Tag Archives: Specialized Tarmac

Focus Izalco Max, Part II

Focus Izalco Max, Part II

Hangin’ around Focus offers the Izalco Max in several spec levels. At the top end there is the Izalco Max Team, which the AG2R team rides, a bike equipped with Campy Super Record and carbon ...

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Specialized Tarmac SL3, Part I

First, a brief note on why this review is hitting as the new Tarmac SL4 is being released. I began riding this bike in July for a review that ran on Map My Ride’s site. The reviews I penned ...

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Just What Is Road Feel?

The Felt F1 When I review a bike, I tend to hit the “road feel” aspect of a bike’s ride pretty hard. I’ve done it enough and gotten enough subsequent questions about just what I mean and what I ...

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The Moots Vamoots, Part II

The harmony afforded by a matching stem and seatpost should never be underestimated. When we left off yesterday, our hero was waxing less than poetic about the Vamoots handling. If you’d ...

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The Crucible: Tarmac vs. Roubaix

The final switchbacks of Malibu’s Decker Canyon Road After months of riding on both the Roubaix and the Tarmac SL I was dismayed. I had yet to determine a preference relative to my own ...

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The Specialized Tarmac, Part II

The Tarmac’s massive tapered fork steerer requires a 1.5-inch lower bearing. After doing some group rides in which I knew the roads well, I ventured out to do some of the longer rides that ...

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The Specialized Roubaix, Part II

The flowing lines of the Specialized Roubaix are accentuated by striking graphics. It’s only natural that a bike meant for longer days would be designed to eat vibration the way a whale sucks ...

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The Specialized Roubaix

When Specialized introduced the Roubaix in 2004, it was the first bike on the market to combine top-of-the-line carbon fiber construction with a more relaxed geometry aimed at riders doing ...

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