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New Trek 1000 or Older Specialized Allez Epic

Old 07-16-05, 02:14 PM
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New Trek 1000 or Older Specialized Allez Epic

Alright everyone, one last question before I make my big purchace. Which one of these is the bigger bang for the buck...

Older (90's) Specialized Allez Epic
Carbon Fiber Frame - 19lbs Total (Bike Weight)
Front / Rear Deraileurs - Shimano 105
Brake Calipers - Shimano 105
172.5mm Shimano 105 Crankset
700c Mavic Wheelset Centered by Shimano 105 Sealed Bearing Hubs
Vittoria Rubino Pro Kevlar Race Tires
Selle Royal saddle
$700.00

Or a Brand New Trek 1000 for $550.00

Thanks everyone!
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Old 07-16-05, 02:22 PM
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I'd pick up the Epic.

A. Carbon is spiffy
B. Full 105 instead of Sora, 2203 and Tiagra
C. Better saddle (providing it isn't all worn out)

and finally

D. Carbon fiber is spiffy
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Old 07-17-05, 11:11 AM
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Yep, I'd go with the epic as long as the frame is good, and you have some mechanical skill for the right tuneup (I'm assuming the used epic is not from LBS)...
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I don't know - the shifters are on the downtubes and the frame is carbon maintubes as opposed to full carbon. Meaning the Epic is from the early 90's.

I was trying to figure what I would do when you posted this in the other thread and honestly, I'd want something newer than the Epic and a bit better than the 1000 - like a 1400 or a Scattante 550 or 650.

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I wouldn't pay $700 for a 10+ year old Epic.
That's how much a paid for my new Allez Sport.
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I think I agree with Rad on this one, even though I am a fan of Specialized bikes. My motivation would mostly be the service and warranty that comes with a new purchase. You're also looking at a more difficult time replacing parts if they become worn or you want to upgrade, I think.
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