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Allez Elite vs. Ventura Race

Old 02-09-08, 07:48 AM
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Allez Elite vs. Ventura Race

Well, I rode the Allez Elite last night, and was fairly impressed with it. The saddle is obviously so different from my Trek Hybrid, that's what I noticed more than anything else. It's selling for $1049, but the shop is having a sale, so it'll probably be close to $1k, which I think is a really good deal.
I'm going to ride an '07 Jamis Ventura Race today, which is $950. There isn't enough difference in price to worry about, so it seems like it'll come down to which one I like better.
I was looking at a FELT F85 and F75 (TofCA edition) but both of those are $1099, which is $100 more than the other two, which based on everything I've read are two of the best bikes I can get in my price range of less than $1200.
Can anyone offer any last minute advice on what I should look for, in terms of fit? Thanks in advance.
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Old 02-09-08, 05:21 PM
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Well, I ended up going with the Allez Elite. I rode the Ventura Race, which seemed fine. The I rode the Allez again, and it seemed about the same. I asked the guy at the shop about the sale, and he said he could get me the Allez Elite for $900. Most reviews have said this is a great bike for a beginner, and certainly enough not need to upgrade soon, so this was kind of a no brainer. I had to order it, so it should be in on Thursday. Woo hoo!
Test riding today, I can certainly see why people like road bikes. It's easy to go fast, and to me it seemed more comfortable than my hybrid.
Although I didn't get any advice on this thread, I've gotten lots of good advice and seen helpful reviews while shopping for my bike. So thanks everyone.
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Awesome!

You got a great bike and a good deal. Ride it like you stole it!
The felts are a great bike too, but I don't think they'd be worth the additional 300 bucks.
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Old 02-09-08, 08:06 PM
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Well, I won't get it until next weekend, hopefully Friday. But, here is the picture from the Specialized website. https://www.specialized.com/bc/SBCEqu...lite%20Compact
This'll have to hold me over. :-)
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I got the Allez elite too, its a great bike. The first thing that I changed were the grips, I did not like them at all. Then the wheels but the bike is perfect if left default.

Have fun riding, too bad its winter right now...
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Nice -- specialized have tarted up the Allez quite nicely for 2008, a slick looking bike. Gotta ask -- did you notice a difference with the Zerts inserts?
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Well, I live in Houston, and it's supposed to get into the 70s, so for the most part, I think our winter is over with.
As far as the Zertz inserts, I'm not sure. I rode the Allez Double, just to get a feel for the geometry, and I don't believe that has them. The ride felt pretty smooth to me on the double, so I can only imagine what it'll be like with the inserts, carbon seat post, seat stays and fork.
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It'll be interesting to see if you find much difference from the Double. FWIW I ride a Roubaix which has zertz up the wazzoo and have no axe to grind. Enjoy the ride.
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I would have loved to step up to a Roubaix, but it was way out of my price range, since the bottom end one starts at $1600. Seeing as this is my first bike, I wanted something that I could ride for a number of years without having to upgrade as I get better. I think this one will work just fine.
I will have to work on some yoga and pilates for my core to keep my back from bothering me while being in the "racing" position for long rides.
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