HOT: Active* forum members generally gain 5% discount at starbike.com store!
Weight Weenies
* FAQ    * Search    * Trending Topics
* Login   * Register
HOME Listings Articles FAQ Contact About




Post new topic Reply to topic  [ 18 posts ] 
Go to page 1, 2  Next
Author Message
PostPosted: Wed Nov 13, 2013 6:22 am 
Offline

Joined: Mon Jun 06, 2011 7:16 pm
Posts: 337
Location: Irvine, CA
I was recently looking for another bike and was considering a Time RXRS. They are not very common and I had read good things about their ride characteristics. However, when I saw the weight of the Time RXRS frameset I decided to go in another direction. I live in Southern California - Orange County (OC). I seems as though all the "OC Gliteratti" ride Specialized bikes. When I saw one of the husbands on "The House Wifes of Orange County" rode a Specialized bike - it only confirmed my prejudices toward the brand. However, a really nice 2013 Tarmac S-Works frameset fell into my lap so I thought I would build it up and give it a try. Hopefully, none of my friends will see me riding it!!

I typically ride a 2011 Colnago C59 dressed in Di2, Lightweight wheels. Not a common bike with the "OC Gliteratti". I decided to build-up this bike with my older 7970 Di2 and a really nice pair of Enve 45's. Since, I have taken the Tarmac for several rides and I can honestly say it is really nice. These days, all the new bikes ride great.... they just simply ride different. Compared to my other bikes: Parlee Z5SL, Colnago C50, C59, Storck, etc. This Tarmac has the stiffest headtube and bottom bracket. However, that stiffness comes at a price. Although, I would not call this bike "too stiff" I would definitely not call it comfortable. My C59 is definitely a softer ride on the rough. High speed stability is about the same as most my other bikes - excellent. Turn-in on the Tarmac is great! Better than most my other bikes I have riden. I especially like the S-Works cranks. The Q-Factor, aesthetics and shape are great. Below are a few pictures I took this evening. If you would like to make any configuration recommendations... please feel free! Ciao


Attachments:
tarmac1.JPG
tarmac1.JPG [ 159 KiB | Viewed 3138 times ]
tarmac2.JPG
tarmac2.JPG [ 155.8 KiB | Viewed 3138 times ]
tarmac3.JPG
tarmac3.JPG [ 150.88 KiB | Viewed 3138 times ]
tarmac4.JPG
tarmac4.JPG [ 152.41 KiB | Viewed 3138 times ]
tarmac5.JPG
tarmac5.JPG [ 155.37 KiB | Viewed 3138 times ]
colnago1.JPG
colnago1.JPG [ 154.77 KiB | Viewed 3138 times ]
Top
 Profile  
 
Posted: Wed Nov 13, 2013 6:22 am 


Top
  
 
PostPosted: Wed Nov 13, 2013 1:15 pm 
Offline
User avatar

Joined: Thu Oct 23, 2008 7:25 pm
Posts: 536
Good bike, looks very fast


Top
 Profile  
 
PostPosted: Fri Dec 20, 2013 4:17 am 
Offline

Joined: Mon Jun 06, 2011 7:16 pm
Posts: 337
Location: Irvine, CA
Come on guys, i put all this time and money into this bike and i get one reply?


Top
 Profile  
 
PostPosted: Fri Dec 20, 2013 4:26 am 
Offline
User avatar

Joined: Fri Jan 18, 2013 1:56 am
Posts: 251
Location: Ontario, Canada
its nice... but i like the nago better

_________________
Sur La Plaque!

2012 Ridley Damocles RS
http://weightweenies.starbike.com/forum/viewtopic.php?f=10&t=111632
2012 Dekerf Team SST
http://weightweenies.starbike.com/forum/viewtopic.php?f=10&t=112060&p=957055#p957055


Top
 Profile  
 
PostPosted: Fri Dec 20, 2013 5:42 am 
Offline

Joined: Tue Nov 02, 2010 12:53 am
Posts: 23
Very nice, and it sounds like you have quite the stable.


Top
 Profile  
 
PostPosted: Fri Dec 20, 2013 6:46 am 
Offline

Joined: Sun Nov 13, 2011 6:00 am
Posts: 233
What do you want people to say? Its just another tarmac.

Sent from my Nexus 4 using Tapatalk


Top
 Profile  
 
PostPosted: Fri Dec 20, 2013 8:12 am 
Offline

Joined: Sat Oct 10, 2009 7:13 am
Posts: 869
Location: 93306
Bike looks great to me! Seems like a solid build you have there too.


Top
 Profile  
 
PostPosted: Fri Dec 20, 2013 9:02 am 
Offline
User avatar

Joined: Tue Aug 28, 2012 2:45 pm
Posts: 750
Location: Stockholm, The Arctic...
Quinn039 wrote:
its nice... but i like the nago better



+1.

If you had to sell one off them. Which?


