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What in the he77 is Specialized thinking?

Old 09-04-06, 08:15 PM
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What in the he77 is Specialized thinking?

Look at that...that...wheel?!? I've been lusting after the Tarmac but there's no way in hell I'm buying THAT. They have to be kidding right? Right? Does anyone like it?

acckkkk!!!
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Old 09-04-06, 08:18 PM
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not me...maybe they're some kind of decoration for a show?
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The red spoke spider is aluminum, heavy as ****, but luckily it's close the the center so it won't affect spinning up. I don't understand why they' do that though. If you are going to make a non-climing efficient wheel, it should have *****in' aeros.
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I have been considering the 2007 S-Works Roubaix. Do you have a link to a seek peak look at that model.

What type of wheels will they be offering on the S-Works Roubaix?
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According to specialized, it's supposed to make a thinner profile, reduce spoke length(thus making it lighter), and it's apparently designed to be stronger than a regular wheel. It's not the ugliest wheel I've ever seen, and if it were offered in any colors besides red I may end up buying a set.
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Old 09-04-06, 08:29 PM
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The commercials are true, after all. You really can cover anything with "floam"...
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It's all to do with aerodynamics apparently - http://www.cyclingnews.com/tech.php?...ide_Star_wheel
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Yep. A guy who used to work for my LBS now works at Specialized, and he's always bringing cool, top-secret schwag. He gave a mechanic a pair of those wheels. If you look at the wheels straight-on, you won't be able to see the spokes. Usually, that would result in a flexy wheel but because the large hub flange shortens the spoke, the wheel is actually stiffer and more aerodynamic than most wheels out there. Pretty cool stuff, huh?

Oh, and the aluminum-rimmed version has black hubs.
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I think it's actually some sort of prophylactic device for low spoke-count wheels. If left to their own devices, those spokes will do their thing until there's 32, even 36 of them. But you slip one of those bad boys on 'em, and they can try all they want - ain't gonna happen.
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Old 09-04-06, 09:27 PM
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Gaaaccckkk! Those things are NASTY! Nice bike, nasty hubs.
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Looks like they were made by this guy...
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I'd sport them!
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pretty goofy, those hubs got "zertz inserts" or sumthin' ?
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That is one ugly bike! And those hubs are just plain silly looking. Man!

It and it's hubs are just plain fugly.
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So how do you true them if it's one disc plane?
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Originally Posted by slvoid
So how do you true them if it's one disc plane?
Heat 'em up with a torch and use a hammer....you know...old school.

EDIT: "It's all aerodynamics these days...come on fellas it's so easy. Do you need a refresher course??"
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A buddy of mine who works for Specialized brought one by the other day. It had a SRAM gearset on it but man, the bike looked totally cool. He's, like 6'5" and I'm 5'7" so I didn't get to ride it but it was a pretty slick looking bike.
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Its specialized's indication that performance does indeed come before asthetics, thus the ugly, but probably top-notch performing wheel.
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looks like ass, I rather ride on something that looks good.
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Originally Posted by ovoleg
looks like ass, I rather ride on something that looks good.
I guess if you're only going as far as Starbuck's...

I would be surprised if these don't come out with different colors. Wheatever the case, a better wheel is a better wheel and if these don't suit you get something else.

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I would rock em.
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Originally Posted by cycle17
That is one ugly bike! And those hubs are just plain silly looking. Man!

It and it's hubs are just plain fugly.
+1

This is a classic example of having to change something for changes sake. Now, when all the Lemmings ask their LBS what's new, he can show them this monstrosity. How much more ugly can you make a bike?

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As Cycle17 more or less said - It's not as if the Tarmac was ever going to win any beauty contests, now it just got a bit uglier.

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Originally Posted by cs1
+1

This is a classic example of having to change something for changes sake. Now, when all the Lemmings ask their LBS what's new, he can show them this monstrosity. How much more ugly can you make a bike?

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How much more ugly you ask**********?
1. Picture a very high end bike with all the high end parts.
2. Picture a high end riding kit for said bike.
3. Picture a high end wheel set for said bike.
4. Picture a high GPS unit/ heart rate / cadence computer on said bike.
5. Picture a MGI on said bike
6. Finally picture all of these together and you get the ugliest picture of them all.
7. Some one who is out of shape in terms of "cycling", but hopping on a website trying to get the lastest and lightest gear even though said person is 20 - 30 lbs out of shape. And instead of putting the fork down and paying for a trainer who would for the most part improve the overall fitness and and cycling ability. Would rather look cool, because its all about the bike. The engine may vary.
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if i were to buy the bike those wheels would be off in a heart-beat, I am quite sure there are many different ideas and concepts with wheels and lightness, to me this ain't one of them!
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