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Specialized Allez Riders??

Old 06-16-08, 03:30 PM
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Specialized Allez Riders??

I'm in the market for a new road bike this will be my first roadie. I was wondering what you guys think of the Allez?
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I love mine! It's a scary fast bike, and just a blast to ride!

It has compact geometry and a long top tube though, which makes it perfect for my short legs/long torso body.



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Originally Posted by Paco97
I'm in the market for a new road bike this will be my first roadie. I was wondering what you guys think of the Allez?
I love mine! I have the Allez Elite Comp and haven't had a moment where I have said, "I wish I had this". It's a little squirrely at first but once you get used to it and the way it handles... it's awesome!

I'm 5'11", 260lbs. Did have to true the rear wheel after 300 miles, but no major mechanical problems.

It was the only bike that fit me really well in the legs and torso.

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I'm 5'10" and have an 08 allez double. have about 150 miles on it so far. I couldn't get used to to the stock seat though and put on a different one. I may try that one again someday
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Mine is a black 2007 Allez Triple, and I've put well over 2000 miles on it now. I enjoy it quite a bit, but it is a somewhat twitchy, racing-oriented bike. I've done a century on it and commute with it regularly, and it's been a great all-around road bike for me. I'm 6'0" and 235 lbs. The wheels have held up quite well.
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I'm a steel/carbon guy myself, but if you're going aluminum the Allez is a great value. Specialized puts together great bikes and they take care of their customers!
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I have the Allez Elite Compact, with Shimano 105 front/Tiagra rear derailleurs, and compact 50/34 chainrings. I consider the money spent over and above the price of the base Allez to be worth it. I agree with the earlier poster's comment about a twitchy feel, but once you get some rides under your belt, it handles great. I like the stock Alias saddle -- make sure you get the size that fits your sitbones -- and the cushy bar tape is great, too. Color choices could be better.
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I have a 2006 Allez Sport Tripple. The 23 mm tires and aluminum frame transmit more road vibrations from chip seal asphalt to my body than my old 10-speed with a steel frame and 1 1/4" tires. I now have 4,000 miles on mine.

The 110 mm stem stretched me out too much and I replaced it with a shorter, higher stem. My pedals are a plastic composite and I have had trouble keeping a dust cap in the right pedal. The carbon seat post slipped a little all of the time until I moved the rear reflector collar down until it is on top of the seat post collar. That stopped the slippage.

I like the seat, but it took a little while to toughen up to it. But, I still need to get off of it for a minute or two after an hour or more.
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I like steal myself..that what ive been looking at..bianchi makes a steel roadie i just forgot the model
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I also have a rather new Allez Elite Compact. I like it a lot. It allows me to climb hills a lot better than my old bike with a standard 2-chainring setup, and the easiest gears are nearly identical to my wife's bike that has triple chainring. Whether or not to get a triple or double chainring setup is just a matter of preference IMHO.

Like Tom said, it also handles my weight just fine, and is very stiff and responsive. They say that it is a "race" bike, but it rides a lot smoother than any aluminum racer that I ever rode before. It is not as smooth as many of the modern carbon fiber comfort bikes, but sucks up road shocks better than any of the old-school bikes that I used to ride. Well...with the exception of old steel touring frames with really long wheel bases.

I also like the longer top-tube, even though I have different fit issues than Tom. My torso and arms are at the lower-end of average length for my height, but I have really long thigh bones. If the top tube is not long enough for Tom, it sounds like he gets all bowed/hunched over the handlebars; and if I don't have a long top tube, my knees tend to hit my arms when I'm seated, and my knees also smack the handlebar ends pretty frequently when I stand up to sprint (especially starting out at traffic lights).

There are a lot of great bikes out there, though. I should mention that I almost got the Giant OCR3, or Trek 2500 instead of the Allez, but the combination of the deal that I got, and the reputation of the bike shop made the difference in favor of the Allez.

Test ride lots of bikes, and REALLY make sure that you like how it feels to ride before you make your decision. You may find that you pefer another type of bike entirely.

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