2014 Allez Comp vs 2014 CAAD8 105
Looking for a bit of advice on these two bikes. I'm a serious runner looking to add biking to the repertoire, and have decided to purchase my first road bike. I'll be using it mostly for cross-training once or twice a week, riding anywhere between 1-2h on weekdays and 4-6h on weekends and my form improves.
Don't plan on doing any bike racing per say (never say never), but I think I'll opt to try a duathlon or tri (half-iron distance) in the future.
Would appreciate your suggestions on which bike may be the better fit. Test rode the Allez last weekend and had a fun time. Testing the CAAD this Saturday. Price on both is comparable, $1200 at my LBS.
In my mind, what the Specialized has going for it is the frame with Smartweld and full carbon, the CAAD has otherwise the better groupset (105s) and pretty much everything else.
Specialized: E5 w/ Smartweld, Tarmac fork, Tiagra groupset, BB30 Gossamer (the website is down)
CAAD8: CAAD8 5 105 - CAAD8 - Elite Race - ROAD - BIKES - 2014
I want to invest in a bike that I could potentially upgrade over the years (i.e. wheels), but having said that I doubt I'll be pumping money into it the gear-set unless it needs fixing/replacement.
Thanks for your help!
"I doubt I'll be pumping money into it the gear-set unless it needs fixing/replacement." Then go with the CAAD w/ 105
This review led to me to test ride and buy my CAAD 8. If I had seen a similar review on the Allez it probably would have come down to which bike I liked better lookwise. I think Cannondale road bikes in general look much more nicer than Specialized.
Cannondale CAAD8 Tiagra review | road.cc
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If you end up liking both bikes equally, if you get a better vibe from one bike shop than the other, get the bike from the shop you like better. It's nice to walk into a shop that is friendly.
If both shops seem great, get the bike that feels better and/or looks better to you. Both bikes are pretty nice, and both companies are reliable.
I've ridden both $700 entry level bikes and $10k superbikes, and both will be fine for 100% of the riding you said that you're planning on doing. Buy it, ride it, enjoy it!