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Old 02-25-11, 01:05 PM   #1
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Hello. I live in Central Texas and will be 63 next month. I have been biking for a while after I had to stop running. (knees)
I am 6'5" and weigh in about 235 and going down. (Was over 275 5 months ago)
I have 5 kids, 6 grandkids and a great wife.
I am riding a 2006 Sequoia and am looking to upgrade. That is what got me to the site.
I am testing (today) a 2011 Secteur Apex and a 2011 Roubaix Elite Apex.

I am looking for input/feedback on these bikes and/or other options although my LBS is pretty much a Specialized shop and my Sequoia has been good to me.

Open to ideas.
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I have to vote for the Roubaix. In December I picked up a 2011 Specialized Tarmac Elite with SRAM Apex. Great bike and I really like the Apex shifting. It has most of the benefits of a double and a triple.
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Can't help you on those specific bikes. But Howdy and welcome to the forums!
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Old 02-25-11, 10:22 PM   #5
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Thanks Ron. Ended up bringing home the Roubaix Elite Apex (black/black gloss). I went with intention of Secteur but after riding both on various surfaces the difference in the Roubaix was obvious. I did not think that was possible given the 2 bikes have the same geometry. Went through complete fitting as well and ended up on the 61 frame. The other factor was the the Secteur is basically the Sequoia with a few upgrades and the Apex gears but basically the same.
Took a quick spin when I got home on the same surface I ride all the time (lot of chip and seal) and the Roubaix was noticeably better. I would like to think that is not the "I want it to be better" factor going on. I really don't think that is the case. I will try to get some pics up. We are going out of town for weekend but can't wait to get back and ride some more.
I feel like a 50 year old kid!!
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Make sure it fits your needs. Myself, i prefer comfort over anything. Make sure you have the correct size bike over a 60cm? i am assuming. the encyclopedia of bikes and parts is a site called: sheldonbrown.com great info there. Not a spokesman for the site, just giving you some info


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Old 02-27-11, 08:30 PM   #8
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Thanks for the information. The fitting at my LBS was pretty thorough. (took almost 2 hours) I spent so much time on trainer I was starting to sweat some! Yea, the size is 61 cm. My old bike was a 58cm. I did not think I would notice the difference but I did.
I went for my first ride (after the initial quick one) when I got home from out of town today and it was awesome! The difference was remarkable. I always used to feel rides in my shoulders a little. Not a hurt, but I knew they were strained.
Today after 15+ miles, hardly noticed. (I do have to get used to the seat though)
Love the ride! I really thought that carbon could not make that much of a difference, but I was wrong.
Hardly felt the road with this bike that I would feel significantly with my Sequoia.
Not quite sure about the Apex yet. I have 105's on my Sequoia and the Apex is quite different. Wasn't real smooth today but mostly because I am not used to it. (is a little noisier too, but not horrible)
I still need to do pics.
Thanks to all for support and comments.
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