Specialized Secteur for Clyde?
Let me preface this by saying that I have traditionally been a fan of steel frames with big tire clearance. My current road bike is a cheapo KHS Flite 220 which has to weigh in around 29-30 lbs. This thing is a tank, but rides well, especially with the 32c tires. I enjoy having a road bike that can handle a bit of dirt if I come across some. There are also a myriad of commuter or touring tires that do very well preventing flats and that peace of mind is great.
Still, I have been lusting for something lighter and sportier. I don't want anything with full-on race geometry and like the idea of the plush road bikes that are out there. While I would like to be light enough for a full carbon frame and more trusting of it, the Secteur Comp and Elite have both caught my eye.
I haven't been able to find anything on the weight limit of the bike. All I have been able to find is something on Specialized's site about carbon components having a weight limit between 240-250 lbs. The exact wording on the webesite is weird, but it says something along the lines of "if you are approaching 250 lbs and more than 240," Specialized does not recommend carbon seat posts. Both the Comp and Elite have carbon posts, so I understand that I am still a tad too heavy at 250 lbs. Still, it does not speak of the frame's weight limit.
The Comp has the carbon seat stays which seem like they would offer a little smoother ride than the full aluminum frame. I am curious if one of those has a lower weight limit than the 240-250 lbs published for carbon components. Another 10 lbs (maybe a little more if you consider the weight of clothes and gear) and I am going to be down to where I need to be. Sadly, I think I will be the weight I need to be before I will have the money (thanks to an unexpected purchase of a new fridge). Gotta love owning a home and the constant money into it which you throw.