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    Senior Member jgjulio's Avatar
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    Clyde bought a Specialized Sequoia

    I recently posted a thread regarding Clydes on a Specialized Sequoia.
    Thank you for the encouraging replys from owners of this bike.

    I went to my LBS and rode one yesterday.... I fell in love at first ride!
    I ordered an Elite model (want the upgraded components).

    Now I have to wait.... I hate waiting.
    It will come in soon but I won't be able to pick it up until next Friday (work).

    BTW the extra brake levers on the hoods of the handle bar are great. I didn't realize the existed until I actually got to ride the bike.

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    Well there is a price for that great advice. You are required to post pics of your new bike. (You should have read the fine print)
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    Yes, pics please!

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    I would love to show pictures.. I can't because I will not pick it up for 6 more days.... but who is counting!?

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    im counting because i an supposed to pick up mine in 6 more days....... if nothing happens i will be the proud owner of an elite model next friday too. congrats on your new bike.

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    Very good choice IMO! If it's an 09 model it looks like they have cut back from three Sequoia models to two. I have updated my 08 basic model with Ultegra FD, Mavic Open Pro/Ultegra hubs/Armadillos, Sigma computer, and 110 Ritchey stem. Over 1100 miles on her now and I am enjoying it immensely. Please post pics when your Sequoia arrives! And by all means "accessorize"! I copied the pic from the Specialized web site for you.
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    was you able to pick up your Sequoia?
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    When you start looking at larger tires, if you are lucky, the Rivendell Ruffy Tuffy might fit. Looks kind of iffy, but it might.
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    I picked up my new Sequoia on Friday. Because of work stuff I still have had the time to only ride it for about 4 miles. I really really like the feel of this bike. I know I am going to love it.
    The seat is a bit unfomfortable but I am going to give it a chance.

    So far so good. I will post again when I have the time to give it a good ride.

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    Pictures please.... we need pictures! (Is your Sequoia 08 or 09?)

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    My Sequoia is the 09 model.
    Pictures coming - work is in the way right now..... Ugh!

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    I purchased an 08 Sequoia Elite a couple weeks ago. This is my second road bike but my first "nice" one. I have only ridden a few miles and plan on putting it away till spring and I think I will like it alot. I have a couple other bikes I wil ride thru winter. I had my choice of the 08 vs. the 09 and I went with the 08. I liked the carbon seat stays. The 09 has some better components and better tires but the 08 has a few better components as well. I went with the better frame in the end.

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    I am approaching 1700 miles on my "Ultegrized" 08 Sequoia. Pictures of your new ride?
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    it sucks having to wait for your bike, i had to like 6 weeks to get what i wanted

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    I could not find an 08 elite so I got a sequoia comp

    I wanted to get the 08 elite, but the lbs did not have one in my size and they
    asserted that the warehouse was 'out of stock'.

    I settled for the sequoia comp. I think the only difference is that the comp has
    shimano 105 components and wheels with a very small spoke count.

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    There's getting to be quite a group of Clyde Sequoites here! I like that blue one.

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    Looks like the Sequoia group is going to get a little bigger - I am buying my wife one for Christmas.
    The LBS guy said that of all the years he has been selling Specialized bikes the Sequoia's are this year taking off. Seems that the model has been "discovered".
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    My wife has one and my Dad has one, both love them.

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    what is it about the Sequoia that you liked over the Allez or Roubaix?
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    My first road bike was a Sequoia. It was a great way to get introduced to road riding. The one thing I hated on the bike and changed out was the seat post. Mine came with this seatpost that had a small piston in it to dampen the ride. Unfortunately, after about 100 miles it sounded like a bed in a cheap hotel room .....squeak...squeak...squeak. the faster you pedaled the faster the frequencies of the squeaks.

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    Quote Originally Posted by cohophysh View Post
    what is it about the Sequoia that you liked over the Allez or Roubaix?
    I can't speak for everyone but I think it is a bike you tend to discover when you are putting away thoughts of flat bar bikes as "comfortable" for extended rides and entertaining becoming a neo-roadie. With the flipped-up stem and upright riding position the first ride is very appealing and comfortable... and if and when you get adapted you can bring your stem down to a more conventional riding position. Also the price point is good... and the name does not require any frenchy pronunciation!

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    +1 with billydonn. I moved from a flat bar bike. Was intimidated by the drop down bars. I loved the "relaxed geometry" (more upright riding position) and the extra brake handles on the hoods were the "cherry on top".
    Price is good - components are good.
    My son has the Allez and it is just much to radical for an old clyde like me.
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    The price, relaxed geometry and the extra brake levers all added up to me buying this bike. I have a flat bar road bike and this was just a "natural" progression for me. I ordered a Brooks B-17 saddle for mine. I don't feel that the original seat on my '08' is terrible but I wanted to try a brooks and what's a better place to use one for the first time than on a new bike.

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    Congratulations. The people at Specialized got it right with the Sequioa series. They aimed for a market of typically older, but still vigorous riders. I have an '06 Elite, all 105 stuff - good quality middle-of-the-road group. I haertily endores 23mm Armadillos for clydesdales. I won't leave home without them. No pinch flats - ever. And, only 6 flats in over 9000 miles. The newer Sequioas are alot prettier than mine. It looks like bridge girder compared to the late model ones.

    As for the stock saddle, mine came with a Specialized something-or-other that was fine out to about 35 miles on a hot day, but got very hot and uncomfrtable after that. A Brooks B-17 solved the problem. The only other thing that bothers me about my bike is the tendency for the cheap wheels to "sing" as I bear down on up grades. But, that's a function of being 250lbs, I suppose.

    EDIT: Oh yeah, the stock brake pads suck to death.

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    Quote Originally Posted by gnirwin View Post
    The price, relaxed geometry and the extra brake levers all added up to me buying this bike. I have a flat bar road bike and this was just a "natural" progression for me. I ordered a Brooks B-17 saddle for mine. I don't feel that the original seat on my '08' is terrible but I wanted to try a brooks and what's a better place to use one for the first time than on a new bike.
    Keep us posted on how that B-17 works out... seems to be lots of discussion about them. And pics are always nice.
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