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I know they are still around. They were one of the first to make carbon fiber frames. I would think they would be the kings of carbon fiber, but I rarely see or hear about Kestrel. I always lusted for a Kestrel back in the late 80's and early 90's but could never afford one.
 

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bsdc said:
I know they are still around. They were one of the first to make carbon fiber frames. I would think they would be the kings of carbon fiber, but I rarely see or hear about Kestrel. I always lusted for a Kestrel back in the late 80's and early 90's but could never afford one.
I think they concentrate more on the tri market than pure roadies. Lots of $$$ there.
 

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bsdc said:
I know they are still around. They were one of the first to make carbon fiber frames. I would think they would be the kings of carbon fiber, but I rarely see or hear about Kestrel. I always lusted for a Kestrel back in the late 80's and early 90's but could never afford one.

It's funny I was thinking of the same thing just yesterday. My friend rides a Kestrel Evoke. The thing is very light, very comfortable. Aesthetically, I should say that it is not the best appealing IMO.
I really think that it comes down to what other bikes are available in that price range. If I had $4500-$5000 to spend on a bike, I'll probably get a Look frame with a Chorus build or maybe something else besides an Evoke.
 

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bsdc said:
I know they are still around. They were one of the first to make carbon fiber frames. I would think they would be the kings of carbon fiber, but I rarely see or hear about Kestrel. I always lusted for a Kestrel back in the late 80's and early 90's but could never afford one.
I alway liked the look of Kestrels too, but couldn't afford one back then. The bigger makers have moved into their space and have better price vs. performance products IMO. Seem to be in business and going, but without the marketing angle of being the only or best maker of CF.

It is tough to be a niche player when the big boys move in.
 

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The 200SC is a beautiful frame. That's the one I always wanted.

I think it's the 500 series that doesn't have a seat tube. I always wanted to ride one of those. I looks like it would be plush.
 

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yep the 500 is nice

i use one for triathlons--i liked the unique look and it is comfy for going hard for 112 miles
their later bikes are more aero, but to me uglier. the paint design ont he evoke was just ugly to me.
anyway, ebay is a good place to get one.
jim
 

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Kestrel....

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I was surprised to learn that Kestrals (at least the one I saw) are made in China.
I think only the Talon is made in China. No worries though, it is rock solid. Here is mine:

 

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200ems...

i have one of the last few 200ems frames made at their old
Watsonville, CA plant. it is a very comfortable ride, almost
plush, for a non-suspended bike. i got the frame back in
1991 with full DA SIS 8spd, paragon Ti BB, mavic open4cd
w/32/28 bladed DTs, flite Ti saddle, Thomson seatpost,
time criterium pedals. recently upgraded wheels(korso),
pedals(shimano pd6610), shoes(nike altea2). it's still a
great ride.

at the time, a buddy of mine bought a merlin superlight which
i thought was too 'boingy' for me, so went for the relatively 'dead'
but stiff 200ems. as i'm a returning cyclist, i now find the bike
is a bit scary descending; i'm not sure if it's the new wheels
(korsos w/mich pro2race) or it's just me getting old, but man,
some descents seem downright frightning - the bike is still
quick into a curve, but feels like it's accelerating rather than
holding a line like it used to(yeah, yeah, call me a weenie...)

i too am sad that the talons are made in china(martek?) but
if the QC is high, then there should be no worries about the frame.
 

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cwg_at_opc said:
i have one of the last few 200ems frames made at their old
Watsonville, CA plant. it is a very comfortable ride, almost
plush, for a non-suspended bike. i got the frame back in
1991 with full DA SIS 8spd, paragon Ti BB, mavic open4cd
w/32/28 bladed DTs, flite Ti saddle, Thomson seatpost,
time criterium pedals. recently upgraded wheels(korso),
pedals(shimano pd6610), shoes(nike altea2). it's still a
great ride.

at the time, a buddy of mine bought a merlin superlight which
i thought was too 'boingy' for me, so went for the relatively 'dead'
but stiff 200ems. as i'm a returning cyclist, i now find the bike
is a bit scary descending; i'm not sure if it's the new wheels
(korsos w/mich pro2race) or it's just me getting old, but man,
some descents seem downright frightning - the bike is still
quick into a curve, but feels like it's accelerating rather than
holding a line like it used to(yeah, yeah, call me a weenie...)

i too am sad that the talons are made in china(martek?) but
if the QC is high, then there should be no worries about the frame.
The older I get, the less I like having a bike that is stiff and accelerates well and the more I want a bike that's "boingy."
 

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A happy Kestrel Evoke road rider here. Kestrel is still operating in Santa Cruz, about a half mile from my home. In their Santa Cruz office, they handle design, product development, and marketing/distribution management. Their products are indeed produced in China, as are most carbon cycling products.

Their website: http://www.kestrel-usa.com/index.php
 

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ME TOO. Amen brother!

bsdc said:
The older I get, the less I like having a bike that is stiff and accelerates well and the more I want a bike that's "boingy."
 
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