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Tarmac build complete! (yea right ;) )

Old 07-20-06, 10:39 AM
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Tarmac build complete! (yea right ;) )

Well, I think I've finally gotten to a stopping point (for now! ) with my Tarmac build up. A lot of info was spread across some various threads about it. So, I thought I'd consolidate it here and add a couple new pictures.

First off, The Begining:
The bike started life as a 2006 Tarmac Expert complete bike, that I purchased back in Feb of this year. I had a 2005 Allez Elite that I had previous switched to Campy, but I really wanted a carbon fiber bike. I got a great deal from the LBS on this Tarmac and it rode like a dream.... easy decision I promptly removed the Ultegra components and installed my Campy parts and FSA SLK compact crank. I traded the Mavic Ksyrium Equipe wheelset (Since I already had a sweet set of Mike Garcia Niobium 30 wheels) for a S-Works SL carbon wing bar. I couldn't stand looking at those Ultegra brakes on a Campy bike... so I broke down and get some Zero Gravity brakes. My fiance got all of the Ultegra parts put on her bike along with a compact double crankset. Pretty decent starting point.

Next I got the bug to get some tubulars, so I ended up with a set of Zipp 404s. Very nice wheels so far. They are plenty stiff for my weight (175lbs now... but I was about 195 when I got them) and ride like a dream. A lot of people knock Zipps for durability.... but I haven't had a single problem with them. I even had to bunny hop a curb last night and the wheel is in perfect shape.

At this point I was really happy with the bike, but I felt my position was a little off. I ended up getting a Thompson Masterpiece zero setback post and it made a world of difference. This is about the time that a got a bit of the weight weenie bug. Not really... but I wanted to upgrade a few items and figured I might as well save some weight while I'm at it.... as long none of the parts were lacking in the durability department. I race the bike at least a couple times a month.... so I can't have it falling apart on me.

Pretty much all of the resulting changes were because of problems I was having with things. My FSA crank turned out to be a try lemon. I replaced the bearings twice (FSA covered that at least)..... but it had excessive amounts of flex. It would cause the chain to rub the front der cage when I got out of the saddle, especially in the large ring. The chainring bolts were constantly coming loose despite proper torque and even loctite. To top it off, the left crank arm wouldn't stay tight either. By this time I was simply done with it and wanted something else completely.

I was tempted to wait on the 07 Campy stuff... but just couldn't wait anymore. So after much debate I settled on a Time ASX Titan crankset. It has an integrated Ti axle, and uses double width internal bearings. This is nice because it keeps the Q-factor down. The cranks are amazingly stiff and also super light, coming in at 621 grams complete. Plus they look dead sexy

I also ended up getting a Ritchey 4 Axis, 84* stem because I wanted a little different rise (and something that worked a bit better with my carbon bar).

Here is the build list:

Frame: 2006 Specalized Tarmac Expert, size 58
Fork: Stock fork
Stem: Ritchey 4-Axis, 84*, 120mm length
Bars: Specalized S-Works SL carbon wing bars, size 44
Seatpost: Thompson Masterpiece 240mm length, 27.2mm dia, zero setback
Seat: Specalized Toupe, 143mm width
Bottle Cages: Specalized Rib Cage Pro
Computer: Polar CS200cad
Brakes: Zero Gravity 2006 Ti
Shifters: Campy Record
Front Der: Campy Chorus (std double)
Rear Der: Campy Chorus (med cage)
Chain: Campy Record C10
Cassette: (11-21, 11-23, 12-25) Campy Centaur for training, Campy Record for racing/events
Crankset: Time ASX Titan, compact (50/34T), 175mm
Pedals: Speedplay Zero CroMo
Wheelset(s):
Training/Wet Racing; Mike Garcia built Niobium 30 rims, Speedcific hubs/skewers, 24f/28r, Specalized S-works Mondo tires 700x23

Racing/Events: Zipp 404 tubulars, Zipp Ti Skewers, Vittoria Corsa Exo CX tires 700x21



The weight came in at 15.34 lbs with the Zipps installed and the Record cassette. That's pretty light for a size 58 bike that wasn't built as a total weenie project to begin with. Plus, it's been holding up to my abuse quite well. Sure the frame and fork are a little heavy to start with.... but they ride like a dream and transfer power very well.

