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    2018 Tarmac manual

    Hey guys, I just got my new sl6 frame a few days ago and have been looking for a manual just to read through all the included pieces. I will be installing a mechanical groupset on it. A few people I have asked with the new frame all just told me they had their lbs assemble it so haven't had much help yet. I am pretty familiar with the basic assembly of bikes I would just like to know what and where every little bit goes. Coming from a tcr this will be my first specialized frame and I am pretty excited. I found a similar thread but on the sl5 frameset. If anyone has a pdf or a manual for this it would be greatly appreciated. Thanks!

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    When you buy the frame, all the instructions come with it.

    They're in the box.

    When you buy a counterfeit frame, you come here to ask questions.

    We don't allow you to talk about your counterfeit products here. So...
    use a torque wrench

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    Sorry to burst your bubble but my frame is not a counterfeit. Any written paper work found in the box has nothing to do with actual assembly of the frame or saying which cable liner/guide goes where. The owners manual is a manual as if i were to receive the bike as a whole. Here is an image i just took for you with the only paper work that came with the frame.
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    please excuse my giant stem. ill be getting something else after i get fitted.

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    Same issue

    Quote Originally Posted by LehGin View Post
    Sorry to burst your bubble but my frame is not a counterfeit. Any written paper work found in the box has nothing to do with actual assembly of the frame or saying which cable liner/guide goes where. The owners manual is a manual as if i were to receive the bike as a whole. Here is an image i just took for you with the only paper work that came with the frame.

    please excuse my giant stem. ill be getting something else after i get fitted.
    Yes, this is exactly the situation - just picked up new frame last week and it seems that Specialized expects you to be a mind reader and work out exactly what everything is for. Lots of bits and pieces and not a single piece of (relevant) instruction(s) about the frameset and what to do with each inclusion. Pretty poor for a piece of carbon that is so expensive. You would not mind if there were online installation manuals (eg Shimano, SRAM etc) but have not been able to find anything at all.

    My LBS has been great though, so worked most of it out. However, if I had not done one before, would have been struggling to do the build. Not the way you should have to go about it though.

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    I ended up just following a link I found in an old thread. Had I not found it I would not have known to do the California Cross.

    2016 Tarmac Build Procedure/Cable Routing

    Here are a few shots after it was finished. My brother got excited and took a nice picture before I could decide on a stem length and stack height. Too scared commit to cut the steerer more. Have to save more pennies for di2 next year.

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    Quote Originally Posted by LehGin View Post
    I ended up just following a link I found in an old thread. Had I not found it I would not have known to do the California Cross.

    2016 Tarmac Build Procedure/Cable Routing

    Here are a few shots after it was finished. My brother got excited and took a nice picture before I could decide on a stem length and stack height. Too scared commit to cut the steerer more. Have to save more pennies for di2 next year.

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    Love the build and the colorway - looks great. Well done. No issues with leaving the steerer like that for a bit - ride it for a while and when you are totally comfortable, get out the hacksaw.

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    Quote Originally Posted by MMsRepBike View Post
    When you buy the frame, all the instructions come with it.

    They're in the box.

    When you buy a counterfeit frame, you come here to ask questions.

    We don't allow you to talk about your counterfeit products here. So...
    Wow,nice attitude there.
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    Build complete!

    Quote Originally Posted by Jester45 View Post
    Yes, this is exactly the situation - just picked up new frame last week and it seems that Specialized expects you to be a mind reader and work out exactly what everything is for. Lots of bits and pieces and not a single piece of (relevant) instruction(s) about the frameset and what to do with each inclusion. Pretty poor for a piece of carbon that is so expensive. You would not mind if there were online installation manuals (eg Shimano, SRAM etc) but have not been able to find anything at all.

    My LBS has been great though, so worked most of it out. However, if I had not done one before, would have been struggling to do the build. Not the way you should have to go about it though.
    Instructions or not , finally build done and really happy with it. Even better to ride than I had expected - really significant improvement over my SL4 Tarmac which I have been riding. Still to sort out stem height but loving it out the road. SRAM eTap very impressive. All in all, worth the wait
    2018 Tarmac manual-img_4826.jpg2018 Tarmac manual-img_4824.jpg

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    Looks great. I was thinking of getting one but decided to wait to see what they do with the venge next year first. If what they do with the venge doesn't check the necessary boxes (the vias didn't) the SL6 will very likely be my next frame. I miss the aero of my first gen venge and like the ride of my current SL5 and the SL6 seems like the best of both worlds.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Devastazione View Post
    Wow,nice attitude there. Prick.
    The bike magically changed colors. Wow.
    use a torque wrench

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jester45 View Post
    Instructions or not , finally build done and really happy with it. Even better to ride than I had expected - really significant improvement over my SL4 Tarmac which I have been riding. Still to sort out stem height but loving it out the road. SRAM eTap very impressive. All in all, worth the wait
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    That looks great! My team shop was pretty limited on colors/sizes available. They told me if I wanted the ultralight I would have to wait till the end of January. I actually asked for 303s like yours but they gave me an extra discount on a set of 404s that were sitting on the shelf. Kinda regretting the aerofly handlebars at the moment though. They aren't very comfortable.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jester45 View Post
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    Love that color scheme - and eTap. Great looking ride. I am jealous.

