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The Roubaix can be set up to put you in as "racy" a position as any race bike. It will ride a bit more comfortably than the Tarmac, but there won't be a huge difference between the two. Some of the Gerolsteiner team riders use Roubaixs all year round. By that measure, the frame is race worthy. If you want to ride centuries or do long rides in the hills, it is probably a bit better a frame. The slower steering is good when you hit a bumpy descent when you're tired at the end of a long ride.

But if the Tarmac pushes your buttons, get it. You can race or ride centuries with either bike. I'd strongly recommend a compact or a triple though. We've got a lot of "sick" hills here in the bay area.
 
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