Tarmac or Amira?
I’m ordering a 2011 Specialized from Nicollete South Bike Shop and I am having trouble deciding between the Tarmac Comp or the Amira Comp. I have come up with a list of pros and cons of each bike, and I would like some input.
Availability: Specialized makes a limited number of 49cm Tarmac frames, so I wouldn’t get my new bike until April.
Components: The Tarmac comes with Rival, which I like slightly better than 105 because it seems to be narrower and easier to grip with small hands. Unfortunately with the Amira, there is no option for Rival.
Gears: The Tarmac Comp Rival does not come with a compact gear ratio, but if I go with 105 I can get compact. But do I really need to have compact? I’m not a strong climber so I think I should.
Geometry: I have short legs and a long torso. The Amira in a 51 cm has a seat tube length of 450 cm and a top tube length of 518 cm. For a 49 cm Tarmac the seat tube length is 460 cm and the top tube is 518 cm.
Is there anything else that I should be thinking about? Do you all have any advice for me? It’s always so hard to make a decision on a long term commitment.