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Tarmac Pro SL or dump and buy 2011 Addict or 2010 Cervelo RS

Old 03-02-11, 11:11 AM
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Tarmac Pro SL or dump and buy 2011 Addict or 2010 Cervelo RS

I currently have a 2010 Tarmac Pro SL with DA and Ultegra mix. I went to my LBS and saw a closeout on a Cervelo RS with Ult 6700. Also they have new Addict R2. I was considering selling my Tarmac Pro and buying one of these bikes. Would this be a lateral move, or a little bit of a downgrade? The Pro is one below the S-works in the hiearchy.

Please let me know if you think I'd be better off keeping my Tarmac?

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Old 03-02-11, 11:19 AM
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Why do you want to sell your tarmac?
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once you get to the level of bikes you're talking about, everything is more or less a lateral move from an objective point of view. the only things that really distinguish bikes of that caliber are fit and personal preference. don't dump the tarmac because you think one of those other bikes is better. they're all fantastic. if you aren't comfortable on the tarmac, or if you test ride one of the others and just love how it feels, then sure, go ahead and switch if it makes you happy. but if you like your tarmac, keep it. i haven't ridden any of those, but i certainly don't think the tarmac is any worse than the others.
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Old 03-02-11, 11:37 AM
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Why do you want to sell your tarmac?


I've been asked that a few times. Just to have something different. Are you in favor of keeping the Tarmac?
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Old 03-02-11, 11:41 AM
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I haven't ridden either bike, just in like the aesthetics of the Addict and RS better. If that makes any sense.
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Old 03-02-11, 01:08 PM
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Personally, I think switching bikes for aesthetic reasons is more trouble than its worth, even if you do end up breaking even. You'll have to keep tweaking the fit due to the different geometries. Treat it like running shoes, if your bike system fits, don't mess with it.

If your keen on spending, I'd put the money towards a nice wheel set, or a vacation, or retirement
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Old 03-02-11, 01:27 PM
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OP, if you can buy a new bike every year or so, one at the level you're looking at, do it.

"Just to have something different."

If that's your reason, then there's nothing objective in any answers you'd here.
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Old 03-02-11, 01:40 PM
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Selling a great used bike to buy a great new bike sounds like a great way to burn through cash with nothing to show for it......
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I'll gladly take your 2010 Pro if it's a 58.
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Sounds like most people are in favor of keeping the Tarmac. I appreciate the responses, it was nice to have a "voice of reason." My wife thinks I'm crazy also, given that I just bought the Tarmac 4 months ago.
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Old 03-02-11, 01:53 PM
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Here is a pic of Tarmac 54cm

https://www.flickr.com/photos/56303521@N03/?saved=1

BTW all, here is a pic of my Tarmac..
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Originally Posted by shayhay206 View Post
https://www.flickr.com/photos/56303521@N03/?saved=1

BTW all, here is a pic of my Tarmac..
Keep the Tarmac. I have a 56cm just like it except I built mine up w/ SRAM Force.
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At least ride a full season on the Tarmac. Plus the other bikes won't really gain you much. The RS will also handle differently than the Tarmac. An R3 would be a better comparison.
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Waste of money
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