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    Specialized Tarmac Pro Compact or Specialized Tarmac Expert Compact

    I'm looking into purchasing a new road bike and basically looking into buying a Specialized. Is it worth the extra money to buy the Specialized Tarmac Pro Compact vs Specialized Tarmac Expert Compact?

    Specialized Tarmac Pro Compact
    # Specialized FACT 8r carbon frame, Az1 construction, compact race design
    # Specialized FACT monocoque carbon fork; full carbon legs, crown and steerer
    # S-Works FACT carbon stem and S-Works SL FACT carbon aero handlebar, short-reach drop, 31.8mm clamp
    # Shimano Dura-Ace rear derailleur and shifter levers
    # FSA K-Force MegaExo, 2-piece carbon crankset with 50x34T compact chainrings
    # Mavic Kysrium Elite wheelset
    # Body Geometry Toupé Team saddle

    Specialized Tarmac Expert Compact
    # Specialized FACT monocoque carbon fork; full carbon legs, crown and steerer w/ Speed Zertz
    # Specialized Pro-Set lightweight stem and Specialized Pro, 7050 alloy bars, short-reach drop, ergonomic top shaping, 31.88mm
    # Shimano Dura-Ace, short cage rear derailleur
    # FSA SL-K MegaExo, 2-piece carbon crankset with compact 50x34T chainrings
    # Mavic Kysrium Equipe wheelset
    # Body Geometry Toupé Team saddle

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    Yes go for the Pro.
    07 Roubaix Pro, Dura-Ace pedals, Garmin 305, S-Works shoes.

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    Go for the Pro if you have the cash.

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    I'm building my Pro tonight, Bettini WC colors, you can't beat it if you can get an '07 on closeout . see my thread my new Tarmac Pro
    -Wes

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    pro, best bang for buck.if you dont mind the crank and roval wheels, it has the best value for the $$$. Personally, id throw on a durace carbon crank and call it a day!

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    Hard to give a solid answer without knowing your actual cost difference and your riding profile. Are you a racer concerned with each gram and willing to pay for small gains in frame stiffness, or a recreational rider who enjoys a good weekend hammerfest?
    Are both bikes 07's? Seems like it from the wheelsets listed. For 08 the Pro has Rovals and the Expert gets Fulcrum 5's.

    As a "spirited" recreational rider (4k mi/yr) I would have a tough time justifying the $1000+ cost differential (est from Specialized website) for essentially DA levers (vs Ultegra) and K-force (vs SLK) cranks. Sure DA levers are nice, but the upgrade over Ultegra is small (except for the bling factor). The Elite vs Equipe wheels is a relatively minor upgrade (same hubs, different rims, a bit lighter), and I would be looking to upgrade either one anyway. The Pro is supposed to be a slightly lighter (150g?), "better" frame, but from Specialized's own tests the 07 Expert (which was the top-line Sworks in 05 if I recall) is still a superb frame by any objective standard. Perhaps Boonen can tell a difference with the newer Pro frame, but I sure can't. For my $$, I would buy the Expert and put the savings into some nicer handbuilt wheels.

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