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Gall1972

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Hello,

I m in the market for a new gravel bike.  I found this one at bikesdirect.  Its new so I couldnt find any reviews.   I know nothing about what to be looking for in a gravel bike.

http://www.bikesdirect.com/products/kestrel/cyclocross-bikes/kestrel-terx-discbrake-carbon-cross-bikes.htm

If you would, reply if its going to be a decent bike for long trips on the gravel. 

Thanks!  


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delore

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I’m no expert - not having ridden too many ‘gravel’ bikes, but going by the numbers and specs, I think it looks superb! For my riding, I reckon it’s spot on. Nice looking rig too :-)
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sbh1973

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I'm also intrigued by this bike - it's a hell of a deal. The spec is pretty amazing for the price. Bikes Direct is billing it as a cross bike, but I really think this may be Kestrel's entry into the gravel bike segment. The geometry is similar to many gravel bikes.

http://www.bikesdirect.com/products/kestrel/cyclocross-bikes/kestrel-carbon-cross-geo.gif

It has a reasonably high stack and low reach, the wheelbase is longer than many gravel frames, and the trail is 68 with a 35mm tire, which, while perhaps not ideal, is comparable to other gravel frames (Niner RLT Steal is 73). BB drop is a little on the lower end at 67, but again not too far off from other frames (70-75 seems to be the average). And it has mounts for front and rear racks and it seems three bottle cages - one on the top tube, which I haven't seen before. I also like the 1x setup - most gravel bikes are 2x. 

I'm not sure what the maximum tire width is - sent an email to Kestrel asking if they know. They don't have any info on their site about the bike, but the picture at BD suggests it's MY2019 (says "confidential" on the picture). It could be a Bikes Direct exclusive. 

Would love to hear other folks' thoughts on this bike. 

UPDATE: Confirmed with BikesDirect - 700x45 Max Tire width. That's pretty great. And this is a BikesDirect exclusive. 

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tdilf

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Looks like a copy of the Bombtrack EXT-C to me (which is a nice looking rig).
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sbh1973

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Yeah, it's similar to the Bombtrack EXT-C - but the geometry may be even closer to the Gravel-bike ideal in terms of trail at least (BB drop though is 3mm less - not sure how much of a difference that makes). And it comes specced with Force components (vs. Rival), a Stan's wheelset, and it's $1000 less. 

I'm thinking this bike is definitely worth a try. I've ridden Kestrels before - fine bikes. 
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I guess what I am saying to the OP is look up reviews on the Bombtrack EXT-C because I bet this is the same frame.
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sbh1973

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I'm pretty sure it's not the same frame - different geometry and slightly different shape on the seat tube. Kestrel has their own designs. 
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