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Kestrel Talon Road Bicycle

by Kestrel

Price: $1,299.00 - $1,540.00
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  • Aerodynamic tubing designed in the A2 Wind Tunnel for extraordinary speed
  • Blend of 800K high-modulus carbon fiber with 700K intermediate-modulus carbon fiber frame and fork for the perfect combination
  • Dual-platform geometry for a stable ride with both road and triathlon configuration
  • Kestrel EMS Pro seatpost for a wide range of saddle positions for both road and triathlon use
  • 98% assembled, ready to ride
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Product Description

The Kestrel Talon is one of the first aero bikes designed for both road and triathlon use. Designed to transition from a road to triathlon bike, the Talon series fits all levels of athlete, from the budding roadie to the tri vet.

Product Details

  • Shipping Weight: 50 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Shipping: This item is also available for shipping to select countries outside the U.S.
  • ASIN: B00J08XRCQ
  • Item model number: 3045194660
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (32 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #189,488 in Sports & Outdoors (See Top 100 in Sports & Outdoors)
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It's by far the best deal for a road bike.
MiguelNYC
The results lead me to purchase this bike several weeks ago, and I have been riding it every day and enjoying it more and more as time goes on.
David Mudd
I really like this bike its light and yet very sturdy.
Hector

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

58 of 62 people found the following review helpful By M. Byrne on November 27, 2012
Overall 5 Stars:

Strengths:

Very polished, rides true. Came in just under 20 lbs including pedals with the 105 group set. For the new 2013 model, Oval 327 wheels are much improved over the Oval 524's from prior year. Smooth shifting, good looking. 2013 color is white on black. Over 250 miles, no issues. 2013 version has the blended carbon of 700K & 800K. Previous year version was 700k carbon only. The 2013 105 group set is clearly high value in this price range. The 327 Wheels are standard on Fuji Bikes that retail for $3000. I'm big guy , right at the max weight limit of 275 pounds - this bike handles me with ease - plenty of stiffness, efficient power transfer. Down in the Georgia flat lands near Savannah, I was easily cruising at 18/19 mph. Full carbon frame, with a heavy duty bonded rear triangle that let you maximize your power transfer with little flex. Excellent carbon frame for us Clydesdale ( cyclists over 200 pounds)

Weaknesses: Needed to upgrade the brake calipers to the 105's ( especially with my weight when going downhill). Also upgraded the tires to gatorskins, since i really do not like dealing with flats every month or so. The point is you will always be making upgrades as you see the need - but you have a great base to build from and upgrade over time.

Bottom Line:
Great entry level full carbon bike at very modest investment. You will be hard pressed to find a better value. A well deserved 5 stars. One more point - the bike has a unique and very aerodynamic frame. When Kestrel started the carbon bike industry in the 80's, they hired military aerospace engineers, that's why even today, they offer a limited lifetime warranty on their frames and forks ( excludes crashes obviously).
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21 of 25 people found the following review helpful By David Mudd on November 10, 2013
Color Name: Matte BlackSize Name: 55cm Verified Purchase
Having never written an Amazon review before, I felt compelled to assist any individual who (like me) was potentially shifting back and forth on the idea of spending more money on a bicycle than some people will willingly spend on an old junker automobile. The short answer is that this bike is worth every penny, and that the $1400 I paid for it was really quite a steal for a bike of this quality.

Now, I have only ever owned Walmart quality bikes in the past (never spending more than $250) and have found them suitable for everyday riding either on the street or on trails. But having moved to Atlanta earlier this year, and switching to cycling as my main form of exercise and commuting, I found riding such a bike to be rather lacking in overall efficiency (both in speed and energy spent/calories burned). I decided to get a bike that was designed for the street and could better handle the sharp inclines of the hilly Atlanta cityscape. This led me to searching through Amazon reviews, bike magazines, online forums, and local bike shops to figure out what would be the best deal I could get for a long term high quality bike. I spent a long time debating over whether to get an aluminum, steel, carbon fiber, or titanium frame(the latter 2 being considered higher end). In reality I don't think there is a "best" option regarding material...some are definitely more light weight (though not by all that much), and the only people that the difference really seems to matter to are hard core triathlon competitors. My advice (and what I did) is to test ride bikes of different material at your local bike store. I personally preferred the feel of the carbon fiber frames I tested...
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Regatta03 on April 20, 2014
Color Name: Matte BlackSize Name: 57cm Verified Purchase
At this price point, you will be hard-pressed to find a better overall value. With a full carbon frame (both 700 and 800), carbon fork, and mostly Shimano 105 Groupset (along with Tiagra components to keep it economical), this is an excellent bike to either begin road biking or as a first "step-up" bike. My only complaint is that the brakes leave a bit to be desired. I swapped the stock Oval brake set for Shimano 105 calipers and Kool-Stop brake pads and I highly recommend this upgrade. The wheelset (Oval 327s) are fairly lightweight and are just as good as the Shimano R500 wheelset that I intended on pulling from my prior bike to add. The wheelset, however, will be the next upgrade for me. Other recommended items that I've made in the short week that I've owned the Talon 105:

- Tiago Spyder TwinTail Saddle (Great)
- Shimano 105 Pedals
- Black and White 3T LTD handlebar tape
- Shimano 105 brake calipers and Kool-Stop brake pads
- Quad Lock iPhone 5 Holder (Amazing Product)
- Specialized Rib Cage Bottle Holders (Matte White and Black)
- Cateye Padrone Bike Computer (larger readout is much easier to read)
- Tate Labs Bar Fly Out Front Mount (highly commended for Cateye / Garmin devices)

Overall, I truly can't recommend another bike in this price range over this 2014 Kestrel Talon 105. Hopefully this is helpful and happy riding!
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17 of 21 people found the following review helpful By Dante Vinas on April 25, 2013
Color Name: Matte BlackSize Name: 55cm Verified Purchase
It came a day after I ordered it (super fast) in a beat up box which was patched-up and re-taped, I was worried there for a while until I finished unpacking. It turned out that it was packed pretty good with foam and zip ties. It took me about an hour since it is more in pieces than a Schwinn road bike I put together about a week ago. So far I am happy with this sharp looking and very light bike (18.6 lbs without the pedals and front brake calipers) that I haven't ridden yet since it did not come with pedals and the pedals I ordered won't be here for another 3 days. I will update my review as soon as I have ridden the bike.

5/2/2013 Update - The Bike is great but the rear tire was punctured by a paper staples from the road and had a flat tire at mile 46...might have to invest on a better tire.

8/10/2013 Update - Changed the rear tire to the Continental Gatorskin at mile 573 after 2 consecutive flats...so far the front tire(original tire & the bike)has 1055 miles and rides about 1 mile/hour faster than
my Schwinn Volare Road Bike(500 + miles) which I ride whenever there is a chance of showers.
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