Kestrel Talon Tri Triathlon Bike

4/5 (1 Reviews)
MSRP : $2625.00

Product Description

  • Fork: Talon Ems Sl Carbon Steerer
  • Handlebar: Profile T2 Wing Alloy
  • Headset: FSA Devolution 1/8"-1/4"
  • Crankset: Ultegra 39/53
  • Cassette: 105 12-23

Review Options:  Sorted by Latest Review | Sort by Best Rating

Reviews 1 - 1 (1 Reviews Total)

User Reviews

Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:5
Submitted by bobe123 a Recreational Rider

Date Reviewed: March 12, 2012

Strengths:    Great ride, very efficient energy transfer, laterally stiff, vertically compliant, tracks straight like a laser beam, very responsive cornering, climbs and descends very well ( I have climbed Mt Diablo well over 125 times with this bike). Comfortable bike for longer rides once I was correctly fitted - prior to correct fitting my back would become sore if more than 35 miles or so.

Weaknesses:    Not really a weakness of the bike but It took me a long time to adjust to long top tube. Once I figured out the correct positioning and selected the correct stem length all has been fine. Also short wheelbase requires some riding adjustment - tinny inputs will make the bike turn, and turn very quickly. After a little saddle time I learned to relax my hand pressure on the bars and all has been fine since.

Bottom Line:   
2001 Kestrel Talon - mine is set up for road but posting here since there isn't a selection for Talon under road.
Long story short, purchased in 2001 and have ridden a little over 2k per year since, the bike now has over 22k on it. During this entire time I have not had a single problem with the frame which to this day still rides the same as the day I purchased it. Of course, I have had to replace drive train components along the way. I also upgrade the handlebars to FSA KWings (love them), the wheels to Velomax Orions (now with over 15k and never touched once in spite of taking some wicked pot hole hits) and I have replace the saddle as well. Best hobby/sports purchase that I have ever made and would do it all over again.

Expand full review >>

Favorite Ride:   Mt Diablo, 3 Bears,

Price Paid:    $1995.00

Purchased At:   Performance Bike

Bike Setup:   Velomax Orion, Ultegra Groupo, RaceFace chain rings, DurAce Chain, FSA KWings

Reviews 1 - 1 (1 Reviews Total)

Review Options:  Sorted by Latest Review | Sort by Best Rating

Kestrel Talon 105 Tri

Hi all - Currently I ride a Motobecane Century all carbon bike. It has been great since last year. All Shimano 105 stuff, really nice overall bike, I realize it isn't one of the big names, but it was a great way to get into the sport. Reality is, I'll never spend days crisscrossing the US on my b ... Read More »

Kestrel Talon - good choice for tri/road bike?

I currently have a Giant OCR1 that is my all purpose bike, including daily commutes in nice weather (I'm in New England). I'm starting to train for triathlons this spring and I'd like another bike for tri's and weekend rides. The Kestrel Talon caught my eye because of its aero properties and ... Read More »

Soloist v. Talon v. ??? for road + some tri

Hi- I'm considering either the Soloist or the Talon (not SL) for primarily road use (long hilly rides in CO, no road racing) and some tri's (hope to eventually do at least a half-ironman). This will be my first and only road bike ( a while, got rid of my Peugeot touring bike in '92 after di ... Read More »

Read More »



RoadbikeReview on Facebook