Help me make up mind please!

by Super Domestique   April 23, 2012  

Further to my comments on various threads I am down to just 2 contenders. Both ultegra equipped.

Specialized Tarmac Expert (sl3)

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Pinarello FP Quattro

I can get a better deal so far on the Spesh plus it has lifetime warranty.

Pinarello has that bit more of ring to it of course but only 3 yr warranty.

I am really torn and I am impressed with both. Any feedback welcome. (but don't bother telling me everyone has a Spesh as I know that already lol)

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OOooo 'everyone has a Specialized',,,, Ooooo 'is that a Chinarelo', just statements and questions ;o)

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Can't really speak for the Pino (personally) but always had good service and back-up from Specialized and you are talking about a good one with good kit. It's the bike you are buying though and not the name, go for the one that suits you the best, one you are happy with and forget 'what others may think' it's your cash old chap.

Two buddies of mine have beautiful Pino's but I have to say it's now a standing joke 'question' whenever they turn up for a ride - 'is that a real one?' we all wail, totally in fun though.
Now just like owning a top of the range Rolex watch, everyone asks, 'is it a real one?'.

Both good bikes mate.

Trikeman. Wink

Grunt, puff, pant and groan goes the old man - but he gets there in the end. ;o)

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posted by trikeman [348 posts]
23rd April 2012 - 13:31

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I'd buy the prettier one and ignore the warranty issue, three years is enough for any major frame issue to surface and you'll have worn out the rest of it by then.
- looks to see which looks prettier to me
I'd go for the pinarello if its the matt black one I can see on wiggle.

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posted by zzgavin [205 posts]
23rd April 2012 - 13:34

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1. Given that you already own a spesh, will you subsequently regret not using your nice little carte blanche blessing from your missus to buy something more exotic?

2. Do the odd-looking forks/stays on the Pino do your head in, or do you like them?

Spesh in carbon black/red looks nice.

Let's face it, neither of them is going to be a lemon!

Are you going to post something telling us mere mortals about the road cycling show then?! Big Grin

Last night I would have considered trading a very loud baby for a really nice bike.

posted by notfastenough [2965 posts]
23rd April 2012 - 14:01

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You'd get a lot more for your money at Canyon!

For that money, full Dura Ace/Sram Red or Campag Record and better wheels ...and 1kg lighter!

posted by Bobbys boys [81 posts]
23rd April 2012 - 14:03

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He would, but what if he didn't like the ride?

Last night I would have considered trading a very loud baby for a really nice bike.

posted by notfastenough [2965 posts]
23rd April 2012 - 14:05

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What's not to like? They are a superb ride and proper race machine ... same as Rodriguez won on this year and Greipel last. Not replicas like you get from Pina and Spesh.

posted by Bobbys boys [81 posts]
23rd April 2012 - 14:30

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Great feedback guys - keep it coming.

Hadn't figured on negative badge comments on the Pinarello so that was an eye opener tbh!

It really is between the Spesh and Quattro though. Weighed up loads of other bikes and nearly wandered in mind a couple of times but after reading, looking at and talking with others it is down to these two.

Without trying to muddy the waters on price comparisons, etc there is a big saving if I go for the Spesh. However coming in under budget is the only reason to buy a bike imho.

Both are black by the way.

Now I am off to updat emy thread about the Road Show!

posted by Super Domestique [1592 posts]
23rd April 2012 - 14:35

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I'm not debating the quality or anything, merely that I wouldn't blame him for being a bit wary of spending circa £3k on something he's not seen! Liking/loving it is subjective.

If he could check one out beforehand, I agree that he could be onto a winner.

Last night I would have considered trading a very loud baby for a really nice bike.

posted by notfastenough [2965 posts]
23rd April 2012 - 14:40

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Canyon Ultimate CF SLX was our bike of the year last year

http://road.cc/content/review/36714-canyon-ultimate-cf-slx-80

Currently less than £2,500 for a Dura Ace spec with Ksyrium Elite wheels. It's not just great value, it's a brilliant bike too.

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posted by Dave Atkinson [7261 posts]
23rd April 2012 - 14:43

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I drooled over that review as much as the next guy Dave, believe me! I'm merely saying that not everyone will be comfortable with parting with that much cash for something that, in the end, just might not suit him.

Maybe by the time I'm looking for my next bike there will be a test ride facility.

Last night I would have considered trading a very loud baby for a really nice bike.

posted by notfastenough [2965 posts]
23rd April 2012 - 15:05

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Come and ride my Dad's! He won't mind!!

