Kestrel Evoke Frames

4.53/5 (17 Reviews)


Product Description

The Evoke is Kestrel's new hard-core, road-specific machine. Super light, super stiff, with the super-smooth carbon ride that Kestrel is famous for. Semi-sloped top tube in a full size range for proper fit. 700k carbon fiber modular monocoque construction is comfortable and compliant, yet really responds when it's time to put the pedal to the metal.


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Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Freeagent35 a Recreational Rider

Date Reviewed: July 15, 2013

Strengths:    Light weight, well laid out riding position, full SRAM Red, great parts pick.

Weaknesses:    I don't care for the FSA handlebar. (Not a bad bar, but the drop is narrower and deeper than I prefer).

Bottom Line:   
This is a review on a Evoke 1 from Bikes Direct. Like many, I have considered BD due to their pricing and overall good ratings. I went ahead and took a chance on the Evoke 1 SRAM Red 10 for $2600. Considering that the group alone retailed for that when it was introduced a year ago, it was hard to go wrong. Ordered on Sunday, BD printed shipping on Monday, and in my hands in Illinois by Thursday. The bike was packed very well by Kestrel and arrived without a scratch. I am 5'7" and use a 65 cm c-c BB to seat top. The 52 fits perfectly, even as to the stem length. Cranks are 170 which is also perfect for me. I figured the Vuelta XRP wheels as a throwaway but have come away very impressed with them. Bladed spokes and sealed bearings. Less flex than expected for a 1450 gram wheelset. The bar is too narrow in my opinion for this size (I would recommend going 42) and the drop is very deep. No hack on FSA parts as they are very good, but I will swap out at some point. I also think the bike would benefit from carbon bar and seat post swaps as it is rather stiff, expecially with the wheels. This is also my first BB30 bike and I am in love. No chainline or BB flex noted at all. Even the seat (Kestrel, kind of like a Fizik Arione) is very decent. I expected to swap it, but may not after all. In summary this is a very well laid out $5k bike for $2600. I had to do very little adjusting upon final assembly. (The brakes use side load like V-Brakes so you will need a 2.5 mm allen to adjust them). Other than brakes and some minor adjustments of derailleurs and the chain suck guard the bike needed very little attention after assembly. The wheels were straignt as an arrow. If you are on the fence about this bike, I encourage you to take the plunge.

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Favorite Ride:   Hannibal, MO

Price Paid:    $2600.00

Purchased At:   Bikes Direct

Similar Products Used:   Litespeed Xicon, Look Kx Light, many more.

Bike Setup:   Full SRAM Red, FSA bar, stem, post. Vuelta XRP Team wheelset. Full carbon frame and fork.


Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Kestrelryder a Recreational Rider

Date Reviewed: July 6, 2011

Strengths:    The bike is very responsive and really soaks up the road without sacrificing speed or feel. A real difference from my steel frame, which will be converted into a city bike.

Weaknesses:    None.

Bottom Line:   
I bought the Evoke SL frame as an upgrade to my steel frame, and built it up with some new components. I have taken it on a number of 30 and 50 mile rides and it handles like a dream. Light, smooth and responsive.

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Favorite Ride:   county back roads

Price Paid:    $639.00

Purchased At:   BC Multisport

Bike Setup:   Ultegra brakes, shifters and derailleurs, SRAM Force carbon crankset and Speedplay Zero pedals. MOST Duel wheelset.


Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:5
Submitted by aaronis31337 a Recreational Rider

Date Reviewed: May 19, 2010

Strengths:    Light, cheap, smooth, fast.

Weaknesses:    Wheels and seat. I would think the Mavic wheels would be great, but they suck.

Bottom Line:   
I've had this bike for a little while now. I did a double century right out of the box and I've done a number of 100+ training rides. I LOVE this bike, but there are a few problems. The seat is crap. The cushion goes flat and gets really uncomfortable. The Ksyrium wheels are really flexy and give a lot of brake rub. I tried my Neuvation r28's and they work MUCH better. The ride is really nice, and it's light. I put on Ultegra peddles and the whole bike seems like a tight package. I don't think I'll ride my titanium bike much more. I didn't think a frame can help you climb any better, but the truth is that it does.

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Favorite Ride:   Ione to Volcano

Price Paid:    $1699.00

Purchased At:   Bikesdirect.com

Similar Products Used:   K2 mod3. Moto TI.

Bike Setup:   New Fizik saddle. New Easton ec90 sl bars which are nice and short.


Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Dallas33 a Road Racer

Date Reviewed: August 19, 2009

Strengths:    Fast, Stiff, comfortable.

Weaknesses:    None.

Bottom Line:   
I bought the bike in May of 2008 and purposely waited over a year to write a review so that it was meaningful. The result? This bike has performed very well over the 1,500 miles I have put on it. It is very responsive and doesn't waste any part of your pedal stroke. Climbing is actually fun and it handles great on the downhills. I have not noticed any weaknesses with this frame.

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Favorite Ride:   Hills or Coastal

Price Paid:    $1750.00

Purchased At:   Ebay

Similar Products Used:   Cannondale

Bike Setup:   59cm, Ultegra components, Upgraded to Dura Ace Scandium wheels, Look Keo carbon pedals.


Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Roger a Road Racer

Date Reviewed: August 17, 2009

Strengths:    very stiff, very lightweight 16.2 lbs out of the box, great components, great look and feel

Weaknesses:    saddle so far is a little hard for me and the rear deraileur lug is a little soft

Bottom Line:   
I bought this bike on Ebay at a very good price, it fits me perfect. The bike looks great and feels very strong. When I ride uphill the bike accelerates, it uses every bit of energy to propel forward. It is a great riding bike, the Sram components are the best.

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Favorite Ride:   Long rides

Price Paid:    $1600.00

Purchased At:   Ebay

Similar Products Used:   Kestrel Talon, Cannondale six, Specialized Allez and Roubaix

Bike Setup:   56cm with Sram Rival and Ksyriums wheels



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