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Kestrel 200 SC?

Old 05-11-11, 12:53 PM
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Kestrel 200 SC?

Hello all,

I am seeking information on my father's old bicycle.

The bike is a Kestrel 200 SC. I would like to know what year it is and any other relevant information. I have taken many pictures and hopefully they can help with identification. I can't find a model # on it and don't know the measurements either. My father is about 6ft if that would help determine size. From my research, my estimate is that it's worth anywhere between $500-$700; however I would like the opinion of those more experienced--along with as many details as possible about this particular bicycle. Thank you for your time. Pictures are below.

ALBUM: https://img571.imageshack.us/g/p1010812y.jpg/

INDIVIDUAL IMAGES (LARGER SIZE, BETTER QUALITY):

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Old 05-12-11, 10:16 AM
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anybody????
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Originally Posted by pc1979
anybody????
first time I remember seeing a Kestrel, in person, was around '91, but apparently they've been at it since '86...
check this out...
https://www.equusbicycle.com/bike/kes...89%202%203.pdf

did ride a Kestrel, back in '92, for a brief 3-4 miles, think it was a 4000...
I was impressed, to say the least...
certainly consider them 'classics'...
I wouldn't know what yr your's is, the model had some real longevity
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well the model # is 200SC. I would say it is a'90ish bike juding by the 'tricolor' 600 with standard sidepull brake and the barend dhifters. . is it 7 or 8 spd cassette?

for the size measure it from where the crank arm bolts to the bottom bracket to the top of the seat tube in centimeters and that wiull be roughly the size.

as for the price... I am not sure I would spend $500 to 700 of my hard earned schillings on a 20+yo carbon bike. I would pay more like $300 to 400. who knows what shape that frame is in after all these years.

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Thank you for the replies.

Cyclezen - Thank you for the brochure.

Bianchigirll-I don't know how to tell if it's 7 or 8 spd.
Thanks for the info on how to tell the size. It's 61cm.
The bike is lightly used and was in storage for a long time (10+ years).
I was hoping it would be valued at $500 at least, but
am now thinking $400 after your input. If the frame is in
good condition, do you think $500 sounds unreasonable?

These are the specs as best as I can tell so far:

Model: Kestrel 200SC
Year: 90ish
Frame size: 61 centimeters / 24 inches
Wheels: 32 spokes Mavic DT Swiss Open 4 CD Matrix CD3K 115 psi
Seat: Avocet Gelflex M-30 Mountain Spenco Gel
Front Fork: Kestrel EMS Composite
Brakes: Shimano 600
Shifters: Shimano 600 SIS
Cranks: Shimano 600
Pedals: Shimano 600
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Originally Posted by pc1979
Bianchigirll-I don't know how to tell if it's 7 or 8 spd.
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I was hoping it would be valued at $500 at least, but
am now thinking $400 after your input. If the frame is in
good condition, do you think $500 sounds unreasonable?

These are the specs as best as I can tell so far:

Model: Kestrel 200SC
Year: 90ish
Frame size: 61 centimeters / 24 inches
Wheels: 32 spokes Mavic DT Swiss Open 4 CD Matrix CD3K 115 psi
Seat: Avocet Gelflex M-30 Mountain Spenco Gel
Front Fork: Kestrel EMS Composite
Brakes: Shimano 600
Shifters: Shimano 600 SIS
Cranks: Shimano 600
Pedals: Shimano 600
7 or 8 or whatever, easy, just count the cogs on the rear wheel - early 90's, my guess it will be 8 spd and suitable for newer wheelsets.
Price is what you want for it, and what someone might pay.
Certainly anyone who has ridden this model will agree it's a fine bike and well worth $500 of most of the components are serviceable.
Components can be replaced - frame looks top.

As for the durability of many carbon frames - quite alright. A lot of those old wives tales are perpetuated by lovers of gas pipe...
Yes, some do come apart, but then I have had personal experience with steel coming apart, without crashing...
Some new, clean bar tape will immediately put an extra edge to the sellong price, same/same for some new rubber...
61 is a large frame, but it will certainly carry the largest of humans, it's a solid bike and not much lighter than steel of that era.
way back then I could easily rub the chain on the FD on many bikes, but the Kestral I tried really resisted that...
out of the saddle it felt a lot like my old Cannondale SR900, but much smoother and without the harshness of that ALu Truck...
best of luck
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Someone locally looked at the bike and they thought the bike was only worth the frame and tires.
They said the gears were worn. From looking at these pictures, can anyone tell if this sounds accurate?
I don't know enough about bikes to know what it should and shouldn't look like. They valued the bike for me at only $300
How do my components look to you? Thanks again for all the info. I'm learning alot here.






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