Kestrel RT 900 SL Road Bike

5/5 (4 Reviews)
MSRP : $5835.00

Product Description

  • Fork: RT EMS SL Carbon Steerer
  • Handlebar: Kestrel EMS PRO
  • Stem: FSA OS99 Carbon
  • Crankset: Sram Red 39/53
  • Chain: Wipperman 10S8

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Reviews 1 - 4 (4 Reviews Total)

User Reviews

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by hawaiicyclist a Triathlete

Date Reviewed: January 1, 2013

Strengths:    aero, stiff, comfortable, light, beautiful

Weaknesses:    it can break (mine has not yet)

Bottom Line:   
feels like it wants to go forward, no matter what move i make, even if i sneeze.
i have numerous bikes, but this was my first full carbon. bought it from a local pro who got the frame as a replacement after a crash destroyed his first frame. this is now my favorite bike.
it feels amazing and i love every line and curve of it. but knowing that a crash can take it out scares me. so i set it up just as my weekend cruising bike, and will keep my steel frame for crits.

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Favorite Ride:   kalanianaole

Price Paid:    $1000.00

Purchased At:   CL

Bike Setup:   full ultegra except levers which are 105, will switch to a dura ace rear mech soon.
using different kinds of wheels. lightest wheels has it at approx 16.5 pounds

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

Date Reviewed: August 21, 2011

Strengths:    Stiffness
Ride and handling

Weaknesses:    I haven't found one yet.

Bottom Line:   
I purchased the frame, fork, seat post, 2011 SRAM Red Groupo, and Ritchey bar and stem from Bicycle Doctor USA (highly recommended). This bike is just beautiful. The construction is top notch. The frame is stiff, light, aero and very comfortable over rough roads. It handles very well and is very stable at speed and cornering. The bike as built with bottle cages (carbon) and pedals weighs 16.1 lbs.

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Favorite Ride:   Mt Diablo

Price Paid:    $3299.00

Purchased At:   Bicycle Doctor USA

Similar Products Used:   Litespeed Liege
Cannondale R1000

Bike Setup:   SRAM Red Groupo (Black)
Ritchey WCS Evolution Carbon Bars
Ritchey WCS 4-Axis Carbon Stem
Williams 38C Carbon Clinchers
Look Keo Carbon Blades (Chromo)
Sella Italia SLR XC Gel Flow

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Troy Kenyon a Road Racer

Date Reviewed: October 1, 2010

Strengths:    Silky power transfer
Effortless acceleration
Solid feel
Stealthy good looks

Weaknesses:    Not the lightest, but each gram=increase acceleration
Saddle will be hit or miss based on rider size

Bottom Line:   
Stellar ride. The RT900 is an aggressive ride with the ability to chill out, too. This is not the lightest frame you will find, but with the Dura Ace build, it's still plenty light. Stiffness at the bottom bracket is off the charts- much stiffer than my Cannondale R900 - so acceleration is effortless and silky. As a clydesdale, I usually can't hang with the more petite guys on climbs, but was effortlessly glued to a wheel this morning on a pitch well known for shredding big people. Despite the stiffness in all the right places, it feels very smooth on flats and I can easily close paceline gaps just by thinking about it. If you're coming off an older carbon cruiser that is more about comfort than speed, this bike will feel quite stiff overall, but it's worth it for the acceleration.

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Favorite Ride:   Pan Mass Challenge

Purchased At:   TT Bike Fit Lab, War

Similar Products Used:   Cannondale R900
LaPierre (Francaise des Jeux team bike)

Bike Setup:   Stock - Dura Ace, Kestrel carbon bars, FSA carbon stem, Cole Carbon wheels, San Marco Manta saddle

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Michael Wright a Road Racer

Date Reviewed: September 23, 2010

Strengths:    Climbs fast and is comfortable.
Changed out the Zoncolan seat.

Bottom Line:   
Just a couple of pedal strokes and you are off quickly.

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Favorite Ride:   Kestrel RT 900

Price Paid:    $4800.00

Purchased At:

Similar Products Used:   Trek 5500

Bike Setup:   SRAM Red

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