2021 S-Works Tarmac SL7 Warranty Replacement (was 2019 SL6 Disc)

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Imaking20
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by Imaking20

Routing the new Venge was one of the least enjoyable wrenching experiences I've ever had on a bike. That was enough to dampen whatever experience the bike might offer knowing that one days I'd have to do it again.

Then there's the BSA BB, which I'm a little disappointed about, but at least your crank would go with no spacers.

Personally, the SL7 does pretty much nothing for me. The SL6 is exceptional and I'd be surprised (not saying it's not possible) if Specialized is able to change that formula and still create such a fantastic and comfortable bike.

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Rich_W
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Imaking20 wrote:
Mon Jun 29, 2020 2:50 am
Routing the new Venge was one of the least enjoyable wrenching experiences I've ever had on a bike. That was enough to dampen whatever experience the bike might offer knowing that one days I'd have to do it again.

Then there's the BSA BB, which I'm a little disappointed about, but at least your crank would go with no spacers.

Personally, the SL7 does pretty much nothing for me. The SL6 is exceptional and I'd be surprised (not saying it's not possible) if Specialized is able to change that formula and still create such a fantastic and comfortable bike.
Thank you sir... agreed as I've built up a few venges as well. At least the current is not as bad as the vias... yikes. I also prefer a standard round profile bar.

Didn't know the BB format changed. I originally had the Sworks crank, but the power meter never worked and SBC offered me to choose a powermeter of choice (within reason) as they had none in stcok at the time. SRM was off the table. I also have the ceramic speed BB insert which is as trouble free as it gets.

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Imaking20 wrote:
Mon Jun 29, 2020 2:50 am
Personally, the SL7 does pretty much nothing for me. The SL6 is exceptional and I'd be surprised (not saying it's not possible) if Specialized is able to change that formula and still create such a fantastic and comfortable bike.
To be honest what we've seen so far looks like more an evolutionary SL6.5 than a revolutionary SL7...

Being a SL6 owner, i might be biased, but I really do not want / do not need fully internal cabling and I did not have any trouble with the BB over 16'000km.

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Quick Update - The SL6's BB ovalized after it consumed 3 ceramic speed BB-30 inserts. Spesh did me a warranty SL7. Build was transferred over. Its fast, a little heavier, but honestly pretty much the same. Only other changes since I last posted is I went tubeless (and blackwall). When you ride the Corsa 2.0 Gumwalls back-to-back to the tubeless versions - you have a "Holy crap these are waaaay faster" moment! :smartass:

Definitely preferred the matte finish over the gloss black - but is what it is.

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That's why my SL6 was replaced last year, I killed several BBs. SL7 isn't a bad upgrade!


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by sychen

You are all watt monsters to warp the bb!

Not bad to get a sl7 for a RMA though.

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Is that a warranty only color?


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Yes, gloss black is warranty only. Matte is much better as the clear coat scratches up too easily. Frustrating as I keep trying to polish it and it keeps getting worse.

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Rich_W wrote:
Fri Dec 25, 2020 11:54 am
Yes, gloss black is warranty only. Matte is much better as the clear coat scratches up too easily. Frustrating as I keep trying to polish it and it keeps getting worse.
TBH I always wanted a glossy black SL6 with white logos, but the satin black with reflective logos was the closest I could I get. As much as I love my bike, this has always been a slight regret.

However your bike looks amazing, but I also get your argument against the gloss finish.

Why does specialized have those amazing warranty only frames? They have the red venge, which looked much better than every other color option and yours is really brilliant, too.

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nulldreiundreissig wrote:
Fri Dec 25, 2020 6:46 pm
Rich_W wrote:
Fri Dec 25, 2020 11:54 am
Yes, gloss black is warranty only. Matte is much better as the clear coat scratches up too easily. Frustrating as I keep trying to polish it and it keeps getting worse.
TBH I always wanted a glossy black SL6 with white logos, but the satin black with reflective logos was the closest I could I get. As much as I love my bike, this has always been a slight regret.

However your bike looks amazing, but I also get your argument against the gloss finish.

Why does specialized have those amazing warranty only frames? They have the red venge, which looked much better than every other color option and yours is really brilliant, too.
Same here wanted gloss black finish with white logo. I ordered Quickstep, closest but in matte. I ended up with the carbon chameleon green silver, only 52 in stock.

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Rich_W wrote:
Fri Dec 25, 2020 11:54 am
Yes, gloss black is warranty only. Matte is much better as the clear coat scratches up too easily. Frustrating as I keep trying to polish it and it keeps getting worse.

what is the frame weight /fork?
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