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    Senior Member tunavic's Avatar
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    My new (old) bike

    '89 Specialized Allez Epic I picked up recently All original except for bar tape and tires.

    [IMG] IMG_0154 by Victor 1953, on Flickr[/IMG]

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    Nice looking bike. I like the 'biopace' chainwheel. Back in the 1980s I fitted one to a Raleigh Road Ace - wish I still had that bike

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    That bike is in amazing condition! It looks like it came out of a vacuum chamber or something! A full side photo would be nice...

    I bought one of those new, back in the day. I had the bio-pace chainrings changed out for round ones.

    I liked the bike, but the frame was crooked. It rode a little weird and I noticed one day, when riding in the rain that it had two distinct tire tracks - one next to the other when I rode in a straight line. I took the frame to a frame builder in the area and he measured it; it was big time out of alignment.

    I took it back to the dealer where I got it and met the Specialized rep who authorized a new frame on the spot. The new frame was a '90 model with yellow graphics and not nearly as nice as the '89. The shop swapped all the components from the old frame to the new frame free.

    A few weeks later I was riding a century ride and it rained. I came up on a guy on an '89 Allez Epic and he was leaving two tracks on the road - crooked frame. He got his warranted as well.

    I was impressed with the no bs response by Specialized. I have bought a couple of more Specialized bikes since then because they treated me right.

    I hope that yours is straight!

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    Dang! 600 with biopace! how's it compare to your fancy-bike?

    I remember (sceptically) talking to a shop guy about the allez back in oh, 93? Same set up - lugged carbon tubing and he took a demo tube and WHACKED the desk with it. Kind of shocking / funny. Steel or Al tubing wouldn't have survived that whack.

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    7 speed freewheel?

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    Senior Member tunavic's Avatar
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    Don't know how it compares ride quality yet as I've only ridden her around the neighborhood (less than 1 mile). As far as aesthetics go it's no contest. This bike is gorgeous.

    On Saturday a very large group from Redlands will be cruising SART to Huntington Beach. I'm considering doing the ride on her

    Quote Originally Posted by TrojanHorse View Post
    Dang! 600 with biopace! how's it compare to your fancy-bike?

    I remember (sceptically) talking to a shop guy about the allez back in oh, 93? Same set up - lugged carbon tubing and he took a demo tube and WHACKED the desk with it. Kind of shocking / funny. Steel or Al tubing wouldn't have survived that whack.

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    got the climbing bug jsigone's Avatar
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    that bike is very MINTY!! nice find!!

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