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Kestrel 4000 info wanted(3 posts)

Kestrel 4000 info wantedrand24
Sep 19, 2002 1:57 PM
I am looking to get back into cyling and thinking of buy a cheap comfy road bike (ocr2)and my in-law offers me a Kestrel 4000...I was into cycling when the thing came out and know it was pretty cool at the time...What would I need to do to get it updated if anything? has mostly shimano 600 stuff on it and biopace rings,,,also the shifters are on the downtubes and I was wondering, would it be worthwhile to change that?...finally just wondering if they ever had any real problems that might make it unsafe or maybe it's some cult item that shouldn't be ridden...It looks brand new. I couldn't find any info on this site - in fact I only got two mentions in discussions...I'm sure some of you owned one - what's it like?
re: Kestrel 4000 info wantedJuanmoretime
Sep 19, 2002 4:44 PM
You have a much older Kestrel. I think everything you have is 7 speed which will make it difficult for future upgrades, cassettes and rear hubs only. The rear stays are spaced 126 mm and eight and nine speed are 130 mm on the rear. You can use eight speed shifters and set the limit screw on the rear derailluer if you want to go STI. I was a very good bike in it's day. A friend of mine used to use on as a time trial bike. But if the price is right and the most imporant issue, if it fits you properly. Good luck with it.
I remember only one problem with the old KestrelsTig
Sep 20, 2002 7:50 AM
It wasn't common, but you should check the area around the bottom bracket shell for cracks. The LBS I worked for way back then warrantied about 3 for that problem. Otherwise, go for it. Take a ride and see how it feels. If it doesn't fit, don't take it no matter how good the price is.