Dream Bike Question

Yeah, the Domane is ‘right up there’ in my considerations. The Checkpoint seems a bit more suited to ‘going bush’, to me. [Adjustable geometry, more attachment points, wider clearance still - I do like 38s, I have them on my cheap [heavy] Trek hybrid…]

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I am also very happy with my Domane (rim brake, carbon). It’s awesome for long days. On group rides last summer, I’d regularly do 70-80 miles and at the end wish the group was going farther.

I just bought the new 2020 Scott addict rc. But the venge was a very close second!


Yeah, I thought about the Checkpoint for my gravel bike. Ended up getting a Felt Breed instead, but the Checkpoint is a nice bike.

I’ll be contemplating the Domane as a replacement for my Domane because the new one is so cool. I’d still hold that it’s the optimal bike for what OP wants.

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Aero handlebars and medium-depth wheelset on an S-Works Tarmac disc.


Interested in any more insight you can give to the Tarmac. I’m going to be pulling the trigger in the next couple of weeks and am torn between a SL6 Disc, S-Works Disc and S-Works Rim.

Never had a disc brake bike before so just nervous about travelling / maintenance.

Also, interested in what people think about this colouring (I genuinely can’t decide if I like it or not):

  • Hot
  • Not

0 voters


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Disc brakes and never look back. I’ve had zero issues in the past year I’ve had them. I got a SL6 disc Tarmac and it’s my favorite bike, I couldn’t be happier with it.
In fact last I saw on Specialized website they had a screaming deal on the leftovers from 2019. An even better deal then I got with an ambassador discount.
If that’s still up and in your size order that and never look back.


Allied Alfa disc or Time Alpe D’Huez 01 disc.

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Thanks for the input; I’ve got a Specialized Concept store near me with some 2019 S-Works frames from £2000-2700 and full builds for £2000-2500, I just can’t decide which paint works I like (hence the poll :rofl:)

I ride a TREK Emonda SL and it’s fantastic for all the above. It’s no aero machine but having ridden this and demoed a Domane, I would 10/10 times take the Emonda. Snappy handling, stiff yet compliant frame, and decently light. Sure the SLR with DA etc is better yet, but my SL with Ultegra di2, Aeolus 5 wheels, cages, pedals, computer, weighs 7.5kg


The Tarmac is my first road bike with discs and compliment the Rovals perfectly. 100% reliable and better modulation in the wet although riding in awful weather has diminished due to TrainerRoad!

So despite my reduced time riding in the rain I’d still opt for a disc iteration over rim, why, because they’re hassle free, robust and an improvement over rim brakes.IMHO.

As for the Tarmac and despite some great bikes available from other manufacturers, I’d still go for another Tarmac when the time comes to upgrade, why, it’s a complete package, it climbs exceptionally well, accelerates and holds speed with the best and handles quickly with great stability. I also like the history of the Tarmac and it’s various iterations.

Concept stores are great brand ambassadors too, since I’ve moved home my local concept store has reverted back to a LBS with the same great staff. I do miss the old store though.

Oh and be brave with colour, my mate bought a yellow Tarmac and I thought he had lost the plot although overtime the colour has been a grower on me and my Matt black looks slightly boring. Stealthy but boring.


Anyone have a Wilier 0 SLR, Factor VAM, or Colnago V3Rs?

I love that Specialized offers so many different, colorful paintjobs. Other companies really should take that up to. It’s so frustrating that so many awesome bikes come only in one or two boring-ass versions.

Also big praise for Orbea, where you can customise the paint job for free (at least for the 2000$+ ones)


Looks like I might be out of luck if I go with disc as they don’t have that paint scheme in my size.

Pop into your local concept store and ask the question, another store might have your preference on display.

At least on the drop-bar side, my “dream bikes” are usually made out of steel. Like a speedvagen or Vanilla Cycles CX or gravel bike. Custom or handbuilt gravel bois that are difficult to attain partially because of price, but also partially because of availability.

Although for what you describe, i might want something lighter. In which case:


I know that all bike brands will make a superbike (e.g., they have $10,000 specializeds etc.) but the high-end Cinelli’s are just gorgeous.

I have my eye on picking up a Nemo TIG with a gravel build and that one is expensive but doable. i’m running the numbers to see if / when I can make it happen.

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Bianchi Oltre XR4 Disc is my dream bike. I ended up buying the XR3 Disc as I got tired of waiting around for a disc version of the XR4. No regrets as it’s awesome and the difference in price turned out to be about £3k. Would have had trouble justifying that to myself!


I’m waiting on the 2021 Trek Emonda SLR Disc. It’s due for a refresh this year and my prediction (hope!) is that it will:

  • Be more a lot more aero with some kammtail tubing (this will be a weight penalty, but the current Emonda is the least aero of it’s peers)
  • Have internal routing
  • Use the new T47 BB standard
  • Be the just the right time for the new Shimano R9200 12 speed Dura Ace groupset

I would think around the time of the Giro I’ll know how much of this speculation is true.


Fairly certain the Cervelo R5 is going to have a spring classics revision coming out too.,

I have this same frame, built up with campy and ENVE.

It’s a FANTASTIC bike.