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Summary of Reviews
We have read all expert and user reviews on the Kestrel Talon. In summary, this is what cyclists think.
15 reasons to buy
- The Talon’s climbing abilities were regularly given high praise.
- Buyers expressed satisfaction with the price of the Talon, especially as a full-carbon bike and with Shimano 105 kit.
- It’s a fairly light steed. Depending on build, a Talon comes in at anywhere from 16 to 21 pounds.
- Some owners saw the construction of the carbon frame as being of high quality.
- At least one owner was delighted to receive tools and an owner manual with their Kestrel.
- Handling was apparently responsive and stable. This bike cornered well and showed precision on descents.
- The ride quality of the Talon was deemed to be smooth and steady.
- Componentry was lauded on Shimano 105 groupsets, Ultegra kit and SRAM setups.
- No doubt that many owners loved the ‘tremendous sex appeal’ of the Talon, with it’s aero tubing, internal cabling and ‘sleek, clean’ lines.
- The carbon frame exhibited shock-absorbence, lateral stiffness and minimal flex. It was described as being tight but forgiving.
- Through efficient energy-transfer of pedal-power, acceleration was impressive.
- A widely adjustable and reversible seatpost, allows the Talon to be set up as a standard road bike – or as an aggressive triathlon beast.
- It was common to hear from owners who coveted having a distinctive and less common bike.
- Larger riders (up to 250 lbs), regarded the Talon as very sturdy, even bombproof.
- After long-term comparison with other bikes, one expert felt that the Talon was superior in its handling of descents.
8 reasons not to buy
- While cables are routed internally, there are no guides for them. This made rerouting difficult.
- Stability was affected when the bike was set up in the steep triathlon position.
- Some riders felt that the Talon was not suited to frequent endurance rides.
- After 2000 miles, some microcracks appeared in framework. There are a few reports of frame failure.
- A few owners called the Talon ‘flashy’ and ‘ugly’, with accusations that it exuded a ‘cheap feel’.
- Seatpost-slip was a frequent complaint, with one mechanic saying this was due to microcracks in the carbon frame. The aero design was difficult to mount in the clamp of a standard repair stand.
- Occasionally the Talon was criticized as being too stiff, with a hard and unforgiving rear-end.
- One buyer was dismayed at a limited choice of colors.
Expert Reviews0/100 based on 0 rated expert reviews
Im Test: Neun aerodynamisch optimierte Rennräder (In the Test: Nine Aerodynamically Optimized Racing Bikes)
…only Canyon and Kestrel allow for the steep seat angles that time-trialers or triathletes need. With Cervélo, Felt and Kestrel, framesets remain well below RoadBIKE’s demand of 70 Newton meters per degree … In practice, this means imprecise steering maneuvers at high speeds…