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E5 SL frame(4 posts)

E5 SL framesticky
May 19, 2002 11:51 PM
Any views on the Specialized E5 SL frameset. I went to view a different frame but the specialized caught my eye. I wondered what it weighed (frame or frame & forks).
I heard that its not worth going for the S-Works E5 Aerotech frame and thet the E5 SLis better value and rides as well.
re: E5 SL framebarnaby
May 20, 2002 12:17 AM
Have been riding the E5 (Comp?) frameset (58cm) for several months. Only bought the frameset and built it up with an old Chorus groupset.
Generally happy, however had had a couple of problems. Firstly, the hidden headset wouldn't actually fit in the frame and had to come up with a work around to make it fit. Not happy with having to do this and the heaset has now gone completely tits up and the bike is back in the shop. Have received crap support to date from the local Specialized distributor.
Secondly, be careful with sizing. Would seriously recommend doing the sizing from a built up bike rather than the numbers provided by Specialized. Even pulling out the frameset and measuring didn't really help that much and it wasn't until we built it up that we got a really good indication that it was the right size. Really a compact's compact and as a result really do need to try before you buy. Gaps between the frame and tyres and cranks is the bare minimum necessary, so forget about 25mm tyres or anyone who may have freaky pedalling action. Personally have clipped my heels on the chainstays several times in moments of fatigued frenzied effort.
Having said all that; really like the bike to ride. For an alu compact the frame is quite comfortable and a good long distance rig. Suprisingly light (given the price) and exceptionally stable at speed despite the small size of the frame. As a comparision, find it less 'whippy' and unstable than my previous bike ('99 Trek OCLV).
re: E5 SL framesticky
May 20, 2002 12:50 AM
Thanks Barnaby - roughly what does the frameset weigh? I assume its heavier than the OCLV but by much?
re: E5 SL frameJohn445
May 20, 2002 6:09 AM
I rode a Trek 5500 for 4 years. Two months ago I purchased a 00 Specialized S works Festina bike. The ride is comparable to my OCLV. Maybe it's the CF fork and seatpost. The only difference is crisp acceleration when I get on the pedals. I believe the frame and fork weigh less than than my 98 OCLV, I would guess the frame to be between 2 and 2.5 lbs.

John