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Buying a used specialized allez

Old 05-15-16, 06:34 AM
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Buying a used specialized allez

Hello,

I was looking to buy this bike off of craigslist.
Can anyone off any advice? Is this a good price? How does the bike look.
Looks like it has a tiagra group set and maybe the model has a carbon front fork(?)
I'm just getting into road cycling, and I thought I might get a bike to see if I like it. I've been riding a mountain bike for the past couple of years.

Any help would be greatly appreciated.

Thanks!

Edit: https://atlanta.craigslist.org/wat/bik/5585785415.html

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Old 05-15-16, 06:48 AM
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Old 05-15-16, 07:14 AM
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Oh dear, that's embarassing.
Here you go : Specialized Allez Road Bike
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Old 05-15-16, 07:20 AM
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That's the old Tiagra system and the current generation seems to have come a long way from the one on that bike. How tall are you? Can you comfortably ride an XL frame?

I get that it's cheap, but if it's not the correct size, you're likely going to hate it and never ride it.
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Go get it very soon.
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Old 05-15-16, 07:29 AM
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It looks like a good price for a great bike. Going from mtb's it will feel very fast.However, it looks like the previous owner knew nothing about bike fitting- look at the seat angled down, the up angled handlebars, and the super extended seatpost. I'm no expert though.

.Put frankly, I'd buy it ASAP.
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Old 05-15-16, 07:43 AM
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I e-mailed the owner, she said it was from 2008. I've visited bike shops before, I'm about 6'2'' and they recommended a 58cm frame. I realize that it's not a great estimate, but apart from going and getting fully fit, I think that this may work? Is it hard to adjust the bike so it would better fit me?

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If that fits you, and it should, that is a pretty good deal. I have seen garbage on Craigslist go for more than that. Get it.
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Yeah - I agree with the others. If you're 6'2" then you should be able to fit the 58cm bike. Go for it!
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Originally Posted by ShreyasM123 View Post
Looks like it has a tiagra group set and maybe the model has a carbon front fork(?)
It will have a carbon fork with steel steerer tube. Nice bike for the money
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Originally Posted by thin_concrete View Post
Yeah - I agree with the others. If you're 6'2" then you should be able to fit the 58cm bike. Go for it!
I agree as well, that's around the right size for that height.
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Old 05-15-16, 07:54 PM
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Is it hard to adjust the bike so it would better fit me?
You would need a bike tool to lower the seat. The seat should only be as high as your crotch. When you are in a standing position.

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Originally Posted by Chris0516 View Post
The seller doesn't mention which model of the Allez it is. Comparing the pic of the bike, against what is on Specialized's website. Judging from the frame design, and the wheels. It looks to be closest to being the Specialized Allez Dolce Comp. On Specialized's website. That bike goes for $1,500.

But in the seller's pic. The top tube meets the rear down tube, above the top point of the rear wheel. In the pics on Specialized's website, ALL the present Allez bike frames have the top tube, meeting the rear down tube. Below the top point of the rear wheel.

Find out more about the bike. Because, The price he listed is 16 2/3%(1/6)1/6 of what Specialized is selling it for as an original.

They have to have a reason for knocking 83 1/3% off of the price.
I believe it is the specialized allez 18 (2008), similar or identical to this model.
https://www.evanscycles.com/speciali...-bike-00126892
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Old 05-15-16, 10:36 PM
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I have a 2008 Specialized Allez Elite and it is a great bike still to this day. I recently purchased a Specialized Tarmac so I don't ride the Elite right now, but am keeping it as a backup bike. For $250 though that bike is a great deal. I am 6'0" and I ride a 58cm comfortably. Hopefully you get it.
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LOVE the tape!!!

At that price, definitely, as long bike has no major issues. If you end up liking biking, could always sell (or maybe even trade in) for just about what you paid for it when you go to upgrade!!

Oh... and yeah, might wanna just straighten out those bars and the seat a pinch?!!!
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Originally Posted by ShreyasM123 View Post
I believe it is the specialized allez 18 (2008), similar or identical to this model.
https://www.evanscycles.com/speciali...-bike-00126892
Ok
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Originally Posted by Chris0516 View Post
You would need a bike tool to lower the seat. The seat should only be as high as your crotch. When you are in a standing position.
You would need an allen wrench to adjust seat height. On a properly fit road bike you shouldn't be able to put your feet on the ground while sitting on the saddle. But 58 should be ok for OP and the Internet is full of info on how to properly fit a bike and there is even a subforum here on fitting
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