The trickle-down effect of technology is a wonderful thing — particularly when it comes to cycling kit.
Kuota’s latest creation is a case in point, with many of its standout features coming from the lessons learned during the development of its top-end stablemates.
The Kiral inherits technical elements from both the range-topping K-Uno and KOM. But by creating a brand spanking new mould, design boffins were able to create a bike that’s actually better than the early versions of the models further up the food chain.
Exactly what kind of lay-up system or fibre is used in the construction of the full carbon frame and forks is closely guarded by Kuota, but it promises to satisfy the racer’s need for lateral stiffness without neglecting the sportiviste’s desire for comfort.
The extra large bottom bracket area boosts overall stiffness and the PressFit BB386 standard means it’s compatible with a variety of cranksets.
The Italians call the geometry ‘easy ride’ and while it may conjure up images of Orange County Choppers, a size medium has a 16cm tapered head tube for a 53.5cm top tube equivalent and a seat tube angle of 74° — hardly a cruiser.
In our experience, Kuota’s idea of ‘easy ride’ equals an all-round performance bike, whereas Kuota’s more race-focused bikes are typically Italian in design — very long and low. The Kiral’s position is perhaps more realistic for an average rider.
Looks-wise, it’s Italian — what do you expect? Arguably one too many decals, but internal cabling (or wires if going digital) keep lines smooth, while a bladed fork blending in at the head tube and down tube junction give it an almost aero quality to the front end.
Our SRAM Force 22, Conti GP and Spinergy Xaero lite PBO wheel version comes in at £ 2,799, although a basic wheel version (Mavic Aksium) retails at £2,450. Available now, in sizes XS to XXL.
Making your mind up time
Available through your local bike shop, Kuota offers a semi-custom specification build for each frame in order to speed up the process and take the strain off the local shop.
Essentially, each frame can be ordered with any of the top Shimano or SRAM groupsets. You can also personalise items such as bar and stem sizes — you can even choose your own crank length and gear ratios. As if that’s not enough, Kuota offers a wide range of wheel options to make sure you get exactly what you want, as quickly as possible.