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Old 03-23-07, 01:13 PM   #1
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Would you, for $900? 06 Langster Comp

Of course you wouldn't if you:

A) have 'steel is real' tattooed on your forehead
B) can't stand the looks of sloping top tubes
C) consider vintage the only SS/FG worth riding
D) all of the above

But for the rest of ewes - I found an '06 Langster Comp for $900. For some reason the Specialized site does not list the specs for that particular model. They've had this thing for a good long time. I'm thinking I can knock them down another Franklin. The sticker was $999, did they go up that much between '06 and '07? The '07s are stickered $1100.

My original intent was to find an old Pinarello or Colnago and convert it but I've since given up as I'm a 'special' size. Plan is to toy around on the track a few times but mostly I need a training bike. I'll even admit I'm getting it because I've been reading this damn forum too long and wanna taste of the FG.

I see slvoid has one with a brake on it. Wondering what brake lever you used since it's not visible in a photo you posted.
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Old 03-23-07, 01:21 PM   #2
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You should go for a better deal...I could get an 07 for $880 new from my Specialized dealer...an 06 that has been sitting there? $800 or less IMO.

I ride an 06 Langster...I don't know how the ride differs from the Comp but I will say that our of the bikes I have ridden recently this is by far the harshest ride...if you are only riding it on the track that wont matter to you but if you plan to train on it on the road it may be something to think about.

Edit: just looked closer...same frame as mine but with a CF fork, no brakes and a Sugino 75 crank and BB. Looke for a regular Langser and upgrade it and it will cost you less. I got mine for $480 plus shipping with much nicer than stock wheels (Pauls hubs, double butted spokes laced to Fusions) and a Chris King headset. If I upgrade the crank I am still under $800 and have nearly the same bike.
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Old 03-23-07, 01:22 PM   #3
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Depends what you want to use it for really. If its a commuting rig I would go for a khs flite 100/mercier kilo tt and then upgrade the wheels, saddle, cranks, BB and pedals. Its a rock solid bike with an unassuming appearance.

I can't really tell what the wheels are like on the langster. It says specialized hubs. are those the same as formulas? All in all the parts on the langster are nice, but I'm not sure if its 900 dollars nice... More stealable harsh ride on the road as well.
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Old 03-23-07, 01:26 PM   #4
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Go for a better deal. It's a great bike but I've seen better deals. Heck, one was on Ebay a week or so ago for quite a lot less. Thanks to clueless bike snobs who sneer at them for reasons rooted in falsehoods, you can get a superb bike for a great price.

I got my 04 Langster Pro for $475, I believe. Dura-Ace hubs, Open-Pro rims, Deda 215 bars, Sugino 75 crankset, Specialized Pave seatpost and Alias seat, etc. Unbelievably, unbelievably good deal..
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Old 03-23-07, 01:35 PM   #5
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Depends what you want to use it for really.
Winter spin training mostly. Need it to be track legal as well. I don't want to have to buy a track bike too.

The problem with landing one on Feebay is finding my size. That was my problem with the Colnago/Pinarello frame I was looking for. I see 54, 56 and 58 all the damn time.

Maybe I should waltz in there and offer $650. Or maybe $700 with an upgrade to the Toupe saddle. Hell, those wheels are on Feebay for $40. They're crap but I'll ride 'em till the fall apart.
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I ride an 06 Langster...I don't know how the ride differs from the Comp but I will say that our of the bikes I have ridden recently this is by far the harshest ride...if you are only riding it on the track that wont matter to you but if you plan to train on it on the road it may be something to think about.
Many have proven the idea that bike frame material has much at all to do with the perceived "harshness" of a bike's ride as totally false. The single most important component in that respect seems to be tire choice. Seatpost, seat, fork design, and handlebars all have much much more to do with the comfort of a bike's ride than the frame.

In fact, the Langster's compact geometry gives it that sloping top tube that actually makes the ride MORE comfortable. Why? Because that means more of the seat tube is exposed and utilized, allowing more flex. Using a seatpost like the Comp's Specialized Pave post that is made to absorb shocks emphasizes that even more. Marry that to a comfortable seat and you have a niiiiiice ride. I know mine is. My steel Surly Cross-Check has a harsher ride than my Langster, without question.

The short chain and seat stays on the Langster do contribute to a harsher ride than bikes with longer ones but that's the same with any track-oriented bike where you're sitting right over the rear wheel.... steel, carbon, aluminum, whatever.

Just saying that more people need to blame their components for a harsh ride than naming the bike frame as the culprit.
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I can't really tell what the wheels are like on the langster. It says specialized hubs. are those the same as formulas? All in all the parts on the langster are nice, but I'm not sure if its 900 dollars nice... More stealable harsh ride on the road as well.
IIRC the base hub for the Langster, if they aren't something special like a Dura-Ace or 105 or some such, is an unbranded JoyTech. At least they are at my shop.
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the langster and langster comp are two totally different frames, (we should know, our shop helped design the o7 langster, don't blame the paintjob on us though).
Also, the 06 and 07 langster comps are crossover inventory, so they are literally the exact same bike, part numbers and all except for 7 instead of 6 at the end.


Really, the langster comp, except for the so-so wheelset, is a wicked fast bike and well worth the money. I would totally rock one if I didn't think it was so ugly.
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the langster and langster comp are two totally different frames
Just curious what some of the differences are. I always hear that but don't know what they do differently. Could be interesting
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For 07 the Langster geometry changed...but I would love to hear how the 06 Langster and Langster Comp are different. They have exactly the same geometry and the frame has exactly the same description. Different fork and components yes but the 06 frames are the same.
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I would love to hear how the 06 Langster and Langster Comp are different.

They aren't. They are the same. As in someone at specialized said "oh crap, we didn't sell enough of these 06 comps" and his manager replied wryly "you mean 07 comps" . Identical. = .
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Langster

So far owning my 04" Langster Pro for about 7 Months or so I come to find that I can't let it go...even though I find that steel is so much more comfortable on the road, but then again this bike was made for the track. I say just buy a used Langster Pro or Comp...Though I never could get to like the paint scheme after 04' model, I like how it's simple and plain except for the Logos screaming at you. There's been a couple on EBay that goes for cheap, use the rest of the money you'd save and get better components...you might spend a little more but at least it'll be a little unique...I have yet to see a Langster Pro in town. Oh there's a bike shop I know of that has a KHS on sale for $467 complete!!! Too big for me other wise you'd be seeing another bike next to my Langster.
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What wheels are those?
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I for one think that $900 is a fair price for this bike, considering that you get it from a local dealer and with their support and fitting services. You can always find a better deal some where else - but with an LBS you have someone to turn to, if things do not work out, or if you need help other wise
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I actually got mine with the bottle cage, they threw in a set of $80 tires, had a front brake popped on, and I got the whole shabang for 830, not bad.

The bottle cage straps on (no cage bosses). So if I take it to the track, all I have to do is unstrap the cage, pop the brake and lever off, and it's track legal. It's a very very responsive (i.e. sensitive/twitchy) track geometry. All in all, its not bad. I definitely feel the road more than my titanium road bike with the curvy seat stays and all the carbon hardware but its not like, a world of difference, its pretty minor.
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LOL now that I think about what I just wrote...I come to conclude that it was a pretty dumb statement...
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What wheels are those?
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