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Old 06-12-06, 06:01 AM   #1
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2007 Langster

I know most of you aren't exactly Langster fans, but maybe someone is interested in this. It appears that for 2007 Specialized have given the Langster a carbon fork, 42x16 gearing with Sugino cranks and a 'rust' coloured paint job. The price has also gone up - yet another reason to buy an IRO?
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Old 06-12-06, 08:31 AM   #2
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If you like the compact geo and it's got a decent wheelset, it's probably not too bad of a deal, especially if the cranks are 75's.
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langster s-works comes with a carbon fork i think. i'm not a fan of carbon though. unless you're a racing, it just seems bad to me. once it starts to deteriorate its pretty much done.
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42-16? Doesn't look like track gearing to me. Any track riders care to comment?
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Old 06-12-06, 06:59 PM   #6
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I mentioned that I had read this at work today to the other guys at the shop, and the guys who have worked there a while said that the rust colored paint/carbon fork combo is an idea that Specialized has been throwing around for the last two years.

So we'll see, maybe this year they'll do it. I wouldn't count on the Sugino 75's tough.
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If that fork is stock.. the rake looks pretty ****ed up for the HT angle
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I mentioned that I had read this at work today to the other guys at the shop, and the guys who have worked there a while said that the rust colored paint/carbon fork combo is an idea that Specialized has been throwing around for the last two years.

So we'll see, maybe this year they'll do it. I wouldn't count on the Sugino 75's tough.
the 06 already has 75's, only reason i wish i got the 06 instead of the 05 on closeout.

Anyways, i hate that paintjob, from the idea that i got from that low quality image, and i'm damn glad i got the 05 for its clean flat carbon gray paint, before they punked/urbanzed it, with thier graffiti esqued logo.

That aside, a carbon fork is going to be a tough sell for the market the langster seems to be shooting for as a city/ urban bike geared for the younger and more "careless about s***" crowd; so most people in that market are looking for something bulletproof, and would assume the carbon fork wouldn't survive the daily grind riding through th city.
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I dont see why the fork wouldnt last unless you crash a lot. In which case you either have the worst luck or suck at life and might need to stay off a bike in traffic if you wish to live to be much older.
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I dont see why the fork wouldnt last unless you crash a lot. In which case you either have the worst luck or suck at life and might need to stay off a bike in traffic if you wish to live to be much older.

While you are right, unfortunelty not all bikers are enlightened of the wonders of carbon fiber.
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actually what you are looking at is the langster comp - there are 3 models of langster: the regular, the comp, and the s-works. the langster comp comes with a FACT carbon fork, sugino 75 crank, sugino 75 bottom bracket, alex at-400 rims, mondo pro tires, and an alias saddle
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actually what you are looking at is the langster comp - there are 3 models of langster: the regular, the comp, and the s-works. the langster comp comes with a FACT carbon fork, sugino 75 crank, sugino 75 bottom bracket, alex at-400 rims, mondo pro tires, and an alias saddle

how sure are you about that? seems odd that they would add a paint job thats almost exactly the same as the regular Langster of years past, F and R brakes, and then obvious street gearing to the Comp... which was supposed to be an actual track bike. seems like the just added a better crankset and a carbon fork to the Langster.
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but the bike in the first post has both a front brake and back,and machined rims, the comp is sold brakeless and with non-machined rims. Im guessing this is is the base model, and non the comp. I doubt someone would spend the extra 400 bucks for themore track ready langster comp, only to downgrade the wheels and throw two brakes on it.
And if you'd like decide for yourself-
The o6 model-


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If that fork is stock.. the rake looks pretty ****ed up for the HT angle

I was thinking the same thing.
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42-16? Doesn't look like track gearing to me. Any track riders care to comment?
good call on their part IMO. how many of these track bikes are actually seeing the velo anyways? i know mine ain't.
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i've never heard of carbon forks being unable to cope with city riding. if you can't avoid the holes buy a huck bike and be done. or learn to ride
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I know most of you aren't exactly Langster fans, but maybe someone is interested in this. It appears that for 2007 Specialized have given the Langster a carbon fork, 42x16 gearing with Sugino cranks and a 'rust' coloured paint job. The price has also gone up - yet another reason to buy an IRO?
That sloping top tube is all the reason I need :\
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42-16? Doesn't look like track gearing to me. Any track riders care to comment?
i ride 49x15 at the track... that gearing is aimed for street
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