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Specialized Tarmac SL4 / 2012– a hunger to fly!

This is my bike. Its a Specialized S-WORKS SL4 tarmac with a SRAM gearset. It has a non-standard compact SRAM ring and cassette – 50/34  28/11 everything else is as spec.

2012 Specialized Tarmac SL4 – a hunger to fly!

From December 1 to January 31 I clocked up about 2000km on my new 2012 Specialized Tamac SL4.

The Tarmac is running a SRAM Red gearset which was radically different to the Ultegra gearset I had on the 2010 Specialised Roubaix Expert.

It took a little while to get used to and then I discovered it needed a bit of work to tune the gear change. Since that’s been done I’ve had no problem with the gear change. Although I’ve had a continual problem with a noise emanating from the crank. A click kind of sound. Its got louder and I’ll have to get the mechanic at TotalRush to have a look at it.

The bike has great speed and its really fantastic when its wound up and flying down the roads I ride. I love its super light weight and hunger too fly!

I’ve got a few big rides coming up and I’ll really see how it goes in those events.

Update on June 7, 2012

I’ve clocked over five and a half thousand Kms on the Tarmac now and I love that bike! I’ve replaced the chain and done a few tyres but its been good. It has taken awhile to get used to the SRAM gearset but I think I’ve mastered it with the help of Paul the senior mechanic at TotalRush.

He suggested replacing the front derailleur clamp. It had a slick carbon model but he and a few others I’d met said get the stiffer steel model. After some kms of getting the right feel I really appreciate the SRAM now. Its faster and more precise than the Shimano Ultegra I have on the Roubaix. I enjoy it now, I just had the persevere a bit and then it came good.

The bike is light and eats corners and speed. Its a treat to ride.

TECHNICAL SPECIFICATIONS

FRAME
S-Works SL4 FACT 11r, FACT IS construction, compact race design, 1-3/8″ lower bearing, carbon OSBB
REAR SHOCK
FORK
S-Works FACT carbon, full monocoque, OS race for 1-3/8″ bearing
HEADSET
1-1/8″ upper and 1-3/8″ lower Cr-Mo cartridge bearings, w/ 8mm carbon cone spacer and 20mm of carbon spacers
STEM
New S-Works ProSet Stem, 7050 3D forged with carbon-clip front cap/cone, 4-degree shim, CNC head bolts
HANDLEBARS
S-Works Tarmac carbon, short drop
TAPE
Specialized S-Works wrap
FRONT BRAKE
SRAM Red
REAR BRAKE
SRAM Red
BRAKE LEVERS
SRAM Red
FRONT DERAILLEUR
SRAM Red
REAR DERAILLEUR
SRAM Red
SHIFT LEVERS
SRAM Red DoubleTap, 10-speed
CASSETTE
SRAM Red, 10-speed, 11-25t
CHAIN
KMC X10 SL nickel plate
CRANKSET
S-Works FACT carbon
CHAINRINGS
53/39
BOTTOM BRACKET
OS integrated, ceramic bearings
PEDALS
Nylon flat test ride, loose ball, w/ reflectors
FRONT WHEEL
Roval Fusee SLX
REAR WHEEL
Roval Fusee SLX
RIMS
FRONT HUB
REAR HUB
SPOKES
FRONT TIRE
S-Works Turbo w/ BlackBelt protection, 220 TPI, aramid bead, 700x23c
REAR TIRE
S-Works Turbo w/ BlackBelt protection, 220 TPI, aramid bead, 700x23c
INNER TUBES
Super Light Turbo, 60mm, presta
SADDLE
Body Geometry Romin Pro, carbon rails
SEATPOST
S-Works FACT carbon, 27.2mm
SEAT BINDER
Forged alloy,Ti bolt and nut, 32.6mm
NOTES
Carbon chainstay protector, derailleur hanger, clear coat, owners manual

 

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