Trek 1.5 vs. Specialized Allez
I am in the market to buy either a 2009 Trek 1.5 or a 2009 Specialized Allez..
I know they have the same components..
Any advice as to which one I should consider?
They are fairley similar. Ride them and see which one feels better.
Yeah, I plan on riding both. Ultimately that will influence my final decision. It’s funny, when I ask the sales staff about these bikes naturally the Specialized sales person wants to steer me into purchasing the Specialized and the Trek sales person want me to buy the Trek. When I ask them to expand on the differences between the two the only real answer I get from the both of them is the difference lies in the frame. Theirs being superior.. They are both aluminum and both weigh the same amount (components and all.)
The only difference I can see other than the frame looking a bit different between the two is that the Specialized has a carbon seat post while the trek has paired spoke designed wheels..
Also, there is almost a $200 difference in price between the two… Hmmmm
I think in reality, even the most honest and well meaning sales people are going to recommend the bike that's in their shop if it's a decent bike. I mean, what does a Specialized dealer actually know about Trek bikes, or visa-versa? At least they can ride around the bikes in their shop, and get feedback from customers who own the bikes for their own brand. Even then they often have no idea about their own bikes. How would they know anything about bikes that they don't sell?
Originally Posted by thethanos
So if they sell a bike, and it's a good bike, they're going to recommend their bike. "our frame is better" is sales guy crap where they always feel obligated to "steer" you towards buying their bike.
They both sound like great bikes. Buy whatever fits better. If they're the same, buy whatever looks nicer. If that's the same, buy whatever's cheaper. :-)
Got mine almost a year ago and I have never been more happy with a purchase.
I'm not switching frames until this one breaks down.
(except the rear wheel. the rear wheel totally sucked so I upgraded it, now my bike and I are invincible.)
With the same components, you're primary difference will be frame geometry. A road test is best; see how they feel. Hit a few bumps and see how compliant the frame is. See if one has "faster" steering than the other. Some like quick "racer" steering, some don't.