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Talon SL vs Solosit (x-post from general)(3 posts)

Talon SL vs Solosit (x-post from general)weiwentg
Sep 7, 2003 4:03 PM
too few people responded on general, so I direct this question to the racing forum crowd.

if, HYPOTHETICALLY SPEAKING, I were to relegate my TCR to crit use with somewhat crappy components, and were to build up a new bike, which would you get? I'm looking for a balance of aero and light. mostly be using this for road races, with some TTs, duathlons, and low-destruction criteriums.
the Talon: is carbon. has a nice steep seat angle (I sit pretty far forward, so the 75 degree angle in the 48cm size would be just about right). have a friend who loves hers. Talons SL frameset is likely lighter than the Soloist. but, Kestrels aren't that popular. doesn't necessarily mean anything, but it could. also, I somehow don't think it's as aero as the Soloist.
the Soloist: definitely aero. however, I would prefer to actually test one in person; the 73.5 degree STA is too slack for me, and I would prefer to ride in the 76 degree angle with the seat slightly back (ie, about a 75 degree effective STA). might be heavier than the Kestrel (no one ever gave a frame weight). Cervelo has been very slow in getting their carbon posts out. more worringly, the owner of the local Cervelo dealer advised me against it, saying that in the road position, he found that the bike was occasionally unstable - he nearly went over his bars due to wheel flop once, it seems. he did say that as a triathlon bike, it was fine, so perhaps my tendency to sit very far forward may be an advantage. I'm going to test ride his bike some time; he rides the 51cm (that's center to air, ie a virtual 51), and I believe that that's my size. otoh, if I get that Cervelo, the dealer is about 45 minutes' drive away. I don't think Kestrel has any dealers that are local to me. probably would get the Kestrel from Bicycle Doctor in Indiana.
thoughts? any other bikes to consider? I don't care if you've ridden one bike, the other, both, or none.
re: Talon SL vs Solosit (x-post from general)flyinbowlofmilk
Sep 7, 2003 5:58 PM
Tough one. I would suggest that you get the Talon SL for it lighter but stiffer because of the carbon. But my only question to you . Is could you get it with it being lighter, and still have the aerodynamic that you looking for? Other wise my opionion is go for the Talon SL.


Soloist, but it is harsh AL..Spunout
Sep 8, 2003 9:03 AM
not so comfy, but I guess if you're into that.

As for the stability, I watched team Cervelo (Masters), Jet Fuel, Olympic sprinters hammer their soloists around criteriums. If it was unstable, these guys wouldn't be using them.

For the price, you should get a Superprodigy!