Hi there I'm new to road cycling, but I've been racing XC MTB on and off for years. I've been looking for a first road bike that I can use for longer training rides, group rides, and to race some local criteriums.
So I've narrowed my choices down to the Pinarello FP3 w/Ultegra or the Specialized Tarmac SL3 Expert w/Ultegra.
I can get the FP3 for about $500 less than the Specialized, and I like the esthetics more on the FP3. Its difficult to determine which bike is 'better' overall, especially in regards to the frame's overall ride/performance (ie. stiffness, responsiveness, power transfer). I am unable to test ride them both for comparison since the local shops do not carry Pinarello, and the Tarmac is special order only with nothing in my size in stock. Any experiences/suggestions bewtween the two?
Also, from the research I've done here it seems Pinarello frames run a bit bigger and most guys at 5'10" with approx. 33" inseams are fitted well onto 54cm frames. I'm 5'9" with a 32" inseam. So can I assume a 53cm frame would fit me well?
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