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Old 11-27-17, 08:43 PM
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Originally Posted by vandit
My new 2018 Sagan Superstar Tarmac
Hmm. Well, it has good credentials, I suppose.
Some people like mango habanero hot wings, too. Yes, they are hot, but to me they taste like gasoline candy. That's what this bike in its lurid flashiness reminds me of.
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Old 11-27-17, 08:44 PM
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Originally Posted by kbarch
Hmm. Well, it has good credentials, I suppose.
Some people like mango habanero hot wings, too. Yes, they are hot, but to me they taste like gasoline candy. That's what this bike in its lurid flashiness reminds me of.
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Old 11-27-17, 09:12 PM
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Originally Posted by vandit
My new 2018 Sagan Superstar Tarmac








Dang.
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Old 11-27-17, 09:17 PM
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Originally Posted by kbarch
Hmm. Well, it has good credentials, I suppose.
Some people like mango habanero hot wings, too. Yes, they are hot, but to me they taste like gasoline candy. That's what this bike in its lurid flashiness reminds me of.
Obviously smitten, not sure I've ever detected a stronger attempt to veil one's jealousy and desire.
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Old 11-27-17, 09:21 PM
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Actually, I have to go with @kbarch on this one...and I do like mango habanero.
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Old 11-27-17, 09:25 PM
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Originally Posted by vandit
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Thanks - any time, don't hesitate to ask.
Honestly, I'm glad some people think bikes like that are hot - it keeps things interesting.

Originally Posted by Moose
Obviously smitten, not sure I've ever detected a stronger attempt to veil one's jealousy and desire.
Oh, there's no veiling. I don't doubt for a second it's hot, but I'm happy with my (comparatively) homely bikes. It IS possible to be repelled by something that is just TOO much for ones taste, as much as ones taste may tend in that direction.
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Old 11-27-17, 09:39 PM
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Thx. I will hopefully be able to flip the stem in the future when my flexibility improves and my neck wonít bother me. I have to put a few spacers on to raise me up a bit. Iíve had neck surgery and canít go too low without having issues. What tires would you put on it? Iím curious. I wanted some tires that have some grip and these are the S-works gripton tires in 25 mm size.
Nice wheels deserve nice tires. Those are "training" tires. Also, adjust that front skewer to point to the rear.
Hot bike !
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Old 11-27-17, 09:43 PM
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Originally Posted by cycledogg
Nice wheels deserve nice tires. Those are "training" tires. Also, adjust that front skewer to point to the rear.
Hot bike !
Thx man. What tires do you recommend?
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Old 11-27-17, 09:51 PM
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Thx man. What tires do you recommend?
A nice set of Vittoria Evos. Most folks here really like Continental 4000 series.
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Old 11-27-17, 10:21 PM
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Originally Posted by vandit
Thx. I will hopefully be able to flip the stem in the future when my flexibility improves and my neck wonít bother me. I have to put a few spacers on to raise me up a bit. Iíve had neck surgery and canít go too low without having issues. What tires would you put on it? Iím curious. I wanted some tires that have some grip and these are the S-works gripton tires in 25 mm size.
You can mount the bell on the under-side of the stem

for some aero-stealth-cleanliness.
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Old 11-28-17, 03:01 AM
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Originally Posted by vandit
My new 2018 Sagan Superstar Tarmac

What's up with the tiny stem?

Also: is that a bell on an s-works tarmac?

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Old 11-28-17, 03:36 AM
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Originally Posted by evan326
What's up with the tiny stem?
It's what all the cool kids are doing these days.
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Old 11-28-17, 08:44 AM
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Not Hot^^^^^^^ as much as it pains me to say that. I mean it should be hot with that parts list. Sagan superstar Tarmac=Hot, Zipp 454= Hot, eTap w/ Quarq power meter= Hot. It's just the set up of all these great components is not hot with that short, flipped up stem. Not much saddle to bar drop for a race bike. You obviously spent a wheel barrow of money on this fine machine and it's probably a dream to ride. It's just not hot set up like that.
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Old 11-28-17, 08:45 PM
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I saw someone with Sagan Tarmac at my lbs few days ago. The bike was truly stunning to look at in person, the way the decal glows on the edges and all.
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Old 11-28-17, 09:54 PM
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Originally Posted by vandit

it is a great bike with a top shelf parts list.

However, Aesthetically speaking it is not appealing at all. My first thought is that you got a bike too big for you. Obviously, I have no idea what your physical traits are or if there is a reason for this particular set up. so at the end of the day, as long as the bike fits you properly and gets you out spinning, that is all that matters. But as for a Hot R Not, I would say it doesn't cut the mustard for me.
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Old 11-28-17, 10:10 PM
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Originally Posted by bianchi10
it is a great bike with a top shelf parts list.

