Kestrel Legend Shimano 105 Bicycle
- Race-designed geometry with incredible weight-to-stiffness ratio
- Proprietary tapered head tube saves weight and increases torsional stiffness for enhanced stability
- Kestrel EMS fork and H-stays provide compliance and comfort and improve lateral stiffness
- Dual-tapered shaping on the down tube enhances power to the pedals
- 98% assembled, ready to ride
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Our new Kestrel Legend offers uncompromising performance with class-leading technology. A brand-new carbon design and lay-up, along with our Kestrel EMS fork, stays and frame shape provide a flawless riding quality and instant acceleration. The Legend is stiff providing exceptional power to the pedals, yet compliant to absorb and glide over any bumps in the road. Available in both SL and non-SL frames, look for the new Kestrel Legend at the front of the pack.
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Another big issue was the chain. The rear derailleur and the the cassette are Shimano 105, but the chain is not. It is a different brand. I was not able to identify it. This caused me a lot of pain since I tried for months to adjust the derailleur properly. I was not able to adjust it in a way that all gears would run equally silent. I was only able to adjust it for the middle sprocket, and then it would start making noise when going up or down...Then I finally splurged on an Ultegra chain, and you would not believe the difference that made. Out of a sudden all gears ran as smooth as butter! So, thank you Kestrel for dumping incompatible components together to save $5 (can't be much more when you buy this stuff in quantity...). I would have gladly paid $5 more for not having had this long-term disappointment with this bike. I had a Motobecane "Immortal Pro" from bikesdirect.com before this bike, and that was a much better experience. In fact, I loved this bike until somebody crashed into me while following too closely and cracked my frame...the Immortal Pro does not look as flashy, but the components were of much better quality, I had Shimano wheels etc...unfortunately, they got damaged, too, in that crash, so now I am stuck with these Ovals. I should have bought another Immortal Pro, but the shapely frame of this Kestrel blinded me.
Well packed and very fast no hassle delivery. This bike is great value for money. Just waiting for the pedals I ordered and a bike cable cutter and then I am good to go
Update: have ridden for a month and I really like the bike - exceeds my expectation by a long way
The bike was well packed in the standard factory ship box.
Like another reviewer said, it is not 98% assembled. More like 70-80%. Some work needs to be done. In such cases, you will want a professional assembly for warranty but an experienced bike DIY can assembly it him/herself in less than an hour.
The important tip here is that the fork steerer expansion plug needs to be properly torqued down as part of the assembly process. It was not tightened on mine and if you don't know what you are doing there, you can break a few teeth or the steerer...
The bike itself is interesting in that Kestrel did a smart marketing play here. When you do a search on Kestrel Legend, you read all about that super lightweight carbon frame. The fact is that the 105 model does NOT use that super lightweight frame. At that price point, you get the lower-end and therefore heavier frame.
How much heavier?
Well, as part of the "assembly" process, I basically swapped in lightweight FSA Energy wheels & Rubino Pro tires, FSA K-Force carbon handlebar, Thomson Masterpiece 27.2 seatpost with shim, Ultegra crankset, 105 brakes and pedals. The resultant bike is heavier (at 8.1kg) than my 2011 Felt F75 aluminum bike that has similar-class components (300g heavier wheelset).
So is this a superlight bike?
No, if compared to a premium aluminum one. It's comparable, weight-wise
But it's carbon and the price is right. 'Nuff said...!
I am still happy with the purchase. Bike is responsive and maybe it is psychological but my ave speed is about 5% faster on the same road. Or maybe the type of training that iam doing. also it looks really great!!!!
Most Recent Customer Reviews
1. I purchased this bike (53 cm) directly from Sports by Sager several months ago for $1,350.00. For the current price of under $1,200.Read more
This bike is incrediable.