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Boonen's ?500,000 Bike

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 Tom Boonen will start the Tour of Belgium today with a new bike, labelled "Tom 01". American bicycle manufacturer, Specialized, has come good on its promise to build a special, one off, Tarmac mould for the 2005 World Champion, who began suffering from back pain when his Quick-Step team switched bikes this year. The custom made bike is 13mm longer in the top tube than their standard model, especially to fit Boonen.

The mould for the custom tarmac frame is rumoured to have cost around ?500,000. "It is the idea that I will get five or six of these things," explained Boonen, who is happy with his new toy.

Boonen has been riding a custom built Aluminium steed since the Dwars door Vlaanderen, a race he won for the first time in his career this year.

 

Wonder if it comes with a built in toilet? Boonen from the back in the Roubaix did not look pleasant... Dead

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The mould for the custom tarmac frame is rumoured to have cost around ?500,000.

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Is tarmac the new carbon then?

 

 
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The mould for the custom tarmac frame is rumoured to have cost around ?500,000.

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Is tarmac the new carbon then?

 

 

Nope, think it's the model, like Trek Madone 5.2, 5.9 etc etc...

http://www.specialized.com/bc/SBCBkModel.jsp?sid=07Tarmac

Hopefully your system doesn't crash when you click on the link LOL
No offence to Specialized owners Big%20smile

Jason2007-05-30 05:56:01
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That's good cos a tarmac frame would be heavy, sticky and squishy, like riding a large toffee - couldn't see that catching on.

 

 
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what's the best value for a carbon frame?  cervelo's are beautiful but too expensive (R21 g frame only).

 

Specialised is okay. 

 

Felt seemed like good value to me.  Saw one at the Argus Expo for R13 g or in that ball park.
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what's the best value for a carbon frame?  cervelo's are beautiful but too expensive (R21 g frame only).

 

Specialised is okay. 

 

Felt seemed like good value to me.  Saw one at the Argus Expo for R13 g or in that ball park.

 

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what's the best value for a carbon frame?  cervelo's are beautiful but too expensive (R21 g frame only).

 

Specialised is okay. 

 

Felt seemed like good value to me.  Saw one at the Argus Expo for R13 g or in that ball park.

 

Not that this discussion is for this topic but Solis and Marin full carbons go for around R8000.

 

 
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That's good cos a tarmac frame would be heavy' date=' sticky and squishy, like riding a large toffee - couldn't see that catching on.

 

 
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I would pay to see you ride a toffeeLOL.
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The mould for the custom tarmac frame is rumoured to have cost around ?500,000.

[/quote'] Is tarmac the new carbon then?

 

Nope, think it's the model, like Trek Madone 5.2, 5.9 etc etc...

http://www.specialized.com/bc/SBCBkModel.jsp?sid=07Tarmac

Hopefully your system doesn't crash when you click on the link LOL
No offence to Specialized owners Big%20smile 

 

 

Like the colour scheme (the one that comes with Campy ... but that's where it ends.)

Red, black and white for me anyday (Lions, Man U, school colours, current bike, and the list goes on)
Frosty2007-05-30 07:31:29
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He'll be riding the tarmac sl2.Oversize head tube and down tube.Something similar to the system six.Quoted as the lightest frame,fork and seatpost available.Wink

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