Future plans may include some of the new 07 Campy Record Shifters and ders. Other than that.... I'm quite happy

My next project is going to be building a weenie race bike for my fiance. Her current setup is just over 18 lbs and we just can't have that Plus she's been wanting to get a carbon bike anyhow. She's 5'2" and doesn't weigh anything.... so building a light bike for her will be a cake walk!
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Old 07-20-06, 10:42 AM
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No carbon cages?!?
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Old 07-20-06, 10:43 AM
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Finished pics:



Shot of the Time ASX crank:



Stem:



Training wheels:

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Old 07-20-06, 12:05 PM
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That Time crank looks great on there. I've never seen one of those...
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Is that Oscar Freire PWNing Tom Boonen in the background?
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Old 07-20-06, 12:21 PM
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Originally Posted by pelotonracer
Is that Oscar Freire PWNing Tom Boonen in the background?
You have good eyes ;-)
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Sexy, now if they could only make that frame without so many decals :drool:
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Wow, very very nice bike. I really like the carbon on that frame.
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Very nice job!!! I am really digging that crank!!!
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I'm not a huge fan of the aesthetics of that frame, but I have to admit that's a sexy bike! And those cranks are...wow.
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I have always liked the Tarmac. That is one the best looking bikes that I have seen! I would sell my mother-in-law's soul for that!
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I hope for mine to look a lot like that sometime soon.. its just a tarmac comp though.. beautiful job.
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Do those ASK Cranks come in an English BB.
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Do those ASK Cranks come in an English BB.
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Considering my bike has an english thread bb, I hope so

ASX cranks btw.
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Simply brilliant. Congrats!
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Wow!

I want that bike. Can you help me get one of my own?

Seriously though can you tell us how much it all cost at the end? If you don't mind?
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that is a sick bike man...i'm jealous
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outstanding looking bike, the wheels and that cool crank really set the bike apart from other bikes.
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Originally Posted by roadracer123
I want that bike. Can you help me get one of my own?

Seriously though can you tell us how much it all cost at the end? If you don't mind?
If you ride a size 58... you can buy this one ;-)

I don't like to think of the cost of the thing.... lets just say it was more than a little It's hard to come up with a really accurate cost on something like this though. For instance, I swapped the Ultegra stuff that came on the bike over to my fiance's road bike, and put the Campy group that was on my older ride onto this bike. I've also swapped parts in and out, selling what was left over or that I didn't need. My problem is that I like to tinker with stuff. That means I can't just leave well enough alone and always have to be messing around with something, no matter what it is I'm dealing with. If I were to have done this again, I might have gotten a different frame. Not that I don't like the Tarmac... I love the thing. But, it would have been a lot cheaper if I would have gotten a Canyon F10 or even a Pedal Force. Also, that would have made the bike about 1.5lbs lighter than it is.... but then it would be illegal to race which is the whole point of the thing. So, I guess I don't really have anythign to complain about I do like the end result though... it's different from anything else around here, that's for sure. Now, if I could just ride worth a damn.... everything would be alright!
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Nice bike! Extra OCP points for color coordination too.
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Nice bike! Extra OCP points for color coordination too.
Even that Polar computer has red highlights ;-)
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I'm blind! That is gorgeous! I'll trade you my 03 turbo jetta for it. Wait, here's a grand in cash- that should be about equal value. Holy hell batman!
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size 58? I'm a 54.
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Wow. Simply beautiful. Enjoy it man.
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Sorry, I was wiping the drool off of my key board.
An awsome bike! Congratulations.
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