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Old 10-22-06, 10:28 PM
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Vintage Specialized Carbon Fiber Allez Epic

This older Carbon Fiber Allez Epic with the yellow paint and aluminum lugs just went for $776 on ebay.

https://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll...2998&rd=1&rd=1

Granted, two newbie bidders jacked up that price. Recently, I found one with the red paint (it's older than with the yellow, correct?) for $150 in nice shape and gave it to my brother. The question is, considering how much the price was inflated on this auction, how nice of a Christmas gift should my brother get for me this year?

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Old 10-23-06, 04:57 AM
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Jeeze, that is one fine bike! If the one you gave your brother was that nice, I want to see the bike(s) that you've kept for yourself.
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The ones I have aren't as cool. I've got a mid 80's Maruishi, a late 80's Specialized, a Lemond Nevada City w/ Reynolds 853 tubing, and an older Bianchi mountain bike.
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i have a little gallery of some vintage carbon tubed bikes....

https://picasaweb.google.com/norcalpa...troCarbonBikes

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Originally Posted by BlankCrows
This older Carbon Fiber Allez Epic with the yellow paint and aluminum lugs just went for $776 on ebay.

https://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll...2998&rd=1&rd=1

Granted, two newbie bidders jacked up that price. Recently, I found one with the red paint (it's older than with the yellow, correct?) for $150 in nice shape and gave it to my brother. The question is, considering how much the price was inflated on this auction, how nice of a Christmas gift should my brother get for me this year?
Weren't all of these recalled? I remember handing out a ton of warranty m2 frames because the bonding wasn't so hot on these.
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Old 10-28-06, 08:37 PM
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I told one of my freinds at work about all the great old road bikes I was finding at garage sales. He decides to go to a garage sale and sure enough, they're selling a Specialized, Epic CarbonFibre frame road bike, 16 speed with brifters for (aaaagh) $40. They were selling it at that low price because one of the brifters was not shifting. I sprayed some bike chain lube into the brifter and he was good to go. How come my luck isn't that good?
For the OP, your brother owes you big. I think a new cycling jersey or cycling shoes would not be outof the question.
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I have a Specilized Allez Epic Carbon I just purchased for $190. It is not in the best shape I think the shifters are shot. (One of them does not do anything, "the small shift lever does not move the derailure") I am looking at some used shifters but I can only find a 9 speed shifter (at good prices) if I did that I know I would have to get a nine speed wheel, would it work? Also I am not positive of the year I know it is carbon with silver alluminium lugs and yellow lettering. Help.......
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Old 03-12-08, 12:29 PM
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also whats the deal with the recall????
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Originally Posted by razorbackrider View Post
I have a Specilized Allez Epic Carbon I just purchased for $190. It is not in the best shape I think the shifters are shot. (One of them does not do anything, "the small shift lever does not move the derailure") I am looking at some used shifters but I can only find a 9 speed shifter (at good prices) if I did that I know I would have to get a nine speed wheel, would it work? Also I am not positive of the year I know it is carbon with silver alluminium lugs and yellow lettering. Help.......
Are they friction shifters? Indexed? What's current set up on the cassette/freewheel? The reason I ask is that the problem may be simple. Shifter Cable binding? Give us details.
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Originally Posted by BlankCrows View Post
...... how nice of a Christmas gift should my brother get for me this year?
I think your brother owes you a debt he can never fully repay. Unless the one you gave him is one that escaped the recall and fails catastrophically.

Then, you're even.
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Originally Posted by razorbackrider View Post
also whats the deal with the recall????
If you have brifters, don't give up. Flush with WD-40 until it's dripping out, then flush again with twice as much. Spray some chain lube inside, alternating back and forth. Keep trying to shift, as soon as you get one gear to shift, you will know eventually you will get them all back. End the flush with chain lube not WD-40. Chain lube and WD-40 cost about $20 for full cans. Brifters will run about $80-$120 off ebay, maybe more. The example I gave in this thread was completely frozen, after flushing they worked perfecly to this day.
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Old 03-12-08, 02:58 PM
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Several of the old allez epics for were recalled for tubes pulling out of lugs, namely the chainstays coming out at the dropouts. Thi did give a bad name to ALL carbon tube/aluminum lug bikes. I have nop idea what Specialized would do about it now. probably pro-rate you that frame back. i.e. "We'll give you a $20 credit towards the purchase of a new specialized allez"
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The shifter are 105s STIs double chain ring. I am at work so I dont remember the exact symptons but, what I recall is the large shifter/brake works fine. The smaller shifter moves but does not move the derailure it seems as if there is no resistence on it. Any Ideas?
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Well, the frame alone is definately worth it. a pair of 105 STI's is worth it, and the good thing about 105 (and 600, ultegra, dura ace) is that they are fully rebuildable by any shop. i say go for it!
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I believe the red lettered ones are earlier vintage, and the yellow lettered ones came after. The one I found above had DT shifters. I'll venture to guess the yellow ones had the problem sorted out.
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Man I called local bike shop to see if the shifters are rebuildable and they said no, No shimano road shifters are rebuildable. But he did say that I may have the infamous issue that can be fixed by spraying down with WD-40. So I will try tomorrow.
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I have a 94 CF Epic Allez and was told that the darker grey bottom bracket was the upgrade to fix the separation problem.
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Mine is dark gray as well so, maybe I am ok.
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Thanks to everyones advice I used locktite super penetrating oil and moved the shift levers around for a few minutes and it started working I will still need to adjust the derailure but that is easy enough.
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yep. The originals were black with yellow decals and more silvery colored lugs. They went with red decals for 1990, and then Specialized changed their decals, making the name the same font they use in print, and on their bikes to this day. They also went back to yellow decals, but the aluminum lugs were a darker, smoky gray.

Later frames were one color, with the lugs painted the same color as the tubes.
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Here it is
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