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One reason why i want an SL4 ROUBIAX

Old 11-18-14, 04:00 PM
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Originally Posted by Campag4life
I have to disagree. If a bike wins a major race, it has proven it can be done and there is no jinx on the bike. In fact, if a top rider wins on a particular bike, there is no reason you can't either. You just need to train hard and get a sponsorship and try to get in the race. A good chance you will win on the right equipment. A Roubaix SL4 bike racing in the classics Roubaix race it was named after is like free watts. It puts everybody in the game that is on one. Yes if Cancellara is having a good day, he may give you a good fight on a Domane, or Wiggins on a Pinarello or Sagan on a Cannondale, but you will have an edge on the Roubaix so if you like to win, that is the bike you should buy.
Guaranteed, Lance would of won 7 TDF titles on a walmart bike. Book it.
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guaranteed, lance would of won 10 tdf titles on a roubaix sl4 bike even without the cobl seatpost. Book it danno.
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Old 11-19-14, 12:06 PM
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Originally Posted by Campag4life
Mike, did Spesh give you a crash replacement for your SL2?...free frameset replacement?
20% off of retail is the crash replacement policy.

I didn't expect a free frame from them -- that'll eventually come from the guy who hit me.
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Originally Posted by svtmike
20% off of retail is the crash replacement policy.

I didn't expect a free frame from them -- that'll eventually come from the guy who hit me.
Thanks for explaining the Spesh crash replacement policy.
Glad you are OK to ride another day. Post her up when you get her done.
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Originally Posted by Campag4life
Thanks for explaining the Spesh crash replacement policy.
Glad you are OK to ride another day. Post her up when you get her done.
Thanks. It covered the frame, bar, and the helmet... but oddly enough not the saddle, and up to five years old.

Certainly not as generous as the legendary Trek policy, but hey... it says S-Works on the downtube!

BB30 geek note: the SL4 module ships with aluminum Shimano crankset adapters fitted into the BB30 bearings... which are not loctited into the aluminum sleeve. I'm guessing there's probably a creak in my future (I fitted my existing S-Works crankset, with the spider swapped to a 130BCD and Praxis Classic chainrings).

You wouldn't believe what 5 months off the bike will do to your fitness.
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i don't know if you can actually buy the pro version of the sl4 like you see in the video. It has a custom geometry much closer to a tarmac. The consumer sl4 has a mucher taller headtube (less sexy)
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I don't have enough experience to make any kind of declarations of relative quality. But I can report that my 2014 SL4 Roubaix w/ CG/R seatpost is a great ride in a 61cm size. Handles great, and has a tangible sense of urgency when you step on it.
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Originally Posted by svtmike
Thanks. It covered the frame, bar, and the helmet... but oddly enough not the saddle, and up to five years old.

Certainly not as generous as the legendary Trek policy, but hey... it says S-Works on the downtube!

BB30 geek note: the SL4 module ships with aluminum Shimano crankset adapters fitted into the BB30 bearings... which are not loctited into the aluminum sleeve. I'm guessing there's probably a creak in my future (I fitted my existing S-Works crankset, with the spider swapped to a 130BCD and Praxis Classic chainrings).

You wouldn't believe what 5 months off the bike will do to your fitness.
That S-works on the downtube is a very good thing.
There isn't a creak in your future with due care honestly. Spesh eliminating their narrow PF30 for S-works for 2015 is one of the best things they have done in a while. BB30 can be much more easily tamed because only one interface to deal with versus two including softer Delrin bushing material.
If you Loctite the bearings and run your 30mm S-works crank you will be good provided you space it properly to correctly preload the wave washer if you have the earlier wave washer S-works crank. Should be rock solid and won't creak. Also, the BB30 is easily converted with Praxis to either DA or Campy crank depending on your groupset preference...and can ebay your S-works crank. I like the S-works crank but am not a fan of removable spiders which both the DA and Campy crank do NOT have...and this is by design intent they don't.

Five months off the bike is quite a while and I presume you did that because of injury so glad you are able to ride again.
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Originally Posted by Campag4life
Five months off the bike is quite a while and I presume you did that because of injury so glad you are able to ride again.
Ripped up knee and crushed vertebrae.
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Originally Posted by svtmike
Ripped up knee and crushed vertebrae.
Wow! Care to share how it happened? Avoidable or unavoidable? Lessons learned?
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Originally Posted by Campag4life
Wow! Care to share how it happened? Avoidable or unavoidable? Lessons learned?
I was hit making a left turn (I was at the head of a 12-man group) on a rural 2-lane road by a guy who claims to have made it to 24 without knowing that 12 outstretched left arms means "we're turning left" -- he took it as "pass us, fast!". As he hit the gas and swung out to pass, I'd already started the turn and he swerved onto the road I was turning onto and sideswiped me at (I'm estimating) about 40 mph. The side mirror caught my knee, throwing me. I think my other knee got torn up as the bike twisted away and separated from my cleat. The crushed vertebrae were from landing on my butt.

The guys I ride with say there was nothing I could have done. We all knew there was a car approaching from behind; that's nothing new. The only thing that would have stopped it would have been to abort the turn due to the presence of a vehicle behind, and that's not predictable riding nor always possible, so it's not really a reasonable option.
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Unbelievable Mike and really proves how much we are the mercy of the elements when out on our bikes. Our lives can change in a moments notice.
If the guy who tried to pass your paceline had even a remote clue, it wouldn't have happened and of course the unthinkable flipside is you could have been crippled for life.
No doubt you have considered everything along your path to recovery.

I hope you get back to your former self. When I asked the question about being unavoidable, I believe what happened to you would have happened to anyone of us in your situation. Unavoidable. Moron's like that should not be allowed to drive. Of course that would remove about 50% of the drivers on the road.
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Thanks Campag. It would have been much worse if he hadn't swerved; probably would have mowed down several of us. I took one for the team.

I'm looking forward to finding out how the SL4 differs next year. Until then, it's stationary trainer time on the Roubaix and my Secteur on the road in early spring.
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Originally Posted by svtmike
Thanks Campag. It would have been much worse if he hadn't swerved; probably would have mowed down several of us. I took one for the team.

I'm looking forward to finding out how the SL4 differs next year. Until then, it's stationary trainer time on the Roubaix and my Secteur on the road in early spring.
Its exciting to build a new bike...especially one as pedigreed at the S-works Roubaix.
Good luck with your recovery and new bike!
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I got a bad itch that I fear only a Sl4 Sworks can scratch. Some day soon hopefully
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