Sunday, July 27, 2014

1989 Kestrel MX-Z

Another very satisfying project comes to a close. This 89 Kestrel MX-Z marks a pretty broad departure from my typical builds. It's the first carbon fiber bike I've built. It's definitely not one of the big three, and it's the first bike that I customized from the ground up with a suspension fork. In this case the guys at Kestrel and Paul Turner go way back, collaborating on the Kestrel Nitro concept bike. So, it seemed fitting to mount a RS-1 on there. Especially with the new RS-1 hitting the market this year.

You just can't help but love the lines of this bike. It took me a while to get the photos done as I had it on display at my company's Innovation Studio all of last week. It was definitely a conversation starter! Early Topline/Grafton cranks go well with the overall theme. This is definitely a bike that can rock bling just as well as straight up M730.

First generation Rock Shox RS-1, the fork that changed mountain biking forever!

Carbon fiber Nuke Proof hubs. This bike was supposed to have all of the available CF components of the time. Sadly the NP bars would not fit in the Ringle Trail stem, so the package will not be completed. I had a very old CF rear brake booster, but the bike doesn't need it so I left that off as well.

Ringle Trail stem is one of those parts that looks better in a glass case that on most bikes. I think it fits on there. It's no surprise that one of the other bikes that it works on is a Trimble... common thread

More of the beautiful curves, this bike is just dripping with sexy lines. I remember when it first came out. A few guys had them in State College and you just loved seeing them out on the trails. I remember a bright white one like this, and a red one. Never actually saw one of the ugly gray ones (this one was gray) until much, much later. Now it seems those are the only ones that ever pop up.

Nuke Proof hub, XT rear derailleur, Sachs 7-spd freewheel and American Classic QRs make for a tidy rear drivetrain package.

Aerospoke CF post completes the CF pacakge... although calling it CF is like calling chicken fried steak a steak...

Always loved the look of these rear brake supports, somehow it just looks like something that belongs on a satellite not on a bike.

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