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Old 01-15-14, 02:04 PM   #1
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Looking add road bike to add to stable

I have a Specialized Sirrus Elite now, happy with it, but looking to add a road bike to the stable. I am looking at a Specialized Secteur, looking for opinions. Seems like a great bike for the money for me. Just want to go a bit faster, that is all. But I do like the idea of a 2nd bike.
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Old 01-15-14, 02:20 PM   #2
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Who's going to be the first to tell him that a new bike won't make him any faster?
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Old 01-15-14, 02:28 PM   #3
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Who's going to be the first to tell him that a new bike won't make him any faster?
Well, it looks like you are the 1st. I should have added that the additional riding positions are also the desired effect.
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The Secteur looks cool. BluesDawg is our resident Specialized man. If your back is fairly loose it looks like a good move.
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guess you have a Dealer for Specialized Bikes you Like , where you live ..

out here that guy is in another town 2 hours away (driving-time) brand sales territories
population based, are smaller in bigger cities..

Thoughts? .. spending Money is what keeps the people in bike shops fed. a little ..

it pays less than waiting tables.

Link : http://www.specialized.com/us/en/bikes/road/secteur

I understand Merida is the contract builder in Taiwan that makes them

for the Specialized Brand's importer.

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Old 01-15-14, 03:30 PM   #6
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Who's going to be the first to tell him that a new bike won't make him any faster?
IT WON'T?!?
Please, please, pullease don't tell my wife!

Any way, I got a Roubaix Apex last year. It's a very comfortable ride. The stem system that they use enables you to adjust the bar height in small increments. Other than just flipping and slamming it.
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Nice looking ride and depending on the model, somewhat affordable? But it won't make you any faster. I followed the same route you are on. I had a Specialized Sirrus Comp (still have it). Wanted more of a road bike for a little more speed and comfort on longer rides. Bought a Specialized Roubaix Elite in 2009 and like it a lot, have put a lot of miles on it. Glad I bought the Roubaix but I still love the Sirrus, just seems to fit me like a glove when I do ride it. Go for it.
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Secteur is a great bike. Same geometry as the Roubaix but not carbon fibre. I think you will find the transition easy as it is a relatively upright road bike. Good choice and a good performer at a reasonable price.

I would recommend the Expert if you can spring for that kind of money. 105 components are pretty nice to have, durable and reliable.

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That Secteur is a good bike, as said above. It would make you a nice road ride for a change up. It is well set up and had several levels of component builds to let you spend what is right for your budget. If you can swing a good deal and find one that fits correctly it would be a good choice. Don't discount an alloy Synapse Cannondale, also.

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I've got a 2012 Sectuer apex which was my transition from a trek DS hybrid to road bike. Great bike, fit me right out of the box. It sits with friends for now on Maui as I'm fortunate enough to travel there twice a year for work. Had some of my finest rides ever on the Hana Highway last fall on it. I found that I'm more comfortable in the hoods position with hands parallel with the bike than on the tops in the flat bar position of the hybrid and bar ends didn't make it nearly as comfortable as the hoods position of my expanding fleet (3)of roadies.
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I want what I don't have. I bought a new year old Sectuer Comp last summer. It is a very nice bike. Now I dream of carbon. Buy the bike, ride it and love it.
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The Sectuer is a great bike. Before I say more, what is your budget?
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The Sectuer is a great bike. Before I say more, what is your budget?
The budget is the biggest problem, would like to keep it at around 1k, but have not bought yet, so your honest thoughts are appreciated. If I remember correctly, you work at a Specialized dealership. (I am not a stalker, just a big time lurker on this site.)
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The budget is the biggest problem, would like to keep it at around 1k, but have not bought yet, so your honest thoughts are appreciated. If I remember correctly, you work at a Specialized dealership. (I am not a stalker, just a big time lurker on this site.)
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Yes. Since I retired I work part time in sales and service at a bike shop selling Specialized bikes as our primary brand. I ride, sell and work on Specialized bikes.

