Factor O2 vs Specialized Tarmac S-Works

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pesto13
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by pesto13

Hi Everyone,

I would like to hear from anyone that had the opportunity to ride both bikes their feedback for both bikes. I am looking to purchase one of the two but I am still undecided.

thanks in advanced.

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Allen254
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by Allen254

id be interested in hearing about the factor bikes. I've ridden a tarmac they are very nice and stiffness is 10 out of 10

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by madcow

I've ridden both and have no complaints about either. They both ride really nice. The Factor is a little longer/lower and a bit more aggressive, but also super stable on the descents. Like the Tarmac, the Factor also comes in a bit over claimed weight. My 54 frame is right at 845 grams in Ag2r paint (I suspect the black will be lighter.)

I liked the O2 enough that I've ordered an O2 disc for myself as well.

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by itsacarr

Will be interesting to hear your opinion on the difference between the rim brake and disc models. What wheels \ rotors will you be using? Ill confess to loving that blue model - I have a black one coming though.

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by OHYONGUN

I'd like to recommend Specialized Tarmac S-Works. Because it's a frame with the latest technology.

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by itsacarr

I would argue both frames are pretty up to date to be honest, technology wise. Not entirely sure what's not "latest" on the Factor. But again, both bikes are in the halo market.

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TonyM
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by TonyM

Look at the geometry and decide which fits better your needs :smartass:

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by Zitter

Rode the O2 disc and liked the nimbleness and weight. Can't speak for the new Specialized (ridden older models), but the Factor is a great bike and can't imagine the new Tarmac is much better if even for a traditional round tube frame. Would take the Factor over Specialized just for aesthetics and bling.

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itsacarr
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by itsacarr

Ironically the geo between the two is damn near the same. Atleast the 54. But yeah - hard to see being let down on either.

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by MichaelB

I’ve ridden the O2, but not the Spesh.

Loved the O2 and if I had the money, would buy that for sure, esp in disc form.

Sadly, can’t do that , so will stick with what I have.

The O2 was a beautiful bike, stiff and responsive, but not overly harsh. Nice and light too.

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by sp3000

My .2c is the Factor looks nicer, I also like the powder blue.

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TonyM
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by TonyM

For me the O2 has something special as it is less sold than the Tarmac and it has this nice blue colour (unfortunately also very close to the Sky team colour)

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by Chans1ee

Tarmac is more good option rather than o2.
reliability of factor bike is too far to catch up specialized.
Tarmac is verified frame through evolution. o2? i dont think so..
Remember factor bikes didint had TT frameset until they start sponsoring in a AG2R.

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