Strengths: Amazing bike takes me as fast as i can imagine.
Bought mine today and i just feel awesome riding it. Ive showed my friend a picture and he too has fallen in love. I go fast, and it goes faster. I cannot keep the bike at a normal speed, I ramp it up and look like the coolest guy out there!
Strengths: Very well build and very fast. I've biffed it a few times with no repairs other then my skin. The geometry is perfect for me. Awesome bike for the money. A blast to ride.
Weaknesses: Really none, however if I could change anything I would like if it could accommodate a larger tire so that I could ride it with studs in the snow:)
I've been riding a 2009 base model Langster for the last 3 years. First of all the bike is very compact and because of this at 5'9" I opted for a size 54. It should be too large but with the upgraded bull horn handle bars and Brooks B17 saddle it hits me perfect when up on the peddles. I ride fixed with a 14 tooth cog. I figure I alway have the 16 tooth ss cog to limp home on. Im on my second set of tires and have put on 7 century rides. This thing absolutely flies. I have a full carbon Allegra ride and I hate to say it is collecting dust. I just can't get off the fixed gear. I enjoy this ride so well I just picked up a 2009 Tokyo carry over to duplicate the setup and keep the fun going.
Strengths: Carbon front forks are nice. Very light (see below). Simple and well built. I like never having to take time out to adjust something. The Las Vegas edition gets a lot of looks and good conversation starter. Like a rocket... faster you go, the faster it wants to go.
Weaknesses: Very light... my biggest problem. When you are on anything other than perfectly flat pavement, you feel everything.
All around great article of equipment. Good construction, nothing is absolute garbage from the factory. Solid and not as fragile as I initially worried. Great for building muscle. Best part is I've never had to adjust or fiddle with anything on the bike. Ride, put up, ride, repeat. No maintenance, just a solid performer. Only bike I've ever owned that I didn't immediately start changing things out.
Frame and parts: Light and stiff aluminum frame, quite comfortable to ride. Uses the same basic geometry as the Allez, but uses horizontal dropouts and has no braze ons. Makes a fine commuter, but works well on long rides too. From the factory, this bike comes surprisingly well equipped. Carbon fork, Specialized Alias saddle, Sugino RD cranks with a Zen Messenger chainring, even a carbon wrapped seat post. Notably better equipped than some of the older models. Fresh from the factory, a 56cm weighed in at ~19.5 lbs. Much of this can be attributed to the wheels, Alex Race32s, which, without tires, tubes, or skewers, weigh in at over 5 lbs. The frame is equipped with mounting points for a rear rack or fender, and two bottle cages. The front fork is not equipped for a bolt on fender, unless specially equipped (Seattle version).
Overall Impression: This bike is FUN. It's solidly built, simple to ride and maintain, and makes short work of almost anything you can throw at it. Has worked for commuting, longer rides, and will supposedly do quite nicely at the track, even with the more road-oriented geometry. The drop bars that come with the bike are standard ergonomic road bars, but track bars can be had on some of the city models. I swapped mine for Profile Design T2 Wing base bars and levers, and am quite pleased with the change. I've had zero problems with flats with the stock Specialized Mondo tires, but I keep them at 120psi, as their recommended pressure range is 115-125psi. All in all, a great bike to just get on and ride and have fun!