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    1989 Kestrel MXZ

Carbon fiber bikes are commonplace today but in the late 1980's, it was definitely a cutting edge material.  The frame shape was pretty radical since most frames were still constructed from round tubes.  The granite-like Zolatone finish set the bike apart even further.  The molded construction lent itself to the elevated chain stay design.  The seat tube/chain stay intersection could be beefed up to increase the stiffness of the bottom bracket area.  Components are pretty straight forward Shimano Deore XT parts with the exception of the Deore front derailleur which was direct mounted to the frame.   

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89MXZ   92Sa89MXZnAn   92Sa89MXZnAn
89MXZ   89MXZ   89MXZ

Frame Carbon fiber
Fork Cro-moly unicrown
Rear Shock NA
Rims Araya RM20
Hubs Shimano Deore XT
Spokes Wheelsmith stainless steel
Tires Specialized More Extreme
Pedals Shimano Deore XT clipless PD M 737
Crank Shimano Deore XT Biopace II
Chain Sachs
Rear Cogs Shimano 7 speed cassette
Bottom Bracket Shimano
Front Derailleur Shimano Deore
Rear Derailleur Shimano Deore XT
Shifters Shimano Deore XT thumb shifters
Handlebars Tioga
Stem Tioga T Bone
Headset Shimano Deore XT
Brake set Shimano Deore XT
Brake levers Shimano Deore XT 2 finger
Saddle Avocet Spenco Gel
Seat Post Strong
Colors Zolatone
Size 20"
Serial #   20363

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