62cm frame

posted by Bobbys boys [81 posts]
23rd April 2012 - 15:29

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See just when my mind was good and proper made up between 2 bikes I now spend the past 20 mins looking at Canyon's website again!

Don't know whether to laugh or cry!

posted by Super Domestique [1592 posts]
23rd April 2012 - 15:58

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What about the aeroad cf 8.0 Di2 then?

posted by Super Domestique [1592 posts]
23rd April 2012 - 16:05

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oh FFS now I'm back to drooling as well! Big Grin

Last night I would have considered trading a very loud baby for a really nice bike.

posted by notfastenough [2965 posts]
23rd April 2012 - 16:56

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maybe we should change the name of the topic. we're not really helping at all Big Grin

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posted by Dave Atkinson [7261 posts]
23rd April 2012 - 17:02

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Lol. True enough.

The canyon bikes are stunning but truth be told it really is between the spesh and pina for me.

posted by Super Domestique [1592 posts]
23rd April 2012 - 17:03

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Ok, still struggling here.

If I opened it up by saying there is approx.£800 difference in purchase price taking a discount plus the price of accessories being offered.

How would that influence you?

posted by Super Domestique [1592 posts]
24th April 2012 - 13:25

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buy the spesh and spend the rest on a training camp =)

Cannondale CAAD10, Condor Terra-X and an orange Brompton.
Ride for East London Velo

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posted by zzgavin [205 posts]
24th April 2012 - 13:42

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Hmm. Not sure how much of that is cash, but it could easily be a good set of wheels or something, or as Gav says, a nice little two-wheeled escape to the sun (missus permitting).

Heck, you could even buy a cheap mountain bike to hit the trails occasionally.

Buy the spesh.

Last night I would have considered trading a very loud baby for a really nice bike.

posted by notfastenough [2965 posts]
24th April 2012 - 14:05

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notfastenough wrote:
Hmm. Not sure how much of that is cash, but it could easily be a good set of wheels or something, or as Gav says, a nice little two-wheeled escape to the sun (missus permitting).

Heck, you could even buy a cheap mountain bike to hit the trails occasionally.

Buy the spesh.

Cash terms I guess about £600 difference.

I don't need an mtb though. I have a modern Kona steel HT and a retro Fisher converted to ss.

posted by Super Domestique [1592 posts]
24th April 2012 - 14:21

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Guys and Gals - I think it's going to be the Spesh.

Just contacted the shop and all being well job done!

I will keep you posted.

posted by Super Domestique [1592 posts]
24th April 2012 - 16:48

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Applause At Wits End Applause
Yay,,,,,,, I was going to suggest a decision ball from Argos (the shop - not the bike brand and model). Laughing
SD, please, for my sanity, keep us involved......
Regards

Trikeman. Wink

Grunt, puff, pant and groan goes the old man - but he gets there in the end. ;o)

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posted by trikeman [348 posts]
24th April 2012 - 17:01

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All sorted Tarmac Expert SL3 it is.

Should have it next week.

posted by Super Domestique [1592 posts]
25th April 2012 - 12:49

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But what about.... no, I'm not going there!

Last night I would have considered trading a very loud baby for a really nice bike.

posted by notfastenough [2965 posts]
25th April 2012 - 13:00

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notfastenough wrote:
But what about.... no, I'm not going there!

Behave! Wink

Seriously, I am really pleased. It ticked all the boxes and then some.

posted by Super Domestique [1592 posts]
25th April 2012 - 13:03

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Seriously its going to be a great bike. I have the sworks sl3 from a couple of years ago and it is quite simply fantastic. I test rode a trek 6 series, and a top notch Merida The Spesh for me was much much more fun when you gave it some grunt. More recently I test rode the top of the line Felt which in honestly was just as good as the Specialized, but it was a lot more money too!

posted by ilovemytinbred [164 posts]
25th April 2012 - 16:49

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make sure you put your name on it to save any confusion at the cafe stop Smile sorry, cheap shot. good choice to be honest wouldnt buy one myself but that might be a case of cutting off my nose etc. enjoy the new toy

posted by russyparkin [579 posts]
28th April 2012 - 15:45

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Smile actually that made me lol.

It will have my name on it, my username to be precise. Along with road.cc 'r' just like my allez has.

Job done.

posted by Super Domestique [1592 posts]
28th April 2012 - 15:56

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