Top
 Profile  
 
PostPosted: Fri Dec 20, 2013 9:19 am 
Offline
User avatar

Joined: Wed Oct 06, 2004 6:55 pm
Posts: 1875
Location: Vienna, AUT
Easy answer if both bikes fit well...
Ask yourself with whom you would rather have a beer? Mike Sinyard or Ernesto Colnago.
The answer is pretty straightforward.
That Specialized would be on the auction block pretty darn quick if it was my choice. :wink:


Top
 Profile  
 
PostPosted: Fri Dec 20, 2013 9:51 am 
Offline
User avatar

Joined: Tue Aug 28, 2012 2:45 pm
Posts: 750
Location: Stockholm, The Arctic...
I'd prefer to share a bottle of Amarone with EC. :)


Top
 Profile  
 
PostPosted: Fri Dec 20, 2013 10:31 pm 
Offline

Joined: Fri Feb 17, 2006 6:22 am
Posts: 1224
Location: Zion
Thanks for sharing your opinions on your various bikes ride. Always appreciated. Are you comparing them with the same or different wheels? Looks like you've got Enve clinchers on the Speci, but am guessing you also have some high zoot tubies.

Definitely a nice WW build from top to bottom, but where's the payoff? Dying to know what it weighs.

I much prefer the Speci's look (and weight), but think it needs just a hint of some color somewhere to offset all that B&W.

_________________
My sub-5.6kg / 12.32lb Addict R1

My ~9.3kg / ~20.5lb Scale 29 Pro


Top
 Profile  
 
PostPosted: Sat Dec 21, 2013 4:49 am 
Offline

Joined: Mon Jun 06, 2011 7:16 pm
Posts: 337
Location: Irvine, CA
Johnny Rad wrote:
Thanks for sharing your opinions on your various bikes ride. Always appreciated. Are you comparing them with the same or different wheels? Looks like you've got Enve clinchers on the Speci, but am guessing you also have some high zoot tubies.

Definitely a nice WW build from top to bottom, but where's the payoff? Dying to know what it weighs.

I much prefer the Speci's look (and weight), but think it needs just a hint of some color somewhere to offset all that B&W.


Thanks for all the nice comments. Johnny your comment is what i was looking for. Can you make some recommendations? Hoe and where to add more color?

The C59 weights 12.7 lbs and Specialized Tarmac weights 13.2 lbs. The above ride comparison is with the same Enve wheels. I recently put the Lightweight Clinchers on the C59.


Top
 Profile  
 
PostPosted: Sat Dec 21, 2013 5:45 am 
Offline

Joined: Fri Feb 17, 2006 6:22 am
Posts: 1224
Location: Zion
Beauty is in the eye of the beholder.

If your Speci were MINE, I'd consider debadging the wheels and seatpost. Go all black. If it still wasn't aesthetically right, I'd consider a flash of color on the QRs. I'd stay with a black saddle and black bar tape regardless of what others say. That's what I'd do...

_________________
My sub-5.6kg / 12.32lb Addict R1

My ~9.3kg / ~20.5lb Scale 29 Pro


Last edited by Johnny Rad on Sun Dec 22, 2013 3:43 am, edited 2 times in total.

Top
 Profile  
 
PostPosted: Sat Dec 21, 2013 2:32 pm 
Offline
User avatar

Joined: Tue Aug 28, 2012 2:45 pm
Posts: 750
Location: Stockholm, The Arctic...
It's funny how you describe the stiffness while riding an Extralight stem which is made if cheese... ;)


Top
 Profile  
 
PostPosted: Sat Dec 21, 2013 5:56 pm 
Offline

Joined: Mon Jun 06, 2011 7:16 pm
Posts: 337
Location: Irvine, CA
PSM wrote:
It's funny how you describe the stiffness while riding an Extralight stem which is made if cheese... ;)


I had a 10 mm longer Enve stem on there recently but could not tell a difference???


Top
 Profile  
 
Posted: Sat Dec 21, 2013 5:56 pm 


Top
  
 
Display posts from previous:  Sort by  
Post new topic Reply to topic  [ 18 posts ] 
Go to page 1, 2  Next


Who is online

Users browsing this forum: 573, MFMS, rwatt, VamP and 28 guests


You cannot post new topics in this forum
You cannot reply to topics in this forum
You cannot edit your posts in this forum
You cannot delete your posts in this forum
You cannot post attachments in this forum

Search for:
Jump to:  

   Similar Topics   Author   Replies   Views   Last post 
There are no new unread posts for this topic. S-Works TARMAC SL4

in Introduce Yourself / Gallery - Please use metric weights.

Darceking

11

1906

Sun Mar 30, 2014 9:11 pm

Darceking View the latest post

There are no new unread posts for this topic. S-Works Tarmac Ui2

[ Go to page: 1, 2 ]

in Introduce Yourself / Gallery - Please use metric weights.

shoopdawoop

19

3243

Wed Jul 23, 2014 3:56 pm

paradawt View the latest post

There are no new unread posts for this topic. S-Works Tarmac SL3

in Introduce Yourself / Gallery - Please use metric weights.

lklaussen

0

1023

Wed Aug 21, 2013 5:37 am

lklaussen View the latest post

There are no new unread posts for this topic. Attachment(s) Tarmac S-Works SL4 2014

in Introduce Yourself / Gallery - Please use metric weights.

PinaPower

13

5792

Mon Nov 25, 2013 9:39 am

PinaPower View the latest post

There are no new unread posts for this topic. S-Works McLaren Tarmac...

[ Go to page: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 ]

in Road

mile2424

65

6130

Thu Jul 24, 2014 9:05 pm

jwilliams View the latest post


It is currently Mon Jul 28, 2014 12:53 pm

All times are UTC + 1 hour




Advertising   –  FAQ   –  Contact   –  Convert   –  About

© Weight Weenies 2000-2013
hosted by starbike.com


How to get rid of these ads? Just register!


Powered by phpBB