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Road Test/Bike Review (1989) KESTREL 4000

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Road Test/Bike Review (1989) KESTREL 4000

KESTREL 4000 is the third of four road bikes reviewed in the "America's Superbikes" section from Bicycle Guide, July 1989.
The section intro and SEROTTA Colorado review are here: Road Test/Bike Review (1989) America's Road Superbikes -- Intro / SEROTTA Colorado
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Anyone used that magic headset? It's it brainy?
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Anyone used that magic headset? It's it brainy?
Yeah is super brainy. I like em quite a bit
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Great article, thank you for posting.

I remember seeing a student rolling one of those into the elevator on move in day at Dobie during my freshman year in '89.
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I think I had the first 4000 in the Charlotte, NC area. It was used at the bike show downtown when it came in. I broke that frames after a couple of years riding. Kestrel supplied me with another. Finally cracked that one also. Kestrel send a 200SCI as a replacement.
Loved the ride, loved the bike, hated the cracks.
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Originally Posted by serotta
I think I had the first 4000 in the Charlotte, NC area. It was used at the bike show downtown when it came in. I broke that frames after a couple of years riding. Kestrel supplied me with another. Finally cracked that one also. Kestrel send a 200SCI as a replacement.
Loved the ride, loved the bike, hated the cracks.
So has the 200SCI survived? Curious 'cause I've got one I just built up last year.

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First one cracked early on, Kestrel sent another 200SCI. That was 15 years ago, still going strong.
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Originally Posted by serotta
First one cracked early on, Kestrel sent another 200SCI. That was 15 years ago, still going strong.
Whew, mines a later one so hopefully it holds up.
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I think you'll be fine, the one I have now has been through a lot of abuse and holding up great.
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