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Specialised Tarmac Expert
Where bought and price
ABC Bikes - Liverpool - $3850 inc Ultegra SL Pedals
How it is used
Weekend racing, also training rides up to my longest ride at 70km
All carbon frame and fork, carbon seat post,
All Ultegra SL, 53/39 - 11/28, Dura Ace Rear Derailleur
Fulcrum 5 Wheels
Specialised drop bars, neck etc
Specialised Mondo Pro Tyres
+ Full Ultegra SL, brakes, shifters, front derailleur, Dura-ace rear derailleur
+ I am really happy with the way it rides. I was told the geometry was more about racing than distance, but while my longest is only 70km it is really nice over distance. It absorbs a lot of the vibration of the road to provide a really smooth ride. I have done rides up to 70km on this bike and have been very happy with the way it goes. When I accelerate, the bike feels light and responsive and the cornering for me is outstanding.
- I tried to like the seat, having been told it just takes time to get used to. Maybe my bum is unusual, but I just cannot get comfortable. On the longer rides, the only thing that stops me from going further is the pain in my rear end. Seats are definitely on my list of things to do soon.
I had been riding for about 6 months and decided to participate in some club racing. My OCR 1 has pannier bags and a rack and I decided to buy something specifically for racing. I had a look around and rode a few bikes, and this one "called" to me. I tried the Roubaix as well, but the upright seating position compared to this didn't really suit me. This bike MAKES me want to ride it!
I really like this bike. I like the way it handles and rides. If you are in the market, at least give one a shot.
Value for money
"Pain is temporary. It may last a minute, or an hour, or a day, or a year, but eventually it will subside and something else will take its place. If I quit, however, it lasts forever" Lance Armstrong
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