Kestrel Evoke SL or TSR3 SL???
Hey everyone, I'm looking to buy my first road bike and was hoping this forum could help me decide between these two bikes. I have read a couple of post on the Evoke and the owners seem pretty happy with the bike but I can't really find any info on the TSR3.
Kestrel Evoke SL
Kestrel TSR3 SL
I won't be doing any racing just something that is comfortable to commute with and ride 50+ miles at a time. Any information about these two bike would really be helpful.
Thank you for your time,
Hybrid Convert looking to go Road
Hey guys. Bought a hybrid cannondale about two years ago thinking that it would suit the touring/city streets and the occasional century/double century. So far, it's been a pleasure, but it's time to step up to a road bike for the longer rides of 25mi or more or for when I finally cave in to my riding buddies and start racing for real.
6' 3", 190 lbs 35" inseam barefooted (I'm pretty sure that I'm in the 60-62cm range)
Strong'ish weekend rider able to keep up with the road bike crowds, but the wind/weight advantage they have over me is starting to grate on my nerves.
The Island I live on has a LOT of steep, but short (.5-3k) inclines separated by 5-10k stretches of flat'ish road.
So here's what I'm looking at so far (Recommendations or input would be most appreciated):
Bikes Direct: Kestrel Evoke SL 1.0 SRAM Red components 62cm
Pros: Seems like a good balance between all day comfort and race performance, frame geometry is most similar to the cannondale I'm currently trucking around on.
Cons: Haven't heard anything good about the aksium wheels, and the unimpressive black paint job in the pictures isn't particularily inspiring.
Bikes Direct: SMU11 Kestrel TSR1 Road Bikes + SRAM Red 60cm
Pros: Talon frames have always had good reviews, and the aero frame will help a lot with the island winds (as long as they're hitting me in the face)
Cons: I would hate to wake up next to one of these after a hard night of drinking. Aero frame while good in a headwind, might be a killer in a crosswind... not sure.
Bikes Direct: 2011 Motobecane Immortal Inferno + SRAM Red 62cm
Pros: Great wheels in the Ksyrium Elites, more traditional triangle geometry, slightly lower price, looks terrific.
Cons: I don't know a single person who owns a Moto, never heard of anyone ever winning the Tour De Anything on a Moto, nor have I ever seen one in any of the LBS's I've wandered through over the past two years. Does not instill confidence.
In a nutshell, all three of the bikes seem to be decent enough from the reviews I've managed to find, so I was looking for some pointed feedback from someone who has owned one or two of 'em to kick some advice in my general direction.
Thanks from Okinawa