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Road Test/Bike Review (1992) SPECIALIZED Allez Comp

Old 04-01-23, 08:00 AM
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Old 04-01-23, 08:36 AM
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I have one. Darn nice bike with meh paint at this point.
deserves a refinish.
this frame has the origins of DiNucci design for Specialized that culminated in his much later Anniversary frames he orchestrated.
did not have the loose cash to buy one of those unfortunately.
He had an excess run of those tubes and fittings, has built a few with them. Not cheap and the clock might be running out.
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Great read, thanks. I wonder how much stiffer this frame is from my Tesch built Team Allez?
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Old 04-01-23, 03:49 PM
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legendary bike from Speciliazed as much as was the first lugged allez epic in carbon made in 1992. Thanks for sharing
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Were the built-in seatstay caps brazed on to the lug, or was the cluster cast as one piece?
It's good to see aluminum forks getting some recognition.
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Were the built-in seatstay caps brazed on to the lug, or was the cluster cast as one piece?
I think the upper seat tube cluster was cast as one piece, so that the seatstays only needed to be cut to length and mitered "flat".
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Originally Posted by BMC_Kid View Post
Great read, thanks. I wonder how much stiffer this frame is from my Tesch built Team Allez?
buy both and report, while not common, they often are not expensive.
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Old 04-03-23, 12:58 PM
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Originally Posted by repechage View Post
buy both and report, while not common, they often are not expensive.
super helpful but I need another bike in my stable like I need a hole in my head. I’ll stick with my Team Allez.


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Originally Posted by BMC_Kid View Post
super helpful but I need another bike in my stable like I need a hole in my head. Iíll stick with my Team Allez.


superb bike, it seems to have its original continental grand prix tires
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Originally Posted by BMC_Kid View Post
super helpful but I need another bike in my stable like I need a hole in my head. Iíll stick with my Team Allez.


riding the other is the only real way to answer your question. Riding response, evaluation is very personal.

I like mine for the design. Subjectively? Rather ride an early 70's Colnago.
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Originally Posted by georges1 View Post
superb bike, it seems to have its original continental grand prix tires
I believe itís all original. My brother found it for me in Denver from the original owner who said he rode it a half dozen times and then stored it. When I got it I replace the original black anodized stem with a Dura Ace and the black Turbo seat with a white perforated example of the same year stamping. Both are tucked away and will go with the bike when I eventually sell it. It doesnít have a single blemish in the paintwork. And I believe the tires are original to the bike and still in excellent condition.
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Today I learned that clipless pedals used to be included on a new bike.
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Originally Posted by BMC_Kid View Post
Great read, thanks. I wonder how much stiffer this frame is from my Tesch built Team Allez?
I would say the difference would be very noticeable. I think I've got three of those early 90's Allez frames floating around here. The oversize tubing makes them stiffer than a a steel bike with traditional tubing sizes. 700 23 tires are comfortable on my 1985 Allez, not so much on the trio of 93ish Allez frames I have. I noticed the same thing on my 1996 Lemond Zurich. It has oversize tubing as well.
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Today I learned that clipless pedals used to be included on a new bike.
It's still weird for some of us to see bikes for sale and in magazine reviews without pedals. The article text sounds like the trend to no pedals was just beginning at this point in time.
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Originally Posted by BMC_Kid View Post
I believe itís all original. My brother found it for me in Denver from the original owner who said he rode it a half dozen times and then stored it. When I got it I replace the original black anodized stem with a Dura Ace and the black Turbo seat with a white perforated example of the same year stamping. Both are tucked away and will go with the bike when I eventually sell it. It doesnít have a single blemish in the paintwork. And I believe the tires are original to the bike and still in excellent condition.
Pretty stunning bike. I love those early Dura Ace brake shoes. And awesome stem upgrade.
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Pretty stunning bike. I love those early Dura Ace brake shoes. And awesome stem upgrade.
Thank you! The Dura-Ace stems are one of my favorites.
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Thank you! The Dura-Ace stems are one of my favorites.
Same here. Arguably the nicest quill stems ever produced.
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Great read. Thank you, as always!
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