Kestrel CarbonKevlar® MTB Bar Handlebar

4.22/5 (9 Reviews)
Weight : 125 grams MSRP : $79.00


Product Description

  • Carbon / Kevlar Hybrid
  • Toughened Thermoset Matrix
  • All Composite Construction
  • 125 grams / 23"


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    Reviews 1 - 9 (9 Reviews Total)

    User Reviews

    Overall Rating:5
    Value Rating:5
    Submitted by Dragon from Melbourne

    Date Reviewed: December 1, 2006

    Strengths:    I forgot when I got this, surely like 8+ years before, 23 inches with the extra light weight of 85 grams. Made of Composite CarbonKevlar, it got cool looking of Hybrid black and brownish yellow weave.

    Bottom Line:   
    no more in production, grab one if you can find! If you like to use barend, it may not be fitted, because composite of CarbonKevlar is slight thicker built in this handle bar, on counterpart, it give me more confident than using easton (non carbon fiber)with very think wall.

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    Duration Product Used:   More than 3 years

    Price Paid:    $80.00

    Purchased At:   online

    Similar Products Used:   IP composites, great product as well, dont really like the extra big printed logo, and the transparent of weave is worst than Kestrel's


    Overall Rating:5
    Value Rating:5
    Submitted by Hui a Cross Country Rider from LA, CA

    Date Reviewed: April 1, 2003

    Strengths:    Cheap and very light. Probably one of the lighest out there at dirt cheap prices, if you can find it. I had an earlier model that was on sale.

    Weaknesses:    I have the older model which has the carbon brown and black carbon fiber weaves which make it look ugly, but I hear some people like that look... Looks like it's high resin.

    Bottom Line:   
    It's a bar. It's cheap. It's light. It's flat, which lowers the riding stance.

    I guess It could flex, but I don't do big drops so i haven't noticed. It looks cheesy, but it does its' job.

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    Duration Product Used:   2 Years

    Price Paid:    $35.00

    Purchased At:   supergo - on sale

    Similar Products Used:   Kore riser

    Bike Setup:   01' schwinn moab 2

    Overall Rating:5
    Value Rating:5
    Submitted by Jeff a Racer from San Clemente

    Date Reviewed: November 21, 2001

    Strengths:    Weight, Strength, Appearance

    Weaknesses:    None

    Bottom Line:   
    This is a great bar. But like any other composite bars, you hit a tree hard enough with it and it will break.

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    Favorite Trail:   San Juan Trail

    Duration Product Used:   More than 3 years

    Purchased At:   Came with bike

    Bike Setup:   Kestrel Rubicon Comp, Schwinn Homegrown Comp, Vail Cycle Works Single Speed

    Overall Rating:5
    Value Rating:5
    Submitted by Karl a Racer from Chapel Hill, NC

    Date Reviewed: July 3, 2001

    Strengths:    Great bar. Light weight, good looking, and durable.

    Weaknesses:    Expensive, maybe.

    Bottom Line:   
    This bar has been great. A component is great when you don't have to think about it, and this is one of them. I have had it for 4 years, and never had a problem, I just don't think about it unless someone comments on my cool bar. Buy one, and if you do break it, the replacement is free, forever!

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    Favorite Trail:   Estes

    Duration Product Used:   More than 3 years

    Price Paid:    $79.00

    Similar Products Used:   Kalloy, Titec Hellbent.

    Bike Setup:   Ibis, XTR, Z2

    Overall Rating:4
    Value Rating:5
    Submitted by Calvin a Cross Country Rider from Levittown, NY USA

    Date Reviewed: August 12, 2000

    Strengths:    Looks great especially with the RaceFace System stem and light, lifetime warranty

    Weaknesses:    none so far

    Bottom Line:   
    a good bar for XC'ers, great looking, flexes alittle
    though

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    Duration Product Used:   6 months

    Bike Setup:   this bar,sun/ringle wheels, xtr brakes, 858 pedals

    Overall Rating:5
    Value Rating:5
    Submitted by Huey a Racer from Chico

    Date Reviewed: February 17, 2000

    Strengths:    Light (120g), Strong, Cool looking

    Weaknesses:    could be wider, with more sweep 3 degrees isn't enough

    Bottom Line:   
    If you like flat bars, you can't beat these.
    There light, stong, and if you do crash and break'em,
    Which is the only way you will break'em they have a
    lifetime warranty, how many other bars this light have that.

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    Duration Product Used:   More than 3 years

    Similar Products Used:   hyperlite
    Titec


    Bike Setup:   Kestrel, XTR, HOPE discs, SID SL

    Overall Rating:4
    Submitted by justin a Cross-Country Rider from cincinnati

    Date Reviewed: October 29, 1999

    Strengths:    
    light, looks cool, 3 degree bend ( some one else said it was straight)


    Weaknesses:    
    it broke


    Bottom Line:   
    i have had it for more than two years and never had a problem with, and i crash alot...hard. never a problem until about a week ago i hit a tree and it snapped. but it did last through two years of abuse

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    Favorite Trail:   
    otter creek kentucky

    Duration Product Used:   
    2 Years

    Similar Products Used:   
    various aluminum bars


    Bike Setup:   
    mountain cycle cxs, manitou x-vert

    Overall Rating:1
    Submitted by joe a Weekend Warrior from Fargo, ND

    Date Reviewed: June 8, 1999

    Strengths:    
    light


    Weaknesses:    
    weak


    Bottom Line:   
    terrible bar. my friend went to Lutsen and broke it on the first run. the thing broke on both sides of the stem.
    he was injured pretty bad and wasnt able to ride the rest of the weekend

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    Duration Product Used:   
    less than 1 month

    Bike Setup:   
    specialized m2
    manitou

    Overall Rating:4
    Submitted by Racer X a Racer from College Park, MD

    Date Reviewed: May 4, 1999

    Strengths:    
    Light, Cool Carbon Pattern, wow factor


    Weaknesses:    
    Light, no sweep, can't put in end plugs, expensive(did I mention the wow factor?)


    Bottom Line:   
    This is a very light bar, I'd say very close to 100 grams. If you are after light weight and want to impress your friends, then this is a pretty cool bar. However, it is still a carbon bar, prone to micro-cracks, so take it easy on the installation. Also, the bar is dead straight, no bend, fine for me, but may not be for everyone. The bars came with composite reinforcements to allow attatchment of bar-ends, but I can't put in endplugs because of the reinforcements. Overall, pretty cool. However, there are some newer bars available with sweep.

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    Duration Product Used:   
    less than 1 month

    Similar Products Used:   
    none, first carbon bar


    Bike Setup:   
    Schwinn Homegrown

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