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Old 05-12-2014, 09:42 AM   #33271
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Just picked up this bad boy. Don't know the specs but had a friend confirm it's a good road bike for 800 bucks. I'm just getting into this.

Your "friend" lied to you. That's a triathlon bike, not a road bike. However, the price seems good.
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Old 05-12-2014, 10:16 AM   #33272
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Wait what? its not a true Tri bike. The seat can be moved forward to use it for Tri's. I took it to the local bike shop to get fitted on it and no one said it was a tri bike.
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Old 05-12-2014, 10:28 AM   #33273
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Maybe "technically" an aero-road bike... but if anyone asked me, I'd tell 'em it's a tri bike.
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Old 05-12-2014, 10:30 AM   #33274
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Ok well tell me the downfalls of this then? The bike fits me good and I'm a noob at this. From what I was told you can move the seat forward to the other position and use it as a tri bike.

Anyways please let me know of and major draw backs you see by using this.

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Old 05-12-2014, 10:48 AM   #33275
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If it fits you, ride it for a whille and see if bicycling is really something you want to do. If it is, then spend a couple grand + on a "real" road bike. Be careful, upgradeitis is contagious!!!
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Old 05-12-2014, 11:00 AM   #33276
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Ok well tell me the downfalls of this then? The bike fits me good and I'm a noob at this. From what I was told you can move the seat forward to the other position and use it as a tri bike.

Anyways please let me know of and major draw backs you see by using this.
An aero-road has a bit of compromised geometry compared to a traditional road bike. It's trying to do well at two things (aero and road) but sacrifices have to be made somewhere in order to accommodate both. This is usually evident in head tube angles, top tube geometry and reach/stack heights. It's probably going to be a very stiff frame and not very forgiving should the road conditions degrade. With that horizontal top tube and those deep drops, I'd suggest investing in some comfort items that will lessen some of the harsh ride. Carbon bars (maybe with gel under the wrap), I would say add a carbon seat post with a shock-absorbing insert but that doesn't look to be possible with the aero post from Kestrel.

At any rate, ride it for awhile and make it your own until you form your own opinions about it. We're just talking heads on a message board that are seeing things in one dimension only.

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If it fits you, ride it for a whille and see if bicycling is really something you want to do. If it is, then spend a couple grand + on a "real" road bike. Be careful, upgradeitis is contagious!!!
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Old 05-12-2014, 11:00 AM   #33277
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Ok well tell me the downfalls of this then? The bike fits me good and I'm a noob at this. From what I was told you can move the seat forward to the other position and use it as a tri bike.

Anyways please let me know of and major draw backs you see by using this.
Drawbacks - none, go ride and have fun.

Geometry from what I saw on bikes direct isn't anything funky so it should handle fine. Now if it had aero bars and bar end shifters that'd be a different story but it's set up for road.
Biggest hurdle with used for a first bike is fit and it sounds like you've already cleared that one.
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Old 05-12-2014, 11:01 AM   #33278
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Wait what? its not a true Tri bike. The seat can be moved forward to use it for Tri's. I took it to the local bike shop to get fitted on it and no one said it was a tri bike.
It's no more a Tri-bike than my Specialized Venge is. These are just the latest crop of 'aero-frame' road bikes. Below is an actual Tri-bike, the Specialized Shiv:

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Old 05-12-2014, 11:33 AM   #33279
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Thanks everyone.

I'm getting into this because I'm tired of running. I just wont push my self hard enough and don't enjoy it that much. I live right by the river trail in sac so I have a 32 mile 1 direction trail to play with. I have one 1 ride on it so far but really enjoyed it.
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Old 05-12-2014, 12:39 PM   #33280
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Good, that's all that matters. And ditto on geometry. Looks more like a aero road frame to me. Putting aero bars on a road bike is a poor compromise, too, so I'd avoid doing that if that's the direction you want to go.

Miss your Dakar, Parx? I'm getting a ton of saddle time on mine for the first time in a while. Feels great!
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Old 05-12-2014, 07:47 PM   #33281
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Back on it today. I've diddled with the mountain bike just a couple hundred miles a year these last few years. Took a short (10 mi) spin on the Vitus today. Going for four digits in the all surface miles this year.

You know it's been a while when the first thing you have to do, before anything else, is lubricate the pump leather.

Felt good! The legs kinda remember this circle thing. I recall sitting more 'in' the bike before. Nothing's been moved on the bike, but felt more like I was 'on' it, if that makes any sense.
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Old 05-12-2014, 11:49 PM   #33282
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Thanks everyone.

I'm getting into this because I'm tired of running. I just wont push my self hard enough and don't enjoy it that much. I live right by the river trail in sac so I have a 32 mile 1 direction trail to play with. I have one 1 ride on it so far but really enjoyed it.

I haven't seen a Kestrel since the eighties except for guy riding an old one on the Tues night rides.I didn't know they still made bikes. I guess they are pretty popular in the Tri world,But they make what they call an Aero road bike,which I guessing this is. Like Ridge said it probably won't be as compliant as a regular road bike.Have fun ride the bike be a kid again.
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Old 05-13-2014, 02:41 AM   #33283
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I like Bike Tires Direct. I'm a big guy and they carry my size in a couple different brands.

Castelli has a slimmer fit BTD carrys up to3X which is my size in their brand. I love em they are comfortable and last a long time.
I like Boure cycle wear, I am a large rider and they have up to 3x.
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Old 05-13-2014, 02:41 AM   #33284
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I like Boure cycle wear, I am a large rider and they have up to 3x.
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Old 05-13-2014, 07:26 AM   #33285
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I haven't seen a Kestrel since the eighties except for guy riding an old one on the Tues night rides.I didn't know they still made bikes. I guess they are pretty popular in the Tri world,But they make what they call an Aero road bike,which I guessing this is. Like Ridge said it probably won't be as compliant as a regular road bike.Have fun ride the bike be a kid again.
They're sold on http://bikesdirect.com/ - that tells me that they exist in brand only.... a mere shell of the former company. That doesn't make this bike a bad one though - it's now another mass-produced bike like a million others out of Taiwan. Again, that's not to criticise the bike itself. It looks very, very aero, competent and.... twitchy!
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