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Tarmac rebuild with Force!! (and pics!)

Old 03-28-07, 02:19 PM
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Tarmac rebuild with Force!! (and pics!)

I realize that this isn't OCP ready....yet. I'm waiting on two more pieces (crank and race wheels) before i'm willing to take an OCP picture.

Other than the white garage door, what are the other OCP guidelines?

Anyways, installing the SRAM stuff was surprisingly easy. The SRAM cable routing worked perfectly with the FSA K-Wing bars, and looks really good! Haven't gotten to do much road testing, but the shifting seems super crisp, and the braking is much better than Ultegra in my opinion.

Updates to come after the first real ride on it.
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What crank and wheels are you getting?
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first - that is badass.

second - be careful about what gear you have your bike in when you take pictures lest you be ridiculed by big gear posers.

third - driveside crank arm must be aligned with seat tube.

did you muck up your tape job a little?
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You missed a spot on your tape job: that's what the little extra strips they include in the package are for.
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Old 03-28-07, 04:02 PM
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Is that an Ultegra crank you have on there right now? Do you want to sell it?
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Originally Posted by bbp
What crank and wheels are you getting?
SRM DA and Mavic Carbones. Both should be here any day now...
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Very fine looking rig! I'm a little partial to Tarmac (see my sig) I can't wait to see it with the Carbones.
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Originally Posted by kevinmcdade
Very fine looking rig! I'm a little partial to Tarmac (see my sig) I can't wait to see it with the Carbones.
Great looking bike UT-Dude

Without high jacking the thread, how do you like the ride so far Kevin, did you put long 60+ mile rides on it yet? and if you did how did you feel at the end of the ride? I test rode a 52 Tarmac for about 5 miles and loved it.
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Seems like SRAM is starting to get a following.

Nice bike
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Originally Posted by Flywolf
Great looking bike UT-Dude

Without high jacking the thread, how do you like the ride so far Kevin, did you put long 60+ mile rides on it yet? and if you did how did you feel at the end of the ride? I test rode a 52 Tarmac for about 5 miles and loved it.
I've had my Tarmac for almost 3 weeks. I LOVE it!!! I have only done one 55 mile ride, a couple 40-50 mile rides and a few rides in the 30 mile range. My Tarmac shares ride time with another bike so I don't ride it every time I go out for a ride.

Make sure you test that Tarmac for more than 5 miles. The Tarmac is not for everyone. This is my second Tarmac The first one I had was bought when I was not in that great of shape in 2005 and I ended up hating it. That was two years ago and a lot has changed with my fitness and flexibility. It is now the perfect bike for me.
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Originally Posted by derath
Seems like SRAM is starting to get a following.

Nice bike
Ive been driving the SRAM bandwagon for a while. Its a really nice group.
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To whomever asked about the Tarmac... I've had mine (well, the frame at least) for almost a year now. When I bought it, I test rode about 5 different bikes, and it just felt the snappiest of the bunch. That's an odd way to describe it, but it's the best word I can come up with. I've never regretted it.

The SRAM stuff got it's first real ride in today. The shifting is amazing, as is the braking. Only problem is I cut the chain too short, so now I get to replace it after one ride... yuck. Had to avoid big-big gearing combos, but still, amazing group. I highly recommend!
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Originally Posted by JayC
Ive been driving the SRAM bandwagon for a while. Its a really nice group.
Same here, congrats UT Dude on making the leap
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Originally Posted by JayC
Ive been driving the SRAM bandwagon for a while. Its a really nice group.
I know. I made the mistake of test riding a bike with it last week. I have almost bought it 3 times since on ebay for my Giant OCR. Absolutely LOVE the double tap.

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Originally Posted by UT_Dude
...Only problem is I cut the chain too short, so now I get to replace it after one ride... yuck. Had to avoid big-big gearing combos, but still, amazing group. I highly recommend!
Put the chain on the big chainring and largest diameter cog and cut it so it fits there. Solves that problem forever.
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That's what I did.... And I added two links beyond that, as stated in the directions

I dunno what went wrong!
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UT Dude I have almost the exact same bike (2006 Gerolsteiner, sans decals?). I absolutely LOVE it, too. I still have Ultegra 10 on it but have very very strongly contemplated upgrading the brifters and RD to SRAM Rival. I tossed the carbon post and picked up an U.S.E. Alien alloy post on eBay for $50 that was anodized blue. It almost exactly matches the bike, but most importantly weighed in at a paltry 135grams (it was cut to 280mm). Dropped nearly 1/4lb with just the seatpost there. Once I upgrade the wheels later this year to some Ritchey WCS Protocols through my team's sponsorship, it ought to weigh in somewhere around 16.5lbs, me thinks. Can't speak highly enough about the frame though - it's freakin' HOT.
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Awesome bike...looks great!
I love my Tarmac! It was the 4th bike I test rode and immediately fell in love with it. Very responsive. I've had it for about a year and the longest ride I've done on it was 60 miles. No issues with distance...As long as the bike is fit properly, there should be no problems with comfort.
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Yeah, seatpost is really all that'll be left stock on the bike, except the wheels, which I only use for training.

I'm contemplating changing it out, but just haven't found a need to yet.

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UT Dude I have almost the exact same bike (2006 Gerolsteiner, sans decals?). I absolutely LOVE it, too. I still have Ultegra 10 on it but have very very strongly contemplated upgrading the brifters and RD to SRAM Rival. I tossed the carbon post and picked up an U.S.E. Alien alloy post on eBay for $50 that was anodized blue. It almost exactly matches the bike, but most importantly weighed in at a paltry 135grams (it was cut to 280mm). Dropped nearly 1/4lb with just the seatpost there. Once I upgrade the wheels later this year to some Ritchey WCS Protocols through my team's sponsorship, it ought to weigh in somewhere around 16.5lbs, me thinks. Can't speak highly enough about the frame though - it's freakin' HOT.
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Originally Posted by UT_Dude
I'm contemplating changing it [the seatpost] out, but just haven't found a need to yet.
I had no noteworthy comfort problems on my earlier aluminum frame with carbon fork/seatstays and so I figured losing the carbon seatpost on an all-carbon bike wouldn't result in a terribly noteworthy ride difference. I got $55 for the FACT post on eBay, spent $50 on the Alien, and lost 1/4lb with only $1 or $2 out of pocket when shipping and eBay fees were taken into account. Looks cool as hell, too.

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Nice. Only problem for me is just that at some point there's too many shades of blue. I already have the blue Pro2's, which is another one. I had tried the blue bar tape that came with the saddle, and didn't really like it.

I think i'd probably get another carbon seatpost without the Zertz, at least in my case. I will never use blue bar tape (at least on this bike) again, though, just didn't think it worked.
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Those frames look hot.
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Exploding RDs will not help the SRAM bandwagon cause.
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