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    Kestrel RT 900 SL

    Any experience or thoughts on this frame or complete bike? It appears to be available online with a great spec (Sram Red Mavic Ksyrium sl) for a great price.
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    I'm not selling or shill them, I'm curious to know what people thought of the frame? stiffness, ride quality, built quality etc.

    Thanks to anyone in the know!
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    I'm interested too. Excel Sports has a bunch of them. Not sure if they are carrying them or just have a few to close out. Unfortunately I didn't have time to ride one when I was there. I think they had 54, 57 and 59.

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    I would say the bike is amaizing! Fast fast fast If you get the RT-900SL, its all SRAM red and Kyrium SL wheels so there is nothing to upgrade.
    The ride compares to the Orbea orca which is essentially as close to the same mold as you can get with out the companies going into a pissing contest.
    i bought mine for $3600 shipped. Then I added some speed plays, and carbon cages and I am set. I can ave 3mph higher on the RT 900 vs. my S-works....

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    Quote Originally Posted by zion rasta
    I would say the bike is amaizing! Fast fast fast If you get the RT-900SL, its all SRAM red and Kyrium SL wheels so there is nothing to upgrade.
    The ride compares to the Orbea orca which is essentially as close to the same mold as you can get with out the companies going into a pissing contest.
    i bought mine for $3600 shipped. Then I added some speed plays, and carbon cages and I am set. I can ave 3mph higher on the RT 900 vs. my S-works....

    Nothing to upgrade is all relative-- my "sram red" drivetrain includes shifters and rear derailleur. Not a fan of their brakes, crankset, front derailleur, cassettes, chains.

    Ksyrium wheels also leave much to be desired, you can do so much better with handbuilts.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mdeth1313
    Nothing to upgrade is all relative-- my "sram red" drivetrain includes shifters and rear derailleur. Not a fan of their brakes, crankset, front derailleur, cassettes, chains.

    Ksyrium wheels also leave much to be desired, you can do so much better with handbuilts.

    Well, so far all the Sram red bits have worked for me as well if not better than any Shimano drive train. To each its own. I'll take red over Dura Ace any day.....

    The Ksyriums SL are well build period. I'll give you the hand build wheel point but for mountain bikes.

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    I hate the company and that they are always clearancing them out for cost online, but the bikes ride great.

    For anyone who has ever ridden a bike for more than a few hours in their life would know that the Orca and the RT 900 sl are completely different bikes. They ride nothing alike, and are sized differently.

    Also, for the record, Shimano does many things better than SRAM. Let me know how that SRAM Red cassette works out for you after 4000miles, and it starts to skip as you climb out of the saddle. Th

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    Where did you find one for $3600?

    Quote Originally Posted by zion rasta
    I would say the bike is amaizing! Fast fast fast If you get the RT-900SL, its all SRAM red and Kyrium SL wheels so there is nothing to upgrade.
    The ride compares to the Orbea orca which is essentially as close to the same mold as you can get with out the companies going into a pissing contest.
    i bought mine for $3600 shipped. Then I added some speed plays, and carbon cages and I am set. I can ave 3mph higher on the RT 900 vs. my S-works....

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    Quote Originally Posted by Stu_the_weak
    Where did you find one for $3600?
    yea, me wanna know too.

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    Quote Originally Posted by climbandcycle
    I hate the company and that they are always clearancing them out for cost online, but the bikes ride great.

    For anyone who has ever ridden a bike for more than a few hours in their life would know that the Orca and the RT 900 sl are completely different bikes. They ride nothing alike, and are sized differently.

    Also, for the record, Shimano does many things better than SRAM. Let me know how that SRAM Red cassette works out for you after 4000miles, and it starts to skip as you climb out of the saddle. Th
    Why would you be upset with a company for handing out excellent deals? "unless you are their competitor"

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    Dear all,
    Here are the deals:
    http://www.bicycledoctorusa.com/

    Call Steve and ask him to give you a deal on the RT-900. The other cool thing is that he lets you pick your SRAM red components. Crank size, cassette, etc.

    They too get them directly from the factory and build them up....

    So far, I am telling you, the bike is fast. 59cm with pedals computer and cages 15.5lbs

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    Bicycle doctor

    Quote Originally Posted by Stu_the_weak
    Where did you find one for $3600?
    Found it at Bicycle doctor (Bloomington IN). Did you get the RT-900 SL? BD has some RT-800 left...

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