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Trek SSL or Specialized Tarmac Pro

Old 09-04-06, 09:52 PM
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Trek SSL or Specialized Tarmac Pro

I am looking to purchase a new roadbike. Does anyone have experiance with either bike. I am a serious fitness rider that may eventually race. I would like to purchase a light & fast bike that has good climbing characteristics that I will not outgrow.
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Old 09-04-06, 09:57 PM
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I have a Tarmac and love it. I bet if I had the Trek I would love it as well. I doubt you will go wrong either way.
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Old 09-04-06, 10:01 PM
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I agree with Garysol1. Compare the fitting and overall service for each shop and go from there. They are both very good bikes.
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both of these bikes are serious money...why not consider high end rides from custom builders? there are many real deal builders out there that can build a bike that can truely meet your needs. lately, my fav is rock lobster, I just built up a cross bike made of easton sc tubing that weighs about the same as my road bike! check out: http://www.rocklobstercycles.com/
but if you want carbon, check out the dragonfly at: http://www.calfeedesign.com/ or http://www.steelmancycles.com/

there are many others! just consider buying from someone that is there to make good bikes and meet your needs and not just a giant company that forces their dealers to sell, sell, sell, and your bike is make by someone in a factory cranking out hundreds of frames a month.
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Old 09-04-06, 10:28 PM
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Why would a new rider be considering a 7 - 8 thousand dollar bike?
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Old 09-04-06, 10:49 PM
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Originally Posted by my58vw
Why would a new rider be considering a 7 - 8 thousand dollar bike?
because ebay needs sellers.
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He didn't say he's a new rider. He said he's a serious fitness rider. Indicating he's been riding for a while, perhaps...?
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+1 on custom frame.

Since you're in the Bay Area, you've got easy access to a bunch: Steelman, as fogrider suggested, plus Taylor, Soulcraft, Sycip, Mikkelsen, Ed Litton, and probably some others I'm not remembering right now.
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Originally Posted by Duke of Kent
He didn't say he's a new rider. He said he's a serious fitness rider. Indicating he's been riding for a while, perhaps...?
Even a serious fitness rider - who really needs a 14 pound bike?

(see fuji bike weight thread)
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Originally Posted by warrior1
I am looking to purchase a new roadbike. Does anyone have experiance with either bike. I am a serious fitness rider that may eventually race. I would like to purchase a light & fast bike that has good climbing characteristics that I will not outgrow.
What about Cervelo R3?
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Originally Posted by my58vw
Even a serious fitness rider - who really needs a 14 pound bike?

(see fuji bike weight thread)
Nobody NEEDS a 14lb bike. Nobody NEEDS a 600bhp car. But dammit they're fun, aren't they??
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I don't even WANT a 600 bhp car... it will only get me locked up again...

It is true that if someone wants a 7k bike fine... I would rather have a nice English Horn!
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Originally Posted by my58vw
Why would a new rider be considering a 7 - 8 thousand dollar bike?
because he makes lots of money and feels like it??
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yep, if he has the money, why not?
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Originally Posted by arsw1
What about Cervelo R3?
or a TCR Advanced, or a Pinarello, or a Look, or a Time, or a BMC, or a ...
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Originally Posted by my58vw
Why would a new rider be considering a 7 - 8 thousand dollar bike?
Tarmac Pro is something like $3,500
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Originally Posted by garysol1
Tarmac Pro is something like $3,500
And who pays retail anyway?
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