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    1989 Kestrel MXZ

The original owner of this bike purchased a MXZ in 1988 which cracked behind the bottom bracket.  The original frame was sent back to Kestrel under warranty.  It arrived back at Kestrel, in Watsonville, CA, the same day as the Loma Prieta earthquake struck which cause extensive damage in the Watsonville area.   It took a couple weeks for Kestrel to get up and running. The paint facility wasn't operating so they offered a primed frame which the original owner accepted with the thought that aftershocks could delay the frame even further.  The frame was painted with some paint leftover from a custom Harley Davidson project and features a darker fade at the tube intersections.  The components show some upgrades that were made over the years including the addition of a Rock Shox Judy suspension fork along with some Ringle bits.    

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Frame Carbon Fiber
Fork Rock Shox Judy XC
Rear Shock NA
Rims Mavic M261
Hubs Deore XT rear, Ringle front
Spokes Stainless Steel
Tires WTB Velociraptor
Pedals VP 977A
Crank Shimano Deore XT
Chain Sachs
Rear Cogs Shimano 7 speed cassette
Bottom Bracket Shimano
Front Derailleur Shimano Deore XT
Rear Derailleur Shimano Deore XT
Shifters Shimano Deore XT thumbshifters
Handlebars Answer Taper Lite 2
Stem Control Tech
Headset Dia Compe Aheadset
Brake set Shimano Deore XT
Brake levers Shimano Deore XT
Saddle Avocet O2
Seat Post Control Tech
Colors Candy apple red/fade
Size 19" c-t
Serial #   501117

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