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Old 01-14-14, 01:58 PM
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What model specialized road bike is this

Just like the title says. Trying to figure out what model this is. https://boise.craigslist.org/bid/4277328653.html
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Old 01-14-14, 02:24 PM
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Try calling the number on the ad!
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Looks like a TIG welded aluminum frame....maybe from the mid to late 90's the earliest??
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Old 01-14-14, 03:13 PM
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Looks to be 1998 Allez Sport.
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Try calling the number on the ad!
Tried, He knows nothing about it. Said it was most likely an S-Works bike "Cause it has a big "S" on it".
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Have you seen this one? (Better bike imho, same size too).

https://boise.craigslist.org/bik/4269122630.html

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IIRC, lots of Specialized bikes had that big "S" on their seat tubes.......
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Old 01-14-14, 04:59 PM
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Originally Posted by Chris W. View Post
Have you seen this one? (Better bike imho, same size too).

https://boise.craigslist.org/bik/4269122630.html

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Components on the first bike are better and the bike is cheaper by >$100- 1998 18 speed implies 105 or better; the 24 speed on the second bike is Sora. You can get a brand-new 24-speed Sora bike with chrome-moly tubes for less than $400 at bikesdirect and not have to buy somebody's old bike.
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Old 01-14-14, 05:41 PM
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It is a 1995 Specialized M2 Road compe. Probably a tad underpriced, and a nice deal for a rider. Here is another one from this thread




Edit: This is the one I would pick and it wouldnt even be close. Also, the guy is correct, it is an S-Works

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Well guys I got it...
Pretty clean. Scratches on the top tube, Mosty looks like from moving it around a garage.
Rides super smooth.

But that means I will be putting my 85' John Howard up for sale.
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Old 01-14-14, 11:26 PM
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Wow a 54c seat tube that can fit "around 5"3 to 5"10 in height", that's one versatile frame! (I hope the OP is closer to 510)
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Congrats!
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Originally Posted by xMoshx View Post
Well guys I got it...
Pretty clean. Scratches on the top tube, Mosty looks like from moving it around a garage.
Rides super smooth.

But that means I will be putting my 85' John Howard up for sale.
Hmmm, a John Howard?

What size?
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Originally Posted by xMoshx View Post
Well guys I got it...
Pretty clean. Scratches on the top tube, Mosty looks like from moving it around a garage.
Rides super smooth.

But that means I will be putting my 85' John Howard up for sale.
Great score on the Allez. What is this for sale thing you are talking about? I thought the goal was to buy as many nice bikes as we could.
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Old 01-15-14, 07:37 AM
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Originally Posted by gomango View Post
Hmmm, a John Howard?

What size?
58 cm unmolested. I hate to let it go but it just don't fit.
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Old 01-16-14, 09:34 AM
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Originally Posted by xMoshx View Post
58 cm unmolested. I hate to let it go but it just don't fit.
I am interested in a 58 cm John Howard also. Any pictures? Any builder's signature (ie Tesch or Moulton)?

Jim

I like the Allez M2 also, always am on the look out for a nice early S-Works one. Congratulations!
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If it has the S-Works label, does that denote Scandium alloy in the frame?
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If it has the S-Works label, does that denote Scandium alloy in the frame?
The "M2" name was also the Specalized designation for the frame material. It's commercial name was "Duralcan" and I believe the material was made in Portland, OR and at least initially the frames were also made and welded there. The Duralcan, or M2, was a metal matrix composite of aluminum and ceramic (6061/Al2O3/10p). After the first few years of production, Specialized continued the development from M2 to M4. The M2 frames were "stick bikes" which meant that the tubes were all straight, no bends. The M4 was "manipulated" so the tubes were shaped. I personally have a 2000 S-Works Festina Team replica made from the M4 aluminum tubing. A couple of years later, Specialized used a Columbus tubing, another aluminum formulation, to come up with the "E5." Ith E5 was used on subsequent racing bikes and is still available today.

The "S-Works" name referrs to the small team of people who were dedicated to developing the new maierials and welding processes, and the designs of the frames. The Sepcialized "S-Works" started in about 1992 and first developed the M2 version of the Stumpjumper before moving to the M2 road bike a year or so later. The "S" in "S-Works" could mean "Specialized" or it could mean "Skunk", which is a double entendre for "Skunk Works" the meaning of a small division of a larger company that is dedicated to Advanced Development Projects and Technologies, especially for high performance. So the Specialized "S-Works" bikes were the declared "Top of the Line" for performance. All the professional racing bikes Specialized has made since the early 90's have been "S-Works" and the retail versions very nearly match their racing cousins.

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Originally Posted by xMoshx View Post
58 cm unmolested. I hate to let it go but it just don't fit.
Very cool.

Any pics?

Sounds nice.
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is that silver fork on the red bike pictured above the stock fork? I have a '95 m2 road bike and the fork looks the same, however I assumed it was a replacement. my bike is the purple colored model with the lowest spec group RSX. though I really can't complain other than a mildly sticky shift pod.
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Althekiller, that sticky RSX brifter can be easily cleaned up and made to work smoothly. Jut don't disassemble it or you will be really frustrated with the reassembly. Just soak it good with a light penetrant such as WD-40 or a mild cleaner solution and blow it clean and dry. They can get sticky from road grit and such over time and a cleaning will make a big difference. they are good, solid performing components, my '97 R500T Cannnondale has them installed and this worked wonders for them on it.

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Fork

I believe the fork used on most M2 road models was the same Direct Drive aluminum fork used on the earlier 90's steel Allez, so I assume the one in the picture is an original. I believe there was a "Direct Drive" logo or banner across the large "S" decal and also a decal on the fork that said "Direct Drive". The exception was the "Super Road Pro" which used a RockShox Paris Roubaix fork.

I sure would like to see some more M2 pictures!

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I linked this pic from another thread:

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Well I went to the local Bike CoOp and found some Shimano PD-7401 pedals in good shape. Was looking for these specificly because they work with the look delta that I have on the rest of my bikes. Little bit of tuning is needed on the rear derailleur. It skips around some every once and a while..

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Old 01-18-14, 03:25 AM
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someone asked for more pictures... my "grape" m2 with rsx 7 speed. hubs/rims, and drivetrain all original. not sure about fork or stem. swapped bars because the dude I bought it from had bullhorns set up, which was really weird with brifters IMO, VO seat post.

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no more? I'd love to see what others are out there roaming around, not just my entry level one...









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