Kinesis UK has completely revamped its Maxlight Phase hardtail, with compatibility with 27.5in and 27.5 Plus wheels, wide Boost 148mm rear dropouts and internal cable routing.
The geometry is updated too, longer top tube and slacker head angle. All that for just £399.99. That’s a pretty good price if you’re wanting to build your own hardtail for some winter riding.
First introduced in 2004, the Maxlight Phase was originally conceived as an aggressive trail hardtail with a dramatically sloping top tube and capacity for a long travel suspension fork.
The DNA of that original lives on in the new Phase, but it’s been brought up to date.
Mountain bike design and trends have evolved over the years, bikes are generally slacker and longer than they used to be. Wheels have changed size too, bigger diameter and wide tyres.
The new Phase now spins on 27.5in or 27.5 Plus wheels, with space for up to 3in wide tyres. It uses the new Boost 148mm rear hub spacing which creates a stiffer rear end, stiffer rear wheel and increases mud clearance and space for wider tyres.
With 1×11 drivetrains increasingly popular, the Phase has been designed specifically for a single ring chainset.
It’s dropper post compatible as well – dropper posts hadn’t even been invented when the first Phase came out all those years ago.
The frame is constructed from super plastic formed aluminium with a very dropped top tube, tapered head tube and full internal cable routeing.
Geometry is right on trend, with a 67-degree head angle and longer top tube creating the desirable long, low and slack position that modern trail riders crave. It’s designed to be fitted with a short stem.