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PostPosted: Mon Aug 24, 2015 2:43 pm 
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After ~8k miles on my S-Works Venge I finally had the itch, once again, for something new. I will still defend the outgoing Venge as a better all-arounder than it's given credit for. The bike climbs well enough, descends great, and is a blast when the speeds creep up. However, after spending most of 2015 contending with a back injury - I could no longer convince myself the Venge was comfortable "enough."

This is where the Tarmac comes into the picture. It had been awhile since I'd ridden the SL4 and I'd forgotten just how much more comfortable it is. Not to mention the sense of urgency the bike gives when you stomp on the pedals. I'm only ~500 miles into my ownership (and only 20 miles so far on the 6.7s) and so far I'm loving every mile. I also decided to finally bid farewell to SRAM and I've got to say I'm really enjoying life with Dura Ace...

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2014 Tarmac SL4 (size 54)
Deda Superleggera bars (42cm)
Deda Superleggero stem (110mm)
Deda Superleggero RS seatpost (27.2)
DA9000 shifters
DA9000 derailleurs
Enve 6.7 tubulars (English hubs)
Enve Ti skewers
Veloflex Carbon tires
S-Works crankset
S-Works Power saddle (143mm)
TRP 979EQ brakeset
6800 chain
6800 cassette (11/28)
K-Edge garmin mount
Arundel Mandible cages


I have a couple minor things I still want to do (light weight expander and top cap. Maybe some decals) but otherwise I'm pretty set on the build.

Enjoy!

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PostPosted: Mon Aug 24, 2015 3:10 pm 
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Great looking bike!

I'm interested to hear what you think of the saddle...how long have you been riding it / how does it compare to whatever you were on previously?

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PostPosted: Tue Aug 25, 2015 2:07 am 
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I've put 2500 or so miles on the Power saddles. I spent time getting familiar with the Pro version before commuting to the S-Works. Most recently, I had spent a couple years being very pleased with Romin saddles on my bikes. The recent back injury called my bike fit into question. I went in for a Body Geometry fit, spent 35 minutes analyzing my range of motions and general health, followed by only a few minutes on the bike before we realized my pelvis wasn't rotating on the Romin. My low back/pelvis were basically at the same angle whether I was riding the hoods or drops. Not good. Slapped on the Power and we immediately saw rotation. Not only that, but I was relieved of a ton of pressure I didn't even realize I was experiencing. I've spent time on the Toupe, Romin, SI SLR, a number of Fiziks, and even Selle SMP and this is honestly the first time I've understood what it feels like to have support under my sit bones. My wife had a fit a couple weeks after and came home on one as well. She's also very pleased.

My LBS can't keep these things in stock and I'm told that a good understanding of how different these things want to be setup makes a big difference. It sounds like at first they were fairly well received... then fit specialists learned to push them back about 2cm and things started to click.

In a nutshell, I am totally converted to this saddle. I was swapping my Pro back and forth between bikes for weeks while I waited to the S Works. Not wanting to risk irritating the back injury again.


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PostPosted: Tue Aug 25, 2015 2:21 pm 
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The white spokes look really good.

What drew you to the TRP brakes?


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PostPosted: Tue Aug 25, 2015 5:28 pm 
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^^ Thanks for all of the info! Really interesting stuff. On top of all of those (more important) benefits, it looks damn good, too.

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PostPosted: Tue Aug 25, 2015 6:40 pm 
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The brakes came with the frame when I purchased it. I've got 9000 brakes on the way and the TRP set will be on the market.


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PostPosted: Tue Aug 25, 2015 6:50 pm 
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What a beast!

Also plus one for Power saddle; so good!


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PostPosted: Wed Aug 26, 2015 7:56 am 
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Hubs look great as well!

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PostPosted: Wed Aug 26, 2015 10:18 am 
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nice hubs!!


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PostPosted: Wed Aug 26, 2015 12:02 pm 
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Very clean.

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PostPosted: Thu Aug 27, 2015 3:43 am 
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How is the ride compare to Venge?


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PostPosted: Sat Oct 03, 2015 2:48 am 
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May be more comfortable, but the VIAS rides smoother than the new Tarmac ;)

Anyway, congrats on the new bike day!


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PostPosted: Sun Oct 04, 2015 12:26 am 
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Very nice!


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PostPosted: Mon Nov 30, 2015 9:44 pm 
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Anyone know if the decals can be rubbed off with acetone?


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PostPosted: Tue Dec 01, 2015 8:14 am 
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Thanks for the info on the saddle. It's an interesting saddle. I am personally interested in it as well.


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