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Old 07-29-08, 01:11 PM   #1
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Too much for the wheels?

My LBS has a leftover 2006 Specialized Allez triple that I'm looking at getting. While doing some Google research I found some gave it bad marks for the wheels. I'm currently about 300 pounds (and dropping), Do I need to be overly concerned?
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See what they'll give you toward tradeback on the stock wheelset for some hand built deep V's form Velocity or equivalent wheel.

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My LBS has a leftover 2006 Specialized Allez triple that I'm looking at getting. While doing some Google research I found some gave it bad marks for the wheels. I'm currently about 300 pounds (and dropping), Do I need to be overly concerned?
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I have an '06 allez triple. Great color scheme right? I've had the bike since last summer and i've been around 250 lbs since i've had it. I just, as in yesterday, replaced the wheels. I wasn't having problems other than a couple popped spokes and a bunch of flats within the last two weeks. I'd suggest going with Tom's advice, although I personally can't easily pick up hand built wheels in springfield IL, i don't know how the central delaware market is for that. Otherwise, you could ride them until you need new ones like I did. You aren't going to find a bike in the same price range with dramatically better stock wheels.
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