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2003 Specialized Allez Pro 27

Old 05-22-14, 09:23 PM
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2003 Specialized Allez Pro 27

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I'm a newbie getting into road biking and I want some advice before I purchase my first bike. I've been searching for a road bike lately and I ran across a 2003 model of the Specialized Allez Pro 27 on craigslist. The bike has a 56 cm aluminum frame (I'm 5'10) with a carbon fork and has stock components (Dura-Ace Triple group), but it also has some noticeable scuffs on the frame. I was wondering if it's worth the purchase. It's listed at $500, but I managed to talk the owner down to $400. I'm hesitant on purchasing it because of the negative reviews of the components (that it will be hard to replace in the future as Shimano opted for a crankset with 30/39/53 teeth instead of the standard), but also because of the scuffs on the bike itself. I'm afraid the scuffs might be more than just aesthetics. The owner send me some pictures that shows the scuffs. I'll be meeting with the owner soon to check out the bike, so any advice is welcomed!
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Old 05-22-14, 09:39 PM
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That bike was around $2800 new. It has a heck of a nice parts group and wheelset. I would lose zero (and I do mean zero) sleep over parts being "hard to replace." 9 speed parts are available and the concern about the crankset not being the "standard" (whatever that means) is simply not warranted. I see very little to be concerned about regarding "scuffs" with these pics. The scuffs on the headtubes are due to cable rub; no big deal and you can buy clear lizard skin protectors to prevent this from getting worse.

Frankly if the wheels turn true, the frame rides well, and the parts work well, you are getting such a good deal that my main concern might be whether this is a legitimate sale or not at $400.

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Old 05-22-14, 09:46 PM
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Thanks for the reply. I'm not that knowledgeable about bikes, so every detail kind of confuses me. I'll definitely snag the bike up.
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Old 05-22-14, 10:13 PM
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Oh, and I was wondering how the Dura-Ace components compare to the newer 105s and Ultegras (like 2012 onward).
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Old 05-23-14, 12:07 PM
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They cost much more , but do the same thing .. push the chain sideways ..
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Newer components may shift very slightly better and possibly be very slightly lighter, but unless you are experienced enough to be a competitive racer, you probably won't notice.
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There is a noticeable difference between brand new a 2016 105 f-derail and this old Dura-Ace. The old stuff has a smoother feel and more trim adjustments. I don't have the r. derail any more, so I can't speech to it.
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