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Tarmac 07 Expert or Wilier Izoard 08?

Old 03-26-08, 02:26 PM
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Tarmac 07 Expert or Wilier Izoard 08?

I have been offered 30% off a new 07 Tarmac Expert. I also like the look of the Wilier Izoard although not rode it. The Wilier will not have the same quality group set due to cost, it will probably be mostly 105. Which is the better bike and frame?

Is this a good deal on the 07 Tarmac? I notice on the 08 Tarmac they have used higher grade carbon and Az1 construction, does this make much difference especially as I only weigh 72 kg?
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Old 03-26-08, 02:37 PM
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Originally Posted by round-the-bend View Post
Which is the better bike and frame?
Better for what? To take pictures of, or to actually ride it?
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Originally Posted by round-the-bend View Post
I notice on the 08 Tarmac they have used higher grade carbon and Az1 construction, does this make much difference especially as I only weigh 72 kg?
For many, the geometry change between 07 and 08 will be the biggest consideration.
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Old 03-27-08, 01:18 PM
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I can't speak to the 07 Tarmac, having not ridden one, but I would give an enthusiastic thumbs up to the 08 Izoard. I have been riding mine on pretty rough mountain roads for about 2 months, after 5 years on a trek 5500 and love it. The combination of stiffness and compliance is ideal for me. I am just a recreational rider, but I get out 6 days a week for 20-50 mile rides. The Wilier has shown me that "while it may not be about the bike" it sures doesn't hurt. My understanding is that the complete bike comes from Wilier with Ultegra. I bought frame /fork only. They have priced them pretty reasonably. Good luck with whichever you choose.
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I am very happy wth my Tarmac 07 frameset similar to yours. Not familiar with the Willier.

The Tarmac just wants to be ridden hard. Beautiful geometry suits me perfectly. Very stiff specially on the BB area.

Either way, test ride both so you can judge for yourself.

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