12:43 PM

ye ole Kestrel


I was browsing through craigslist earlier and found someone selling my old Kestrel Talon.  This was the first carbon bike that I built.  I purchased the frame from a gentleman who used it to compete in the Kona Ironman, his accomplishment sticker is still on the bike’s seat clamp area today.  Come to think of it I can’t believe I bit the bullet and built it myself knowing as little as I did at the time.  I even had to make custom cable stops that fit recessed into the frame.  Cabling this frame took me a whole good part of the day as the cables are all routed internally and it pretty much had no guides.  It all came together quite well though and it looks like most of it is still on the bike.  It used to have Planet X aero bars, a deep HED front wheel and HED trispoke rear.  I loved how mean it looked but the TT setup made it ride like shit compared to the ride quality I get from my bikes now. 

here’s the ad if anyone’s interested. I am not affiliated with the seller, however, and I do not know what the bike has been through: http://orangecounty.craigslist.org/bik/2963366199.html