|Super Deal On Specialized Road Frame To Hard To Pass Up ?||LeadvilleBlues|
Nov 30, 2003 4:03 PM
|I work at a LBS that handles Specialized as their only brand of bikes. A SUPER good deal if I want to purchase a new "S"works or the new carbon Roubaix. I mean, real good here folks ! I need a new road bike, but I'm having a hard time excepting the "S" word as my new road frame, as silly as this sounds. My old Serotta is on it's last legs, I need a new bike ! New Dura Ace 10 speed comes with the package. I haven't race in 12 years, but still can hang with the pack, so do I really need to go with what all the big dogs are riding ? What's the take on "S" bikes amoung those who are still active in the racing scene|
|re: Super Deal On Specialized Road Frame To Hard To Pass Up ?||Boise100|
Nov 30, 2003 5:02 PM
|If the frame is good enough to be the center piece of a bike costing ~$5,000 retail, then I think it would be just fine to keep with the "big dogs".
I was told from my LBS that the Roubaix is comming in slightly heavier than what they are telling people. For pure racing and climbing, nothing beats a super stiff AL frame. I think that the 56cm s-works is right around a kilo, light by most standards.
If you do have any reservations about the frame your could always (gasp) take one out for a demo!
|re: Super Deal On Specialized Road Frame To Hard To Pass Up ?||MShaw|
Nov 30, 2003 11:00 PM
|I really like my '02 S-Works frame/fork. In fact, I've had 3 over the years so I'm a little biased.
The "Big S" isn't as gucci as some of the other brands out there. The thing you have to remember is that bikes don't win races, racers win races. Built up with some heavy-ish wheels, its still lighter than my Bontrager. I can keep up with about anyone on either bike as long as the road don't tilt up. I have a severe allergy to uphills, so...
If you're looking for a status symbol, go somewhere else. If you're looking for a nice riding bike, go with the good deal.
Point #2. Don't race it if you can't afford to replace it. To put it in your position, don't ride it on group rides if you can't afford to replace it. Crashes happen!