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1985 Specialized Allez SE vs 1988 Trek 400T

Old 10-24-16, 01:52 PM
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1985 Specialized Allez SE vs 1988 Trek 400T

Which one is worth more? And how much?


The frame on the Trek seems to be in much better shape to me. It also has indexed shifting. However, you can't go wrong with the Suntour Superbe on the Allez. And the Allez was near the top of the line for Specialized the year it was made while the 400T seems to have been on the lower end of things for Trek. The Allez is much more race oriented while the 400T is more multi-purpose. Personally, I have always wanted an Allez from that era. Just trying to figure out how things compare when bikes have different strengths and weaknesses.


1985 Specialized Allez SE:

SunTour New Superbe Pro front and rear derailleurs. Suntour New Superbe Pro shifters.
Special series double-butted chromoly.
Catalog.



1988 Trek 400T:

Shimano Light Action GS front derailleur. Shimano Deore Indexing rear derailleur. SIS shifters.
True Temper RC-1 double butted chromoly.
Catalog.

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Specialized Allez would be the choice of many if looking for the most sporting potential, but it all depends on what you are looking for, If you want something that will easily take on things like racks for medium touring duty, the Trek would be the better choice for its versatility and possibly more stable loaded handling.
Figure spending about 400 bucks if the Allez is in very good condition especially with the top line Superbe Pro group on it and about 250 bucks for the Trek, in the same condition
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Well depends on what you want from a bike.
Trek: if you're sport tourer or fast recreational bike.
Allez: fast racing/training bike.
Allez worth more for any reason you can think of except sentimental. I'd take that Allez because of the movie American Flyers.
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*whistle* buy 'em both?

If you're trying to decide between one or the other, first assess size and fit--if you get that wrong, it won't matter which is 'better'.

I'll let others debate component groups, and instead share my experience with my partner's 1989 Trek 520. It's gorgeous. Same lugwork as that 400T. Wonderful paint, and cool rear derailleur cable routing through the chainstay. Also the seatpost bolt between the seatstays is so elegant--I got super jealous of her bike while I was restoring it, despite having many fine bikes myself.

Tubesets between that Allez and 400T being near equal, you should also consider function. The Trek can run full fenders and a rack--the Allez can't (no braze-ons).

Value $ = depends on where you're located, but frankly those 2 bikes are evenly matched in my opinion. They'd sell for $300-$600 in my neck of the woods.
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