Kuota Kebel review

Kuota Kebel
Cycling Weekly Verdict

The Kuota Kebel is race ready but won’t spoil a long day out and comes at a price below that of more expensive machines of similar performance. It looks great with contrasting black and white decals, and drew many positive comments. If the rigid lines don’t offend you this one is a winner.

Reasons to buy
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    Shimano Ultegra SL groupset

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    Spinergy Stealth PBO wheels

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    Direct feel

Reasons to avoid
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    Firm back end

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The Kuota Kebel sits in the middle of the range for the Italian bicycle manufacturer and has a striking cosmetic outer layer of 12K carbon weave.

Our test bike came equipped with the fantastic Shimano Ultegra SL groupset and a set of Spinergy Stealth PBO deep-section carbon clincher wheels.

Equipped with deep-section carbon clinchers, you might expect a harsh ride, but on the road the bike rides with comfort and agility. This is due to the combination of frame construction and the under-rated Spinergy wheels with their patented fibre technology spokes that are more flexible than traditional stainless steel versions.

With identical frame geometry to its lighter KOM brother, and similar oversized profiled tubing, the Kuota Kebel can be hard at first glance to separate the two framesets. Out on the road it can be hard too, thanks to the direct drive from the rear triangle.

With the rear wheel tucked beneath the rider this bike loves to accelerate. The wheels are not lightweight but don’t hinder progress when you want to put some power down.

The front end with its oversized (1-1/4 inch) lower race only needs slight encouragement and the bike begins to turn, giving it a very direct feel.

This directness makes the front end feel a little twitchy for the first few rides. But once you are used to it the Kuota Kebel offers buckets of confidence to lean it into corners where it holds a gratifyingly smooth line.

Kuota Kebel: spec

Distributor DH Williams Agencies 01704 840992, www.dhw-agencies.com

Price £2,099

Frame Monocoque 12k carbon

Fork Kuota Kebel

Size range S-XXL

Weight 16.5lb (7.5kg)

Groupset Shimano Ultegra SL

Alterations Fizik Aliante saddle

Gear ratios 53/39 with 12-23

Wheels Spinergy Stealth PBO

Tyres Conti GP4000 S

Bars Kuota Karbon

Stem Kuota alloy

Seatpost Kuota aero

Saddle Kuota

Size tested XL

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