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S-works Tarmac SL 2008 - Good Parts?

Old 04-07-09, 09:25 PM
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S-works Tarmac SL 2008 - Good Parts?

Looking at a S-works Tarmac SL -08 - looks to have the newer Roval Fusee SI wheels. Buying a year old but still NIB bike in the $3K range - is this bike a good value for the parts that come on it - and overall? Anyone have this bike as built/sold by Specialized - riding impressions? Trying to figure out if the price range on this NIB bike make it a very good buy or a pass in this economy etc...

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Fusee SI? You mean SL? I have that bike, rode it most of last year but replaced it with an SL2 this year. It's a great bike and probably about right pricewise for NIB.
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Has SI on the Specialize Site but I can see that its supposed to be SL. Thanks for the input -so it appears its worth what its priced at - not a Must buy deal at this point.
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Fusee SI? You mean SL? I have that bike, rode it most of last year but replaced it with an SL2 this year. It's a great bike and probably about right pricewise for NIB.
umd: You seem committed to the Tarmac line (I love my Pro). Your reasons for choosing Tarmac vs. alternatives?
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Originally Posted by BustaQuad View Post
umd: You seem committed to the Tarmac line (I love my Pro). Your reasons for choosing Tarmac vs. alternatives?
What alternatives? I'm not going to ride a Roubaix and it doesn't make much sense to stray from Specialized...
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it doesn't make much sense to stray from Specialized...
I meant alternative manufacturers...
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I meant alternative manufacturers...
You've seen pictures of me right? There is a big red S on my kit. It's pretty big, you can't miss it. They prefer we ride their bikes.
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You've seen pictures of me right?
Nope.

Didn't realize you are sponsored...
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Originally Posted by BustaQuad View Post
Nope.

Didn't realize you are sponsored...
Hmm, they're usually plastered all over the place. I guess it's been a while. The team site should give you an idea...

Edit: and so it's relevant, here is my 2008 Tarmac SL with Roval Fusee SL wheels


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How long have you been sponsored?
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How long have you been sponsored?
This is my second year on the team.
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Nice - thanks for the Pic -

For $3800 (3,500+Tax) a NIB 08 SL - are there better options for the money to get a DuraAce 7800 bike? I'm not stuck to Specialized but usually see the 08 bikes as being good deals so that's why I was initially attracted to the Tarmac.

From the little that I have been able to uncover about this bike and build the wheels are only looked at as "OK" - but I get the feeling that many/most would not buy these wheels if they did not come in the kit build.

Looks like the wheel set is at best an ok but not great
Groupo - 7800 DuraAce - last year's good but significantly discounted due to the new
Seat, Post, Bars etc... looks like most/all part these out if they buy the SWorksSL as its built/sold by Specialized. So all in all perhaps I'm answering my own question that the parts in themselves don't justify a 3500 bike BUY - unless of course folks actually like the frame but reviews/details on this are a bit sketchy for 08.

In general there does not seem to be a 'lotta' love for Specialized bikes on this forum.

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Specialized gets trashed on here because they are popular and therefore not "special". $3800 seems to be a little steep, I thought we were talking a little closer to 3, but I haven't priced them on ebay or anything. It's probably a good price but not spectacular. The wheels I think are great wheels, I use them still on my SL2 and prefer them to all the other wheels I have available except my Reynolds tubulars. IMO they are much nicer riding than Ksyriums although maybe not as durable. One thing you will get is a fairly light build, it should be around 16 pounds.
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Good Info Thx - LBS claimed it was in the 15's so that seems close. I initially thought it was 3K+Tax - but its going to be 3.8K w/tax so I may hold off a bit since 08's are not going to get any more expensive.
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