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Kestral 500(12 posts)

Kestral 500Lliduak
Mar 9, 2002 5:07 AM
The Kestral 500 frame is truly a piece of art. Does anyone out there own this frame? How stiff is it?
art? well its interesting..... (psst - its spelt kestrel) nmsecourir
Mar 9, 2002 7:44 AM
where do you put the waterbottle?bianchi boy
Mar 9, 2002 4:55 PM
Or do Kestrel riders just use CamelBaks?
And "spelt" is spelled "spelled."Sintesi at home
Mar 10, 2002 7:55 AM
Sorry, I couldn't resist. : )
sort of...Spirito di Finocchio
Mar 10, 2002 8:40 AM
spelt -   Pronunciation Key  (splt)

A past tense and a past participle of spell.
Damn.Sintesi at home
Mar 10, 2002 8:51 AM
Burned by my own medicine. Go away Spirito, you bother me.
not even this is ARTSpirito di Finocchio
Mar 9, 2002 8:00 AM
some stylin cat in colorado owns this ride.

there is a few more stunning fixed gears at

doesnt get much purer in form than a 1 gear bike.
IMHO that bike is close to perfect..............(nm)Dave Hickey
Mar 9, 2002 8:06 AM
IMHO that bike is close to perfect..............(nm)Spirito di Finocchio
Mar 9, 2002 8:42 AM
i sold my "close to perfect.

IMHO that bike is close to perfect..............(nm)Dave Hickey
Mar 9, 2002 11:20 AM
Why did you sell that?. I remember when you first posted pictures and said you were selling it. I thought " he must be crazy!".
close to, but...Bruno S
Mar 9, 2002 11:52 AM
that section that holds the front derailer breaks the lines. As a fix gear bike it would be perfect.
K-500cyclothymic shrink
Mar 11, 2002 4:43 AM
I have had mine since 1992--logging over 80K all-purpose miles---commuting, centuries, tri and duathlons, multi-day supported tours.
All that said, it is not an ideal bike for any of the above single uses. The small--650C-wheels, and lack of second bottle cage hamper this beautiful bike in fundamental ways. Also the paint chips and scratches very easily, which is not something any one wants in a frame this dear. And the smaller wheels simply do not inspire as much confidence in descents of over 40 mph.
That said, I have greatly enjoyed it. It climbs very quickly, and it supremely comfortable for 2 reasons--carbon frame damps low frequency road buzz, and the seat tubeless design allows up to a cm of flex in vertical plane. So despite the harsher little wheels, the ride is as plush as any rigid frame could be. And the frame has held up thu 2 big crashes, all manner of inclement weather, and world travel. All in all, a great bike and trusted friend--ideal if the wheels were 700C(apparently frame design limitations prevent this)