Specialized - S-Work Tarmac vs. Tarmac Pro (both SL4 and 2014)
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    Specialized - S-Work Tarmac vs. Tarmac Pro (both SL4 and 2014)

    What is the primary difference in the top of the line Specialized Pro vs. S-Works. I've narrowed the bike down to the 2 of these. What do you think?

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    The S-Works frame is about 75-100g lighter. Other than that, and the bling-factor of S-Works, probably no perceptible difference in the way they ride. If you're buying just the frame the S-Works is only $550 more which is not that much when you're spending $5k+ on a complete bike.

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    I have heard some say the S-Works is just a touch livelier due to the slight bit more resin squeezed out during the carbon prep of Fact 11R. But this is hard to quantify. I believe the 11R frame (S-Works) measured a little stiffer in some areas during testing. This data used to be on the Specialized website but I have not looked recently. In any event, the two frames are very close and I seriously doubt you or I would ever be able to tell the difference blindfolded. So the S-Works is lighter and stiffer but, the law of demising returns is probably at hand.

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    I heard that the S-Works is lighter. Certainly no perceptible difference in the way they ride. BTW, the frame(11R S-Works) is so good.

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    I picked up an Sworks frame/fork last year and built it up. Friend has the same size/year/model non-Sworks (pro?). We have relatively similar wheels Fulcrum Racing 1's vs Campy Eurus.

    We've traded off bikes on a few rides. Neither of can tell any difference.

    IMHO - unless you're getting a screaming deal on the Sworks, save your money.
    AKA - Go Dot

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