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 Post subject: 1996 Kastle 5.5
PostPosted: Sat Jan 07, 2012 1:04 am 
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Picked this up on Gumtree.

Never heard of this brand before, but price dictated that I must buy 8)

Frame is Tange Cromo. Groupset is STX/LX/XT/DiaCompe mix. Finishing kit is all Kastle branded but seems ok quality to me.

In nice, almost mint condition. Just a couple of small marks to the decals on the down tube, and the 'Deore LX' band around the rear hub fell off when I washed it. I'll stick it back on and nobody will know.


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PostPosted: Sat Jan 07, 2012 1:29 am 
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Looks nice. Very subtle styling.

I like it.


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PostPosted: Sat Jan 07, 2012 1:36 am 
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Raging_Bulls wrote:
Looks nice. Very subtle styling.

I like it.


Yeah, it rides well too. Feels light and responsive. Quite pleased. I'm going to keep it.


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PostPosted: Sat Jan 07, 2012 8:00 am 
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Look's decent enough, STX/LX/XT and DiaCompe is quite an eclectic mix, sounds like someone has been into it enough to replace/upgrade bits over the years.

Did'nt this company also do carbon bikes BITD or am i thinking of Kestrel ?


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PostPosted: Sat Jan 07, 2012 10:39 am 
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jimihendrix wrote:
sounds like someone has been into it enough to replace/upgrade bits over the years.


Only the rear mech is XT, so I would imagine this is the usual thing of up-speccing as a selling tool.

Oddly, both rims are the same, but front hub is STX and rear is LX.


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PostPosted: Sat Jan 07, 2012 11:08 am 
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I think they are original from ski, still, i remember an ad or two featuring a girl dressed up as a gorilla. lol

http://www.kaestle-ski.com/en/


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PostPosted: Sat Jan 07, 2012 12:42 pm 
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nice find - Kästle was/is an Austrian Ski manufacturer. When the snowboard area begun Kästle did not jump up this trend and went (almost) bancrupt. Then the Italian Benetton company bought Kästle and established the bike brand - mid 90s was the high time of Kästle with a full range of bikes from beginners bike to somewhat strange looking DH machines as well as pro's road racing bikes.


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PostPosted: Sat Jan 07, 2012 12:44 pm 
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Thanks for the info :D


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 Post subject: another Kästle here
PostPosted: Sat Jan 07, 2012 3:40 pm 
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Well,here's another pleased Kästle owner... 8)

http://www.retrobike.co.uk/forum/viewto ... highlight=


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 Post subject: further pics
PostPosted: Sat Jan 07, 2012 3:44 pm 
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http://www.retrobike.co.uk/forum/viewto ... highlight=


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