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    used '05 specialized allez elite triple- How much should I pay?

    Hey, so I'm looking at getting a road bike since I currently only have a triathlon bike (QR seduza) and saw a local ad for a 2005 specialized allez elite triple for $600 and was wondering what people think. The guy says it only has 1,000 miles on it which seems really low (maybe too low for a '05 since I've probably put a good 2,000 miles on my tri bike in the past year). Nevertheless, I plane on haggling a bit (most people jack up the price to account for this anyway), so what should my max be?

    My plane for this bike is to use it for doing hill routes and mountain passes mainly since although I really like my tri bike, I here that road bikes are a lot better at climbing. Yeah most people find it crazy that I've never really ridden a road bike but I'm only 20 so when i got into triathlons, I only bought a tri bike. Actually, I've gotten a ton of road biker ask how I do serious climbs with a tri bike like the Appalachian gap http://www.northeastcycling.com/six_gaps.html. I will say this gap was hell spinning at like 30 rpm at times in my lowest gear.

    So what do y'all think about this bike to help my climbing needs?
    specs: http://www.specialized.com/us/en/bc/...jsp?spid=21291

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    600 is a good price I think. But have you considered tweaking gears on your tri bike? What do you have right now - is that compact and 11-25? You can get 11-28 or 11-30 for a fraction of price of the Specialized, and it'll actually be better for climbing than the drivetrain on the Specialized (specs say that it has a 12-25 cassette).

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    I paid $550 for mine on CL about 1.5 years ago. $600 isn't bad though. They're great bikes, just make sure it fits you.
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    A few things:

    I sold an '05 Bianchi with (9-speed 105's) for $750 two weeks ago. The market here is kinda high. I'd say shoot for $550, but if it fits and is in good shape you shouldn't walk away at $600.

    Mileage that low is possible. Some folks have a couple other bikes, or a growing family, or other hobbies, or... I've seen a number of bikes that get 500 miles that first summer and then hang in the garage until they are sold 4-5 years later.

    Good luck with your plan (no 'e').
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    I bought my 2009 Allez Sport for like $720-$740 and sold it for $680 w/ 120 miles. People buy bikes and after a few miles realize they are just not into it. Hold on to the bike and sell it in 3-4 years when it's taking up too much space.

    $500-$550 is tops I would pay for a 2005 w/ 1k miles.
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    That is a great bike. If it is really in good shape, I think the price is fair.

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    my tri bike has a 11-25 rear and compact 34-50 up front which i guess in theory isn't bad for climbing but i guess the geometry of the bike makes it a little hard (i also ride a good 5 inches of saddle to areo bar drop). The specialized does have a 12-25 but it is a 52-42-30 triple.
    How much would a 11-28 help compared to a 11-25 and can you pull it off without changing derailer (short cage ultegra 6700) or chain length?

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    The derailleur should be fine (if you went that route), but you might need a new chain (a few links longer).
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    Given that you have the triple with the 30 chainring, I think you may be fine with the stock 11-25.

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    Quote Originally Posted by fstshrk View Post
    Given that you have the triple with the 30 chainring, I think you may be fine with the stock 11-25.
    I think he was talking about the possibility of a larger cassette on his tri-bike as a way to get an additional climbing gear. Otherwise I'd agree that a triple with 25 shoud be plenty.
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