If you are looking for a drop bar road bike around $1000, your choices from Specialized are the Sectuer and Allez. Both are great bikes with the Allez a bit lower, stiffer and tighter geometry while the Sectuer is a bit more upright, smoother and relaxed. I would try both and see how they feel.
The Sport models are right at your price and are roughly the same level build as your Sirrus, and the Elites add a couple hundred dollars. Sport and Elite have the same frames, wheels and cranksets, with the Elite models stepping up from 9 speed Sora to 10 speed Tiagra along with slightly nicer brakes and a few other minor upgrades. While Sora is not bad, especially since they moved to 9 speed and the same shifter setup as the higher groups (losing the thumb button), Tiagra 10 speed is a significant upgrade. Along with the extra gear, you'll get slightly lighter weight, better durability and simpler upgrade options.
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Likewise , just the brands they sell are different , and my part time is only the busy short dry one, summer.
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Yes. Since I retired I work part time in sales and service at a bike shop selling Specialized bikes as our primary brand. I ride, sell and work on Specialized bikes.

If you are looking for a drop bar road bike around $1000, your choices from Specialized are the Sectuer and Allez. Both are great bikes with the Allez a bit lower, stiffer and tighter geometry while the Sectuer is a bit more upright, smoother and relaxed. I would try both and see how they feel.
The Sport models are right at your price and are roughly the same level build as your Sirrus, and the Elites add a couple hundred dollars. Sport and Elite have the same frames, wheels and cranksets, with the Elite models stepping up from 9 speed Sora to 10 speed Tiagra along with slightly nicer brakes and a few other minor upgrades. While Sora is not bad, especially since they moved to 9 speed and the same shifter setup as the higher groups (losing the thumb button), Tiagra 10 speed is a significant upgrade. Along with the extra gear, you'll get slightly lighter weight, better durability and simpler upgrade options.
BluesDawg, I greatly appreciate your input, and will keep you posted on my decision. My LBS is a great group of guys, Sante Fe Trails bike shop in Leavenworth, KS. They have been helpful and patient with me returning to a sport after 45 years. Even had a free bike maintenance seminar for us newbies. They are about 22 miles from where I live also, nice ride in the good weather. Thanks again.
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I didn't see speed listed as a concern in the first post. The Secteur will probably be a bit faster by virtue of the drop bars.

It's interesting that nobody seems to remember the latest flap, or how everyone swore to never buy another Specialized again because of it. Mike Sinyard confesses his sins, says three Hail Marys and all is forgiven (until next time?)
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Surly Pacer with Carbon Fork ?

$1850 with SRAM Rival group and 18 lbs for the 56cm model
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As of now, I am leaning towards the Sectuer Elite, but will probably have to order it. My LBS does not have one in stock.
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I ordered a Secteur Elite yesterday, had to go up a size to a 61cm. I guess I am all legs. Will post pictures when I have the bike. Thanks to all that responded.
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I think you made a good choice. I acquired a Roubaix Comp Triple back when they were 3k+, though I didn't pay nearly that. Nice, but a boring bike to ride...I'm no convert to carbon frames. I enjoy my aluminum Tricross just fine, and my other steel bikes. I know it's heresy, but I'm hanging with the 'price goes up/marginal value goes down' crowd.
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I ordered a Secteur Elite yesterday, had to go up a size to a 61cm.
Nice looking ride!

I have a little over 5,000 miles on the Tiagra shifters and derailleurs on one of my road bikes. They work well.

You'll enjoy having a second bike. If one has to go to the shop, no problem, you're not down for the count.
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Who's going to be the first to tell him that a new bike won't make him any faster?
Really? Two bikes should be twice as fast, no?
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I'll read any thread with "stable" in the title. where are the pics?
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have you bought your bike yet? i'm in the works of getting my sectuer now. i went in looking at the allez, but stressed that i wanted a carbon fork. had to move up a couple models to get that fork with the allezm but the dealer told me the entry level sectuer now comes with a carbon fork. and at $800, it's about $200 cheaper than the allez with the carbon fork. the ellez's frame is more race aggressive, but i was looking for more of a rec/commute bike, so the sectuer was actually a better fit.
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