However, Aesthetically speaking it is not appealing at all. My first thought is that you got a bike too big for you. Obviously, I have no idea what your physical traits are or if there is a reason for this particular set up. so at the end of the day, as long as the bike fits you properly and gets you out spinning, that is all that matters. But as for a Hot R Not, I would say it doesn't cut the mustard for me.
Bike is bit too big for me. Why? Because I donít have a slammed 110mm stem? Iím 42. Have had a neck fusion, but still ride 100-150 miles a week at >20 mph. Iím not totally aero, but Iím not 18 either. I wanted a stiff and light frame which i got, and my mph and power instantly improved on my bike compared to my 2014 S-works Roubaix.
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Old 11-28-17, 10:13 PM
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Originally Posted by evan326
What's up with the tiny stem?

Also: is that a bell on an s-works tarmac?
Yep. I ride around White Rock Lake in Dallas and there are a lot of joggers on the trail and bicyclists I pass. Instead of constantly saying ďon your leftĒ like I did a million times before, now i just ring a loud bell and saves me having to say it out loud.
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Old 11-28-17, 11:27 PM
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As I am well into my mid forties, I can forgive the stem thing. I donít think a bike has to fit someone like a proís bike, two sizes too small with a 14cm stem to be considered hot looking. The bell, is something maybe I should consider myself. Every time I hear an unexpected Ďon your leftí it scares the bajeezus out of me even if I have no problem holding my line when startled so I know it has to have a similar effect on others and not all of them hold their line when startled. A bell doesnít do that to me.
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Old 11-29-17, 06:37 AM
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It's much easier to ring a bell to warn others then to try yell out when you are out of breath from pedaling.

BTW, this thread seems to be more about aesthetics of a bike as a total package, not about what function suit your needs while riding.. bell, short, uprise stems, need not apply.

You can slap on a slammed 140mm stem just to satisfy the audience of this thread.. it's the internet, you get picked on regardless what you do.
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Old 11-29-17, 08:38 AM
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Originally Posted by vandit
Bike is bit too big for me. Why? Because I don’t have a slammed 110mm stem? I’m 42. Have had a neck fusion, but still ride 100-150 miles a week at >20 mph. I’m not totally aero, but I’m not 18 either. I wanted a stiff and light frame which i got, and my mph and power instantly improved on my bike compared to my 2014 S-works Roubaix.
Which is exactly what I said. It was my first thought because all I have to go by is the set up. A stem that short AND with that high of a rise isn't exactly a standard/general fit. My very next sentence was "Obviously, I have no idea what your physical traits are or if there is a reason for this particular set up. so at the end of the day, as long as the bike fits you properly and gets you out spinning, that is all that matters". This thread is specifically geared towards aesthetics. Its not a key ingredient, its the ONLY ingredient. But I'll say it again, regardless of looks, this is a great bike with fantastic parts. I just dont find it appealing to look at.
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Old 11-29-17, 08:56 AM
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Originally Posted by vandit
My new 2018 Sagan Superstar Tarmac
I'm not much for bike bling or flashy colors, stickers, or that sort of thing. This bike looks really nice to me, sort of understated flash depending what angle you're looking from. Not shouty, but very cool.

I vote HOT! although I think maybe hot in this thread really means "Would Sagan ride this bike as is?" so maybe not hot.
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Old 11-30-17, 10:06 AM
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My new 2018 Aeroad. Let me know if you like the all murdered out black look or not. I need to replace the saddle and can't decide if I should go with an accent color for the saddle, bar tape and bottle cages. Was thinking yellow but not seeing many yellow saddles I like. Red is easier to find but I'm not much of a red guy.

this is the nicest bike i've seen in a while. i have a matte black emonda sl6 with stock wheels but your carbon wheels look amazing. i might pickup a set now after seeing what my bike would sort of look like with these wheels.

yeah. i cant stop looking at this picture enough
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Old 11-30-17, 10:12 AM
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Merlin handmade Ti
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ENVE SES 3.4
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Old 11-30-17, 11:48 AM
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Merlin handmade Ti
Dura Ace mech
ENVE SES 3.4

Non-drive side photo.
Chain on small ring.
Vale stems not aligned.


Please re-submit.
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Old 11-30-17, 12:17 PM
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Non-drive side photo.
Chain on small ring.
Vale stems not aligned.


Please re-submit.
No thanks

It's just a bicycle. You seem like a fun person.
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