Project Postal: Strip her down

The first step with any good project bike is to give everything a proper inspection. This is an 18 year old bike that I’m pretty sure has spent a number of years sitting unused in a shed, so I needed to get a better idea of it’s actual condition. To do this, I’ve stripped the…

Project Aithein: Specs & Photos

Frameset: Kinesis Aithein 53cm / Full carbon Aithein fork Bars: ZIPP Service Course Alloy 40cm Stem: Deda Zero 1 Alloy 110mm Headset: FSA Integrated Bar Tape: Lizard Skins DSP Bar Tape 3.2mm Groupset: Shimano 5800 105 11-speed Seat: Ritchey Pro Streem V2 Seatpost & Clamp: Unbranded carbon post / Superleggera clamp Wheels: 2015 Fulcrum Racing…

Project Aithein: Groupset Choice

Choosing a groupset for the Kinesis Aethien was a bit of a tough call. My criteria was that it had to be either Shimano or possibly SRAM as per my other bikes and that preferably I would stick with 10-speed to match. I didn’t really want to “upgrade” to 11-speed, I don’t see a huge advantage to one extra…

Project Aithien: Because metal ain’t dead!

Introducing my new project, the Kinesis Aithien! After hankering for one since they came out I finally found a frameset at a price I was happy with. Yes – It’s an aluminium frame rather than carbon, but the Aithein is one of the lightest off-the-shelf alloy frames available at the moment. On my digital kitchen scales the frame weighs…