Kestrel Evoke SL Road Bike

4.67/5 (3 Reviews)
MSRP : $6300.00

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Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Bob Bichen

Date Reviewed: November 13, 2013

Strengths:    Light weight, good (neutral) handling. Very stable in the descents and climbs very well. Fantastic group (full 2013 SRAM Red).

Weaknesses:    None, really. The Hutchinson tires were not bad for OEM spec but lasted only about 5 rides before they were worn out. In fairness, our Central Illinois roads are chip/rock sealed nightmares and they chew up most. I use 4000s black chili and have had the best overall luck with them on these roads.

Bottom Line:   
This review is for the Evoke 1.0 from BikesDirect. Size 52 for a 30 inseam (5'6") male. Fit perfect after a slightly longer stem (100mm) was installed. I also hated the factory bar as it was too narrow for me (40cm). I went to a 43 c-c and am much happier. I was looking for a bike with a full top end group (either Dura Ace or Red) and this one could not be beat for price. I figured if it was lame I could sell off the parts and keep the group for another build. For $2500 you simply cannot beat this bike. The frame and fork are excellent, providing a light yet stable foundation. The bars, stem, and post are lower end FSA, but completely acceptable as to weight and function. The Kestrel labeled saddle is far more comfortable than I expected. The Vuelta wheels are a pleasant surprise as I figured them to be a throw away or spare set. They are light, and spin very smooth. I have been surprised at how well they have held up given the low spoke count and light weight vs. our very rough Midwestern roads. TIP: I thought I had a bad axle or bearing on the rear wheel but it turned out it was the screw coming loose on the chainstay to seatstay connection. Pull it, grease the contact point (metal lugs) and reassemble carefully (very small screw that is 3mm and could easily be stripped with severe consequences. I used 4nm torque). Also, the Red crank bolts came loose easily. Grease them and reinstall at 8nm spec. The bolts are awesome as they are 6mm outside and 5mm inside so the bolt doesn't spin. Finally, after about 10 rides you need to pull the crank and grease the bearings. Use the tip of a thumbtack to carefully pry out the blue outer seal and use the grease that comes with the bike. Reinstall the bearing seal carefully and reassemble the dust seals and crank arm. I greased it all with Teflon grease and torqued to spec (48 to 52nm). Overall this is probably the best high end road bike available for the price. Kestrel is also noted to still have a lifetime limited warranty (rare these days for carbon) and a crash replacement program. If you have been eyeing this one, quick looking and buy it. You'll be glad you did.

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Jesse Higgins a Commuter

Date Reviewed: June 1, 2010

Strengths:    It's all good. Great value on a nice light bike.

Weaknesses:    None I have noticed.

Bottom Line:   
The bike is actually a 2009. Very nice bike for the money. Comfortable riding, but great handling. SRAM Rival components are very nice. It came with a 50x36 compact crank w/ 12x25 on the back. I dropped the small chainring down down to a 34 and I'm pleased with the climbing ability. I've just turned over 1000 miles on the bike and I'm very pleased. Killer deal on a nice bike.

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Favorite Ride:   They're all good

Price Paid:    $1695.00

Purchased At:   Bikes Direct

Similar Products Used:   Specialized Allez

Bike Setup:   Stock SRAM Rival w/ Crank Bros. Eggbeater pedals

Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:5
Submitted by KV8TR a Recreational Rider

Date Reviewed: December 3, 2009

Strengths:    Great looks, black carbon is sexy. Stiff but plush ride. Great groupo with the scram rival, love the double tap levers. Shimano probably shifts a little smoother but no complaints on the scram.

Weaknesses:    Maybe the seat, will have to ride more. If you want me to get real picky, some of the gel coat has areas where it is a little dull looking, but you have to be within inches and have the light just right to see. Most people would never notice it. For the price, I can't complain

Bottom Line:   
The 2009 Kestel Evoke SL arrived undamaged. The bike is much better looking in person than the pics show online. Top and bottom tubes are a modified trapezoid shape, very aero! The evoke weighed 16lbs 4oz which is only 2oz off what the Manfc shows. I rode 32 miles today and could not be happier with the bike. This is my first roadbike in 20 years, I am mainly a Mnt Biker.

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Favorite Ride:   XC mnt biking

Price Paid:    $1695.00

Purchased At:   Bikes Direct

Similar Products Used:   Rode a friends Trek Madone, did not like the dura-ace shifter brake lever combo.

Bike Setup:   Stock accept for Crank bros pedals.

Reviews 1 - 3 (3 Reviews Total)

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Kestrel Evoke SL or TSR3 SL???

Hey everyone, I'm looking to buy my first road bike and was hoping this forum could help me decide between these two bikes. I have read a couple of post on the Evoke and the owners seem pretty happy with the bike but I can't really find any info on the TSR3. Kestrel Evoke SL [url] ... Read More »

Kestrel Evoke SL - Experiences

Hello, Back in September, I ordered a Kestrel Evoke SL from BikesDirect (BD). I had a very good experience dealing with Mike, the owner, and wanted to add my two cents regarding both the good service at BD and the quality of the Evoke. A month or so before I purchased the bike, I was correspo ... Read More »

Assemble Evoke SL ... Void Warranty?

Warranty language from the Kestrel website: [I]Kestrel Bicycles provides the original retail purchaser of each new Kestrel bicycle a limited lifetime warranty against defects in materials and workmanship for the bicycle frame and rigid fork when purchased from and assembled by an authorized Kestr ... Read More »

Kestral evoke sl?

Well...its getting down to the wire to pick a new bike..and I am still wavering....I was very impressed with a specialize roubaix elite 2010 which I can get at my LBS for 1700. It was very comfortable and a relaxed kind of position. The only drawback is...its really heavy at 19+ lbs. I got a c ... Read More »

My Kestrel Evoke SL arrived too!

It was time to upgrade my Windsor Knight with a SRAM equipped carbon fiber bike. Since the Le Champion CF was sold out I took a closer look at the Evoke SL. After reading all the positive comments I ordered a 52cm Kestrel. So far I am very impressed with the build quality and its lightweight. The fi ... Read More »

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