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    2011 Ridley Orion versus 2008 Specialized Tarmac

    Found a nice deal locally on a nos 2008 Specialized Tarmac with Ultegra/Dura Ace, that I was able to test ride. Liked the ride, but not super pleased with the gold graphics, and slightly old school exposed shifter cables.

    Also came across a nice deal on a 2011 full Ultegra Ridley Orion, for about $200 less than the Specialized. Not sure about the Fulcrum 7 wheelset, but everything else looks good. I've read it's a solid all-arounder.

    How do these frames compare? Remember the Specialized is the 2008 8r SL frame.

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    I was hoping you would get an answer. I'm also interested.

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    I have owned both the Ridley Orion and the Tarmac, though it was an S_Works, and would state for the money the Orion is a great bike. The Tarmac you speak of is not the S-Works I assume, and if thats the case is nothing special. Look at the size and shape of the chainstays and the downtube on the Ridley compared to the Tarmac. The Tarmac looks whimpy by todays standards and lacks the more modern tube shapes. The Ultegra I would assume is 6700 which works excellent and has a much better/comfortable lever design. Go with the Ridley.

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    i had a 2008 tarmac pro frame and built it with sram red. i thought it was a pretty flexy bike....the f. der would make all kind of noise when i stand and hammered climbs.

    sold the frame and i bought a 2007 canyon f10....i am much happier now. i love the canyon!

    no experience with the ridley, but as Falmasi said, my spec. tarmac pro was nothing special.

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