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Specialized Tarmac Pro

Old 02-24-06, 03:35 PM
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I just bought my '06 Tarmac Pro. I can't wait to get it on the road (too much snow and ice right now). Any feedback on their tarmac pro would be great.
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Old 02-24-06, 03:46 PM
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You're right. Feedback would be great. So go ride it. Congrats on a nice ride!
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Nice bike.

Wouldn't you have been better off asking for input before you bought it?
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I just bought a Tarmac Comp January 15th. I tested several other bikes and this one just seemed a lot faster and sleeker than other ones I tried. I have ridden about 200 miles now on it and think it is a great bike.
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I have about 4K miles on mine and love it. It fits me really well and likes to go fast. Great bike. I also get comments on it a lot at group rides, centuries, etc. . .you know, "hey, nice bike". Not that that matters, but it is a stylish ride.
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OK, how about something a bit more insightful? Road buzz? Climbing? Sprinting? Comfort at mile 93?
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Old 03-04-06, 07:08 PM
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Originally Posted by CastIron
OK, how about something a bit more insightful? Road buzz? Climbing? Sprinting? Comfort at mile 93?

The bike rides completely quiet. The only noise I hear is from cleats, which for some reason make a clicking noise as I pedal. It climbs well enough. I am new to cycling so am working to develop the legs to go up hills. Also, I am rather a large cycler (215 lbs), so am considering a compact crank. It is great for sprinting, I can take off real good. From what I've read and after riding it for about 250+ miles, I replaced the Alex wheels because they are crap for my weight category, though I believe the Pro comes with a better wheelset. I replaced with Mavic Open Pros. Also, I read that the Shimano pads are not good for your rims and it seemed that they took a long time to brake so I just replaced them today with Kool Stop dura-ace type. Just did a ride a couple hours ago with them and they seem to be better/quieter. Other than that love the bike.
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The thing I like about about the styling is it looks like an old school bike around a 50-60s vintage but it is completely modern...

It definately caught my attention while in the store earlier today...
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Old 03-05-06, 09:19 PM
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The new tarmac line-up's are a great way to buy a high end bike for significantly cheaper prices than competitors (Pinarello, Orbea, Trek etc....). I bought mine in November and have put about 150 miles w/ very little if not any complaints. After owning an 05 cannondale R700, the Tarmac is snug and fits like a perfect glove. The design, of course gets mixed feedback....the rounded top tube is not music for the masses but is welcome in my book since I was looking for something "different"...well, I was narrowing down the choices btw the Tarmac and the Pinarello F4:13 but decided to go w/ the Tarmac to save the money towards other components! Overall, the more aggressive look and fitting is fantastic for sprints but may lack the comfort for any long rides...I rode 70 miles and my back was feeling some pressure but not enough to bother me....Can always "re"flip the stem anyway! There is virtually no road buzz and the beefy BB area keeps the frame nearly as stiff as my R700....Overall, I'm very happy with mine!
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Just a quick question about tarmacs. I know a number of people that claim the non S-Works ones are flexy. Are they full of ****, or have a point?
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To be honest, I dont think that they are flexy at all....but then again, I didnt bother to test ride any other carbon bikes other than the Scott CR1, which I also liked but chose the Tarmac for BLING reasons. The CR1 was slightly stiffer but not noticeable....
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Also cant vouch that the NON S-Works are "less" flexy....sorry.
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Originally Posted by badsac
Just a quick question about tarmacs. I know a number of people that claim the non S-Works ones are flexy. Are they full of ****, or have a point?
I dunno about you, but it looks pretty flexy to me!


Actually, I'm just kidding, I thought the tarmac was pretty sweet when I test rode one.
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Sadly, the only feedback I can give is that I think it looks great. I haven't ridden one, yet.
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I love the decals on your Specialized. I have the tarmac Pro (which I think the decals are very boring) and would love to have a decal for my top tube just like yours. Any idea where I could get something like that?
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Originally Posted by jimaizumi
The new tarmac line-up's are a great way to buy a high end bike for significantly cheaper prices than competitors (Pinarello, Orbea, Trek etc....). I bought mine in November and have put about 150 miles w/ very little if not any complaints. After owning an 05 cannondale R700, the Tarmac is snug and fits like a perfect glove. The design, of course gets mixed feedback....the rounded top tube is not music for the masses but is welcome in my book since I was looking for something "different"...well, I was narrowing down the choices btw the Tarmac and the Pinarello F4:13 but decided to go w/ the Tarmac to save the money towards other components! Overall, the more aggressive look and fitting is fantastic for sprints but may lack the comfort for any long rides...I rode 70 miles and my back was feeling some pressure but not enough to bother me....Can always "re"flip the stem anyway! There is virtually no road buzz and the beefy BB area keeps the frame nearly as stiff as my R700....Overall, I'm very happy with mine!
I love the decals on your Specialized. I have the tarmac Pro (which I think the decals are very boring) and would love to have a decal for my top tube just like yours. Any idea where I could get something like that?
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Old 03-06-06, 07:30 AM
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Try going to the Specialized website to find their customer support email addy. They were kind enough to mail me a set all the way in Japan! I do like the decals as well but since they are below the clearcoat, I cant take them off if I ever wanted to, unlike the roubaix comps where the decals are simply placed on top of the clearcoat.....
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Great bike. Bought the 05' comp about three weeks ago. Slapped an Open-Pro-laced- to-Ultegra-hubs-w/-Michelin-pro-race-tires wheelset and compact crank on mine and it's been a dream ride. Real stable descending, cuts road buzz WAY down, looks sleek and sexy (which is really the most important thing), feels way stiffer than my Trek 1500 (but I didn't ride the S-works so I can't make that comparison). Drilled some holes thru the subfloor in my bike closet and chained it to the floor. MY bike. Not yours.
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