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Specialized Allez Sport vs Elite

Old 09-02-06, 12:16 AM
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Specialized Allez Sport vs Elite

I am going to get my first road bike through my friend who can get discounts on Specialized bikes. I was looking at the Allez Sport and Elite models. For a first time rider, am I going to notice a huge difference between these two models? It's about 300 more for me to get the Elite, but I still need to get pedals, shoes, and other gear. I just don't want to regret not getting the Elite later if there's that much of a difference.
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look here?
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I guess it all depends on how much you're planning on being on the bike. If you're just going to go for casual rides with the SO every other weekend then it probably won't make much of a difference. If you're planning on going 5-6 days a week, then it'll make a lot more of a difference.
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The Elite is a better bike in every way. Most notably, it has the E5 frame [vs, generic A1 aluminum] and a 105 drivetrain. You'l notice the difference.
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I have a 2005 Allez Sport whaich I am very happy with and it was all I could afford at the time. If I would have had the extra money I certainly would have went up. I think you will be happier in the long run if you go ahead and spend the extra money now.
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Originally Posted by Ray Dockrey
I have a 2005 Allez Sport whaich I am very happy with and it was all I could afford at the time. If I would have had the extra money I certainly would have went up. I think you will be happier in the long run if you go ahead and spend the extra money now.
+1 to that. The Sport is solid and not breakable. It's also a triple which I don't need, get the extra $300 and go for the elite if you can. Don't skimp on shorts either though! I got the regular specialized B/G road comp shoes and they're great. No need to spend $150 on shoes!
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You'll notice the difference if you start riding more. The Sport is fine for casual riders. If you plan on riding a fair amount, go for the Elite. I've got an '05 and it's a great bike. The '06 is even better.
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Elite all the way

I have an 06 Elite which I love. I would spend the bucks on the bike and skimp on the shoes if I had a choice.

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