...Now tell me if it's really the one I want! Haha.
2014 Specialized Allez Sport.
Fun, social rides
Train up to a 2 day, 150 mile event next spring. (BP MS150).
<$900, and that's the top.
I ride my mountain bike pretty much every day now.
I don't believe in 'buy once, cry once'. I do research.
As of right now it's the 2014 Allez Sport, waiting until they are 'closeouts'. That should be in a just a month or two, yes?
If not, I found some local sources for 2013 models (blue). I just really like that red...
I've ridden the Allez Sport (56cm), Trek 1 series (56cm), GT Attack 3.0 (58cm), and Diamondback Podium 2 (56cm). There was no regular Allez in my size range, and I was kind of upsold by the LBS regarding the components to the Sport.
Am I on the right track? Is there a bike I might be leaving out? Does a newb like me need to spend the extra money to get the sport, or just go base Allez and be happy?