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    2009 Tarmac Comp Double - Value Buy

    I was at my LBS for a new 12 degree stem for my Sequoia. Original was set at +28. So we started talking about component upgrades when he remembers that I ride a 61cm frame. So he offers me a 2009 Tarmac Comp Double for $1600. So my question is this a good value or typical when new model years come out? Or is he stuck between a rock and a hard place with that 61cm Tarmac? As you can tell, I am new to this. Does anyone know what the margin is on Specialized bikes?

    PS: I ride for fitness and mental health, but need to go faster with the group I ride with.

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    It depends on what components it has, that will determine what it's worth.
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    If you are looking for a performance bike it is a very good deal. I own a Tarmac and it is not you Sunday afternoon cruiser - it is a performance bike and rides like one. The ride is a little stiffer, the steering very responsive and the position a little more agressive. If that is not your cup of tea it is a poor deal no matter what the price. I found that it made me accelerate faster and climb a little better but overall it does not make me faster unless I am willing to drive it hard all the time. By being a bit more uncomfortable on longer rides (>60 miles) I find I am actually no faster because I am more beat up by the ride. There ain't no free lunch.

    So - do I like the Tarmac - yes, it is a wonderful training bike and a joy to ride very fast on short rides where I can push myself to the max without worrying about saving enough energy for the next 50 miles. Mine never hit the pavement for the first time before I put much better wheels on it though.
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    cyclinfool - thanks for the input. now i have more to think about. I have good value proposition, but some degree of comfort is required. we do 50+ rides on weekends. So I will go with the -12 stem for a while see how that ride works out. Maybe the lower profile will be quicker.

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    Quote Originally Posted by thomamueller View Post
    ...So my question is this a good value or typical when new model years come out?...
    That 2008 model year bike is about to become 2 years out of date. The 2009 bicycle season is ending and the prices on 2009's and previous years will start to drop. As a rule-of-thumb, dealer cost is roughly 2/3 the list price.

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    The 2009 Tarmac comp has a retail price of $2700 and has a 105 component range. The wheels are Mavic Aksiums so are not a stock machine built wheel. Rest of the spec. is good so you would not be getting a pup.

    Only thing to do is test ride. If you are tempted- then the test ride will seal it or make you want to look at other bikes that may not be as good. My own feeling is that the ride could be a bit stiff with the Aksiums so test ride on some rough roads.

    Link to Tarmac page is below- but watch out ********** they do a white version

    http://www.specialized.com/us/en/bc/...45886&eid=4350
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    We sell 2009 Tarmac and Roubaix Comps for $2000, so I think you've made a very smart purchase, regardless of your dealer's position on the bike.

    And congratulations from the stem Nazi on graduating to a 12-degree rise.

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    Hmm

    I still have not pulled the trigger. I am still debating whether I should add a Tarmac, but sounds like a good deal. Just need $1600.

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    Quote Originally Posted by thomamueller View Post
    I still have not pulled the trigger. I am still debating whether I should add a Tarmac, but sounds like a good deal. Just need $1600.


    Haven't seen any reports on a test ride yet. That has to be done before before you put the wife down as a deposit
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