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Code: KFF29
Dom wanted to make a 29er that worked for more ‘aggressive’ trail riding. Super light weight or riding for hours round a circuit weren’t high on the tick list when I started thinking about a 29” frame worthy of the Maxlight name. Quick handling, fast trail prowess and big grins were firmly at the top.
Warp-speed, flowing singletrack, tempo pace climbs and fast dips and crests are where the Maxlight frames excel, the FF29 has been developed for those same situations.
29er’s are capable of steamrollering the trails and go rather fast over the bumpy downhill stuff, so adding a dollop of legendary Maxlight handling into the mix produces a TRAIL DESTROYER!
  • The FF29 uses specially developed ‘SPF’ [Superplastic Formed] top and down tubes, giving a lightweight and stiff front end with huge weld area at the Head Tube and BB.
  • Short taper 1.5” head tubes keep the stack height low, so you can get over the front for powerful climbing.
  • 34.9 dia. seat tube is stiffer and more compatible with dropper posts, it’s subtly curved lower section gives greater mech and tyre clearance.
  • 60mm BB drop and compact rear centre mean stable, fast cornering.
  • ‘Supertaper’ stays give great response and specially developed SPF bridges and 73mm BB shell allow up to a 2.2” tyre, the forged dropouts use post-mount for the disc caliper.
  • "Kinesis FF29 over-simplistic seven word review: Like a very fast 26er but smoother" @SteveWorland on twitter;
  • SEAT POST: 31.6mm. SEAT CLAMP: 34.9mm. FRONT MECH: 34.9mm. BB: 73mm. British.
  • HEADSET: Integrated, 41.8ø upper, 51.8ø lower, for taper head tube. Recommended: FSA No.42/ACB.
  • Both bearings are 'ACB', meaning 'Angular Contact Bearings'.
  • The head-tube seat angle is 45º.
  • The headset drops into a tapered seat in the head tube and is tensioned using a headset tensioner within the fork steerer. Tensioning the headset centers it on the taper and prevents any play.
  • FORK RECOMMENDATION: 100 - 120mm.
  • SPF: The FF29 uses Kinesis developed 'SuperPlastic Formed' tubing technology for it’s top tube, down tube and specially developed chainstay/seatstay bridges. SPF is similar to ‘Hydroforming’, but uses far higher temps. to produce complicated shapes in thinner wall tubing than was possible with Hydroforming. The result is lighter weight tubing that can be formed to make the frame perform exactly as we require.
  • KINESIUM: Developed by Kinesis International, Kinesium is a superb tubing for use in lightweight, high performance frames. Kinesium is enhanced 6000 series Aluminium alloy, which is 25% stronger than 6061 at the same weight level. Kinesium’s properties make it an ideal material for a very light, tough, responsive frame at an affordable price. Superior properties over other alloys, allow for a much thinner wall dimension, thereby dramatically reducing overall frame weight without compromising strength.
  • SUPERTAPER: ‘Supertaper’ stays give great response and specially developed SPF bridges allow up to a 2.2” tyre, the forged dropouts use post-mount for the disc caliper.
  • TAPER HEAD TUBE: The 1.5" lower bearing allows a tapered fork steerer and larger crown. This gives sharper response and helps reduce flex under braking. Increased heat tube dia. gives more weld area at the most highly stressed point.


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I purchased this one for my new hardtail 29er for very nice price. Before I searched a nice aluminium frame that light and has nice geometry and found out that this one awesome according to some reviews. There is only frame in box not other equipment like headset or even bottle cage bolts :( It is very light and has nice paint job and geometry.
A fantastic frame - the geometry is spot on, the welds and paintwork is top knotch and the FF name is well deserved. My Large size is built up into a 25lb XC racer, with Reba's up front and an XT/SLX component mix. It wasn't difficult to do and you could go way lighter with a little bit of effort. Most importantly of all, the colour is great in the flesh. :-)
Well I`ve ridden the bike now about 10 times and it rocks! Rear is very stiff but power transfer is instant as a consequence. Handling is quick even with a 130mm fork fitted and it climbs very well over technical terrain (1x9 setup). Frame finish is good although 34.9mm seat clamp is hard to fit due to paint thickness. I`m 6ft and got a medium which is just right for me not too long with a 70mm stem, although I can only just get the seat to full height with a 400mm seatpost. Headset was easy to fit and there are loads of compatible models out there.
This frame is getting a lot of great reviews. Merlin were offering it at a fantastic price and even though they warned me it might take a few days to come in from the supplier, they still got it to me super quick. Had my first ride on it this week and while it will take a while to get used to a 29er hardtail it feels great. Recommended
Yet to use this frame yet, still waiting on groupset. The finish on the this frame is very good. Also has good tyre clearance. Only 4 stars for now as I have not ridden this frame.