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New Trek Carbon Semi's and New Specialized(4 posts)

New Trek Carbon Semi's and New Specializedteoteoteo
Apr 11, 2003 5:10 AM
I have mentioned the new Semi Compact OCLV's a few times on RBR but here is a solid bit from cyclingnews. I have a good bit knowledge of the development of the bikes so they are pretty spot-on from what I know...that being said I am an occasional freelance contributor to cyclingnews and shared the info that I had, so the report may be using some of what I shared and we may all be wrong. I do know the semi compact exists with 100% certainty, the info came directly to me from Trek and Armstrong sources.

In an interesting side note I have some scoop on the Specialized frame show in same article of Daniele Bennati. The pictured bike is only ONE of about 20 in existance. Some of the other models have BOTH chain and seat stays with Zertz elastomers in the carbon. My wrench friend who fondled the machines which were delivered at Milan San Remo time said the chain stay looked somewhat similar to a Colnago C-40 with an elastomer added.

http://www.cyclingnews.com/tech.php?id=tech/2003/news/apr11
re: New Trek Carbon Semi's and New Specialized...Editteoteoteo
Apr 11, 2003 5:29 AM
after reading post I was appalled at my sloppy work...

I have mentioned the new Semi Compact OCLV's a few times on RBR but here is a solid bit from cyclingnews. I have a good bit knowledge of the development of the bikes so they are pretty spot-on from what I know...that being said I am an occasional freelance contributor to cyclingnews. I shared the info that I had so the report may be using some of what I talked to cyclingnews about--I am not really to sure as I didn't drill them for what they already knew. I do know the semi compact exists with 100% certainty, the info came directly to me from Trek and Armstrong sources. If I hear more exacts I'll post. One funny bit I did hear was that the early test versions were jokingly called "girl bikes" by Amrstrong.

In an interesting side note I have some scoop on the Specialized frame shown in same article. The bike pictured is Daniele Bennati's and is ONE of about 20 in existence. Some of the other models have BOTH chain and seat stays with Zertz elastomers in the carbon. My wrench friend fondled the machines said the chain stay looked somewhat similar to a Colnago C-40 with an elastomer added. The bikes were delivered a few weeks ago around Milan-San Remo and should be seen Sunday at PR.

http://www.cyclingnews.com/tech.php?id=tech/2003/news/apr11
re: New Trek Carbon Semi's and New SpecializedJBergland
Apr 11, 2003 5:49 AM
"I do know the semi compact exists with 100% certainty..."

It sure does... there is even a pic of it in the article you sourced. Want to see what Lance will be riding at the Tour this year?? Trek OCLV Semi-Compact or LeMond Semi-Compact... same bike, different badging/colors. There might be some changes like Alum. instead of Ti in some places, but they will be basically the same bike, coming off the same assembly line.

Just speculating...

* OCLV Semi-Compact will be released as an early 04'... spring-boarding off of Lance's Tour results??

* Lance will ride the Semi-Compact in mountain stages only... traditional geo. for other stages??

* LeMond Semi-Compacts will not be promoted much until after the Tour??

* Lance/USPS will also be showcases new/prototype products with these new bikes... maybe from HED??
Lets hope they have enough sizes, and lengthen the head tube...Spunout
Apr 11, 2003 7:26 AM
a bit. It would be a travesty if they went to a four size system, in Lemond too! Due to the long TT lengths, the head tube should be a bit taller. Then Lance (that Fred!) wouldn't have to use the spacer stack he does.

Or else, it is Italian or custom for my next bike.