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Posted on Mar 1, 2013

2013 Kestrel Talon 105 Road Bike Review

Kestrel Talon Tri Shimano 105 Road Bike

Kestrel Talon Tri Shimano 105

The 2013 Kestrel Talon Road Shimano 105 Carbon Fiber Bike is built for speed and it delivers it in spades. Kestrel has been using carbon fiber in its bike designs for more than 30 years and though it adds a great deal of cost to its bike, their customers don’t seem to mind shelling out the extra money. By using carbon fiber instead of steel or aluminum, they were able to make the frame, forks and handlebars extremely lightweight without sacrificing one bit of strength.

Kestrel uses two types of carbon fiber in the construction of the frame; 700k and 800k. Carbon Fiber 700k is the stronger of the two types and it is used in the areas that are subjected to most stress. Its resistance to flexing under stress is another reason why 700k is chosen over 800k. In the areas that are less prone to stress is where 800k excels and it is also lighter weight than 700k which helps to shave off excess weight.

The Shimano Tiagra 105 components like the gear shifter, front/rear derailleurs and also brakes are all made of very lightweight alloy materials which deliver smooth operation and don’t add much extra weight to the bike.

Kestrel included a set of Oval 327 wheels and road tires to top off the design. They feature a black anodized finish that adds to great looks of the Talon. Here is a link to one of the few remaining places online to be able to order this bike.

2013 Kestrel Talon 105 Key Features

  • Carbon Fiber  700k/800k Frame construction
  • Shimano shifter, brakes and derailleurs
  • Carbon Fiber forks
  • Aerodynamic airfoil designed frame tubing
  • Internal cable routing


  • Ultra lightweight carbon fiber frame
  • Shimano Tiagra drivetrain
  • Oval 327 wheels for improved aerodynamics
  • Sub-20 pound road bike


  • Very high price tag
  • Brakes are a weak point

What are people saying about the 2013 Kestrel Talon 105?

As we began our research of the 2013 Kestrel Talon Road Shimano 105 Carbon Fiber Bike we came a couple dozen consumer reviews posted online. As we went through all of the reviews it was pretty clear that the people really liked the bike and for the most part gave it four or five star ratings out of a possible five. Along with all the ratings were plenty to good remarks as well as a few not so positive comments.

One of the things that was mentioned most often was the overall build seemed to be very sturdy despite its overall lightweight.

The use of carbon fiber to reduce the weight was praised by quite of the users. They would have expected it to cost more due to the full carbon fiber frame.

One of the reviewers were really surprised that the Talon was able to hold up over the a period despite them being at top end of the weight limit. Many products that set a specific weight limit often fail at weight limit, which is not the case with this bike.

In the end, if you have the money and are looking at a high end road bike, you really cannot go wrong by checking out the 2013 Kestrel Talon Road Shimano 105 Carbon Fiber Bike. You will not be sorry.

Updated Price Comparison Links for the 2014 Kestrel Talon Road Bike