Well, the time has come. After a lot of years riding my excellent and faithful Trek 2200, it’s time for a bit of a technology leap. I went out looking with only a couple of requirements in mind: I wanted carbon to improve my ride quality/comfort (not just to have carbon), and I wanted Shimano Ultegra. Well, it’s landed, and I ended up with a 2011 Specialized Tarmac Expert X2, in American Flyer Red:
The New Hotness, 2011 Specialized Tarmac Expert
I had expected when I started poking around last year that I would end up in the Trek camp again after I shopped around for a while. The Trek Madone 5.2 was right around the requirements spec, and at the time the 2011 models were being blown out. By the time I got to it, they were sold out everywhere, otherwise I would likely be riding one now. I was offered a blow-out deal on a 2012 , but I didn’t pull the trigger as the two bikes I wanted to sell to help fund this project didn’t sell in the fall. I test rode the 2012 Madone and I liked it, so I sat back to wait until spring. Now, even the regular price on the 5.2 is good (it’s one of the better mid-high-end values out there), but when the blow-out offer was rescinded when I started to look a few weeks ago, I began to explore a bit more. Boy, am I glad I did.
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