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The Kestrel is all about pedal efficiency and employs a carbon infused shank to transfer foot power to the pedals. Five Ten and Dial'd Bikes are so confident about the Kestrel's pedalling prowess they've sponsored an Absa Cape Epic team for this year's race.

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The Kestrel's sole borrows from the company's existing technology and features two rubber compounds. A softer Mi6 compound on the outer sole to assist mobility off the bike and a harder C4 compound around the cleat area reduces the chance of getting caught up while clipping in.

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The upper has clearly taken some cues from it's sleek XC cousins. A ratcheting BOA closure system attends to the lacing which promises a snug fit. The front of the shoe features a breathable yet splash resistant synthetic. The toe box is reinforced with rubber to protect you from those rocks and trees.

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The Kestrel is due to be released internationally in April. The date of availability in South Africa has yet to be confirmed. Pricing should be around the R2,500 mark.

The Five Ten Kestrel will be available through your local Five Ten dealer.

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