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2014 Kestrel Talon Road Shimano 105 Carbon Fiber Bike

by Kestrel
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List Price: $1,550.00
Price: $1,399.00
You Save: $151.00 (9%)
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  • Bike is double boxed to ensure ship-ability.
  • Authorized Dealer-Kestrel's Limited Life-Time Warranty is Valid.
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Product Description

Get ready for awesome! The 2014 Kestrel Talon is designed with aerodynamic tubing and tested in the A2 wind tunnel for crazy speed and a smooth ride. With high-modulus carbon fiber frame and fork blended for the perfect combination: lightweight and stiff. Bike Type: Road Wheel Size: 700c Year Model: 2014 Available Sizes: 52cm, 55cm, 57cm Frame: Blend of 700K & 800K High Modulus Carbon Fiber Fork: EMS Pro SL Aero, Full Carbon, 1 1/8" - 1 1/4" Tapered Alloy Steerer Headset: FSA Integrated, 1 1/8" Top, 1 1/4" Bottom with 15mm Top Cover Stem: Oval Concepts 313 6061 3D-forged Alloy, 31.8mm +/- 6 degrees Handlebars: Oval Concepts 310 6061 Alloy, Ergonomic Fit Brake set: Tektro Dual Pivot Front Derailleur: Shimano Tiagra, Braze-on Rear Derailleur: Shimano 105, 10-speed Shift Levers: Shimano 105 STI Cassette: Shimano Tiagra, 11-25T Chain: KMC X10 Nickel-plated 10-speed Crankset: Oval Concepts 520 Alloy Compact 50/34T Bottom Bracket: Oval Concepts Integrated, External Bearings Wheelset: Oval Concepts 327 Alloy Clincher, 27mm rim, 20H Front, 24H Rear Saddle: Oval Concepts 300 w Satin Steel Rails Seatpost: Kestrel EMS Pro w/ Ritchey Clamp System Color: Matte Carbon New Bike ships unassembled. For your safety, we recommend that you have a professional bicycle mechanic assemble this bike.

Product Details

  • Shipping Weight: 50 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • ASIN: B009R89444
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #128,503 in Sports & Outdoors (See Top 100 in Sports & Outdoors)
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Super light and stiff, so fast and fun ride.
MiguelNYC
Have ridden it almost every day for the last two weeks and it's been great.
Bernardo
You will be hard pressed to find a better value.
M. Byrne

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

50 of 54 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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13 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Dante Vinas on April 25, 2013
Size 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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14 of 18 people found the following review helpful By D. Sprague on December 31, 2012
MSRP is $1,550! this is the shimano 105 version, saving of $200. A great bike and better color than 2012 version.
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8 of 11 people found the following review helpful By David Mudd on November 10, 2013
Size 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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10 of 14 people found the following review helpful By KenX on July 24, 2013
Size Name: 52cm Verified Purchase
I've used amazon.com for almost 15 years and have bought thousands of items, and this is the first time I've ever posted a product review. I was compelled to do a quick review because I bought this bike 2 months ago and I'm still amazed at how great this bike is and how it's at at least as nice as carbon fiber road bikes at double the price in bike stores. I did have it professionally assembled at a bike shop, cost only $50. I did put better tires on it, Michelin Pro 4, a new seat, and coated handle bar tape that is coated to not have to be cleaned. Often it's true that you get what you pay for, and for this bike, you get a lot more than what you pay for. I have the 2013 model, and it appears the 2014 model is virtually the same.
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