Friday, November 23, 2012

Friday's Fast & Furious Blog Post

We hope you enjoyed your Thanksgiving and are ready to start training hard for next season.  And to help you get motivated we are going to start discussing some of the bikes that we have to offer you here at Tom's Pro Bike.  We will be showcasing road bikes, triathlon/TT bikes, mountain bikes, touring bikes, and commuter/fitness bikes.
There will be a schedule so that each type gets covered weekly, but it may not always be a bike that is highlighted.  We plan on discussing gear, components, and other miscellaneous topics that come up.  Some of the information we will be providing will come right from our manufacturers web site or we will be talking out of specific knowledge if we ride the bike or have other information on the item that is highlighted that day.

Today we are going to start with a road racing bike and that is why the title is Friday's Fast & Furious Blog.  These bikes are meant to go fast and we want to make sure the bike you purchase fits you properly so that you can go as fast as possible.  If you notice on Tom's biography it mentions that he has attended fitting classes such as Dan Empfield's Slowtwitch, the Serotta Elements Program, and the Specialized BG Fit School.

As many of you know, Tom's started stocking Specialized bikes in 2011 and today's highlighted bike is the Specialized Roubaix SL3 Expert:

Some highlights of the Roubaix SL3 Expert are:
  • FACT IS 10r carbon SL3 frame with uniquely shaped, tapered head tube is uber-light with incredible torsional stiffness, and Zertz seatstay inserts for the fastest most compliant endurance bike available
  • Ultralight FACT carbon monocoque fork with vibration-damping Zertz inserts is stiff, responsive, and durable
  • Race-ready DT Axis 3.0 wheels are fast and light but still durable enough for high mileage training
  • Adjustable four-position oversized alloy stem with 31.8mm bar clamp for strength and versatile positioning
  • Specialized Comp shallow drop alloy bar for serious performance and ergonomic position
  • Minimalist, high-performance BG Toupe Plus Comp saddle is ultralight with a flat profile and generous padding for long rides and explosive efforts
  • FACT carbon Comp seatpost helps absorb road vibrations but remains stiff and efficient

You might be asking what is FACT Carbon? FACT is an acronym that stands for Functional Advanced Composite Technology, but more importantly, it represents our holistic approach to working with composites. Like any project at Specialized, FACT starts with the needs of the rider, then we apply four critical disciplines to achieve the design targets that will best serve those rider needs: design & engineering, material selection, fabrication process, and testing. What’s the result of the FACT process? Bikes and equipment that promise real-world performance benefits for the target rider.

Boonen winning Paris-Roubaix

Factory Technical Specifications
FRAME: Specialized FACT 10r carbon, FACT IS construction, uniquely shaped tapered 1-1/8" to 1-3/8" head tube, compact race design w/ Zertz inserts, internal cable routing, threaded BB
FORK: Specialized FACT carbon, full monocoque, Zertz inserts
HEADSET: 1-1/8" upper and 1-3/8" lower Cr-Mo cartridge bearings, w/ 20mm carbon cone spacer and 20mm of carbon spacers
STEM: New CompSet 6061 alloy, cone head bolt, 12-degree, 4-degree shim 31.8mm
HANDLEBARS: Specialized Comp, alloy, shallow bend
TAPE: Specialized Roubaix Gel wrap w/ neoprene pads
FRONT BRAKE: Shimano Ultegra
REAR BRAKE: Shimano Ultegra
REAR DERAILLEUR: Shimano Ultegra
SHIFT LEVERS: Shimano Ultegra STI, flight deck compatible, 10-speed
CASSETTE: Shimano Ultegra, 10-speed, 11-28t
CHAIN: Shimano 105
CRANKSET: Shimano Ultegra compact
FRONT TIRE: Specialized Roubaix Pro w/ BlackBelt protection, 120 TPI, aramid bead, 700x25c
REAR TIRE: Specialized Roubaix Pro w/ BlackBelt protection, 120 TPI, aramid bead, 700x25c
INNER TUBES: Lightweight, presta
SADDLE: Body Geometry Toupé Plus Comp, hollow Cr-Mo rails
SEATPOST: Specialized Comp carbon, 27.2mm
SEAT BINDER: Forged alloy, 32.6mm
NOTES: Carbon chainstay protector, derailleur hanger, clear coat, owners manual
Manufacturers List Price: $3900
Tom's Pro Bike Price: $3500
Tom's Bike of the Week Discount: $3325 this week only and you must mention the blog!

If you have any questions or would like to come in and try this Specialized Roubaix SL3 Expert or any other bike please contact us:

Tom's Pro Bike Service
3687 Walden Avenue
Lancaster, New York 14086

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