S-Works SL 2018

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emjayel
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by emjayel

taodemon wrote:
Fri Jul 27, 2018 5:00 am
CrankAddictsRich wrote:
Fri Jul 27, 2018 2:00 am
I'm a step behind you. I just picked up a 2017 S-Works SL5 Tarmac... taking the components off my 2015 Venge Pro. I can't say that I've ever found my Venge to be "uncomfortable" (I've done 100 mile rides on it), but the general consesnus is that the 1st gen. Venge was not a comfort queen, so I'm hoping the Tarmac will feel better and still be responsive on climbs. I'm not super worried about the aero. I'll still be running my aerofly bars and 60mm wheels and a pretty aggressive saddle to bar drop. I have my Shiv, if I really want to rip some speed.

regarding the setpost slippage... that seems ot be a recurring fault. Quite a few people have complained about it on here. A couple of the guys I regularly ride with are on the SL6's now and one has had the issue.
The SL5 is a great frame, and I’m sure you will enjoy it. If I had a second bike that was aero like your shiv I might have not missed my venge as much. It also didn’t help when one of the older 60+ guys I ride with regularly told me I wasn’t as fast on my SL5 frame. :P That said I still managed some of my faster times on downhill segments on my SL5.

As for the seat post I had seen mention of it slipping by others in the forums. In my case I just think the shop hadn’t tightened it enough to begin with. There was some paste on it and the wedge was down (probably what held it for the 2 flat rides) but when I went to tighten the bolt it seemed lose. Maybe they had only tightened it to the typical 5-5.5Nm and not the 6.2 that it is specced at. I took it back in the next day and they tightened it to 6Nm and I haven’t had any issues on the last two rides but then nowhere near as much climbing as on the long weekend ride.

Took the white HED stickers off the wheels, might order a set of the black ones or do something custom until I pick up a set of clx50s.
I had the seatpost slipping issue when I first got my SL6 Expert earlier this year. My LBS called his Specialized rep when I brought it back in, and he was told the new spec was 8 Nm. Mine has been fine since then.

9tarmac
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by 9tarmac

Picked up my build a little over a week ago now and am very happy so far. Coming from an SL3 with Ultegra 6700 10 speed and 23mm tryes.

Have only had time for around 160km (100miles) so very much getting a feel for it still.

2019 Specialized S-Works Tarmac SL6 Frameset - Monocoat Black/Black Reflective (56cm)
Shimano Dura Ace 9100 Mechanical Groupset (52-36 chainset / 11-30 cassette)
Fulcrum Racing Zero Clincher Wheelset
Specialized S-Works Romin Saddle (size 143)
Specialized S Works Aerofly Handlebars (42cm)
Shimano Dura Ace 9100 SPD SL Pedals
Specialized S-Works SL Stem (90mm)
Specialized S-Works Carbon Rib Cages
Lifeline Titanium Quick Release Skewer Set
Pirelli P Zero Velo 700C 25mm Tyres
K-Edge Pro Braze-On Road Chain Catcher
K Edge XL Garmin Combo Mount
S-Wrap Roubaix Bar Tape
Continental Inner tubes (42mm stems)

6.77 kg / 14.93 lbs (excluding K-Edge Garmin Mount)
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jthreec
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by jthreec

Specialized Tarmac Pro Frameset 54cm
910g Frame (hangar, bottle cage bolts, internal cable)
357g Fork (uncut)
176g Seatpost
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LBoogie28
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by LBoogie28

jthreec wrote:
Mon Aug 06, 2018 11:09 pm
Specialized Tarmac Pro Frameset 54cm
910g Frame (hangar, bottle cage bolts, internal cable)
357g Fork (uncut)
176g Seatpost
That weight is pretty impressive and makes the $2500 usd price tag seem fair.

Jugi
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by Jugi

9tarmac wrote:
Mon Aug 06, 2018 7:10 am
Coming from an SL3 with Ultegra 6700 10 speed and 23mm tryes.

Have only had time for around 160km (100miles) so very much getting a feel for it still.
Nice bike. I’m very interested to hear your thougths in comparing the frames once you get some riding done. Especially if there is some comfort differences where tires and wheels can be ruled out as a factor, or stiffness differences where stem, handlebar etc. are not the main reason.

