Kestrel 200 EMS Frameset

5/5 (5 Reviews)
MSRP : $1850.00


Product Description

Kestrel 200 EMS


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Reviews 1 - 5 (5 Reviews Total)

User Reviews

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:4
Submitted by Raymond a Weekend Warrior from Jamaica

Date Reviewed: April 27, 2002

Strengths:    Supple handling, stiff, very light and fast. Good quality workmanship, and lifetime warranty!

Weaknesses:    discontinued

Bottom Line:   
Never gonna buy another bike. This baby rocks. Coming in at 15 lbs, you're not gonna regret spending that few (well maybe not so few) extra bucks. Just a pity they discontinued the line and they didn't have it in 59/60 cm so my ridng buddy couldn't get one.

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Duration Product Used:   2 Years

Similar Products Used:   Klein Quantum pro, Litespeed Palmeres

Bike Setup:   Full Dura Ace, Ksyrium wheelset, easton handlebar, Brooks Swift Saddle, Ti stem and X1 speedplay

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Michael a Racer from Dayton, Ohio

Date Reviewed: September 4, 2001

Strengths:    Light, Comfortable, Stiff, Fun, Spirited and of course Excellent customer service.

Weaknesses:    None that I have found in 5 yrs of use.


Bottom Line:   
The bike is an absolute blast to ride! It is a very comfortable bike to ride all day on. It loves going fast on tight twisty roads or on the flats. At 15lbs, it is EXTREMELY light and the fact it has a lifetime warranty on it is great. If you want a great riding, fast and fun bike with a company that stands behind it, buy it. And the guys at Kestrel are the best. Ty, Preston and the rest--Thanks.

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Favorite Trail:   Cleveland Metroparks

Duration Product Used:   More than 3 years

Price Paid:    $9000.00

Purchased At:   City Bike Cleveland

Similar Products Used:   Merlin, Bianchi, Time, Kestrel 500 EMS, Mondonico, Torelli, Ritchey, GT Edge Ti, Cervelo

Bike Setup:   Dura Ace Sti and ders, Heylight wheels, Vittoria tubis, TA rings, CArbon cranks, ti stem and 150 grm road bar

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:4
Submitted by Ric a Racer from Billings

Date Reviewed: February 26, 2000

Strengths:    Very light and stable. Excellent quality & workmanship

Weaknesses:    Maybe the "ruby red" finish could be a little more red, even without sunlight.

Bottom Line:   
This bike rocks!!! It is truely my dream bike - seems to be a great product, so far.

I rode a 1992 model (pre-re-design in 1996) for a couple hours, which I borrowed from a Bike shop salesman for some hill sprints interval training, and it seemed to ride great, although it was almost "hyper stiff", laterally - great for racing. I couldn't see spending this much money on a bike if you're not going to use it for the performance aspect it was designed for.

I took Tyrone's advice (see his review) and received pictures of his bike(s) - very cool, which also helped convince me, along with 15 months of research I did before I "bit the bullet".

The high performance, aerospace/defense trickle-down manufacturing process is what drives the price, but it also keeps this product on the top of the pack. This bike is far better than Trek (for sure), and on-par with Calfee Design and Aegis. If you want light weight, though, it can't be beat by anything except the Trek 5500 (which doesn't ride even close) or Seven Cycles (great product). Definately worth looking into...I wonder what the 2001, lighter, 200EMS Pro will be like???

I'll let you all know if it survives the first year!

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Favorite Trail:   Beartooth Pass Highway

Duration Product Used:   Less than 1 month

Similar Products Used:   Fuji Team (steel)

Bike Setup:   Look HSC-3 carbon fork, Prima 198 Bars, Zipp Carbon 420 Cranks, Corima Elipse Seatpost, Kore stem, Spinergy Spox & Rolf Vector Carbon Wheels, All other is Dura Ace w/ Flight Deck

Overall Rating:5
Submitted by Tyrone a Weekend Warrior from Oak Park, Ca.

Date Reviewed: November 21, 1999

Strengths:    
Light, stiff/strong frame, stable, absorbs the road, great looks.


Weaknesses:    
Paint chips to easily.


Bottom Line:   
An excellent overall bike witha very comfortable ride. BB not as stiff as the Kestrel 4000, but equal to Merlin Extralight. Bike easily handles my 200 pound, 6'-1 frame. With Bebop pedals weight was was 17 pounds even..little more with Look. You can't buy a better, more durable bike, Period (including the best titanium frames).

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Duration Product Used:   
2 Years

Similar Products Used:   
Kestrel 4000, Vitus Carbon, Merlin Extralight, Custom titanium.


Bike Setup:   
Full Dura Ace 9 spd, Mavic Helium Wheels, Look P296, Syncros ti seatpost, Cinelli Grammo ti stem with Prima 220, Vredstein tires.

Overall Rating:5
Submitted by Les a Racer from Baltimore, Maryland

Date Reviewed: November 20, 1999

Strengths:    
weight, stiffnes, ride dappening


Weaknesses:    
price


Bottom Line:   
This frame is the one to get, if you've got the money.

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Duration Product Used:   
1 Year

Similar Products Used:   
cannondale, bianchi steel, trek steel


Bike Setup:   
Ultegra, Mavic Elite wheels

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