allow us to use a lighter weight down tube and has the added benefit of cleaner lines to the frame. 

We have combined our flagship Scandium alloy frame with a full carbon monocoque from leading fork manufacturer Columbus. The RTD is fitted with the all new Columbus Futura fork. The Futura has everything we wanted in a fork for the RTD – masses of tyre clearance, longer fork offset, internal routing, mudguard compatibility, all wrapped up in a lightweight package. 

As with our premium titanium GTD frameset, we have partnered with GW engineering and we are supplying the RTD with their patented ‘Switch Lever’ hollow Thru Axles with a removeable lever.

The RTD uses adaptable cable ports which allow you to build your frame with exactly the right cable routing for whether you are running Di2 or mechanical gearing with either a 1x or 2x set up.

The frame has the full complement of bottle mounts and mudguard mounts, enabling you to build your bike up for your next epic adventure.


  • Super Plastic Formed Scandium alloy
  • Columbus Futura carbon monocoque fork
  • 142x12mm Thru Axle rear spacing
  • 100x12mm Thru Axle front fork
  • GW ‘Switch Lever’ axles front and rear
  • Clearance for up to 34c tyres
  • Clearance for up to 30c tyres with guards
  • Di2 / 1x / 2x mechanical compatible
  • Three bottle cage mounts
  • Mudguard mounts
  • 68mm threaded BB
  • 27.2mm seat post required
  • 31.8mm front mech clamp and seat clamp required
  • Kinesis designed tapered headset with ACB bearings
  • Colour: Orca (white and black)
  • Sizes: 48 / 51 / 54 / 55.5 / 57 / 60 / 63
  • Warranty: 3 years
  • Frame supplied with fork, headset, seat clamp, front & rear through axle, frame ports and cable guides.
  • Weight: 1400g (51cm frame)

Pushing the limits has been a draw for us at KinesisUK for almost two decades now. Is the open road is your calling? But is something missing? The desire to compete maybe? You feel the need for a target, a focal point for your adventures. You feel confident you can ride for days at a time and now it's time to extend your boundaries. Time to experience new places, new countries even.

At Kinesis UK our strong connection with distance cycling goes back to those long winter rides on our four-season bikes which helped define our brand. Reliable, comfortable and affordable, Kinesis frames are often spotted in the ultra-endurance races for good reason.

We became a checkpoint sponsor of the Transcontinental Race (TCR) in 2016 and started working with its founding father, the late Mike Hall. This gave us a deeper insight into what it takes to prepare for and to actually complete events like the TCR. We became inspired to design a bike that would allow more cyclists to dream big about exploring their personal limits in a self-supported bike race way and one that would double up as a great fast paced road workhorse for training. 

The RTD is a new bike designed for repeated days in the saddle. We gained knowledge from our brand ambassadors and made observations from the TCR race. Compared to our 'Racelight' geometry we've made subtle changes in frame geometry and detailing which contribute to significant improvements in all-day comfort on the RTD. The frame showcases our new internally routed headtube which cleanly moves cables away from the down tube and improves bag fitting options and ultra clean looks. The new thin-flat seat stays improve shock absorption along with the 27.2 diameter seat post diameter. The TCR is our first modern Scandium Alloy road frame and this material delivers low weight with fast paced performance.

The RTD's strong graphical presence is clearly linked to our Tripster AT model. Whereas the AT was graphically detailed with Mike Hall, the RTD is very much our way of honouring Mike and the inspiration he gave us. The four bands at the rear of the top tube signify the four checkpoints in the TCR race. The seat tube graphic and overall style is derived from original drawings shared between Kinesis UK designer Matt Gray and Mike when working on the Tripster AT. Drawings from Mike showed the bold graphics marked as black on a simple white background and both agreed the pure simplicity of this two-tone approach really struck a chord with the stripped back nature of bike packing races. So, the RTD is very much inspired by the TCR racers pushing their limits every day, the race itself and Mike. The sale of RTD frames directly feeds back into the financial support we give the TCR race and our involvement as a sponsor. We like to think of it like a circle of life. Paying forward to good times on the ride. RTD is available to everyone and inspiring to the end, just like the Transcontinental bike race itself.



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