I contemplated for a month about updating from an SL3 Pro to SL6 Expert Disc, but finally decided just to update my trusty SRAM Red 2x10 to eTap. And now it feels perfect (atleast as long as I get on something better).

chiumomo
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by chiumomo

jthreec wrote:
Mon Aug 06, 2018 11:09 pm
Specialized Tarmac Pro Frameset 54cm
910g Frame (hangar, bottle cage bolts, internal cable)
357g Fork (uncut)
176g Seatpost
Didn't know tarmac pro is available as frameset

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mpulsiv
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by mpulsiv

chiumomo wrote:
jthreec wrote:
Mon Aug 06, 2018 11:09 pm
Specialized Tarmac Pro Frameset 54cm
910g Frame (hangar, bottle cage bolts, internal cable)
357g Fork (uncut)
176g Seatpost
Didn't know tarmac pro is available as frameset
This is something they don’t want you know until they sell slew of S-Works frames from $4000-$5250. Talk to the dealer. Tarmac Pro is only available in Black with red decal, as pictured for $2500.
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Hexsense
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by Hexsense

mpulsiv wrote:
Tue Aug 07, 2018 8:17 am
This is something they don’t want you know until they sell slew of S-Works frames from $4000-$5250. Talk to the dealer. Tarmac Pro is only available in Black with red decal, as pictured for $2500.
Is it available in disc version too?
really interesting choice indeed!

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mpulsiv
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by mpulsiv

Hexsense wrote:
Tue Aug 07, 2018 6:34 pm
mpulsiv wrote:
Tue Aug 07, 2018 8:17 am
This is something they don’t want you know until they sell slew of S-Works frames from $4000-$5250. Talk to the dealer. Tarmac Pro is only available in Black with red decal, as pictured for $2500.
Is it available in disc version too?
really interesting choice indeed!
I'm not sure. I didn't ask the dealer. If so, it's probably going to be $300 more.
On this note, take a look at TCR Pro disc frame for $1800 www.giant-bicycles.com/us/tcr-advanced- ... c-frameset
What a great deal!
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9tarmac
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by 9tarmac

Jugi wrote:
Tue Aug 07, 2018 5:02 am
9tarmac wrote:
Mon Aug 06, 2018 7:10 am
Coming from an SL3 with Ultegra 6700 10 speed and 23mm tryes.

Have only had time for around 160km (100miles) so very much getting a feel for it still.
Nice bike. I’m very interested to hear your thougths in comparing the frames once you get some riding done. Especially if there is some comfort differences where tires and wheels can be ruled out as a factor, or stiffness differences where stem, handlebar etc. are not the main reason.

I contemplated for a month about updating from an SL3 Pro to SL6 Expert Disc, but finally decided just to update my trusty SRAM Red 2x10 to eTap. And now it feels perfect (atleast as long as I get on something better).
The SL3 I have is the S-Works version purchased in late 2010 using the 11R carbon and is comfortable bike in it's own right. Going to the new 12R carbon and 25mm tyres makes it hard to determine what is making the biggest difference in overall feel. Taking it even further, different saddle, bars and 10mm shorter stem make it impossible to be fair in any direct frame comparison.

Having said that, the SL6 is for me a significant improvement in comfort and overall feel. I did a 90km (56mile) ride over rolling terrain on the weekend and felt surprisingly comfortable on the bike at the end. Very happy with the investment. It's good to actually experience the tangible improvement in these frames beyond the marketing hype and high price tags.
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sfo423
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by sfo423

Anyone have disc version in a 61 (works or pro)? I'm looking to get an aesthetic as well as ballpark build weight.

1sanglier
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by 1sanglier

sfo423 wrote:
Thu Aug 09, 2018 4:30 am
Anyone have disc version in a 61 (works or pro)? I'm looking to get an aesthetic as well as ballpark build weight.
ask here: https://weightweenies.starbike.com/foru ... &start=780

CrankAddictsRich
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by CrankAddictsRich

Lots of bad-ass Tarmac SL6 builds in here... go on over to the Tarmac Gallery thread and post them up.

https://weightweenies.starbike.com/foru ... 31&t=56236
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2015 Specialized S-Works Allez
2014 Specialized S-Works Shiv TT
2015 Specialized Venge Pro (Retired)

mustafah009
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by mustafah009

mpulsiv wrote:
Tue Aug 07, 2018 8:17 am

This is something they don’t want you know until they sell slew of S-Works frames from $4000-$5250. Talk to the dealer. Tarmac Pro is only available in Black with red decal, as pictured for $2500.
Anyone know if the Tarmac Pro frameset availability is region specific?

1llum4
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by 1llum4

mustafah009 wrote:
Thu Aug 09, 2018 12:02 pm
mpulsiv wrote:
Tue Aug 07, 2018 8:17 am

This is something they don’t want you know until they sell slew of S-Works frames from $4000-$5250. Talk to the dealer. Tarmac Pro is only available in Black with red decal, as pictured for $2500.
Anyone know if the Tarmac Pro frameset availability is region specific?
Probably as it isn't available for a dealer to order in Canada.

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