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I probably put 25-30K on my Kestrel Talon and would still have it if I could still ride a bike without pain. It was absolutely like brand new when i sold it. Somebody got a great deal. The geometry of the bike was really good. What I liked best about it was climbing and descending. It was a really confident going downhill fast and taking sharp corners and plenty stiff enough to be a good climber. Looks like they improved the cable routing, which was my only complaint. New version is supposedly more aero than the old one (which was surprisingly aero, especially considering the age of the design). Good bike overall. Consider that Maca rode the Talon for many years.
I never had the seatpost slip on my Talon. I either used the aero seatpost (which held fine) or a Thomson. Never any slippage problems.
It's a little like wrestling a gorilla.........you don't stop when you're tired.........you stop when the gorilla is tired.
To the OP, I have a Talon road and Airfoil Pro tri bike. Both nice bikes....bottom line it all comes down to fit. I could feed you the snake oil but would rather than you pick the bike that fits properly. For the price, both offer nice value.
I think it's one of the more overlooked frames in the tri world. Very sweet ride.
For the seatpost. I had minor issues in Hawaii (noise only) but found that it was because I dribbeled so much sweat that it eventually made it dirty. If I used a torque wrench and cleaned it every other week or so, it was perfect. Now that I'm back living in Boulder, I havent had a single issue at all.
EDIT: I can't read. You're looking for a road bike build... Still doesn't change. I like mine so much I'll now have 2.
Just my opinion. I say go for it.