OPQS S-Works Tarmac SL4

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OPQS S-Works Tarmac SL4

Postby FoldingJoe » Thu Nov 08, 2012 17:14 pm

Picked up the bike today.

Quick picture but will post up some more soon.

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Re: OPQS S-Works Tarmac SL4

Postby The Fuggler » Thu Nov 08, 2012 19:21 pm

Very nice - love the shape of those frames.
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Re: OPQS S-Works Tarmac SL4

Postby Fevmeister » Thu Nov 08, 2012 19:29 pm

Cool bike! How much did that set you back

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Re: OPQS S-Works Tarmac SL4

Postby NapoleonD » Thu Nov 08, 2012 19:35 pm

Nice. Thing is, as you go above a 54 the frame shape looks awful, whereas on a 54 they look great!
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Re: OPQS S-Works Tarmac SL4

Postby FoldingJoe » Thu Nov 08, 2012 20:21 pm

Yep, it's a 54. Not sure on the stem length though. Seems extremely long considering the bike belonged to Matteo Trentin, and and apparently he's my height.
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Re: OPQS S-Works Tarmac SL4

Postby FoldingJoe » Fri Nov 09, 2012 10:52 am

Nice touch - just noticed the SRAM Red is the 2013 version.
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Re: OPQS S-Works Tarmac SL4

Postby The Fuggler » Fri Nov 09, 2012 11:14 am

Have you worked out how to get it home yet?!

Remind me to avoid riding in North Cornwall next time I'm down - looks rapid!
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Re: OPQS S-Works Tarmac SL4

Postby FoldingJoe » Fri Nov 09, 2012 11:17 am

It's home!! :D

Brought it back on the train last night in a bike bag, and stood with it all the way from Paddington to Exeter in the buffet car!! :)

The bike might be rapid - but I'm not!! ;)
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Re: OPQS S-Works Tarmac SL4

Postby The Fuggler » Fri Nov 09, 2012 11:30 am

FoldingJoe wrote:It's home!! :D

Brought it back on the train last night in a bike bag, and stood with it all the way from Paddington to Exeter in the buffet car!! :)

The bike might be rapid - but I'm not!! ;)


Good man - I have an image of the two of you leaning against the bar, each with a McEwans in hand, dreaming of cols to be conquered (well, the hill out of Coverack at least).

The bag did the job then? I could do with something similar to cart mine down to Cornwall in.

Lovely bike btw...did I mention that already?!
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Re: OPQS S-Works Tarmac SL4

Postby kev77 » Fri Nov 09, 2012 12:42 pm

That is a thumbs up from me!

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Re: OPQS S-Works Tarmac SL4

Postby FoldingJoe » Fri Nov 09, 2012 13:31 pm

The Fuggler wrote:
FoldingJoe wrote:It's home!! :D

Brought it back on the train last night in a bike bag, and stood with it all the way from Paddington to Exeter in the buffet car!! :)

The bike might be rapid - but I'm not!! ;)


Good man - I have an image of the two of you leaning against the bar, each with a McEwans in hand, dreaming of cols to be conquered (well, the hill out of Coverack at least).

The bag did the job then? I could do with something similar to cart mine down to Cornwall in.

Lovely bike btw...did I mention that already?!


Ha ha - Tribute and a copy of Pro Cycling.

The bag was OK. The image on the Chain Reaction website shows a bike in there with the rear wheel still on. Mine is a 54 frame, so not big by any means, and I couldn't get mine in with the wheel on, so it was a bit of a pain having to cart the two wheels around separately, but at least it comes with wheel bags, so it wasn't too bad.

Maybe with a little more fettling I could have squeezed it in, but I don't think anything with a longer headtube would fit that way.

Just took it out for a quick spin around the block. Seat height has come down by about 2" as I have short legs, and the stem is probably about 20mm too long, so will have to find a shorter stem.

Got a small climb out of our town that I can manage no problem on my Ribble with a compact, but with standard double on you can certainly feel the difference in the legs.

As they say "it doesn't get easier, you only get quicker!!" :D
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Re: OPQS S-Works Tarmac SL4

Postby The Fuggler » Fri Nov 09, 2012 16:44 pm

Has to be draught Tribute though. Just not as good in bottles.

Must admit that I felt the difference when testing a double on a TCR Advanced against the compact on a Defy. I'm definitely all about comfort over speed...
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Re: OPQS S-Works Tarmac SL4

Postby Cornish-J » Sun Nov 11, 2012 15:24 pm

awesome looking bike, hope to see it around!

is it me being stupid or have you got two of them?!

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Re: OPQS S-Works Tarmac SL4

Postby FoldingJoe » Sun Nov 11, 2012 17:08 pm

Where are you Cornish-J?

No, I got one and some other guy got one. Would love to have a spare though! ;-)
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Re: OPQS S-Works Tarmac SL4

Postby Cornish-J » Sun Nov 11, 2012 17:22 pm

bit futher south, near bodmin way.

were they team bikes or something??

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Re: OPQS S-Works Tarmac SL4

Postby FoldingJoe » Sun Nov 11, 2012 17:45 pm

Yeah, ex team bikes.

Guy I know has contacts a Quickstep, so can get his hands on a couple each year.

Bit of a lottery as you just say you want one earlier in the year, give them your measurements, and you take what hey bring.

Thought I was getting a Roubaix, but ended up with a Tarmac.

Their normal Zipps have been replaced with brand new FFWD's which are quie weighty but quite tough.

Only other real compromise is that the cassette has been changed and it's a Force/Rival cassette (1070) and not a Red one. Other than that it's basically the team bike.
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Re: OPQS S-Works Tarmac SL4

Postby Cornish-J » Sun Nov 11, 2012 17:47 pm

wow very kool... jealous! :(

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Re: OPQS S-Works Tarmac SL4

Postby mallorcajeff » Sun Nov 11, 2012 18:16 pm

nice that, the orginal saddle to bar drop is pretty impressive. Nice looking bike bet it goes well. enjoy

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Re: OPQS S-Works Tarmac SL4

Postby Paul 8v » Sun Nov 11, 2012 18:20 pm

Nice!

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Re: OPQS S-Works Tarmac SL4

Postby FoldingJoe » Sun Nov 11, 2012 19:53 pm

mallorcajeff wrote:nice that, the orginal saddle to bar drop is pretty impressive. Nice looking bike bet it goes well. enjoy


It was wasn't it. Supposedly Matteo Trentin is the same height as me but no way could I use that setup.

Saddle has come down by at least 4cm and 110mm stem ordered.
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