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Road Test/Bike Review (1990) Kestrel 200 EMS

Old 01-04-24, 01:55 PM
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Less than 3 pounds! Pretty incredible advancements from 1980 to 1990.

How light are the Virus 979 frames?
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Beautiful bike, these old Kestrels. Love the handshake of two eras: down tube shifting with a fully carbon frameset. On par with Cannondale's top SR900 sporting friction shift Campy NR/SR across its big aluminum tubes.

I enjoyed that time when bicycle manufacturers who, in near unity, around 1990, decided that people over 6'1" didn't exist and thus no bicycles above 60cm or so needed to be made. This especially was true for carbon frames. "Those tall guys, they don't need a tall carbon frame. No one in aerospace, working with carbon, makes anything big at all, so why should we?"
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Originally Posted by Piff
Less than 3 pounds! Pretty incredible advancements from 1980 to 1990.

How light are the Virus 979 frames?
I have my 1991 979 (56cm) frame and fork weights at the house, Ill try to remember and post them. If I recall correctly, it was almost exactly a pound lighter than a 56cm Colnago Super from '77
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In the dawn of the monocoque carbon frames, many had around 200gm in Bondo plus paint weighing 100 to 150gm.
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My 1991 56cm Vitus 979 is 4 pounds 9 ounces for frame and fork.

My 1999 56cm Pinarello (Telekom frame, 7003 aluminum) is 4 pounds 6 ounces for frame and fork.

The 979 was a genuine lightweight of it's day.
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I own a near-mint, slightly later, 200EMS in the same white. Somewhere in my garage rafters. lol
My plan involves building it up with NOS 7700 or 7410 one of these days.
Beautiful framesets. Not so light, nowadays.
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My later 200 SCI is 18 lbs 12 ozs right now without any real attempt to go light. Modern build though with Shimano R8000 parts, Campagnolo Zonda wheels, alloy seatpost, heavy saddle, alloy bars, the pedals and alloy bottle cages. Would be easy to shed a lb or more off of that. Not super light but plenty respectable in my book by even today's standards.
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