Kuota Kebel: First Ride review

Kuota Kebel 2010
Cycling Weekly Verdict

In summary 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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    Great looks

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    Good groupset

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    Stiff rear end

Reasons to avoid
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    Front end twitchy at first

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    Ride can be a bit hard

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Kuota's 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.

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