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Road Test/Bike Review (1987) Kestrel 4000

Old 05-15-23, 07:36 AM
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Great article, thank you for posting it! Now this is a what a CF bike is supposed to look like!
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Kestrel was my second CF bike, it was fast but not as light or as comfortable as my Vitus Carbonne 9. I still have it.
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very futuristic bike in its time which inspired the trek OCLV
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Coincidentally(?), BikeSnobNYC has been writing recently (and lovingly) about a Kestral 4000 that was temporarily in his possession. Said BSNYC, "The bike was both comfortable and fast, and I surrendered completely to its vintage poshness." Of course, given that it's BikeSnob, he could just be yanking our chains.

https://bikesnobnyc.com/2023/05/09/c...g-set-it-free/
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So money.

Thanks for posting!

Dreamed over those as a kid in high school but couldn't afford it. Wasn't until much, much later I was able to acquire other new Kestrel framesets and build them up over the last couple of years.
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It's funny how some roadies these days look at the 1st-gen Kestrels and say "ugh, such a heavy bike". But they do seem to be appreciated by others.
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It's funny how some roadies these days look at the 1st-gen Kestrels and say "ugh, such a heavy bike". But they do seem to be appreciated by others.
I think I like the black one that came later. The 200 SC, which got a write up in the May 1989 Bicycle Guide, along with some gorgeous photos. Might make a nice companion piece to this article.
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