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2006 Specialized Tamrac Pro

Old 05-12-21, 10:34 AM
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2006 Specialized Tamrac Pro

I can get a new, old stock 2006 Tamrac Pro for $1500

what do you think the downside of buying a 2006 would be


Frame & Fork
Frame Construction Bonded/monocoque
Frame Material Specialized FACT 6r carbon, triple monocoque
Fork Specialized FACT monocoque carbon fork
Fork Materal Carbon, aero crown
Rear Shock Not applicable
Component Group Road Mix
Brakeset Shimano Ultegra front/Shimano Ultegra Dual Pivot rear brakes, Shimano Dura-Ace, 10-speed, STI, flight deck compatible levers
Shift Levers Shimano Dura-Ace, 10-speed, STI, flight deck compatible
Front Derailleur Shimano Ultegra, bottom-pull/clamp-on 31.8mm
Rear Derailleur Shimano Dura-Ace, short cage
Crankset FSA SLK MegaExo, 2-piece carbon crankset, 39/53 teeth
Pedals Composite-body test ride pedals
Bottom Bracket FSA Integrated
BB Shell Width Unspecified
Rear Cogs 10-speed, 12 - 25 teeth
Chain Shimano Dura-Ace
Seatpost Specialized Pav+¬ FACT carbon seatpost with Zertz insert, 27.2mm diameter
Saddle Body Geometry Alias, carbon reinfoced base, hollow titanium rails
Handlebar Extensions Not included
Handlebars S-Works FACT carbon aero handlebar, racing drop, ergo/aero shaping, 31.8
Handlebar Stem S-Works FACT carbon stem, magnesium face plate, 31.8mm handlebar clamp
Headset 1 1/8" Specialized Mindset Plus integrated threadless, sealed
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Old school gearing will be a challenge in hilly terrain. Tough to upgrade with a limited supply of long cage 10speed premium derailleurs available. Wheels are 10 speed only.
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Maybe I missed it but wheels?

If that gearing works for you and the fit is good, it’s a wise choice. Yes 10 speed is old/outdated but good enough IMO.
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No option to fit disc brakes would be a deal breaker for me.

Plus, as others have said, the options for upgrading the gearing would be limited.
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Seems pricey for such an old bike, regardless of condition.
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Way overpriced IMO.

Everything needs to work perfectly and no wear. Even the tires need to be almost new looking.

Not a big deal having just 10 speeds on the rear. But if you do live in a hilly area or even just rolling terrain, you might need to find out if you can push the 39 front ring and 25 rear cog up a decent hill with out grunting.
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Nice bike. $1500 seems a bit crazy to me.

I'd be fine with 10 speed, but that 12-25 is fairly narrow range. Can that DA 10 speed RD take an 11-28?

Other than that, I'd check tire clearance. Probably limited to 25s which for me would suck, but may not be an issue for others. I'd be sure to check all that carbon carefully for any signs of damage. 15 years is a long time to get banged around.
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Ride quality on carbon frames that old wasn't as good as today. The Roubaix was flexy, and the Tarmac was overly teeth rattling on bad road surface compared to today where it's basically flawless.

My opinion is based on test riding then buying a specialozed tarmac around then. Spent $2k more than I wanted to get the top end frame to get a decent ride and it's stilll a bit overly stiff-responding to mediocre roads and bumps.

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For $1500 you could get a new aluminum frame Shimano 105 spec'd bike if someone had one in stock. Or you could get the new, old stock Tarmac Pro. As for the 23mm tires, I rode them for decades and never had an issue. As for the 2006 carbon fiber frame, I'd take it over a new aluminum frame any day. The 10 speed Shimano Dura Ace/Ultegra combination is fantastic. This Tarmac is a nice bike. The full-carbon fiber fork, carbon fiber bars, and carbon fiber stem were and still are only used on relatively high end bikes. A friend of mine just sold a 10 year old, 105 spec'd Cannondale with 20,000 miles on it for $950. Bikes are out of stock. Prices are through the roof. If I were looking I'd buy it in a second. Even ifyou didn't ride it you could part it out and make money.
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I'd be skeptical of a NOS bike that is 15 yrs old. Can't believe it really hasn't been used. But as others have noted: even assuming it's truly NOS, the price is waaay too high.
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That was a great bike, but $1500 is too much.
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how the hell did you find a NOS 2006 bike??
There has got to be a story behind this
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Sturner333, I think much depends on what you expect to do with the bike. Other posters have mentioned gearing and the difficulty of upgrading components, fitting disc brakes, or larger tires. If you are planning to ride for recreation and fitness, I would not be concerned with those issues. Just my opinion. Two of my three bikes are over 30 years old so I may be the wrong person to ask. I'm 76 and not planning on racing or doing an Everest.

Symox: In July of 2020, I bought a "new old stock" 2013 Tarmac Elite for $1200. Found it locally on Craigslist when neither local bike shop had any road bikes in my size at any price. The story behind it: The seller, an older cyclist with several high end bikes in garage, bought this one for his grandson who rode it a few miles and dropped his interest in cycling. The bike still had protective film on some components an mold feathers on the tires. I may have paid too much for a six year old basic model. I was putting a lot of miles on my 1987 Diamondback Ascent, riding with friends on road bikes, so the Elite was a massive upgrade for me. That's my story and I'm sticking to it.
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According the bicyclebluebook.com, the closest matching bike with those specs is the 2007 Specialized Tarmac Pro Double, which retailed for $3800.

The gearing (53-39 front, 12-25 rear) is full-on flat land gearing, not so great for climbing.

I have the same Dura-Ace 10-speed group on my bike (Scott Addict R1), but I changed the cassette to 11-28 and the cranks to 50-34. Shifts great. Boom, climbing bike!

Can't install disk brakes: I don't care, do you? Rim brakes work fine.

No more Dura-Ace 10-speed replacement parts: You'll be "stuck" with Ultegra when replacing worn chains & cassettes (oh no!).

The Tarmac was and is a great frame set. I'd say if it fits well and you like the ride, go for it!
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