TALON ROAD

SHIMANO 105

MSRP: $1499

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The Rider

The Talon is the perfect choice for triathletes looking to train on a road bike but race a tri bike without emptying their wallets on two separate machines; triathletes who race different distances and formats throughout the season; cyclists looking for a bike for their first triathlon or duathlon; or simply riders seeking road bike handling with tri bike speed.

The Bike

Launched in 2007, the Talon was one of the first-ever aero road bikes on the market and has been immensely popular ever since for its versatility and value. Ahead of its time in adjustability, the Talon allows rider to choose either a road or triathlon-style position. The bike has few equals, not only in how it can transform from one discipline to the next but for the fact that it's a high-performance carbon platform for the cost of most competitors aluminum offerings.

The Tech

  • Constructed of Kestrel's Enhanced Modulus Hybrid (EMH) carbon; a combination of 800K and 700K carbon fibers; it's lightweight and stiff, yet also designed to offer a bit more compliance.
  • Designed in the A2 Wind Tunnel, the stays, seat post, and seat tube are aerodynamically contoured; plus, fully internal cable routing ensures clean airflow over the entire bike.
  • Proprietary Kestrel H-Stays- the uniquely, asymmetrically shaped seat stays and chainstays - are designed to improve lateral stiffness and thus power transfer, while also supplying vibration dampening.
  • Kestrel EMS Pro aero seatpost allows for the saddle to be mounted in a wide range of positions - more forward for tri use or backward for road. |Road package comes with Oval Concepts road bar, choice of Shimano Ultegra or Shimano 105 STI shifters, and a road saddle.| Each of the five sizes has unique tube lengths, diameters, shapes, and carbon layups to produce the best possible ride quality for every size rider.

Specifications

Details

Color(s)GRAY / RED
Weight8.88 kg / 19.54 lbs

Frameset

Sizes48cm, 52cm, 55cm, 57cm, 60cm
FrameKestrel Enhanced Modulus Hybrid (EMH) 700K & 800K carbon fiber
ForkEMH carbon, 1 1/8" - 1 1/4" tapered alloy steerer

Wheels

WheelsetOval Concepts 327, 700c 20/24H rims
TiresVittoria Zaffiro Pro, 700 x 25c, folding

Drivetrain

CranksetOval Concepts 500, forged 6066 arms, M30 spindle, forged Praxis 50/34T rings
Bottom BracketPraxis M30 BSA Bottom Bracket, Cartridge Bearings
Front DerailleurShimano 105, braze-on
Rear DerailleurShimano 105, 11-speed
ShiftersShimano 105 STI, 11-speed
CassetteSunRace, 11-28T, 11-speed
ChainKMC X11, 11-speed

Components

PedalsN/A
Brake LeversShimano 105 STI
HeadsetFSA integrated, 1 1/8" top, 1 1/4" bottom w/ 15mm top cover
HandlebarOval Concepts 310 Ergo, 6061 alloy, 31.8mm clamp, 133mm drop, 4° sweep
StemOval Concepts 313, 3D-forged 6061 stem body, +/-7°
SaddleOval Concepts 300, steel rail
* Specification subject to change, it may vary by country.

Geometry

Size XS (48cm) S (52cm) M (55cm) L (57cm) XL (60cm)
Seat Tube Center To Center 480 520 550 570 600
Seat Tube Effective 505 545 575 595 625
Top Tube Center to Center 510 533 556 570 595
Head Tube Length 90 102 129 149 176
Seat Tube Angle 75.5° 74.5° 73.5° 73° 72.5°
Headtube Angle 72.7 73 73.5 73.5 74
Chainstay Length 410 410 410 410 410
Wheelbase 963 974 986 994 1008
Bottom Bracket Drop 71 71 71 68 68
Fork Offset 43 43 43 43 43
Trail 58 57 55 54 51
Stack 508 522 548 565 593
Reach 374 388 393 397 409
Standover 742 765 791 812 839
Stem 90 90 100 120 120
Handlebar Width 400 400 420 440 440
Crank 170 170 172.5 175 175
Wheel Size 700c 700c 700c 700c 700c
Seat Post Diameter N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A
* Geometry subject to change, it may vary by country.
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