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Sneak Peek: 2011 Kestrel Road Bikes

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Kestrel sent us a few photos of their new-for-2011 RT1000 road bike, which will be offered in three trim levels: Dura-Ace, Ultegra and 105.

The RT1000 frameset uses their 800K Carbon, a proprietary new blend of High-Modulus carbon fibers to provide “the lightest, best riding frame possible while maximizing the handling response.”

Kestrel’s Steven Harad says “It allows us to custom tune the ride quality of the frame to be ultra stiff in the head tube, and bottom bracket area while allowing us to keep the ride quality extremely comfortable. Like our other Kestrel frames, we use a modular monocoque design that follows our Frameset Component Integration. This means the fork, seat post and rear stays are designed specific per size to ensure that each one of our sizes rides exactly like the other size. It’s important that the 62cm rides as well as our 48cm in ride quality. Our rear stays and fork are designed to absorb maximum road shock to keep the rider from feeling fatigued on a long ride and our sloping top tube and larger head tube provide the perfect combination for a more comfortable ride.”

The RT1000 Dura-Ace model is shown above, check out the Ultegra model after the break…

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Price ranges from $2000ish for the Shimano 105 to $5800ish for the Dura Ace. Final pricing and weights will be determined shortly.

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Gillis
Gillis
13 years ago

just my opinion, but that bike fugly. especially those wheels.

Hugh Jass
13 years ago

Kestrel was a bicycle company once. Now it’s just a brand.

Val
Val
13 years ago

Stop treating us like we are dumb. it’s a bikesdirect brand and you know it.

Smith
Smith
13 years ago

What’s going on with those seat stays?

They look like a pair of bell-bottoms from the 70’s… only uglier.
Despite the comment from their spokesman, they also appear to be tailor made to send road-buzz and jarring bumps straight up into your ‘Khyber Pass’.

One other thing (and it’s not just Kestrel that does this… see TREK, FELT Giant and many others) is that I DESPISE it when companies release the same frame in different colours (and/or graphics/labels) that correspond with which group-set came with the bike.

Do they want everybody to tell from 150 meters that you are riding a 105 bike or a Dura-Ace bike?
It’s nice to have colour options… but bringing ‘price point’ into it makes no sense to me.

A frame is a frame and may have many different components on it during its lifetime… why encode the frame with ‘obvious history’.
Dumb.

paste
paste
13 years ago

omg… what is going on here? this is the ugliest bike i have ever seen….

mick
mick
13 years ago

The ugliest bike you have ever seen…?
jeez… not my favorite, but you must not see too many bikes….
This would only come mid pack in an ugly bike contest.

johnny a owner
johnny a owner
11 years ago

Its is a sweet ride i have been riding 23 years, and yes this RT1000 -dura ace is like silk. the weight was on a digital scale 16.5 lbs without pedals size 50 frame.

Gary
11 years ago

Just bought for my wife. Love the design.

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