Join Date: Feb 2010
Location: In the wilds of NY
Bikes: Box Dog Pelican, Raleigh Sojourn, Specialized Secteur, 1991 Cannondale tandem
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Originally Posted by Gpaw44
I am thinking about getting a 2012 Specialized Secteur Comp Compact for my first Road Bike! I would appreciate any thoughts you might have on this bike or recommendations. This is about my price range for right now. I have been riding a Trek 7.5 FX and would like to move up.
I have a 2010 Secteur Apex. Which started out life as a Secteur with the Sora/Tiagra components, but that's another story. ;-) The sora RD/etc worked perfectly fine, all the time. I wouldn't particularly worry about it. The one thing that truly sucked about it was the shifters. The thumb button for downshifting was a royal PITA. You wouldn't have to deal with that with the 105 groupset.
As for the frame and geometry - it's a comfy bike for pavement. It will keep you relatively upright compared to a "real" race bike. I find it just fine for 50mile+ rides.
Oh, the tires were awful as well - I believe they were the Specialized "all-condition" ones. They would flat if you looked at them cross-eyed. I replaced them, and haven't had a flat since.
Speed? You're the one who determines how fast you are, unless you're pro-class. If you're considering a Secteur, you're not there yet. ;-) It will do just fine as a basic all-rounder.
P.S. That's the Secteur in my Avatar pic. The cat is not included. ;-)
Knows the weight of my bike to the nearest 10 pounds.