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Does Kestrel still make their 200sci/300ems bikes?(5 posts)

Does Kestrel still make their 200sci/300ems bikes?JohnnyCat
Jan 26, 2004 2:41 AM
I have their 2004 pamphlet of new bikes and the 200 and 300 are no where to be found. Is the Evoke supposed to be the replacement? It looks like the Evoke is lug constructed. Why would they kill off the line of bikes they are famous for (one piece construction)?

Litespeed Question
Anybody ever ridden a Firenze or Salano or Tuscany. The latter two have GET. Does that stuff have real performance benefits, or is it mainly company hype. The Firenze is incredibly cheap for Ti. Is it because it isn't cold worked or have GET. Now the Classic I believe is cold worked but doesn't have GET. Anybody a Ti expert that could explain if GET or cold worked is worth the price difference?
Jan 26, 2004 7:30 AM
Check out the Kestrel website,
What you see there is what they now offer.

As far as I'm concerned, geometrically enchabced tubing (GET) is just another Litespeed sales gimmick. The idea is that the special shapes enhance performance. Easy to say, but impossible to prove. Litespeed has to do something different every year to keep people interested in overpriced, dull-looking bikes.

If you want cheap Ti, Excel sports sells the Litespeed made Macalu Professional for $1000. Jenson USA also sells a similar model for even less, but they only have a couple of sizes left.

The best frame for you depends on your size and the type of riding you do.
In the past was the website inconsistent or was the pamphlet?JohnnyCat
Jan 26, 2004 9:06 AM
I also have the Kestrel 2003 pamphlet and guess what they had in it: the 200sci and the 300ems, but the website at that time only showed the 300ems. Is it possible they only show bikes on their website that are fairly new or have had upgrades. It just seems odd to kill off a bike line that defined a big part of their company. They used to swear by one piece construction. The Evoke looks lugged.

Totally agree that all there tube shape changes each year are making the company look very lame and suspicious. Give me a freakin break: clover shaped tubes, 10 sided tubes, ovalized tear drop tubes Some Litespeeds are really not that overpriced. Just their GET bikes are.
That's Too Bad....merckxman
Jan 26, 2004 9:07 AM
I found the 200SCI to be a very nice all round bike. I particularly liked the plush ride, and the handling was very predictable. It wasn't a rocket off the line but it really hummed along well once up to speed. The design always evoked nice comments.
Finish is cheaperFez
Jan 26, 2004 12:56 PM
The Firenze sports a satin finish. Translation: dull and cheap looking. They saved a few bucks using that finish.

It does look different than the "bright brushed" finish that is on the Tuscany.