Specialized Langster Pro Track Bike

Frame Material: Specialized A1 aluminum
Frame Angles: 74.0 head, 74.3 seat
Sizes: 50cm, 52cm, 54cm, 56cm, 58cm, 62cm
Colors: White, Silver
Fork: Specialized C-3
Rear Shock: Not applicable
Brake Levers: Not applicable
Handlebar: Nitto Track Bend
Stem: aluminum
Headset: 1 1/8" integrated aluminum
Front Der: Not applicable
Crankset: Sugino SG-75, 48 teeth
Rear Der: Not applicable
Pedals: Not included
Tires: 700 x 23c Specialized Mondo Comp

User Reviews (3)

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Will James   Recreational Rider [May 11, 2013]
Strength:

Great build quality, finish and components. Caveat : this applies only if you are a competitive track rider. The alloy is actually a Specialized / Columbus collaboration called SLX (name resuscitated from the CrMo days). Every tube is aero - even the bridge. Impeccable welds and no decals. This is the S-Works offering for 2013, top of the food chain. Replaceable dropouts, real tight geometry. Great Omnium crankset / bottom bracket combo and Izumi V chain. Not a cookiecutter Fuji or Bianchi (respect to fans of those excellent rides, though).

Weakness:

Availability. Really, splitting hairs here. Even The Specialized branded components are high quality choices, though I replaced them all, LOL. The Aero 420 wheelset was rear fixed only / unmachined rims + no fork or bridge drilling (voids warranty) . That equals trouble and drama in an urban setting. Oddly the Specialized website specs have the rear as a flip / flop with a Shimano freewheel. Not. The AC wheels are about as good as you're going to get on a corporate bike. One minor weakness one might foresee is replacing a damaged Venge seatpost when the bike is out of warranty (expensive).

It's a bike - to each their own. Mine has been modified extensively. The stock bars, stem and saddle were immediately replaced with those from Cinelli, Deda and San Marco, respectively. The stock wheels were replaced with raw Aerospoke 700c's / Slime light race tubes / Gatorskin 25's. Flip flop rear has a White 18t freewheel on one side and an EAI 18t cog on the other. There is a Keirin brake on for freewheeling, A Zero Gravity caliper / Dia Compe Gold Finger lever. It's a real PITA to install (wingnut, LOL)

Tech tip : Using the Dia Compe Keirin plates ? Counterbore the rear plate and use a 35mm or longer recessed brake nut instead of the wingnut or nylock. It won't mangle the alloy, and even with a drop of LocTite it's easily removed. It all depends on the length of your caliper's center bolt.It's not as fast as the wingnut, but it's far more stable and only a little heavier, especially if you use a titanium or alloy recessed nut.

The MASH bullhorns (more Taiwanese Columbus goodness) I installed to replace the stock (and excellent) Specialized Pista drops offered a problem regarding finding a hinged left hand lever with a narrow footprint and a 31.8 clamp. I don't like bar end levers ( too simple, sane) - and the quality options were / are few for calipers. The Gold Finger lever is your answer if you're looking to keep your hands near the stem, AKA city riding. If you like to brake from the horns, there are plenty of carbon options that I considered then abandoned for comfort / safety. The stock carbon parts combined with the stiff frame really make the bike feel like it's on rails.I could only give this bike a "5" rating after all of the modifications that were made, as I would with any bike. Customizing is what makes us lighter, faster and separates us from other people riding the same thing. Buy one if you can and want a bike to take to the track and pose at the coffee shop in the same day. Epic ride, future classic.


OVERALL
RATING
4
VALUE
RATING
5
jetrenkel   Road Racer [Apr 12, 2008]
Strength:

The stock wheelset is very sturdy if a tad on the heavy side, but I wouldn't complain after curb hopping and having completely true rims.
The nature of fixies makes them extremely easy to modify. This bike was fun to trick.

Weakness:

Price. Any old/new road frame can be converted to a fixed gear with a little ingenuity making me wonder about spending the dough for a whole bike. But I'm still really pleased with a fully dedicated track frame.

Before I started modifying this bike I noticed that it was perfectly track oriented. I took it in a different direction based on my needs/wants.

Similar Products Used: Specialized Allez
BMC Team Machine
OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
3
jgsjr   Road Racer [Sep 28, 2004]
Strength:

Extremely solid bike. Dura Ace Hubs.

Weakness:

Uhhh....maybe rough ride on pavement, but it was made for track use.

Wanted a Bianchi Pisto.....The shop sold me on the Langster Pro. Raced/trained on the local track and loved it.

Similar Products Used: First track bike I owned.
OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
5
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