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Thoughts on '04 specialized S-works frameset...(5 posts)

Thoughts on '04 specialized S-works frameset...Boise100
Nov 11, 2003 6:08 PM
I'm slowly building my dream bike though the winter and have not yet decided on the frame. The more I look at the s-works frameset, the better it looks. I intend to use it mostly for racing and want something incredibly stiff and light. The '03 model was about $1,600 but the '04 is right at about $1,000. For about a grand, it seems like a really good deal.

Does anyone have any insight to these frames?
re: Thoughts on '04 specialized S-works frameset...glia
Nov 11, 2003 6:12 PM
Let us all know where you can get this frame for $1000. The 03's can be had on Ebay for about $600, the 04 list for $2710!!
http://www.specialized.com/SBCBkModel.jsp?spid=6800&JServSessionIdroot=dxno7uxjr6.j27002
re: Thoughts on '04 specialized S-works frameset...Boise100
Nov 11, 2003 6:21 PM
Not the tarmac, the all alum. E5 road frameset. Looks like this...
re: Thoughts on '04 specialized S-works frameset...trekmtnrider
Nov 13, 2003 7:03 AM
I just got my new 04 S works frame yesterday. I bought frame only and it is nice. I came off of a steel (853) IF and wasnt sure about Al. I like it, the rear end is very compliant (especially with the Pave seatpost). The bike is SUPER light as well. Around 16# with Ksyriums.

Good luck
re: Thoughts on '04 specialized S-works frameset...Boise100
Nov 16, 2003 5:04 PM
Perfect! That is exactly what I was hoping to hear. Have fun with it.

Question: How many miles / years can you expect from the frame? I was told by the LBS person that the E5 alloy they use on the s-works has about 5X the fatigue life of a typical 6061 / 7000 series AL. But being that this is the bike shop telling me this, I tend to be skeptical.