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New Specialized Tarmac Comp SL2

I got my new Tarmac Comp SL2 a few weeks ago, thanks to Nicollete South Bike Shop in Nicollet, MN. I LOVE IT! It rides so smooth. After going from an aluminum framed bike to a Trek Madone 4.7, I thought things couldn’t get much smoother, but I was wrong. I hardly notice the horribly rough Tucson roads with my new Specialized. It’s black and red matte finish look great and the geometry fits me perfectly.

Thanks again Nicollet Bike Shop and Specialized Bikes.

April 4, 2011   2 Comments

Just bought a new Specialized

I finally chose which bike I’m going to ride this year.  I ordered the Specialized Tarmac Comp Compact 105 from Nicollet South Bike Shop thanks to Jenna and her husband.  Can’t wait to get it next week.

February 25, 2011   No Comments

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.

February 12, 2011   2 Comments