As many here know last fall I pickup up a great deal on a Specialized Tarmac. I had been pineing over a Pinarello F4:13 but at $5K it was just too much. Last weekend I did a club ride where a person was riding the F4:13 in the color I wanted (red - is there any other color for a bike) - wow what a beautiful bike! However the Tarmac and I kept up with him over the 45 mile ride, even though he was 25 years younger. On several hills we even out climbed him.
When I got the Tarmac and for a long time after I was unsure of whether or not I liked it. I have found that it does a lot of things really well. After I got it broken in and learned how to use the drive train (the gearing is different than on my Simoncini) I have found I really enjoy it. As a team we have gotten much faster. On a 15 mile sprint we have shaved 1.5 MPH off the best average I was every able to do before and I don't think we are done yet as I typically peak around the last week in Aug.
I still don't like the Tarmac's ride as well as my steel bike - but the accelleration, hill climbing and stability at high speeds is unmatched. It has now become the weapon of choice for rides of 40 miles or less.
This weekend is a club ride - 50 miles. I am debating which bike to choose. It will be a fast ride. I might just take the Simoncini just to see if it isn't the engine that has made the difference. If the Pinarello shows up I guess I'll know.
I think the Tarmac and I have finally reached an understanding - it isn't my first love but it's a turning out to be a really good friend. I guess this is why I've been married to the same women for 30 years as well