S-Works Roubaix v Ridley Excalibur v Look 555

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by press hard here

Have a short list of the above to chose a new bike for the young lady.

Which one would you choose and why, or can you suggest an alternative that is priced at approx £1200 for frame and forks and has a 51cm top tube.

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by TSMonk

I agree, the Look frame is one of my favorites out there.

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I agree the Look frame is the best option of the three frame you mention.

The Ridley Excalibur (in fact, as well as the whole Ridley carbon serie) had serious reliability problems in the past. I wouldn't advice it.
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by ferrarista

well I would not categorize the specialized s-works roubaix in the same league as the other 2 bikes. its a different beast imo.

roubaix is much lighter and alot more stiffer compared to the other 2.
roubaix in medium size weighs around 1000gr.
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the look 555 is not full carbon either. the bb section is in aluminum. look also weighs around 1300gr for the frame. not lightweight by todays standard.

my friend has ridden an excalibur for this year and really liked it. and no it did not crack and he's a hard 75kg sprinter.Used to be a racer. he's a rep and all the frames he sold did not have a problem. its been a while we don't hear about things like that. I guess they had a small problem earlier on, but It appears like they fixed it. either way the excalibur is a sweet bike and a good bang for the buck. excalibur weighs around 1180gr for the frame in medium size.

here is my friends bike before he sold it this year. he got a damocles for 2006. as you can see it can look quite nice .
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it depends what your looking for. best out of the 3 is the s-works imo.

Excalibur :good bang for the buck wich looks really nice. i find the pictures don't do justice to the excalibur. you have to see it in flesh
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by TunedCannondaleR700

You should also consider the tarmac, it is a great frame :!:
Cannondale is quite simply the best

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TunedCannondaleR700 wrote:You should also consider the tarmac, it is a great frame :!:


The S Works Tarmac SL is fantastic but the rest of the Tarmac line is not as light.

My 2005 61cm Tarmac Pro frame came in at a porky 1584 grams :(

Any Roubaix is lighter than the regular line-up Tarmac frames.

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weird i thought the tarmac was at a little over 1000, why is the roubaix lighter?
Cannondale is quite simply the best

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http://www.specialized.com/bc/SBCBkModel.jsp?spid=12621

I meant this frame, not the tarmac pro.
Cannondale is quite simply the best

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So it's a mixture of opinions.

If it was me I'd choose the Roubaix, but it's only available in Black and she thinks it looks dark and boring. Just need to get a Gerolsteiner version, but they aren't available in the UK.

Looks wise she likes the Look but thinks it might be a bit too look at me and she's worried that people will laugh at her and categorise her as "All the Gear no Idea!"

Regarding the Tarmac, I do not like the looks of it at all, hate the flat top tube with the funny gutter, plus don't really want a full on race bike.

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by Mario Jr.

Wait a couple of weeks and take the 2006 Roubaix S-works. It has a very nice red/black colour scheme. The Roubaix is a wonderfull frame. Stiff, light and very comfortable. And make no mistake, with the proper setup, it´s a super racing machine.

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You can get it in this colour:
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Unfortunately in the UK the S-Works Roubaix is only available in Black.

Have asked the LBS to call Specialized UK to see if they can get either of the other colours in as a special order, but pretty sure what the answer will be.

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by Misty

I want a black one but here in belgium is only black/red avalable!!!

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Misty

Why can't they just offer all the colours in all the sizes in all the colours in all teh countrys!!!!

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