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Exotic on a Budget: Kestrel with Spins

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Kestrel 500EMS in "Root Beer" semi transparent color

Ritchey System + Profile 1" stem ( flea market cheapies )

Cane Creek 1" Headset

Spin 26" MTB wheel with ceramic braking surface

Spin 26" MTB wheel with ceramic braking surface

Ultegra Triple 30/39/52 + Hollowtech BB (The hills can be insane around here, most people run a triple)

American something Seatpost (free) or other Fizik Aliante ( at flea)

Shimano SPD clipless ( at flea market, work great)

12x25 Ten Speed Ultegra Cassette, internal cable routing

Bought the frame + fork + seat post on craigslist for 0, and Full ultegra triple 10-speed group for 5 on ebay. Probably another 0 of flea market deals for the bars, stem, spacer, seat and pedals, and cyclocross inline brake levers. Tektro 730 long reach calipers were 50$ on ebay.

Using this bike mostly as a fast commuter and for exercise and have been on longer trips with it, and on some light offroad trails as well.

The frame is meant for 650c wheels, but instead I used a set of my old 26" spin MTB wheels which have served me well for ten years, and thousands of off-road miles. Wanted the extra durability of a MTB wheel and larger tires since there tends to be a lot of junk on the roadsides around here, and pot holes. I also tend to have horrible luck with flats, and bending wheels, and the spins have been the only wheels that have held up for me.

I've wanted a seat-tube-less Kestrel for years now, and I love how the spins look with the bike, so I had to find a way to make it work. 26 inch MTB wheels are are 12mm smaller (559 vs 571) in diameter than 650C, so I can run a slightly larger tire (26x1.25) equivalent to x32 in width in road bike terms. Using long (used to be called standard) reach Tektro calipers, to get the pads to reach the rim fully. (The old Ultegra calipers worked in a pinch, but the Tektros have more braking power in this setup, since they bite lower on the rim. ) Luckily the front fork had enough clearance for the wider tire. But the rear wheel stays didn't. So I soldered up a set of drop-out spacers for the rear dropouts out of a 1CM brass tube and some sheets of brass. It lifts the frame off the rear axle about 4mm which gives me plenty of clearance, and the axle is still well within the dropout. Huge thanks go out to Vee of Mike's Bikes for the barrel adjuster I needed to fine tune my front derailleur setup.

Put everything together myself, love this bike, it's fast and still comfortable.
The seattubeless frame really absorbs a lot.

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that's one of the strangest bikes i've ever seen! :O

Cool bike! I bet everyone on

Cool bike! I bet everyone on the trails checks it out.

you got that frame free.

you got that frame free. ..... jesus

Very proudly added this to

Very proudly added this to the Scratchbuilds With Gears cluster.

hey would u be willing to

hey would u be willing to sell tat front wheel?


I added this to the Kestrel cluster. I hope you dont mind

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