Kestrel 2010 RT800 SL Review

Published: 05th July 2010
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The Kestrel RT800 allows the rider to transfer more power to the rear wheel, and it has a stiffer ride as well as a higher overall component group. When you order your bike, it will be delivered in the original packaging. The derailleur's, crank, shifters, as well as the rear brakes and headset will already be assembled upon delivery and attached to the frame. The cables are routed through the frame of the bike, to allow for a smoother wind resistant ride. When it comes to competitive cycling every little bit counts.



You will have to do a little assembly once your bike has been shipped. You will have to mount install the front fork, and mount the caliper, as well as the handlebar and seat. If you do not consider yourself one of those people who can easily build things, or in this case put things together, the instructions and other documents are included. The Kestrel guide is very detailed; it even has torque specs for the seat post and clamp. There are also instructions for the installation of the derailleur and brake cable routing. The manufacture has even included two bottles of touch up paint, just encase.



Included with your Kestrel RT800 you will find an adapter that will allow the use of most standard 27.2mm seat post, if you decided that you do not want to use the standard aero post that comes with the bike.



For all of you hardcore biking enthusiasts I have included some specifications and a little geometry information in this Kestrel RT800 review. The bike color is black, white, and green, the size ranges from 48-51-53-55-57-59 and 62CM. It weighs 17.8 pounds; the handlebar is crafted from the highest quality - Kestrel EMS Pro 31.8MM - with gel.



The bike fork is an EMS Pro SL Carbon Steerer 1 1/8", the step is a profile Cobra OS, the included headset is an Orbit Z Deep Cup, w/14mm Carbon Top Cover. The shifters, brake levers, front der., rear der. bottom bracket, crankset, chain, cassette, and brakes are all SHIMANO 105 BLACK.



Kestrel has, and still remains, the leader among bike enthusiast. They are well known for creating the first carbon bike and their innovative designs. The Kestrel RT800 is, no matter how you research it a, much better bike for the price, as compared to its counterparts. Kestrel always will be the choice of bikes for hard-core cycling enthusiasts. This model gets five stars for this road bike review.

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