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Tarmac Elite...Impressions?

Old 08-10-12, 12:45 PM
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Tarmac Elite...Impressions?

I am thinking of adding a Tarmac to my stable and I was wondering if the Elite level is decent enough or is it worth the jump to the Comp.?

I already purchased a Roubaix SL3 (expert) this season and while I love the trim level of the expert I really can't afford much more than $2000 + tax on another bike. I ride about 150kms a week and usually ride solo. No racing. slowish at an average about 32km/hr for 45-50km

Is buying the Tarmac at the Elite level (105 components, gossomer crank and Fulcrum Racing 6 wheels) worth the investment? or is this the type of bike that really only comes into its own at the expert + levels?


https://www.specialized.com/ca/en/bik...itemid-compact

Also, will I see any actual performance differences from the Roubaix on my regular 50km ride? (moderate hilly)

thanks for any input
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Old 08-10-12, 01:01 PM
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Roubaix SL3 is pretty darn good. Not sure what you're hoping to gain from getting the Tarmac, especially as it sounds like you don't have piles of cash laying around. My guess is the Elite Tarmac is going to be heavier, and not any stiffer compared your SL3 Roubaix. The geometry is only slightly different. If you ride the same position on both bikes, they'll be the same speed.

I have an SL3 Roubaix myself, and if I were buying a tarmac, I'd only do so if I could get the SL4. Otherwise, what's the point?
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Doesn't the Roubaix SL3 Expert have Ultegra? If you want to upgrade I'd consider selling the Roubaix to buy a higher model Tarmac. Or stick with the Roubaix.
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Originally Posted by jmX View Post
Otherwise, what's the point?
Wondering the same.
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Thanks for the feed back so far.

I would definitely be keeping the Roubaix, I love it and it is such a nice bike.

I was planning on starting some group rides with guys just a bit faster than me and what I was thinking was that a bike like the Tarmac would be better for that. Am I wrong to think this? will I be able to ride with them with my Roubaix as easily as I would with a Tarmac?
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Originally Posted by manutd View Post
I was planning on starting some group rides with guys just a bit faster than me and what I was thinking was that a bike like the Tarmac would be better for that. Am I wrong to think this? will I be able to ride with them with my Roubaix as easily as I would with a Tarmac?
Yes, and yes.
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Dude, that SL3 is a ****ing racing machine. Unless this is nothing more than a pure N+1 purchase, you will be duplicating your efforts with the Tarmac, only with lesser quality frame and components...
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Awwww.... come on 41 you're letting me down! since when were people actually told that they don't need another bike on here!??!

I am never letting my wife see this thread now

ok, so I guess the need for a Tarmac is not actually real....touche. It may have to fall into the n+1 category for now.......

worst part is I don't really need any kind of bike now, I have my road bike, Tri/TT bike, and my flatbar roadie commuter. You guys are harshing my buzz! because I also want a cross style bike for commuting but my sirrus negates the need for that......

I really don't want to get into off road biking but.........
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Hey I'm all for buying another bike, but to buy one that's crappier than your main bike and does the exact same thing doesn't make sense at $2000. A tarmac and roubaix aren't as different as you think.
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Hey I'm all for buying another bike, but to buy one that's crappier than your main bike and does the exact same thing doesn't make sense at $2000. A tarmac and roubaix aren't as different as you think.
Just for curiosity's sake....

What bike would you recommend as a more "racey" type bike?

I am assuming CAAD 10 (which I think is a great bike) but what else? A Venge or cervelo S2/5 type bike is out since I already have a P2c.....
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ridley noah
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Originally Posted by jsutkeepspining View Post
ridley noah
https://autobus.cyclingnews.com/tech/..._mcewen_ridley

Dear Lord, probably the sexiest bike I've seen in a long time. Safe to assume it's a 2008 Ridley?
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