Strengths: stiffness, looks, pedigree.& the straight top tube which is different these days !
Top of the game when 1st produced in my opinion, Still holds it today, not many around ,so got that head turning capability still.
Weaknesses: Paint , thats about it really, does chip & goes dull a bit too easily !
(see below re possible 'should I re-paint' her ) appreciate the opinions on that
I'd read all these comments & saw one for sale ... so with the see-one-buy-it in my memory - bought it ! £125.GBP / $180 ish
PLUS >>>> Anyone think I've committed a criminal act in fitting mine with Campag kit? - build it from frame up ,so always (nearly always ) had Campagnolo, & had all the bits seems to go fine & looks the part , but in the back of my mind ,I'm thinking ~ I'm in the 1% without shimano ?? any thoughts or honest comments welcome.
One last Q to you all out there ... If I repaint this same as factory colours ,& even with proper decals back on
it , who thinks it would be de valued ? or is it a who cares issue ? cheers folks
Date Reviewed: October 7, 2012
Strengths: Believe it or not, I bought this bike for $100 from a friend. I currently have a two Specialized full carbon bikes that cost between $2,500 and $3,000 and I like this bike best. Of course I changed out the components to some used 105's I had hanging around the garage and replaced the fork to replace that questionable headset. Now this bike is so smooth and blows the Specialized bikes away in the corners. IF someone offered me real money for my bike, I would say forget it!
Weaknesses: Yeah the paint chips... so what... get some touch up from the local auto store!
Weaknesses: I had a problem with the rear drop out after a few crashes. The factory eventually replaced the frame for me. No more problems since.
I purchased this bike new in 1989. It was ahead of its time then, and now is still the standard other frames are measured by. Sure there are flashier models out there, but this was the original. It truly rides like a dream and I can vouch for it's durability. This is the design that changed the direction for modern cycling.
Bike Setup: Shimano Ultegra 600 group,Dura Ace pedals, Cane Creek stem, Mavic MA 40 rims, carbon fiber areo seat post, XO saddle, Kestrel EMS carbon fork.
a Road Racer
Date Reviewed: October 15, 2007
Strengths: Sexy, Sexy, Sexy. Competitively lightweight for the price. Unique looking in a field of Madones and other silly bikes. Eats road shock like a gas loaded shock.
Weaknesses: Not the newest, lightest thing on the market. Paint. Came with a somewhat lame Steering Quill which could be much lighter and have less history of catastrophic failure...
Holy wow, this is a fantastic bike. I spent loads of time researching and testing every new, top of the line carbon road bike out there (Lemond, Trek, Orbea, Fuji, Felt, Giant, KHS, Bianchi, etc.) and when it comes down to it, this bad boy rolls with the best of them.
With full Dura Ace all the way around, there's no question that it's a quality piece of gear. There are drawbacks, but they're so minor (paint, seat tube stop is strange, etc.) that I consider them to be idiosyncrasies (I am a huge Peugeot fan too, so idiosyncrasies are alright by me). If you find one of these, buy it immediately with no questions asked- just be prepared to enjoy yourself immensely.
My name is Vafi and I am new here. I started biking several month ago with a Specialized Allez with Tiagra components. My bike was stolen a few weeks ago and I am looking to get a new one off CL.
I am now looking at a Kestrel 200 SCI with all Dura Ace (8 speed) components that wa ... Read More »
I would like to know if anyone has any experience with the paint on older Kestrel 200 SCI frames (or other types of carbon frames) cracking. My frame has 2 cracks on the non-drive side chain stay, two cracks on the junction between the seat stays and the seat tube (one on the top and one on the bot ... Read More »
I've been looking at a bunch of bikes to buy, and one possibility is a 2001 Kestrel 200 SCI carbon with a full Ultegra setup. I'm just looking for a some opinions on this particular bike and also wondering if around $700 is a good price? Opinions? Thanks.Read More »