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Kestrel Talon....opinions??

Old 04-08-09, 04:44 AM
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Kestrel Talon....opinions??

I found a good deal on a Kestrel Talon frameset, anyone have any experience or opinions on these? I'm interested because its a new frameset from a dealer so it would be under warranty. I'm not too concerned about weight, mainly stiffness.
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I had a Kestrel Talon quite a few bikes ago and they're nice enough. Ride quality does leave some to be wished for though... basically the typical "old" carbon frames... completely dead and wooden feeling. Except for that, it's a not a bad bike.
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I have one and I like it. As noted above, some will find the ride quality kind of wooden or dead - but the flip side of that is that it suppresses road buzz and vibration as well as any bike I've ridden. I ride a lot of miles on chip seal roads, and long after most folks I'm with are complaining about the road quality, numb hands, etc I'm still able to roll along feeling good.

Is it the older style Talon frame? The '09 bike looks like it was updated quite a bit - I haven't ridden that.

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I looked at getting one really seriously and I almost pulled the trigger-
but for me, the fact that it is a bonded frame (glued together pieces, not made in a single mold) and the frame not being designed with some of the "new technology" (maybe bull feathers, maybe not, who knows) made me hold off at the last minute.

If you are getting a good deal- a bike is a bike, and this one works well.
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Originally Posted by audiojan View Post
completely dead and wooden feeling.
Originally Posted by jonathanb715 View Post
some will find the ride quality kind of wooden or dead
You hear that expression fairly often -- or at least you used to -- but I was really surprised at how accurately the word "wooden" expressed my sensations of riding the Talon.

Three years ago when I was shopping for a new bike I got the short list narrowed down to a Cannondale Synapse, a Giant TCR, and a Kestrel Talon. The short list very quickly got narrowed down from 3 to 2 after a 15 minute ride on the Talon: It really felt like it was made of wood! There was this clackety-clack sensation that reminded me of toothpicks or 1x3's whenever I'd ride over rough pavement.
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it's an '07 model frame.

its interesting to hear about this "dead" or wooden feeling. I remember seeing a guy with a Talon on a recent group ride, maybe I'll run into him again this week and see if I can take his bike for a quick test ride. There aren't any Kestrel dealers here in Hawaii that I know of, so I can't really test ride it any other way.
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I just found out there is a dealer in my area. So I will see if I can take one out for a test ride.

I'm a college student so I can't really afford some of the nicer carbon frames, especially new with a warranty. If I don't like the Talon I will probably just stick with aluminum.
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Just get a CAAD9 and be done with it.
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Originally Posted by chummdizzle View Post
I just found out there is a dealer in my area. So I will see if I can take one out for a test ride.

I'm a college student so I can't really afford some of the nicer carbon frames, especially new with a warranty. If I don't like the Talon I will probably just stick with aluminum.
http://www.competitivecyclist.com/ro...bike-5977.html
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Originally Posted by chummdizzle View Post
it's an '07 model frame.

its interesting to hear about this "dead" or wooden feeling. I remember seeing a guy with a Talon on a recent group ride, maybe I'll run into him again this week and see if I can take his bike for a quick test ride. There aren't any Kestrel dealers here in Hawaii that I know of, so I can't really test ride it any other way.
I have the '07 model myself. It does a great job of killing road vibration. It may feel a little wooden, but that doesn't bother me that much. I got it for about the same price as an aluminum bike, so I'm pretty happy. It seems pretty damn stiff to me. It is my first carbon bike, so I may not totally know what I'm talking about.
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you can also find some good deals on hellafasters and soloists
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I bought a Talon in 2006, it was my first carbon road bike. I loved it and still do. I still have it, the finish on it still looks like new, I converted it into my tt bike. It is stiff enough for me. It's not super light, but it is very reliable and I think it is more durable than a lot of the other Carbon bikes. It is a bit wooden, but that is not necessarily a bad thing. I have won races on it, I have ridden centuries on it and now I ddo tt's on it. If you get into racing, you may want to upgrade your bike, then you can convert the talon to a tt bike.
Bang for buck, it's a great bike. However, I bought a different bike from Bikes direct and had a terrible experience with their customer service, so, I would advise against buying from them.

Good luck.
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