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FRAMES: Kestrel Talon vs. Trek 5500????(5 posts)

FRAMES: Kestrel Talon vs. Trek 5500????nestorl
Sep 5, 2001 10:59 AM
Any opinions anyone? I am about to get a new frame and these are my two top choices. Any other carbon frames for under 1500 That I should consider? Thanks.
5500Len J
Sep 5, 2001 11:14 AM
I can't speak for the Kestral but I have found my 5500 to be responsive as hell while being compliant. In addition it is a bike you can test ride readily. Downside is that there are so many Trek Carbons, so if snob appeal is important, this probably isn't the bike for you. Warranty is good, good buy for the money. I got the red carbon (as opposed to the US Postal color (not as posour).

I would recommend you ride both if possible & choose the one that speaks to you.

cheap at supergopmf
Sep 5, 2001 11:35 AM
I saw it was $1700 with Ultegra.

The Talon is Kestrel's bargain bike. Instead of being a one-piece design like the 200/300/500 models, its two pieces (front + rear triangle) that are bonded together. Even though the 5500 is bonded as well, I'd compare the 300 Sci to the 5500.

I've had a 200 Sci for years and its been a good bike. I'd guess the Talon is also. I've seen a few and find them quite ugly, but beauty is in the eye of the beholder I guess.
cheap at supergonuke
Sep 5, 2001 12:34 PM
I have a Kestrel 200SCI also. I think it's comparable to the Trek 5500. Personally, I find that the Kestrel has a better ride feel for me.

I think that Trek makes a SuperLight 5500, which I would think is comparable to the Kestrel 300EMS.
What about this?keith m
Sep 6, 2001 6:21 AM
You should check out the Scattante' airplane at supergo. $749 with Carve fork and carbon seatpost included. Carbon rear stays with Columbus airplane tubing, seems to be the current trend in high tech bikes. Stiff frame and compliante ride, best of both worlds. The airplane is handmade in the Cinelli factory. This would leave you with more money for other things like a nice wheelset or something.