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Just taken delivery of my new Specialized Secteur

dg74dg74 Posts: 652
edited October 2009 in Road beginners
and have to say I'm impressed. Not ridden it yet but even just sitting on the bike it feels a whole lot more comfortable than the previous bike I had. I plumped for a 58cm frame as I like a larger frame (I'm 5'10") and feel more secure on a larger frame.The whole bike just feels 'right' so for me this is a plus as I was starting to wonder if I wanted to carry on cycling.

If it rides as good as it looks and feels I'm going to be well happy. Oh and as another poster pointed out, there is some trouble getting the wheels off the frame using the QR as the brake calipers do not open far enough to let the tyre slip thru. Much to the detriment of my car (which I've just found out ) :x

Anyway, here's to christmas. God bless you all!

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  • bazzer2bazzer2 Posts: 189
    Pics? Obviously after you've been on it for it's maiden voyage! :)
  • dg74dg74 Posts: 652
    bazzer2 wrote:
    Pics? Obviously after you've been on it for it's maiden voyage! :)

    Not till after the weekend. On nights now so I'm stuck.
  • I just picked up my Specialized Secteur as well and I absolutely agree, its a superb looking bike!

    It's my first road bike so I can't speak from a huge amount of experience, but from taking it for a quick spin around the block it feels incredibly composed and very comfortable, even on the bumpy roads around me. So yeah, first impressions are very good indeed! I plan to take it out after work tomorrow for a proper ride so will get a better idea then...

    And I agree on the front wheel QR problem, it was interesting trying to fit it in the back of my car too!
  • I had a test ride on a Secteur Elite on Saturday and was impressed, Looking to get my first road bike. I am waiting for my company to reopen its C2W scheme in time for Christmas so any feedback on anyone`s experience with the Secteur before I have to take the plunge will be much appreciated.
  • I have a Secteur sport. v happy with it. Haven't required to take wheels of so haven't run into that problem yet.

    If the tyres were 23mm would they come off?
  • RWHRWH Posts: 8
    Just in case, when taking out the wheels, do you release the QR on the brakes as well?
  • Had my Sectuer Elite for a month now and I love it. Don't know much about cycling really, still learning but I do find this bike such fun to ride, far better than anything I've had in the past.
    Bit of difference in cost and speck to previous bikes but I know this is the right choice, can't keep off the thing.
  • gkerr4gkerr4 Posts: 3,408
    Aspman77 wrote:
    I have a Secteur sport. v happy with it. Haven't required to take wheels of so haven't run into that problem yet.

    If the tyres were 23mm would they come off?

    surely 23s would come off no probs - they are barely any wider than the rim!
  • cjwcjw Posts: 1,889
    RWH wrote:
    Just in case, when taking out the wheels, do you release the QR on the brakes as well?

    +1

    Have you released the brakes (little tab that rotates around probably)
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  • Dave-MDave-M Posts: 206
    Just missed out on one of these.

    Sold for 450 on ebay....looked new too!
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  • feelfeel Posts: 800
    dg74 wrote:
    and have to say I'm impressed. Not ridden it yet but even just sitting on the bike it feels a whole lot more comfortable than the previous bike I had. I plumped for a 58cm frame as I like a larger frame (I'm 5'10") and feel more secure on a larger frame.!

    Don't know if specialised frames size up differently to other bikes but 58cm does seem particularly big. I'm 5'9"and like a large frame myself, but went for a 55cm, when 53 probably would have been a more conventional fit. Did the shop suggest that size?
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  • dg74dg74 Posts: 652
    cjw wrote:
    RWH wrote:
    Just in case, when taking out the wheels, do you release the QR on the brakes as well?

    +1

    Have you released the brakes (little tab that rotates around probably)

    Yes. May be daft but not that daft
  • dg74dg74 Posts: 652
    feel wrote:
    dg74 wrote:
    and have to say I'm impressed. Not ridden it yet but even just sitting on the bike it feels a whole lot more comfortable than the previous bike I had. I plumped for a 58cm frame as I like a larger frame (I'm 5'10") and feel more secure on a larger frame.!

    Don't know if specialised frames size up differently to other bikes but 58cm does seem particularly big. I'm 5'9"and like a large frame myself, but went for a 55cm, when 53 probably would have been a more conventional fit. Did the shop suggest that size?

    No the shop didn't suggest a 58cm frame. I wanted one as I like a frame size a little larger (same when I was riding mountain bikes). Have no logic to it, I just feel better on a larger bike. And sure enough, I love the position on this particular bike.

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  • dg74dg74 Posts: 652
    gkerr4 wrote:
    Aspman77 wrote:
    I have a Secteur sport. v happy with it. Haven't required to take wheels of so haven't run into that problem yet.

    If the tyres were 23mm would they come off?

    surely 23s would come off no probs - they are barely any wider than the rim!

    There is a tiny bit give in the calipers that if you gently pull the wheel, the brakes will 'give' a little more to get the wheel out. I'd not suggest doing it often, but as the brake blocks wear down this shouldn't be too much of a problem.
  • MichaelWMichaelW Posts: 2,226
    What is the tyre clearance like on the Sectuer?
    Can you fit mudguards and luggage rack to make it into a lightweight Audaxy-commuter?
  • dg74dg74 Posts: 652
    MichaelW wrote:
    What is the tyre clearance like on the Sectuer?
    Can you fit mudguards and luggage rack to make it into a lightweight Audaxy-commuter?

    Tyre clearance is good. Looking at mine, I'd say yes to the above with regards to the luggage rack etc.

    I think in general, bar the top of the range Secteur, it is aimed as an all rounder.
  • gkerr4gkerr4 Posts: 3,408
    the tyre clearance might be there - but are there rack / guard mounts?

    certainly the roubaix doesn't have any.
  • dg74dg74 Posts: 652
    gkerr4 wrote:
    the tyre clearance might be there - but are there rack / guard mounts?

    certainly the roubaix doesn't have any.

    Yes there are rack mounts. And I'm not 100% sure about guard mounts but you can just buy the crud guards now for 25 nicker
  • Had my new Secteur for 3 weeks and ridden about 150 miles between rainstorms. Delghted with it so far after changing from my MTB to do more road work. Gears will need some slight adjustment on 1st service but nothing serious. I am 5'6" and got the 52 - good decision. Its very compfortable and a a joy to ride, feels very solid but light at speed..
  • softladsoftlad Posts: 3,587
    dg74 wrote:
    Oh and as another poster pointed out, there is some trouble getting the wheels off the frame using the QR as the brake calipers do not open far enough to let the tyre slip thru. Much to the detriment of my car (which I've just found out ) :x

    just let some air out of the tyres before dropping the wheels out...
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