Sorry. I am having some issues with making up my mind on what to do. I am actually annoying myself (and my wife ) and I need your thoughts. I have Aeolous 50 Pro wheels, so only upgrades for me would be the Aerofly II bars and a PM.
I bought an SL6 very recently and the shop is willing to let me return it and get the SL7. However, I am stuck in mud with it and I can’t seem to make up my mind. I am frustrated that I waffle back and forth and it really is mostly due to the wires of the SL6 of the front and rear brakes. My SL6 is Di2 (which I love).
I originally wanted a new Emonda because I heard great things about it and the new ones have cables hidden. I loved the look. It was not available until January (from my shop) and I decided to go check out Specialized over an hour away. I rode the SL6 and was sold. Bought. Then 5 days later the SL7 comes out. The only color I like is the Expert Silver version. I do wish it was all silver, but it’s pretty nice. My SL6 is the black patched carbon one. Pretty cool. I need your help convincing me I am either being an idiot, that the 2 wires aren’t that big a deal and to put on my big boy pants. OR I need you to convince me to just freaking do it.
Some reasons I am hesitant.
-New Tarmac is $5k. I got the SL6 for $3800.
-I also want the Aerofly II bars. I will get them for the SL6 if I don’t get the SL7. I will wait on the bars for the SL7 because the shop wants $150 to install them, on top of the $300 to buy them. That seems pricey to me. I can’t do them myself.
-A $5k bike is $5300, new bars on top would be $5750. That is a significant jump over my current bike purchase of $3800 (tax included). If I get the bars on the SL6, it will back to original price…but still have brake lines exposed (I know, I can’t help it).
-If I stick with the SL6 bike, then want to upgrade to a SL7 frame later on it is $3k, on top of what I have already paid…so then I waffle back to just spending the $5k now.
-I have some bike stuff I plan on selling…2 wheelsets and a powermeter that I think I can sell for around 1200ish. That would help offset the amount I would need.
*Maybe the 2nd stimulus will pass and I will get that money too!
Sorry for the book. I like my bike a lot, enjoy the ride, but wish I didn’t have the 2 wires. I am also not sure I am in love with the silver, but I do like it. I did ride both bikes back to back last weekend, and eventually kept the SL6. I thought I was done with all of this, but I think the bike lust just keeps coming back!