Kestrel Edge XT XC Full Suspension

3.29/5 (7 Reviews)
MSRP : $3599.00


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Reviews 1 - 7 (7 Reviews Total)

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Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by assetplanners a Cross Country Rider

Date Reviewed: February 19, 2012

Strengths:    Stiff, light, FAST, confidence inspiring and awesome.

Weaknesses:    Nothing I've found yet

Bottom Line:   
Very capable descender. Great climber too.

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Favorite Trail:   Kuala lumpur

Duration Product Used:   1 Year

Similar Products Used:   Santa Cruz superlight and Blur LTc

Bike Setup:   Full Deore XTR

Overall Rating:1
Value Rating:1
Submitted by Scott a Cross Country Rider from Atlanta

Date Reviewed: October 17, 2008

Strengths:    This review is on the 2006 Kestrel Edge. When it worked it was smooth as butter. FSR has never been so sweet, not even on the Specialized frames. There was a synergy between frame and suspesion. Relatively light. This bike made me a better rider. I could fly down downhill. And climb like a goat. Was a great bike.

Weaknesses:    Then one day, went for a ride when a small twig, ran through my chain right into the derailleur. Bent the derail hanger into a U. No problem...right. Big problem...Huge. Kestrel the company that represented a "Life Time" warranty, won't even replace the derailleur hanger, Says they "Can't", "We don't manufacture that model and can't make the 30 second phone call for a .50 cents part for a customer who spent $3,000.00 on their product (with a lifetime warranty) hmmm, Interesting customer service philosophy. Well my brothers, lets see how much this review cost KESTREL aka Fugi Bike aka Advance Sports. Remember this review when considering a KESTREL product.

Bottom Line:   
The bottom line is somebody took the time to engineer and design a pretty nice bike, that had they not given up and thrown in the towel on sale, marketing and CUSTOMER SERVICE, it may have been a winning addition to their product line. I also hear from some Kestrel road bike owners, are having similar issues with the road bike product line.

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Favorite Trail:   Tsali

Duration Product Used:   2 Years

Price Paid:    $3000.00

Purchased At:   LBS


Overall Rating:1
Value Rating:4
Submitted by Graeme a Cross Country Rider from Ashby de la Zouch, UK

Date Reviewed: September 16, 2008

Bottom Line:   
Love the bike to bits but I cannot source a rear mech hanger to replace broken one. Ketsrel say it will be spring before they can source one - judge for yourself if this is the kind of after sales support you want. And this is to a customer who has 3 of their bikes.........

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Favorite Trail:   Cham Valley

Duration Product Used:   More than 3 years


Overall Rating:2
Value Rating:1
Submitted by Leonardo Corrales a Cross Country Rider from San Jose

Date Reviewed: April 10, 2008

Strengths:    Unfortunately the frame broke after 2 years and 2000 Km on the aft triangle, just over the disc brake bracket.

Weaknesses:    It seems that the connection between the carbon arm and aluminum plate brakes with little effort. I have a friend who had the same problem. This bike comes with life warranty, but Kestrel does not want to help and who wants to buy a legal battle.

Bottom Line:   
The frame looks good and I would not have any problem if Kestrel had try to find a solution, but I got this frame for the warranty and pass the opportunity to buy a Ibis Mojo because of its 3 years warranty.
2 years, 2000 km and nothing like big jumps and staff. This is not enough for a carbon frame, the price and Kestrel name!!!


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Favorite Trail:   Singapore

Duration Product Used:   2 Years

Price Paid:    $1200.00

Purchased At:   Kestrel California

Similar Products Used:   Trek liquit, Specialized Stumpjummper.

Bike Setup:   Fork Fox Terraligic, Shimano XTR crankset and shifting, FSA Kforse seat tub and handle bar, FSA stem, Mavic crossmax, Shimano XT disk brake.

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Eun-sub Sim a Cross Country Rider from Inchon, Korea(south)

Date Reviewed: December 9, 2005

Strengths:    Light weight, Cool looking carbon frame, Very good for XC riding.

Weaknesses:    None yet

Bottom Line:   
Kestrel Edge is soooo good for XC riding.

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Duration Product Used:   1 Year

Price Paid:    $3500.00

Purchased At:   Kims bike shop (NJ)

Similar Products Used:   Cannondale Scalpel, Litespeed sewanee.

Bike Setup:   Marzocchi marathon s, Cane creek zonos team ti wheelset, sram X.O.

Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Vic from Manila, Philippines

Date Reviewed: April 7, 2005

Strengths:    Looks cool, FSR suspension, stiff and strong, still quite rare.

Weaknesses:    "3.5 to 4.5 adjustable travel" is not so easy to adjust. The link has to be dismantled fully to put the shock in the other slot.

Bottom Line:   
The FSR suspension is still the best I believe, thats why a lot of Hi-end brands use them. You get that on a whole carbon bike, then thats really cool. The link to switch the travel for the rear is not as easy to change as to say, an Enduro. Granted the Enduro has an itch switch, but the link is so much easier to remove or even just to have the shock serviced, you need to dismantle the three piece link or arm or whatever you call it.

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Duration Product Used:   1 Year

Similar Products Used:   Specialized Enduro (still the best!), Santo Cruz Heckler.

Bike Setup:   CrossMax, Float RLC, King, XTR Bla Bla Bla...

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Shawn a Cross Country Rider from Santa Cruz

Date Reviewed: February 7, 2004

Strengths:    Carbon Fiber, Trick, Smooth, Fast, Nothing else like it

Weaknesses:    Haven't found any yet

Bottom Line:   
This bike does everything I ask of it and begs for more. The carbon ride is soooo smooth and fast. The fox float front and rear are the best I've ridden. I wanted something not so mainstream. Here is Santa Cruz it seems that 80% of the bikes on the trail are Santa Cruzes. Although Santa Cruz makes a great bike I feel my Kestrel is a step above and I like having something a little different. I definitely recommend this bike to anyone looking for a high-end cross-country machine. You will not be disappointed.

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Favorite Trail:   Wilder & Gray Whale

Duration Product Used:   3 months

Similar Products Used:   Fisher Hard-Tail, SC Blur, Specialized Rock Hopper

Bike Setup:   They only have one build package XT, Avid Mech, Fox Floats

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