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PostPosted: Sun Jan 28, 2007 6:44 pm 
Dirt Disciple
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Here's my retro XC beast, enjoy:


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I'll get pics of the Trimble up as soon as I can get to it up in the loft!


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PostPosted: Sun Jan 28, 2007 7:21 pm 
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Nice!
I dunno much about Kestrel frames but that looks like a tidy package.
Gotta love M952 and Middleburn :D


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PostPosted: Sun Jan 28, 2007 7:22 pm 
B.o.T.Y. Winner / Gold Trader
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Nice to finally see another kestrel on this site, was beginning to feel lonely.

What year is that then DDS ?


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PostPosted: Sun Jan 28, 2007 8:50 pm 
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Hi RetroBG,

I think I was 20 when I bought it (from new) and that's 13 years ago, so I would guess it's from about 1994.

I am so tempted to get myself a new Kestrel road bike but have a bit more saving to do first!! There is something very unique about them. You sure don't see many out on the trails / roads.

DDS


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PostPosted: Sun Jan 28, 2007 9:56 pm 
B.o.T.Y. Winner / Gold Trader
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DDS wrote:

I am so tempted to get myself a new Kestrel road bike but have a bit more saving to do first!! There is something very unique about them. You sure don't see many out on the trails / roads.

DDS


Yeah, if I went roadie I would, lovely clean lines , no lugs or welds makes carbon a real work of art to me .


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PostPosted: Wed Jan 31, 2007 4:15 pm 
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In 1992 I was a Canadian pro privateteer racing in Mammoth Lakes California when I met Brent from " Cycle Composites " Kestrel. Kestrel hooked me up with a sponsorship for 1992-93. I still have a Kesrel csx frame and carbon kevlar prototype handlebars which I am rebuilding now. The ride of carbon is like no other frame material and I was lucky to experience that. The alluminium bb shell has a tendancy to seperate from the carbon and the water bottle braze ons come loose other then that carbon is forever and is mans best friend . To be true to the period you need a Rock Shox Mag " Magnesium " 21 for the front suspension.I Beleive that your red CSX is a 1992 model, Kestrel changed ownership the following years. I have pictures on my web site www.xtremecanada.com of my Kestrel csx in action. [/b]


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PostPosted: Wed Feb 07, 2007 9:30 pm 
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Hi Ken,

Welcome to the forums! Wow must have been pretty cool riding the Kamakazi eh :shock:

DDS >> very cool looking Kestrel, I was always a little confused, what came first, the Trek OCLV or the Kerstrel composite frameset...they both looked pretty simular, apart from the dropouts ofcourse.. :?

Rich


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PostPosted: Wed Feb 07, 2007 10:48 pm 
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It was amazing riding the Kamikaze and I beleive the Kestrel came first the Treks had lugged frames and the Kestrels are monocoque one piece.


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PostPosted: Thu Feb 08, 2007 1:34 am 
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kestrels came first oclv were out in 92. i think maybe late 91 for team riders.


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PostPosted: Thu Feb 08, 2007 10:17 pm 
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I found a bunch of old magazines relating to carbon development and I will post it on my web site in the vintage mags section www.xtremecanada.com in the April 1989 Mountain Bike Action there is an artical about the Kestrel MX-Z allso I found a March 1989 Bicycling mag with the Trek 5000 with a molded carbon frame of 3 composite assemblies : the main triangle, seatstay wishbone and chainstays. Carbon fiber sockets and adhesive bonding attach the 3 elements and the Kestrel is formed in one mold.


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