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Hey guys, I just got my new sl6 frame a few days ago and have been looking for a manual just to read through all the included pieces. I will be installing a mechanical groupset on it. A few people I have asked with the new frame all just told me they had their lbs assemble it so haven't had much help yet. I am pretty familiar with the basic assembly of bikes I would just like to know what and where every little bit goes. Coming from a tcr this will be my first specialized frame and I am pretty excited. I found a similar thread but on the sl5 frameset. If anyone has a pdf or a manual for this it would be greatly appreciated. Thanks!
 

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When you buy the frame, all the instructions come with it.

They're in the box.

When you buy a counterfeit frame, you come here to ask questions.

We don't allow you to talk about your counterfeit products here. So...
 

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Sorry to burst your bubble but my frame is not a counterfeit. Any written paper work found in the box has nothing to do with actual assembly of the frame or saying which cable liner/guide goes where. The owners manual is a manual as if i were to receive the bike as a whole. Here is an image i just took for you with the only paper work that came with the frame.
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please excuse my giant stem. ill be getting something else after i get fitted.
 

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Sorry to burst your bubble but my frame is not a counterfeit. Any written paper work found in the box has nothing to do with actual assembly of the frame or saying which cable liner/guide goes where. The owners manual is a manual as if i were to receive the bike as a whole. Here is an image i just took for you with the only paper work that came with the frame.

please excuse my giant stem. ill be getting something else after i get fitted.
Yes, this is exactly the situation - just picked up new frame last week and it seems that Specialized expects you to be a mind reader and work out exactly what everything is for. Lots of bits and pieces and not a single piece of (relevant) instruction(s) about the frameset and what to do with each inclusion. Pretty poor for a piece of carbon that is so expensive. You would not mind if there were online installation manuals (eg Shimano, SRAM etc) but have not been able to find anything at all.

My LBS has been great though, so worked most of it out. However, if I had not done one before, would have been struggling to do the build. Not the way you should have to go about it though.
 

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I ended up just following a link I found in an old thread. Had I not found it I would not have known to do the California Cross.

http://forums.roadbikereview.com/specialized/2016-tarmac-build-procedure-cable-routing-361771.html

Here are a few shots after it was finished. My brother got excited and took a nice picture before I could decide on a stem length and stack height. Too scared commit to cut the steerer more. Have to save more pennies for di2 next year.

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Love the build and the colorway - looks great. Well done. No issues with leaving the steerer like that for a bit - ride it for a while and when you are totally comfortable, get out the hacksaw.
 

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Build complete!

Yes, this is exactly the situation - just picked up new frame last week and it seems that Specialized expects you to be a mind reader and work out exactly what everything is for. Lots of bits and pieces and not a single piece of (relevant) instruction(s) about the frameset and what to do with each inclusion. Pretty poor for a piece of carbon that is so expensive. You would not mind if there were online installation manuals (eg Shimano, SRAM etc) but have not been able to find anything at all.

My LBS has been great though, so worked most of it out. However, if I had not done one before, would have been struggling to do the build. Not the way you should have to go about it though.
Instructions or not :), finally build done and really happy with it. Even better to ride than I had expected - really significant improvement over my SL4 Tarmac which I have been riding. Still to sort out stem height but loving it out the road. SRAM eTap very impressive. All in all, worth the wait
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Looks great. I was thinking of getting one but decided to wait to see what they do with the venge next year first. If what they do with the venge doesn't check the necessary boxes (the vias didn't) the SL6 will very likely be my next frame. I miss the aero of my first gen venge and like the ride of my current SL5 and the SL6 seems like the best of both worlds.
 

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Instructions or not :), finally build done and really happy with it. Even better to ride than I had expected - really significant improvement over my SL4 Tarmac which I have been riding. Still to sort out stem height but loving it out the road. SRAM eTap very impressive. All in all, worth the wait
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That looks great! My team shop was pretty limited on colors/sizes available. They told me if I wanted the ultralight I would have to wait till the end of January. I actually asked for 303s like yours but they gave me an extra discount on a set of 404s that were sitting on the shelf. Kinda regretting the aerofly handlebars at the moment though. They aren't very comfortable.
 

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Cable guide for the BB area

Did your bike come with a cable guide for the BB area? I cannot find such in all the bags with accessories. Could you take a picture of it please? The 2016 manual looks like a different design and the guide is built in the BB.
Thanks!

I ended up just following a link I found in an old thread. Had I not found it I would not have known to do the California Cross.

http://forums.roadbikereview.com/specialized/2016-tarmac-build-procedure-cable-routing-361771.html

Here are a few shots after it was finished. My brother got excited and took a nice picture before I could decide on a stem length and stack height. Too scared commit to cut the steerer more. Have to save more pennies for di2 next year.

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Anyone experiencing seat post slippage? if so please provide remedies...
I have the SL6 expert model black/acid mint and have been having problems with seat post slippage. I had my bike at the LBS this past thursday and the shop owner called his tech at Specialized. They told him that the seat post clamp should be torqued at 8 nm. I believe the previous standard for that bike was 6.2 nm. So he torqued mine at 8 nm after applying carbon paste to the seat post.

I haven't had it out to ride since he torqued it as we just got 13 inches of snow :(

Hope that helps.
 
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