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    Quote Originally Posted by MMsRepBike View Post
    The bike magically changed colors. Wow.
    What bikes changed colors? There are two posters each with their own build, OP with his non counterfeit frame being one of them.

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    Quote Originally Posted by MMsRepBike View Post
    The bike magically changed colors. Wow.
    Yes, it camouflages itself when you say something dumb. That way it is not seen with you.

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    Anyone experiencing seat post slippage? if so please provide remedies...

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    I would imagine same thing you use for most seat post slippage issues, apply something like?:

    https://www.parktool.com/product/sup...compound-sac-2

    I don't have the new tarmac but with my gen 1 venge that had this issue they used something like this I assume.

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    Cable guide for the BB area

    Did your bike come with a cable guide for the BB area? I cannot find such in all the bags with accessories. Could you take a picture of it please? The 2016 manual looks like a different design and the guide is built in the BB.
    Thanks!

    Quote Originally Posted by LehGin View Post
    I ended up just following a link I found in an old thread. Had I not found it I would not have known to do the California Cross.

    2016 Tarmac Build Procedure/Cable Routing

    Here are a few shots after it was finished. My brother got excited and took a nice picture before I could decide on a stem length and stack height. Too scared commit to cut the steerer more. Have to save more pennies for di2 next year.

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    Croatia trip :)

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    my mistake ... uff ... photo for pic thread
    Last edited by Jerry Zawadovski; 04-08-2018 at 08:47 PM. Reason: uff ... photo for pic thread :)

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    Quote Originally Posted by g-Bike View Post
    Anyone experiencing seat post slippage? if so please provide remedies...
    I have the SL6 expert model black/acid mint and have been having problems with seat post slippage. I had my bike at the LBS this past thursday and the shop owner called his tech at Specialized. They told him that the seat post clamp should be torqued at 8 nm. I believe the previous standard for that bike was 6.2 nm. So he torqued mine at 8 nm after applying carbon paste to the seat post.

    I haven't had it out to ride since he torqued it as we just got 13 inches of snow

    Hope that helps.

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    Had no more slippage issues after torqued to 6.2nm with carbon paste.

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    Any chance of some pictures of your bike as Iím debating to order this frame set of wait for slightly lesser models to be released.

    Thank you.


    Quote Originally Posted by mlepich View Post
    I have the SL6 expert model black/acid mint and have been having problems with seat post slippage. I had my bike at the LBS this past thursday and the shop owner called his tech at Specialized. They told him that the seat post clamp should be torqued at 8 nm. I believe the previous standard for that bike was 6.2 nm. So he torqued mine at 8 nm after applying carbon paste to the seat post.

    I haven't had it out to ride since he torqued it as we just got 13 inches of snow

    Hope that helps.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ritchief View Post
    Any chance of some pictures of your bike as Iím debating to order this frame set of wait for slightly lesser models to be released.

    Thank you.
    Here are a couple.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Jester45 View Post
    Instructions or not , finally build done and really happy with it. Even better to ride than I had expected - really significant improvement over my SL4 Tarmac which I have been riding. Still to sort out stem height but loving it out the road. SRAM eTap very impressive. All in all, worth the wait
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    Very nice! I'm about to order the frame, but cannot decide on the color ;-). Also, it seems I'm between sizes. Which size is that?

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    Hi all,

    I am after some advise.

    I currently ride a 2015 Giant Defy Adanvced Pro 1 but looking to upgrade it to the new Tarmac disc. I am trying to book a test ride but given that this bike has only just been released my LBS are yet to receive any demo bikes.

    Do you think there will be a considerable betterment in riding quality, more fun, possibly quicker etc that justifies this expenditure?

    Thank you in advance.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ritchief View Post
    Hi all,

    I am after some advise.

    I currently ride a 2015 Giant Defy Adanvced Pro 1 but looking to upgrade it to the new Tarmac disc. I am trying to book a test ride but given that this bike has only just been released my LBS are yet to receive any demo bikes.

    Do you think there will be a considerable betterment in riding quality, more fun, possibly quicker etc that justifies this expenditure?

    Thank you in advance.
    My best mate have that same bike and I'm on the S-works tarmac sl6. Have ridden his bike a few times.. So I have some experience in both.

    They are very different bikes... Tarmac is much more aggressive positioned /lighter /stiffer/faster and I wouldn't want to ride the defy for too long as for me the front end is too high though it was a very comfortable/forgiving ride. This is due to my body proportions rather than how pro I am(short legs) .

    My mate couldn't ride the tarmac for extended periods either as its too low/hard for him. If he was going to get an Specialized he would go for a roubaix.

    Kind of depends what you are looking for and what fits you best. For me tarmac is a no brainier if you can get one as it's just a phenomenonal bicycle in every way.

    As reference.. I'm 170cm tall with 680mm seat to bb.
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