tour mag aero test 2018

Discuss light weight issues concerning road bikes & parts.
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by spartan

the problem with specialized with the huge price disparity between new tarmac vs giant/trek/canyon. sorry if you don't get a 'bro' deal specialized are not competive.
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by TonyM

(Spesh) Marketing is expensive (Sagan, Quicksteps, Hans-Bora teams,...) and has for a goal to achieve an higher pricing.

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by guyc

It’s almost like some companies aim for different demographics and markets.

Markets are not monolithic.

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by zappafile123

ichobi wrote:
Fri May 11, 2018 11:15 am
I used to ride specialized hate wagon but after riding sl6 (bough it myself) and interviewing peter denk the guy behind the design, i change my view completely. ...
Sl6 is really good compared to other top model from competing brands. I cant say the same for their older bikes. The Vias rim rode well but has too many compromises.
Pretty sure on another thread you said you thought the SL6 was a disappointing ride and that it didn't feel as though it accelerated very well (or something along those lines)...
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by ichobi

That was Cipollini new RB1K. If i said anything about SL6 acceleration, it's a tad slower than some climby bike like Specialissima, as to be expected from slim and truncated downtube, but in no way disaponiting. But let's get back to the aero topic.

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by Beaver

I guess the aero topic will be more interesting with the next test again. :D

What we learned: Always check, which wheel/tire combo is used as it has a great influence, and tube shape (Kamm tail) seems to improve aerodynamics more than pure tube width (and wide square downtubes assure worst aerodynamics).

Edit: There was a typo in Tour Mag. 3/2018, the Rose X-Lite Four was 222 watts not 212... So one watt more than the Tarmac SL and that makes more sense to me. :mrgreen:

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