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softride vs Kestrel Talontribiker
Oct 12, 2001 4:12 PM
Looking to purchase new road bike for doing triathlons. I will be doing mostly Olympic distance but will do an Ironman Distance race in 2003. I would rather have a basic road set up bike instead of the forward tri syle. The traffic here is hard to train with. I need to stay on my handle bars so I can avoid trouble.

Anybody now riding these types of bikes?

I am also interested in comments campy vs shimano
re: softride vs Kestrel Talonbrider
Oct 18, 2001 1:04 PM
I've ridden custom Softrides for a few years, and they are by far the most comfortable bikes I've ever ridden. Dependig on the type of frame you chose, you do give up something in overal weight, but the isolation from road vibration makes such a big difference in fatigue that you won't notice it. I have a custom Ti-Cycles (titanium builder in Seattle) road bike, as well as a custom steel track bike. My advise is to get the stiffest frame you possibly can, and let the beam provide the comfort.
re: softride vs Kestrel TalonOld Man
Oct 18, 2001 10:08 PM
I bought a Talon in April and love it. The ride of a Carbon Frame is exceptional. The Talon climbs and excelerates quite nicely. With the two slots on the seat post, the Talon allows for a lot of adjustments. With this bike you can try a relaxed/road geometry or an aggressive/triathlon geometry to find what works for you. The Talon is priced very well and you really can't beat the price for the bike and components.

Test road a Softride once, but don't remember much. I do now the Talon was a bargin and you can't go wrong if it's your first Carbon Frame Bike.

Shimano or Campy? I've used both and it's just a matter of preference. Shimano is indexed and Campy isn't. The Brake Hoods are designed differently. Campy has 10-speeds and Shimano 9. Plus, I'd say Shimano is much more available at your local store and mail order. You can't go wrong either way and you'll never know until you give one a try.
re: softride vs Kestrel Talonoo7guy
Dec 21, 2001 10:44 AM
I Have a 98' Softride and wont ride another bike. It makes you a smoother rider and able to conserve some energy for that run. Going from a traditional style bike to a Softride all of my bike splits dropped off dramatically. But it all truely boils down to personal opinion. Good luck!