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Old 08-15-08, 09:00 AM
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Specialized Bikes

So I never knew how big of a difference there are between bikes. Yesterday I rode the Roubiax and then I rode a series of Tarmacs. While I settled for the Tarmac Comp I was blow away by how big of a difference minor details in a bike can make the ride feel. Roubiaxs are a much more relaxed ride while the Tarmacs are alot more stiff and built for speed. I cannot wait to get my bike sometime in the next week or so. It shall be a good ride.
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Old 08-15-08, 09:51 AM
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Congrats. Tarmacs are great bikes.
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Old 08-15-08, 09:55 AM
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Most of the difference comes from the frame geometry. Roubaix has a more upright riding position.
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Old 08-15-08, 12:15 PM
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Just curious....

Why did you go for the Tarmac over the Roubiax?
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Old 08-15-08, 01:05 PM
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Originally Posted by Blade-Runner View Post
Congrats. Tarmacs are great bikes.
I love my Tarmac. Between my wife and I we have 4 Specialized bikes.
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Old 08-15-08, 01:38 PM
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I've been riding a steel bike all my life. I sold it recently because it was just too big. I rode the allez, tarmac, and caad9. Tarmac really is a stiff bike. Unfortunately I miss the stiffness of my steel bike. I dont know why but I can't stand my bike feeling so light. Even the those light columbus steel is too light for my taste. I guess a cheap steel will be suffice for my tastes.
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Old 08-15-08, 01:43 PM
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Originally Posted by BLUEJAYDATA View Post
I've been riding a steel bike all my life. I sold it recently because it was just too big. I rode the allez, tarmac, and caad9. Tarmac really is a stiff bike. Unfortunately I miss the stiffness of my steel bike. I dont know why but I can't stand my bike feeling so light. Even the those light columbus steel is too light for my taste. I guess a cheap steel will be suffice for my tastes.
That is the first time I have heard anyone complain that a bike was too light.
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Old 08-15-08, 01:46 PM
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Originally Posted by BLUEJAYDATA View Post
I've been riding a steel bike all my life. I sold it recently because it was just too big. I rode the allez, tarmac, and caad9. Tarmac really is a stiff bike. Unfortunately I miss the stiffness of my steel bike. I dont know why but I can't stand my bike feeling so light. Even the those light columbus steel is too light for my taste. I guess a cheap steel will be suffice for my tastes.
Ride a light bike for a month and it'll start to seem heavy. Just sayin'
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Old 08-15-08, 01:52 PM
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Originally Posted by TarmacRider View Post
I love my Tarmac. Between my wife and I we have 4 Specialized bikes.
Ha! Got you beat, we have 6

One Tarmac each and 2 Roubaixs each...The Roubaixs are the aluminum/carbon base model and the full carbon Expert...

BTW when I switch between the Tarmac Expert and the Roubaix Expert I do noticed a difference in ride quality and handling characteristics....Even though both bikes are set-up basically the same (saddle setback, reach, drop, etc...)

I must say that each time I get on either bike I think it's better then the other...

That is except for the base Roubaix, that bike is painful....It's only use for commuting and bad weather riding...
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Old 08-15-08, 01:54 PM
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yeah, i had a loaner robaix while my allez elite was in the shop and my tarmac pro is still on order (09 frame set). The robaix is like driving a ford taurus compared the allez and tarmac which are like mustangs if you want to use car analogy. The tarmac and allez both provide instant feedback and the ride is much mor aggressive and are built for speed, while the robaix is built for a combo fo touring and weekend warrior type of riding. Honestly, I took the loaner robaix back and asked for either an older model tarmac or an allez to ride until I get in my tarmac frameset or my allez was finsihed being rebuilt. Luckily they just finished up my allez so I am back on a bike built more aggressively.
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Old 08-15-08, 02:12 PM
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I went from a Allez to a Tarmac and the difference was phenomenal. I promise you will enjoy your tarmac
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Old 08-15-08, 02:33 PM
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Originally Posted by mikeclash View Post
I went from a Allez to a Tarmac and the difference was phenomenal. I promise you will enjoy your tarmac
I made the same jump
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Old 08-15-08, 03:05 PM
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Which allez to which Tarmac ?
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Originally Posted by mustang1 View Post
Which allez to which Tarmac ?
well, for me I am gonna be going from an 07 Allez elite triple to a 09 Tarmac Pro Double. I rode the 08 test bike at the LBS and was sold on it. I ordered the frameset, but have to wait for it to get in stock at their distributor before I can build up the frameset.
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Old 08-15-08, 07:33 PM
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I went from an 06 Allez Comp to the 08 Tarmac Comp.
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