Peloton magazine gave this a favorable review, which is virtually meaningless since their reviews are shamelessly biased, but the frame looks very impressive. Finally
someone makes a comfort-oriented bike without a monster head tube.
Ironically when I looked at the review I thought "that reminds me of my Fuji SL/1, but more than 100 grams lighter", since the focus was so much on comfort, not on eliminating any perception of flex, which is mostly elastic anyway. Then I just read a quote from Red Kite Prayer
:I went out for a ride with Steve Fairchild who led the design of this bike, RKP contributor J.P. Partland and mountain bike legend Joe Breeze. ASI, the parent company for Fuji and Kestrel is also the parent for Breeze’s Breezer bikes, hence the connection there. Fairchild revealed that he wasn’t concerned with making the stiffest bike on the planet. He’s long had a reputation from his work with Fuji, Jamis and now Kestrel for designing bikes that felt good to ride (read: not overly stiff) and handled with enough certainty to inspire confidence in the rider.
So indeed the designer used to work for Fuji (and Rock Racing, I think..).
That down tube sure looks large, but hard to tell from the photo: