Tarmac SL7 Alternative

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

As much as I want to wait for the SL7, I need a bike now. What bikes on the market today are a good alternative?

icantaffordcycling
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by icantaffordcycling

So basically any of the recent "aero" climbing frames released in the last year? Personally I really like the focus Izalco max, Willier 0 slr, and Scott addict. Why not just buy an SL6 now that they are heavily discounted?

oceanview
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by oceanview

My LBS will only offer whatever prices are listed on the specialized website.

hannawald
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by hannawald

Cannondale supersix

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guyc
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by guyc

Literally anything with dropped stays.

Cemicar
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by Cemicar

Venge with CLX32, normal stem and normal handlebar.

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guyc
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by guyc

Why buy a fully aero frame and run it with 32's, and a non-aero stem and bars. It's the worst of both worlds.

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cerro
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hannawald wrote:
Sun Feb 09, 2020 8:38 am
Cannondale supersix
Agree. Both are aerodynamic standard road bikes with wirerouting making life easy both if it's building the bike or travel with them in a bikebag.
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icantaffordcycling
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by icantaffordcycling

guyc wrote:Why buy a fully aero frame and run it with 32's, and a non-aero stem and bars. It's the worst of both worlds.
+1 Venge with 32s is atrocious only gets worse with non aero stem and bars.
Just a reminder than wheels and bars have a greater effect on overall aerodynamics than the frame itself and that what we know so far about the SL7 is that it comes with an aero cockpit setup.

icantaffordcycling
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by icantaffordcycling

oceanview wrote:My LBS will only offer whatever prices are listed on the specialized website.
You can’t expect a discount from an LBS without establishing a relationship with the owner and people that work there first....

Jugi
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by Jugi

oceanview wrote:As much as I want to wait for the SL7, I need a bike now. What bikes on the market today are a good alternative?
If you don't mind a lower stack (Tarmac SL6 56 is stack 565mm reach 395mm, Izalco Max 54 is stack 544mm reach 390mm), I think you could buy an Focus Izalco Max, write SL7 on it with a big magic marker, go ride and be happy.

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C36
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by C36

First you are totally mixing priorities... what frame geometry suits you best? Choosing a frame not knowing this may lead to latter approximation
Then, in its category, the Sl6 is still the best bike followed by the supersix evo3 in terms of weight, stiffness and aero... Image (the « clamp » is a typo)


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AJS914
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by AJS914

The easy solution is just to buy an SL6 and put an aero handlebar on it. Run etap to eliminate derailleur cables. The SL7 might be awesome and all with fully hidden cables but you'll also have to live this those cables. If you ever travel with the bike, the SL6 might be a better choice.

And look on ebay for SL6 deals.

If an Italian bike floats your boat, one can get a Colnago V3Rs that is fully integrated. It pretty much looks like an SL6/7.

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Noctiluxx
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by Noctiluxx

oceanview wrote:
Sun Feb 09, 2020 7:22 am
My LBS will only offer whatever prices are listed on the specialized website.
Find another bike shop.
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wheelsONfire
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by wheelsONfire

Can't help to wonder what has happened lately!?
To me it seemed Pinarello was "the bike" a few years.
Now almost all i see is Specialized.
Why has Pinarello dropped off as one of the dream bikes?
Bikes:

Ax Lightness Vial EVO Race (2018.12.21)
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Paduano Racing Fidia (kind of shelved)
Open *UP* (2016.04.14)


Ex bike; Vial EVO D

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