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    Kestrel Nitro scans

    Anybody know anything about these? More than one made? Where are they now? Sure would make a nice addition to the collection




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    Quote Originally Posted by First Flight View Post
    Anybody know anything about these? More than one made? Where are they now? Sure would make a nice addition to the collection
    I saw a Kestrel Nitro show model at Interbike Anaheim in late 1987.

    From May to November 2012, the San Francisco Airport will feature a mountain bike exhibit including key bikes in the evolution. SFO's curators are hoping to find a Kestrel Nitro for the show. They need confirmation ASAP.

    Anyone know where to find a KESTREL NITRO?

    Bevel Hogg where are you?

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    Quote Originally Posted by breezin View Post
    I saw a Kestrel Nitro show model at Interbike Anaheim in late 1987.

    From May to November 2012, the San Francisco Airport will feature a mountain bike exhibit including key bikes in the evolution. SFO's curators are hoping to find a Kestrel Nitro for the show. They need confirmation ASAP.

    Anyone know where to find a KESTREL NITRO?

    Bevel Hogg where are you?
    Wasn't it a one-off? Bondo covered aluminum put together by Paul Turner and Keith Bontrager IIRC.

    I would check with those two to see if they have any leads on where it went. I for some reason think it may have ended up at the old Santa Cruz facility of Rock Shox. Also try the Spokesman in SC, for some reason I think they had it for some time too.

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    That is an amazingly contemporary bike... V brakes, suspension, lockouts, carbon... amazing foresight into what mountain biking would eventually become.

    Thanks for posting those scans!

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    One off and unridable from what I remember. Note the lack of brake arch on the fork.
    Zip ties? Not on my bike!

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    Quote Originally Posted by jeff View Post
    One off and unridable from what I remember. Note the lack of brake arch on the fork.
    I think the brakes serve as a structural component in this case

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    Another picture:

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    Kestrel had this at their booth at Interbike in 2006, along with a flex frame and a double-clamp rigid fork.

    Kestrel Nitro scans-20060929_lasvagas_0703.jpg

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    Looking at the pictures briefly, it looks like a fair amount of changes had been made by 2006.
    -green decals to black decals (could just be the photos)
    -pat pending decal missing on the rear triangle
    -original fork replaced by a Rock Shox
    -6 speed to 7 speed
    -XT rear derailleur to Deore
    -white housing to black
    -anodized to silver rims
    -original cable to rear shock (lock out?) is gone
    -front brake changed to canti
    -silver chain rings to black
    -smooth Turbo to suede
    -Nitro decal disappears

    Probably others as well.

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    Different stem and headset too.
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    I guess the leaf-spring bike wasn't there,

    Kestrel Nitro scans-20060929_lasvagas_0705.jpg

    Kestrel Nitro scans-20060929_lasvagas_0706.jpg

    Kestrel Nitro scans-20060929_lasvagas_0707.jpg

    Kestrel Nitro scans-20060929_lasvagas_0702.jpg

    Kestrel Nitro scans-20060929_lasvagas_0701.jpg

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