Specialized Tarmac S-Works SL4 or Parlee Z5

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djconnel wrote:That's the one good argument I've seen against the bike.


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I don't think he would be asking unless sex appeal was first priority. So, go with the sexiest bike.
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SL4 but color is ugly (IMO)

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Race bike or dream bike?

Race bike: SL4

Dream Bike: Custom Z1 (....or in this case a Z5)
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SL4, Just got mine a few weeks ago and love it. Always had Roubaix's before this Tarmac is fast!
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Just got an SL4 on Friday. Tested it an a Z5 and you can guess which came out on top. The Z5 is good, but its not earth-shattering.
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Perhaps you might consider trying one of each and decide based on your own riding impressions. Here (and elsewhere) you will get a variety of opinions, none of which may pertain to your particular situation.

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kac wrote:Perhaps you might consider trying one of each and decide based on your own riding impressions. Here (and elsewhere) you will get a variety of opinions, none of which may pertain to your particular situation.

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Best response so far. :beerchug:
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SL4's downtube and chainstays are absolutely massive (pretty dramatic if you look close). I imagine for out of the saddle riding, the SL4 will have an advantage.

But the Parlee will have a huge advantage in uniqueness points (they are the madone of WW, but in the real world, they are still quite scarce).
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elviento wrote:SL4's downtube and chainstays are absolutely massive (pretty dramatic if you look close). I imagine for out of the saddle riding, the SL4 will have an advantage.

But the Parlee will have a huge advantage in uniqueness points (they are the madone of WW, but in the real world, they are still quite scarce).



I live in a city of 5 million people... Have only seen 2 other parlees I built one for a friend, the other is a friends and they are both z4s.. Any parlee is pretty rare round here.. SL4s on he other hand :roll:

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if your name is john hammond i'd go parlee
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prendrefeu wrote:
kac wrote:Perhaps you might consider trying one of each and decide based on your own riding impressions. Here (and elsewhere) you will get a variety of opinions, none of which may pertain to your particular situation.

KAC


Best response so far. :beerchug:

That's not always so easy. A lot of Parlee dealers, such as mine, do not stock the full line because the demand isn't high enough to have a full run of sizes on the floor. Also, some dealers aren't too helpful with the selection process. Its also helpful to get opinions because the demo bike may have a different setup and its often hard to get a full feel of the bike in a very short ride on one type of road.

I have to say without a doubt the SL4 is laterally stiffer and I feel that its just as compliant. I have owned every iteration of Tarmac since the 2008 S-Works and I can say that this is the first that truly beats the Z5. I felt that the SL3 was stiffer as well, but a bit more harsh with no perceived benefit to the detriment in ride quality.
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by rdy357

I like my Z4 for my style of riding than I did my sl2 s works

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