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Old 03-27-07, 08:19 PM
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kestrel history

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Does anyone either have, or know a source where I can obtain a history of Kestrel bikes? I am looking for information on models, differences in models (style, construction, geometry), years of production, and if possible, scans of catalogs. Serial number ranges would be great also. I have contacted the company and they helped somewhat, but still pretty vague. Any help would be appreciated. Thanks in advance.
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I believe that the were closely associated with Schwin in the late 80s and early 90s
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I ordered a catalog from them. They've got a history of carbon innovation, or something.
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This taken from www.wrenchscience.com:


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In 1986, a company was formed with the purpose of designing and building the World's first all-carbon bicycle frames. The company was called Cycle Composites, Inc. (CCI) and the bikes were branded Kestrel. The founders of CCI, Bevil Hogg and Tom French, were two of the three men who started Trek Bicycles in the early 1970's. Since that time, Hogg had been involved in early carbon frame development and French had moved on to Blackburn Design, where he served as president. The two teamed up with Brent Trimble --an inventor who had the first design and manufacturing concepts of what would become the Kestrel frame--and started the new company in Santa Cruz, California.

A significant change came in 1988, when industry giant Schwinn purchased controlling interest of Kestrel and became its "parent" company. Combining Kestrel's carbon design expertise and Schwinn's financial and distribution resources would allow for an increase in manufacturing and new product development.

Kestrel’s history is one famed with many “firsts”. Kestrel was founded on the premise of creating bikes from the best materials available and they have not fallen short of that goal by any means. They have been the world leader in carbon fiber bicycle technology since their inception in 1986 and they continue to be at the cutting edge of innovation to this day. Their development has focused on frames designed for road and triathlon. They have become the leading authority for Ironman competitive bikes, with most of the world’s top triathletes trusting their performance to the scientific engineering of Kestrel’s aerodynamic frames. If their athlete testimonials don’t convince you to buy a Kestrel frame and push the limits that have constrained your performance on other frames, their track record for industry breakthroughs should speak for itself: First all carbon production frame (Kestrel 4000), 1986/87 - First carbon fiber fork (Kestrel EMS), 1989 - First one-piece carbon fiber road handlebars (EMS Pro Road), 2001.

In 1989 when Kestrel released their first carbon fiber road fork, the EMS Fork, they stunned the bicycle world again. It offered stiffness and strength beyond the steel forks of the time, lighter weight than bonded aluminum forks, and shock damping traits that metals cannot match. The EMS Fork was an overnight success, chosen by all the top teams in the U.S. (Chevrolet/LA Sheriffs, Coors Light, Subaru-Montgomery, etc.) as well as Greg LeMond's Team "Z" in the European peloton. In fact, with the EMS carbon fork, Kestrel created a whole new category for performance road forks. Today, you would be hard-pressed to find a high-performance road bike that does not include a carbon fork.

Today Kestrel continues to innovate and offer world-class products with their Evoke, Talon SL and Talon models at an affordable price. Don’t be mistaken by their comparatively low prices, Kestrel’s technology and frame design are second to none. Every Kestrel frame is designed with a purpose from the ground up. All design work is done with 3-D solid model CAD drawings which translate to machine code used to build high-tolerance production molds. After the modeling is all done they build the prototypes and begin rigorous testing. Every condition a frame is likely to encounter is tested and then refined. The beauty of carbon fiber is that you can lay up the material and structural shape to optimize stiffness and control while still allowing for a comfortable ride. Next the prototypes are subjected to miles of testing under Kestrel’s sponsored pros and test riders. Some of those test riders are the engineers themselves. After all the quality control and testing is over, a frame model is ready for release. Kestrel is so confident of their manufacturing quality they offer a lifetime warranty. Take a look around and see how many other carbon manufacturers offer this and you will begin to understand how confident we are in saying Kestrel produces some of the finest carbon frames in the world.
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Kestrel and Aegis were once together.

http://www.thebikestand.com/aegis.html
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Originally Posted by tornado
Kestrel and Aegis were once together.

http://www.thebikestand.com/aegis.html

Thanks for all the help. But what I am looking for is the details of the models, production years, serial numbers and best of all, catalog pictures! Thanks!
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