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    Long time lurker, first time indecisive poster. I've been riding for a few years now and am looking to upgrade my old steel framed clunker to a new, proper road bike. I mostly ride alone, but maybe once every week or so with a group of 5 of my friends. I've got about $2500 CAD to spend on this bike and went into a shop this past weekend to take a look.

    Initially, I went into the shop thinking that I could pick up a new 2015 Specialized Tarmac Sport and a few accessories and stay within my budget. Most of my friends ride Specialized and I like the look of the Tarmac. Unfortunately, they didn't have one in stock yet to try out, but I did sit on a new Allez which seemed to have pretty much the same geometry.

    However, the sales guy then moved on to a 2015 Cervelo R2 which seemed to fit me just as well. Nice feeling bike, seemed to have a nicer stem, handlebars, seatpost, etc. He seemed like he was really pushing the R2, but also tossed an S2 just to compare.

    Here are the prices they were going for:
    Tarmac Sport - $2000
    R2 - $2200
    S2 - $2400

    It's still winter here and I don't plan on buying before I can ride them all, but I have that itch and wanted to get the ball rolling. They're all relatively close in price, and I pretty much dismissed the S2 as it looks like more than I need, but I'm wondering if the extra $200 for the R2 is worth it over the Specialized. My biggest problem - I'm not partial to white bikes. Help me out here.

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    I'd get the S2.

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    Cervelo is great
    you can't go wrong with them
    S2 is build more for speed, and R2 its more traditional build
    both are are great bikes

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    I got a new 2014 cervelo s2 built on 105 from Wheels of Oakville - Your Ultimate Cervelo Dealer for 1999.99 cAnadian
    not sure your location just saying

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    Quote Originally Posted by Silvercivic27 View Post
    I'd get the S2.
    +1 the s2 looks faster, it is faster, isnt much heavier and it doesnt cost much more

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    Quote Originally Posted by MrMcLean View Post
    Long time lurker, first time indecisive poster. I've been riding for a few years now and am looking to upgrade my old steel framed clunker to a new, proper road bike. I mostly ride alone, but maybe once every week or so with a group of 5 of my friends. I've got about $2500 CAD to spend on this bike and went into a shop this past weekend to take a look.

    Initially, I went into the shop thinking that I could pick up a new 2015 Specialized Tarmac Sport and a few accessories and stay within my budget. Most of my friends ride Specialized and I like the look of the Tarmac. Unfortunately, they didn't have one in stock yet to try out, but I did sit on a new Allez which seemed to have pretty much the same geometry.

    However, the sales guy then moved on to a 2015 Cervelo R2 which seemed to fit me just as well. Nice feeling bike, seemed to have a nicer stem, handlebars, seatpost, etc. He seemed like he was really pushing the R2, but also tossed an S2 just to compare.

    Here are the prices they were going for:
    Tarmac Sport - $2000
    R2 - $2200
    S2 - $2400

    It's still winter here and I don't plan on buying before I can ride them all, but I have that itch and wanted to get the ball rolling. They're all relatively close in price, and I pretty much dismissed the S2 as it looks like more than I need, but I'm wondering if the extra $200 for the R2 is worth it over the Specialized. My biggest problem - I'm not partial to white bikes. Help me out here.
    I've test ridden allez, secteur, tarmac and roubaix. They are ALL fantastic! I will almost certainly buy a specialized, but don't know which one.

    Have you considered the allez? An allez smartweld with 105 11 speed is going for $1600. Overall, I don't think you can go wrong with a specialized.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dopefish905 View Post
    I got a new 2014 cervelo s2 built on 105 from Wheels of Oakville - Your Ultimate Cervelo Dealer for 1999.99 cAnadian
    not sure your location just saying
    I'm in Hamilton so I might have to give them a ring to see if they have any left in stock. If they do, I think it's a no brainer.

    Lots of love in here for the S2. The sales guy also kept down-talking the frame quality on the Tarmac Sport compared to the Cervelos. Any truth to this? I don't think I've heard anything bad about the Tarmac frames.

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    You really need to test ride all the bikes you are considering and then get the one you feel the most comfortable on. The Tarmac and the 2 Cervelos are all great bikes. Can't go wrong there.

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    I'm in hamilton as well, they have quite a few between the two locations, most sizes left as well, they are close with Cervelo and bought the rest of 2014 Cervelo s2's built on 105 5700 the 2015s are built on 5800, but that's the only change, worth the $800'in savings for me at least

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dopefish905 View Post
    I'm in hamilton as well, they have quite a few between the two locations, most sizes left as well, they are close with Cervelo and bought the rest of 2014 Cervelo s2's built on 105 5700 the 2015s are built on 5800, but that's the only change, worth the $800'in savings for me at least
    Hard to argue with those savings. I think I'll give them a call today and see if they have my size in stock. I think the 5700 would be enough for my needs and it seems as if the frame is worth holding onto if I want to upgrade the groupset in the future.

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    good luck! Hope they can help you out!

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    Looks like they have a couple left in my size. I'm going to head there on Friday and have a look. I'm also going to stop in another shop and look at a Tarmac. Should be a productive weekend of spending.

    In the meantime, anyone have any opinions on the Tarmac frame vs. the Cervelo? If I'm looking to keep this bike for quite some time and upgrade as I go, is one considered "better" than the other?
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    Quote Originally Posted by MrMcLean View Post
    Looks like they have a couple left in my size. I'm going to head there on Friday and have a look. I'm also going to stop in another shop and look at a Tarmac. Should be a productive weekend of spending.

    In the meantime, anyone have any opinions on the Tarmac frame vs. the Cervelo? If I'm looking to keep this bike for quite some time and upgrade as I go, is one considered "better" than the other?
    If you don't mind an answer that's not definitive, I don't you can go wrong with either the Tarmac or the R2. They're designed with a similar goal, lightweight responsiveness with a good bit of compliance. With the S2, you're adding in the aero benefit. The conventional wisdom is you'll lose some ride quality/compliance, but that's where the test ride comes in. If you like the S2's ride, then you get the aero goodness (not to mention it looks cool, for what it's worth). Saw this on YouTube:
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mlz52XW6CMM

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