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2013 Kink Barrier Bike

Average User Rating: (Excellent)
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“2013 Kink Barrier (Red) Review”

The Good: 4130 Frame, Fork and Bars. Sealed Hubs, bottom bracket and Integrated Headset.

The Bad: Cranks and pedals bent quickly. The seat is small and uncomfortable. If you run brakes and pegs, be prepared to adjust your back wheel for clearance frequently. Hardware is easily stripped out in stem and cranks. You may want to consider buying upgraded hardware for ease of maintenance!!!!!!!!

Overall Review:

This bike is pretty nice, for a complete in its price range. I bought this bike about 6 months ago,  and have made some personal changes to it.  Things like a thicker and more padded Premium pivotal, different handlebars, and a gyro GTX.  I personally did not like the feel of the stock bars.  The bars felt as if they pointed towards the ground,so I swapped them out for some 8.5 rise bars.  The seat was also a personal preference, I don't like the feel of the slim pivotal seats.  But, the gyro installation proved to uncover some little clearance issues and gremlins that are very typical of owning a stock bike.  First of all a note to the bicycle industry.  If a bike comes with welded on brake mounts,  the bike should come with complimentary removable gyro tabs. That would have saved me an extra two weeks worth of finding some.  The rider should have the choice to run them with a gyro or run a straight cable.  Secondly, the compression cap for the stem does not have enough threads to deal with the extra clearance necessary to run the gyro.  I am currently dealing with this problem,  the compression cap completely blew apart inside the stem and fork.  There were not enough threads on the cap, so if you run a gyro, be prepared to buy a longer compression cap ( I recommend the Tree Headset Cap: you will need the H25 model).  Overall, this bike works well and in either color is very attractive and is worth the money.  However, be prepared to deal with a classic case of the new bike blues.  It runs great right out of the box, but  the stock parts ARE MEANT TO BE UPGRADED!!!!

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Specifications

Model Year 2013
Frame Kink Barrier 100% 4130 Chromoly 20.5" TT
    Materials
    Top Tube Length
    Chainstay Length
    Head Tube Angle
    Seat Tube Angle
    Standover Height
    BB Height
    Brakemounts
    Dropouts
Fork Kink Strife II 100% 4130 Chromoly – 1pc Steerer
Handlebar Kink Uptown 100% 4130 Chromoly
Stem Mission Talon CNC
Grips Kink Alpha
Bar Ends Kink Drive
Headset Mission Sealed Integrated
Cranks Mission Transit 3pc Tubular Chromoly
Sprocket Mission Nexus 25t Aluminum
Bottom Bracket Sealed Spanish 19mm
Pedals Mission Impulse Plastic
Chain
Driver/Freewheel Sealed 9t
Front Rim Alienation Blacksheep 36H
Rear Rim Alienation Blacksheep 36H
Front Hub Mission Echo Sealed 3/8”
Rear Hub Mission React Sealed Cassette 14mm
Front Tire Kink Lyra 2.3”
Rear Tire Kink Lyra 2.3”
Spokes
Seat Mission Monroe Pivotal
Seatpost Mission Pivotal
Seatpost Clamp
Brakes Mission Halt
Brake Levers
Detangler
Cable
Pegs
Colors Purple Haze (Matte), Electric Crimson (Matte)
Weight

25 lb 12 oz (11.7 kg)

Miscellaneous
Price N/A
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