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whats up with the new specialized langster?

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Old 10-01-06, 02:24 PM
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whats up with the new specialized langster?

it looks terrible..... not even a fixed gear, yet they describe it like it should be. the bike is built up very cheap, with no frame-only option. i always thought the langster was a little better than that. am i wrong?
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Old 10-01-06, 02:52 PM
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looks about the same as it was before to me. and it is fixed (Shimano 16t Freewheel plus 16t fixed gear cog).
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Old 10-01-06, 04:13 PM
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S-works langster 2007 frameset is availible priced at $1100
full s-works langster 2007 is fixed, dura-ace track bits
there is a choice of two cheaper langsters, a comp(fixed gear) and the bottom model which comes with the 16t freewheel/16t fixed hub...check the specialized site for details
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Originally Posted by -Blanco-
"Everyone makes mistakes, the trick is to make the mistakes when nobodys looking"
Looks like you left an apostrophe out of "nobody's".
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Old 10-01-06, 07:09 PM
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the bb looks very low for a fixed gear
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Old 10-01-06, 07:50 PM
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Well, the Langster isn't really meant for racing (not the bike shop model anyway) or anything but rather a nice alternative to do-it-yourself conversions, so there's no need for a high bottom bracket
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Old 10-01-06, 07:53 PM
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i'd be worried about pedal strike
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Originally Posted by griffin_
i'd be worried about pedal strike
you would, wouldnt you?
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I don't really hold back when riding on the street, and I've never clipped a pedal on my langster. The frame holds it's own pretty well.

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Originally Posted by spud
you would, wouldnt you?
are you getting smart with me?
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the '07 s-works langster complete is a lot of bike - zipp 404 wheels, dura ace drivetrain, izumi v chain, and the rest rounded out with mostly carbon s-works componentry. $3800 is a pretty penny though.

compact geometry might not be the worst idea for an aluminum track frame. i remember reading something to the effect generally that steel is best in a traditional geometry and aluminum is best in a compact geometry, because frames of each material require fortification in different areas on the frame.
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I compared photos of the '05, '06, and '07 Langster. It appeared that the top tube slopes even more on the '07 and has a different tube shape. I like the idea of a brushed, clear-coated frame, however.
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Old 10-02-06, 03:17 PM
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Originally Posted by patrick07
I compared photos of the '05, '06, and '07 Langster. It appeared that the top tube slopes even more on the '07 and has a different tube shape. I like the idea of a brushed, clear-coated frame, however.
good that they finally have color options on the langster. but damn the top tube slopes like crazy when compared to my '06 langster.
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Old 10-02-06, 04:14 PM
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the brushed, clear-coated frame has more decals than than the rust colored? wierd
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Yeah but it looks waaaay less lame. I remember when we opened the first 07 Langster pre-aluminum and man were we disgusted. I would definitely go with a cleaner look if it meant more decals, in a heartbeat.
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i have an 05 langster that so far i like alot the components are not that great and i stripped out the threds on the fixed side of the hub but specialized baught me a new surly hub and mavic wheel so i cant complain the thing is who needs components on a fixed gear bike anyway. thats all i like the frame and i think i want to maybe change out the bottom bracket and get new cranks but im not sure what to go with
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Yea, I bought an '07 langster when out in LA for three months caring for my ailing dad. It was good transportation and exercise. Never clipped a pedal or really had any problems except maintaining the wheels. I chose it over the cheaper, clunkier Giant Bowery.

I have the brushed/clear-coat as it looks nicer than the red and doesn't have the goofy skull decals on the fork. In my 61cm size the head tube is insanely long to the point of being off-putting. The caterpillar welds are not fun to look at either. The relaxed road geometry makes the effective top tube a bit long for my taste. It really is an odd bike, but still rides pretty well.

Now that I'm home with it, I use it as my commuter and have switched out many of the components and will finally achieve the aging poseur staus I've longed for when my pink deep V/Miche wheels arrive next month.
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Are the decals above the clearcoat or underneath. Brushed is way better than "Rust" but would be better still if it were clean, free of its stickerset.
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Originally Posted by fixedforlife
i have an 05 langster that so far i like alot the components are not that great and i stripped out the threds on the fixed side of the hub but specialized baught me a new surly hub and mavic wheel so i cant complain the thing is who needs components on a fixed gear bike anyway. thats all i like the frame and i think i want to maybe change out the bottom bracket and get new cranks but im not sure what to go with
Holy crap. All that and ONE punctuation mark!
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The decals are UNDER the clearcoat. )-:
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Originally Posted by bonechilling
Holy crap. All that and ONE punctuation mark!
Jesus Christ! This is the goddamned internet, too! This is important **** going on here!

What do you think this is, a Cormac McCarthy novel?
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Originally Posted by veggiemafia
Jesus Christ! This is the goddamned internet, too! This is important **** going on here!

What do you think this is, a Cormac McCarthy novel?
I'm the biggest grammar cop there is, but I too stopped caring once I realized it will be that much easier for me to get a job because I can speak, write, type punctuate properly. Message boards make me feel better about myself.
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yeah you were wrong
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