Road Cycling “It is by riding a bicycle that you learn the contours of a country best, since you have to sweat up the hills and coast down them. Thus you remember them as they actually are, while in a motor car only a high hill impresses you, and you have no such accurate remembrance of country you have driven through as you gain by riding a bicycle.” -- Ernest Hemingway


Old 08-06-06, 08:57 AM
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I am looking at the 2006 and 2007 Specialized Ruby Comp (WSD). Everything is pretty much the same although the hubs and rims are a different. I am leaning toward the 2007 because they now offer a triple, and my area is very hilly and my legs are getting older. I don't know much about the comparisons of bike parts. Can someone tell me the differences, better quality or worse, lighter or heavier between the two setups? Price for the overall bikes are the same.

2006 = Rims: Shimano WH-560 Front Hub: Shimano WH-560 (16 hole) Rear Hub: Shimano WH-560 (20 hole)

2007 = Rims: Mavic Open Sport Front Hub: Specialized forged alloy (24 hole) Rear Hub: Specialized forged alloy (28 hole)

If at some point in time I want to upgrade wheelsets or actually do this if I order the bike, what would be a good choice in terms of going lighter? I am 133 lbs, 46 years old, don't race but want some serious riding, typically ride 20-35 miles over hilly terrain and would like to increase to 50+ miles, pavement often crappy and serious frost heaves in the spring.
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Old 08-06-06, 11:10 AM
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At your size i would look at easton ascentII, weigh like 1400 grams, reasonably priced- retail is like 750 but if you are patient you can pick up a pair on ebay for 500(as I did yesterday). I am currently also riding on fsa rd600 which i like a lot, they are heavier than the easton, about 1600 gm, but a little more aero.
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