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'06 Specialized Allez Sport vs. '05 Cannondale R500

Old 08-31-05, 01:32 PM
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'06 Specialized Allez Sport vs. '05 Cannondale R500

Hello all! I would like to gather some opinions on which of these two bikes is should get. I rode both today, and I actually liked the feel and ride and look of the Allez Sport a bit more than the Cannondale R500, but they were very close. They Allez has a tighter geometry, which I like for my city riding. I'll be using the bike for some commuting, a lot of fitness riding, and maybe a spot of racing- I want to start racing a bit, see how I do.

'06 Specialized Allez Sport, dark grey/black, $850
Alunininum with carbon forks and seatpost
Shimano 105/Tiagra 27 speed groupo
Alex AT-400 wheelset w. Mondo Comp tires
Made in Taiwan

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'05 Cannondale R500, dark blue, $850
Caad 5 frame
105/Tiagra groupo, same as the Allez Sport
Jipemme tri spoke wheels
MADE IN THE USA

The cannondale is a tad bit lighter, but the Specialized rides really nice. really responsive, but solid and smooth, didn't feel squirelly.
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I'd go with the best ride, if they ride the same I'd go with the Cannondale.

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Sounds like you liked the Specialized better. What does it matter what a bunch of people on the internet think?
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I ride a allez elite and am very happy with it. The weight of the cdale is not of significance so I would go with best feel
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yes, that's true. But frankly road bikes like these are all a bit new to me. I ride an early 80's Japanese Schwinn Traveller or Voyager, but new road bikes feel totally different.
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Support the USA, go Cannondale!
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