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Couple of questions before I buy(4 posts)

Couple of questions before I buyMike_C
Sep 18, 2001 8:02 PM
I leaning toward a kestrel talon as my first road bike. they offer the full 105 comp. on the road at the same price as the 105/ultegra comp. on the triathalon spec. and a full ultegra comp for 300 more. ALso the tri. bike comp. are shimano and sti for the road whats the difference? Reverse levers? Obviously a newbie please explain
re: Couple of questions before I buycyclequip
Sep 19, 2001 1:09 AM
A tri-bike is normally suitable only for tri-riding. Upright tubes and forward-sitting position are not suitable for road. Don't get hung up on component choices - you seldom get to compare apples with apples. Get a bike that fits you properly - do some reading - before spending cash on some shiny trophy that does nothing but hurt you after 50 miles in the saddle.
re: Couple of questions before I buyElefantino
Sep 19, 2001 4:50 AM
I assume you've seen the great deal that Supergo has on Talons. The ethical pros and cons of trying at your local LBS and then buying online have been debated here ad nauseum.
As for the tri-bike, I agree. Ignore it. It's not for you unless you're a triathlete.
And, finally, the 105 vs. Ultegra debate is also a frequent one. Depends on you. Ultegra is better. But unless you ride 10,000 miles a year, you're not going to outlive your 105. And you can always upgrade. But some people have buyer's remorse, regretting that they could have had Ultegra for a few dollars more.
It's all dependent on what you'll be happy with. Good luck!
re: Couple of questions before I buydan
Sep 19, 2001 12:31 PM
Well, the advice about tri-bikes is probably right in general, but if I'm not mistaken the Kestrel Ironman is basically their Talon road frame with a different paint job and, e.g., aero bars and bar-end shifters. Maybe that's not what a pure roadie wants--certainly not the bars for racing crits--but it's not the kind of 78 degree seat tube angle you might come to hate on a long road ride. Check the Kestrel web page but I think it's a pretty normal 73 degree or so angle.