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Heres the Deal

Old 06-14-06, 06:54 PM
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Heres the Deal

Im work at a bike shop were I can get a Specialized Allez 06' for 600$ no tax. Im on a super tight budget and I noticed that on pricepoint.com they are selling a Cytek Roma bike for 400$ with the Exact same components as the Allez. The only thing that is stopping me is, Who the hell is Cytek? Has anyone heard of them, any background info. Im worried that I would only be paying for the Components while the frame is a piece of shidookee. Here are a couple links for you to check it out at

http://pricepoint.com/detail/14296-0...-Road-Bike.htm

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www.cytekbicycles.com
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Old 06-14-06, 07:08 PM
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Wow, not to change the subject but... I went over to Specialized website to compare. I noticed that the Allez comp triple is $50 more than the '05 model that I have, and it comes with 105! At that price range 105 is rediculous! Mine came with Ultegra/dura-ace mix! Albeit 9speed stuff but, at least it was Ultegra/dura... in my opinion that's just crazy!

By the way... thumbs up to the allez over the Cytek... hey, that picture of the Cytek looks like the bike was slapped together by teenagers like the K-mart bikes on the display rack... together but barely, and everything is loose or missing.
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Originally Posted by incipit
By the way... thumbs up to the allez over the Cytek... hey, that picture of the Cytek looks like the bike was slapped together by teenagers like the K-mart bikes on the display rack... together but barely, and everything is loose or missing.
I would be Putting the Bike together myself if that makes a difference
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Old 06-14-06, 07:47 PM
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Originally Posted by incipit
Wow, not to change the subject but... I went over to Specialized website to compare. I noticed that the Allez comp triple is $50 more than the '05 model that I have, and it comes with 105! At that price range 105 is rediculous! Mine came with Ultegra/dura-ace mix! Albeit 9speed stuff but, at least it was Ultegra/dura... in my opinion that's just crazy!

By the way... thumbs up to the allez over the Cytek... hey, that picture of the Cytek looks like the bike was slapped together by teenagers like the K-mart bikes on the display rack... together but barely, and everything is loose or missing.
Your Allez came with Ultegra and Dura Ace? Uhhhhhhhh**********??
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Get the Allez, it's reputable and consistent. You've got Specialized Co. backing you up if anything goes wrong, and almost all I know have had good experiences on their bikes.

The Cytek looks really weird. Look at that seat angle in the pic they've got! What the hell? I would be seriously wary about going for a bike like that.
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Dude seriously Specialized is a good company with a warranty to back there bikes...while I support new companys building new bikes, lets just say let them work out the bugs.
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Buy the bike from the place you work.... You should ride the products you guys sell....it makes 'cents'
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Originally Posted by Jakey
Buy the bike from the place you work.... You should ride the products you guys sell....it makes 'cents'

Not to mention if you have a problem with it you will have a warranty that will be easier to get redeemed at the LBS then over the internet. Being able to ride it is also a huge factor..... If yo need to switch out the stem you are stuck with the cytek.. but at your work you can just swap it out for a different size. This is a no brainer... pony up the extra cash and Go specialized!
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It is worth it. But I hate throwing down 600$ on a bike that im going to grow out of in a couple years
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Old 06-15-06, 10:28 AM
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Originally Posted by AllDownhill
It is worth it. But I hate throwing down 600$ on a bike that im going to grow out of in a couple years
You mean physically get too big for or get better and want a better bike? If its the former, I know how that goes, it hurts to spend the extra dough initially but after 2 or more years you won't really care too much about that $200 anyway. You save an extra $10 per month (one less movie or a couple less #4s at McD's a month) for 2 years and you've got more than that initial $200. If its the latter, you could plan ahead, save up and buy the next level Allez to hold you for a few extra years ...
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Not to mention if you have a problem with it you will have a warranty that will be easier to get redeemed at the LBS then over the internet.
Go with the Allez!

Specialized's lifetime frame warranty came through for me on the cracked BB on my 4-yr-old Allez Elite. A new program of theirs allowed an upgrade to a Tarmac Pro frame at a pretty deep discount.

2 months on the new frame, and I am still a very happy customer!
 
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Originally Posted by AllDownhill
<snip> Who the hell is Cytek? Has anyone heard of them, any background info.
www.cytekbicycles.com
Ever heard of Leader? ...Ibex? Cytek is basically the same thing.
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Do you plan to keep the bike for life? Resale value should be considered.

You could re-sell a Specialized Allez much easier than a Cytek Roma bike.
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If you need a larger size, you're SOL with the Cytek anyway--Pricepoint is showing only SM and MD available.
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