Kestrel Talon Road Shimano 105 Bicycle
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- Kestrel enhanced modulus hybrid frameset; carbon rear triangle and emh carbon fork 1 1/8 - 1 1/4 alloy steerer
- Shimano front and rear 105 derailleur with 11 speed Shimano 105 STI shifters 11-28t cassette
- Oval concepts 327 wheelset 20 hole front and 24 hole rear, Vitoria zaffiro Pro 700 x 32C folding tires
- Oval concepts 310 6061 alloy, ergonomic fit handlebars with Shimano 105 STI brake levers and Tektro R540 dual pivot brake set
- Kestrel EMS Pro carbon seat post with ritchey clamp system and oval concepts 300 saddle with steel rails
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From the manufacturer
The Talon is the perfect choice for triathletes looking to train on a road bike but race a tri bike without emptying their wallets on two separate machines; triathletes who race different distances and formats throughout the season; cyclists looking for a non-threatening, non-bank-breaking bike for their first triathlon or duathlon; or simply riders seeking road bike handling with tri bike speed.
Launched in 2007, the Talon was one of the first-ever aero road bikes on the market and has been immensely popular ever since for its versatility and value. Ahead of its time in adjustability, the Talon allows rider to choose either a road or triathlon-style position. The bike has few equals, not only in how it can transform from one discipline to the next but for the fact that it’s a high-performance carbon platform for the cost of most competitors’ aluminum offerings.
Features and Benefits
Constructed of Kestrel's Enhanced Modulus Hybrid (EMH) carbon — a combination of 800K and 700K carbon fibers — it's lightweight and stiff, yet also designed to offer a bit more compliance.
Designed in the A2 Wind Tunnel, the stays, seat post, and seat tube are aerodynamically contoured; plus, fully internal cable routing ensures clean airflow over the entire bike.
Proprietary Kestrel H-Stays – the uniquely, asymmetrically shaped seat stays and chainstays – are designed to improve lateral stiffness and thus power transfer, while also supplying vibration dampening.
Kestrel EMS Pro Aero Seatpost allows for the saddle to be mounted in a wide range of positions — more forward for tri use or backward for road.
|Frame Size||XS (48cm)||S (52cm)||L (55cm)||XL (57cm)||XXL (60cm)|
|Seat Tube, Center to Center||48||52||55||57||60|
|Seat Tube, Effective||50.5||54.5||57.5||59.5||62.5|
|Top Tube, Center to Center||51||53.3||55.6||57||59.5|
|Seat Tube Angle||75.5 degrees||74.5 degrees||73.5 degrees||73.5 degrees||72.5 degrees|
|Forward Seatpost Effective Angle||78.5 degrees||77.5 degrees||76.5 degrees||76 degrees||75.5 degrees|
|Head Tube Angle||72.7 degrees||73 degrees||73.5 degrees||73.5 degrees||74 degrees|
The talon was one of the first-ever aero road bikes on the market and has been immensely popular ever since for its versatility and value. Ahead of its time in adjustability, the talon allows riders to choose either a road or triathlon-style position. The bike has few equals, not only in how it can transform from one discipline to the next but for the fact that it's a high-performance carbon platform for the cost of most competitors aluminum offerings.
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But so far they have been smooth rides.
The gears are very smooth, including the brakes.
The shimano 105 shifters are pretty great.
You guys won't be dissapointed with this bike, especially with its affordable price.
The bike assembly is another story.
The bike doesn't come assembled. The brake cables need to be installed and adjusted.
I highly recommend you take it to a bike technician unless you know what you are doing.
That's really my only complain about the bike, was the assembly when it arrived.
The bike is fairly light, about 19 lb. But it'll stack up weight with the stuff you add on it, pedals, bottle cage, bottle etc.
It was such a great upgrade from my entry level bicycle, and much much faster and lighter.
I took it to a shop here near where I stay, and they gave it a tuneup for $80. I had nice compliments on the bike, the guy was very surprised at the cheap price I got it for, he thought it went for couple thousand bucks!
Other than that, the Carbon material feels beautiful and rides smooth.
The bike itself is a true beauty and I can't stop looking at it.
We'll worth the money investment.
& best money spent 👍
As of today, 1/12/18
I have put over 1000 miles.
This bike has worked wonders for me, & everything has turned the way i wanted it to.
I have upgraded every component to Ultegra R8000, but 105 is still good. There really isn't a necessity to upgrade, but i did it because i am competitive.
Obviously the bike runs a lot better, but it still ran very smooth with the 105 5700s.
The frame is all i have from the previous setup, but the kit itself is very good for the price you pay.
I have upgraded everything, but am willing to keep the frame because its just gorgeous.
The best investment i have ever made without a doubt, it has NEVER let me down.
Please do not hesitate to buy this glorious bike, its fast, light and super durable!
Thank you Kestrel, i value this bike more than my car...
So why only 4 stars? Well I thought the bike would come more assembled than it did. Some reviews mention just putting the seat and handlebars on and being ready to ride but that is not what I got. In my case I attached handlebars, front brake and seat. Additionally I had to run the wire for the front derailleur and hook that up as well as wire the front brake. Running wire is no big deal, the channeling is all in place for pulling it through the aero frame... but getting derailleurs dialed in can be a hassle. Thankfully with new components it's not too bad as you don't have to worry about parts fatigue and everything was already well lubricated. But just a heads up, if you are not comfortable wrenching on your bike and tuning it up, you will be thrown through a loop on those tasks. Also be aware that having somewhat specialty tools will be nessessary like a torque wrench as too much clamping force on the seat post or stem would cause it to crack being Carbon Fiber and all. Bike came with some shims and a casette spacer too, even though the casette came installed. On inspection and testing the spacer wasn't needed but just getting extra parts in the box can throw you, so be on the lookout for that. The wrapping on the handlebars is well done but I might have opted for red tape to finish the edge where they used black, a very very very minor thing though and easily remedied.
I hope others find this useful!
A got it for a couple of hundred less than Performance was selling it for, but yet they were the ones that assembled it (included in the purchase price). Kind of an unusual business model, but they didn't seem bothered that I bought it from Amazon instead of them.