Classic and Vintage Bicycles: What's it Worth? Appraisals and Inquiries - Interested in year on Specialized Allez
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02-12-12, 04:01 PM
I am new to the forum, so be gentle on me. I am in the process of buying a new road bike - so I'm getting ready to sell my old road bike. When I first bought the "old" one, I was new to road bikes, didn't really get the lingo, it was awhile ago, etc. so I do not remember the exact year on the bike. With that said, when I list the bike, I want to make sure that I am true to the exact year. I was hoping someone on here could help me out. This is what I know about the parts that are original to the bike: Specialized Allez A1 Sport. Frame: Premium Aluminum. Fork: Premium Aluminum. Ultegra component package (BR 6500). Crank: Specialized Sugino G-11. Handlebars: Cinelli. Shift and brake levers: Shimano Ultegra Flightdeck. Headset: Ritchey Logic. Triple Chainring: SS130P 52-42-30. Everything else, including cassette are NOT original to the bike. The paint scheme is Orange/Black combo, which I found in a 1999 Specialized Allez Sport, but, in my research, I have found that Specialized didn't put A1 on the frame as a decal in 1999 and my bike does have the A1 decal. Also, the 1999 model had Shimano 105 components, as opposed to Ultegra, like mine. I really thought the bike was around a 2001. If memory serves me correctly, the MSRP was around $1600. If anyone has any advice, it would be appreciated. I've burned up internet sources trying to find a year. Serial number, by the way, is MK8H1602.
02-12-12, 04:05 PM
02-12-12, 04:27 PM
Thanks, 10 Wheels. I have burned up that link. There are just a few original parts that do not "match up." Maybe the shop swapped some stuff out for me and I do not remember? I appreciate the help.
02-12-12, 04:42 PM
Bikepedia is not always 100% accurate. Parts can vary, some parts may have been swapped out when the bike was new, etc. Usually I've found the major items like MSRP, frame/fork construction, seatpost size, and some others to be accurate. The littler the detail the less chance of accuracy. Based on your description you almost certainly have the bike in the link.
If you plan to sell this bike on craigslist or ebay you will definitely need large high quality pictures to get the best response. Your description was very good but pictures only take a second to glance at. Host them on a site like photobucket or flickr, the tiny CL pictures are almost worthless.
MSRP is listed at $1300, Ultegra STI, I'd say you should be able to get $400-500 for it if in good condition.
02-12-12, 05:00 PM
Excellent. I really felt as if the link from Bikepedia, which 10 Wheels also sent, must have been the bike. But, would have sworn it was a 2000 or 2001. And, was confused with the slight differences in some parts. I felt as if I was going in circles, which is how I ended up BikeForum...and I'm glad I did. I appreciate the advice on selling the bike on Ebay. I'm an avid buyer, but have not sold a thing. So, your information really helps. Thanks.
02-13-12, 02:43 AM
You can determine How Old Is Your Bike? (http://www.mytenspeeds.com/My_TenSpeeds_1/FREE_SITE_VINTAGE/VINTAGE_1_Start.htm) by applying the information contained in that article. Pay close attention to Component manufacture codes and they will help you determine the vintage of your bicycle.
The WE in the picture below defines year and month of manufacture...
Serial number would suggest a 1999 model.
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