Kestrel RT 900 SL Road Bike

Kestrel RT 900 SL Road Bike 

DESCRIPTION

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

USER REVIEWS

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[Jan 01, 2013]
hawaiicyclist
Triathlete

Strength:

aero, stiff, comfortable, light, beautiful

Weakness:

it can break (mine has not yet)

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.

OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
5
[Aug 21, 2011]
Tomtama
Recreational Rider

Strength:

Stiffness
Weight
Ride and handling
Construction

Weakness:

I haven't found one yet.

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.

Similar Products Used:

Litespeed Liege
Cannondale R1000

OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
5
[Oct 01, 2010]
Troy Kenyon
Road Racer

Strength:

Silky power transfer
Effortless acceleration
Solid feel
Stealthy good looks

Weakness:

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

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.

Similar Products Used:

Cannondale R900
LaPierre (Francaise des Jeux team bike)

OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
5
[Sep 23, 2010]
Michael Wright
Road Racer

Strength:

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

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

Similar Products Used:

Trek 5500

OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
5
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