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Just saw a Langster Seattle in person....

Old 08-28-07, 07:46 PM
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Just saw a Langster Seattle in person....

I was at Bicycle Center in Everett at lunchtime and saw one, looked nice!

Strengths: Sugino crank, colour coded rims, noah's arc bar, sensible gearing, coffe cup holder!
Weaknesses: White bar tape instead of grips, white saddle that was a little too tech
Opportunities: fake wood fenders are kinda cool but I'm not sure if I like the flatness
Threats: I wish they'd sprung for a dura ace cog/lockring

It was around $600 and seems like a good buy to me.
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Old 08-28-07, 11:25 PM
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I happen to have...

A Seattle Langster at my shop in Lynnwood WA!

The issue with the the grips is totally something I can relate to,
when specialized first showed the 2008 line up, it was shown with
the flat bars that you see now, but with brown "Fuse" grips. Those
would have likely lasted the test of time. In fact, the few times that
my fellow co workers have ridden it, they left marks on the white grips.
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Old 08-28-07, 11:30 PM
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tape on a flat bar? that sucks. for 600 i'd want a dura ace cog/lockring and oury grips. not that the bike isn't a good value, just... well if it had those two things i'd be enthralled with it and probably would have saved up for one rather than getting a mercier kilo tt frameset to build up.
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Because $12 grips mean that the engineers at Specialized understand your biking needs? Cog + lockring + grips are under $50 total, which isn't an amount that I'd imagine would merit buying a different frameset and replacing all the parts on it.
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Post some pics from your shop if you got em! I havnt seen an actual picture of a bike in the real world.
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Old 08-29-07, 01:28 AM
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I saw one the other day. Nicely done, Specialized.
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That's funny, it looks like there is grips on the stock bike. You don't think the bike you saw was modified, eh?
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the bikes I saw had white grip-sized bar tape. the green rims and hubs looked quite nice
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Was in the Tukwila Bicycles West a couple days ago - they have a London and a Seattle - the Seattle was kinda appealing, I liked the green and the wood grain fenders are kinda funky. but I thought the latte cup on the seat tube was pushing it, and the little umbrellas on the top tube just put it over the edge.
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I saw a few of the other 08 Langster models today. Ugly.
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i just can't stand langster frames for whatever reason.
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Originally Posted by willypilgrim View Post
i just can't stand langster frames for whatever reason.

it's probably the geometry. it throws me off too.
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looks like specialized took another dump onto us common folk.
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those fenders look like they suck..the front one would barely do anything
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Is that a cup of coffee a la Starbucks on the seat tube? Sweet Mother Mary - that is the worst!
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Originally Posted by ahand View Post
it's probably the geometry. it throws me off too.
yeah, looks like a mountain bike or something.
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Upward sloping top tubes blow.. I remember when they first started doing them on Mountain Bikes, I thought it was crazy. Now it definitely makes sense, but why on a road bike?

The Langster has potential for those that don't mind the frame.. a stock drivetrain that isn't **** on a stock bike? Incredible! I bet you they cheaped out between that promotional photo and production and wrapped the bars instead of going with brown grips. If they had, and added a simple brown saddle, things would have been much better. I feel bad picking apart the aesthetics, but that's kinda Specialized's point with these city model bikes.
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those bikes are hideous. upward sloping tts are the downfall of the fitted track bikes.

it's the same move bike manufacturers made years ago with road and MTBs. If you slope the tt, the sizing of the frame can be compensated by the seatpost. Now you can make 3 frame sizes instead of 12.

I just can't get over their geometries.
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