Kestrel Legend Shimano 105 Bicycle, Matte Carbon/Red, XX-Small/700cm
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- 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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|Frame Material Type||Carbon|
|Number Of Speeds||20|
|Package Height||8.6 x 28 x 50 inches|
|Shipping Weight||27.85 pounds|
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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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
They helped me complete it for $45 and I had no problem paying that to have it set up properly.
Overall I love this bike and have taken it on several 30+ mile rides and it has performed well beyond my expectations.
This bike is incrediable. Light weight, easy to assemble (takes less than 45 mins) and looks awesome. The ride is excellent and it feels fast and responsive.
Overall I think its the best value bike on the market for under $1500
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 $1,200.00 this bike is an absolute steal!!)
2. The bike, New In Box, did NOT come with the crankset size that's advertised on the Kestrel site (50x34). It came with 52x36 chain rings. I replaced them with 50x34s from the same manufacturer -- Praxis Works. Praxis Works was not a name that was familiar to me, so I did some research. Their cranks/chain rings are rated almost as high as Dura Ace -- and higher than just about every other manufacturer, including FSA, non-Dura Ace Shimano, etc. And aesthetically, the 50x34 chain rings that I ordered are black, and look much nicer, IMO, than the two-tone gray/silver chain rings that came OEM with the bike.
In short...I don't think there's a better bike on the market for this price. Be advised, however, that in order to engage the Kestrel warranty you have to take it to a local bike shop for final assembly. There is a checklist that must be completed and signed/dated by the bike shop's assembler in order to make use of the Kestrel warranty.
The bike handles VERY quickly and rides relatively smoothly for a carbon fiber bike. And while it's not the lightest bike on the planet, it's more than light enough for the average club rider. Personally, I prefer vintage steel frame Italian bikes because I like the handling, comfort, AND stability that they provide, and I think bike weight is often times highly over rated. But be that as it may, the Kestrel is really more of a back up bike for me. It does offer some advantage going up hills, but I definitely notice some "twitchy" handling on the downhills, which is not at all uncommon for light weight CF racing geometry bikes.
The stock 105 derailleurs work quite well, and the Oval Concepts seat post, stem, and wheels aren't bad for a bike in this price range. (The seat post is an interesting one -- it's a carbon wrapped alloy seat post, so you don't have to worry about any possible galvanic corrosion between an alloy seat post and a carbon fiber seat tube, but it's not a "real/full" CF seat post. The bar and stem are both aluminum alloy. One suggestion: make sure you or the assembler puts some carbon paste on the seat post. After around 100 miles I noticed a very distinct "clicking/creaking" sound which I thought at first was coming from the pedals. It was driving me crazy. I took it back to the LBS that did the assembly and after about an hour of checking everything from top to bottom it turned out the clicking/creaking was coming from the seat post. Once they slathered on some carbon paste, the clicking/creaking stopped and has never returned. Be aware, however, that using carbon paste is going to leave scratches on the seat post, so try to make sure you have it at the right height before you put on the paste.)
As far as looks go...I suppose beauty is in the eye of the beholder. I get a LOT of compliments on this bike, although I wouldn't have minded if it were a little less "out there". It's a VERY striking color combo to say the least. And to further enhance the red/black look, I got a Performance exclusive Selle Italia SL saddle in black/red (VERY comfortable, and looks like it was made for this bike -- around $90.) And I use Michelin Pro 4 Service Course tires in red/black which further enhances the color scheme. Needless to say...my bike decked out in full red and black is extremely noticeable.