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Old 04-24-08, 09:27 AM
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noobie with question on an 07 Allez

ok folks have been reading on here for a week now, but finally got around to registering.

Anyway,I am mostly a mt. biker, but last year was biking to work a lot (about 5 miles 1 way). Several workers are huge road bikers and had offered their knowledge on the topic to me, but at the time I was strapped for cash and could not afford a road bike.

Well, thank you GW for the stimulus check!

Now, I live in southern AZ and can ride year round, but bike prices are high, so while I am on a busniness trip to Denver I am looking to pick up a bike, specifically an Allez. I had been looking at an Allez for quite some time now (rented an Allez elite 07 model for a few days last year and liked it).

My question is, I am 6'1" 225 (was somewhat fat until working out, but now muscular) and have a 33'ish pant leg and the rest is upper body/torso, will the Allez fit me ok or should I be looking for another bike? I am pretty sure I will get the allez, but would be open to others.

Right now the treads outfitter in Aurora, Co has an 07 model for $899, and that is a HUGE savings over the cost of one down in AZ (1250 for the 08), so I really don't want to pass up this deal.

My main use for the bike will be the daily commute (all highway) of 5.5 miles one way and maybe some 10-20 milers on the weekend. I am also looking at getting into the ironman stuff (was a long distance runner in a past life) and this bike would be good to start out with.

Any comments, tips, help, bashing is appreciated.

Oh and my purchase will be most likely in the next week or so.

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Old 04-24-08, 09:33 AM
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It's mostly subjective. I'd ride the comparable Trek, Giant, Fuji, etc. before pulling the trigger, but if you like the Allez, it ought to be available in size that fits you. (I'm going to guess you need the 56 or 58cm size).

The important thing will be how well the bike shop adjusts it to fit you. If they're good, they won't mind swapping out stems and moving the saddle/bar position around until you're comfortable.
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Also, would like input on shoes, pegs, etc... since I am starting from scratch and total would like to keep the price under 1400 (899 for bike plus accessories).

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oh, also one of the guys here in Denver where I am working put me onto the Treads outfitters, but would be open to suggestions on other shops in and around Denver.

The coworker here in denver has the Synapse Carbon 1 in size 56 and he let me ride it and it fit me well, but was a little short in the legs for me ( i know this can be adjusted). I really would like the Synapse Carbon 1, but I just can't afford it right now.
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There's no reason at all that you can't use MTB pedals on a road bike. If you already have clipless pedals for your mountain bike(s), you might consider just getting another pair of them so you can use the same type of cleats, even if you feel the need for separate road shoes. Using mountain bike pedals and shoes is a good idea if your primary use is commuting, as they're generally a little easier to walk in than road bike specific parts, and you'll probably need to walk around your office building in them at some point.

You'll want a set of lycra shorts and a jersey of some sort. Spend on the shorts - the jerseys matter a lot less. I like the Pearl Izumi ones I have, but pretty much any that don't have a "gel" chamois should work fine.

Optionally, get a set of flat-resistant tires. The Michelin Krylion Carbons have served me well. You'll probably also want a frame pump, spare tubes and patch kit as well, and a seat bag of some sort to carry this stuff in.
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Old 04-24-08, 01:24 PM
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ok, so I got to update since the hour or so I originally posted.

I pulled the trigger on the Allez during my lunch hour! I had gone to the treads outfitters in Aurora,CO just to look over the other bikes in the same class/price and I realized DUDE this is a TRIPLE!!!!(the Allez in AZ all are doubles and you have to pay extra for a triple) and then they measured me and then the bike and it was already setup perfectly for "comfort" ! I rode it and then a caad and then a used lemond and this Allez was just perfect!!!!

Anyway, walked out with a ton of stuff (shoes, upgraded tubes and tires,lights flat kit, etc.... and will be going back on monday to pickit up when they finish with the new tubes and tires). Plus when I get ready to head back to AZ in june they will set it up for "performance" for me free!!

now, I will need ideas on pants and a helmet (my Alpina is in AZ right now) and a jersey or two.

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I'm not sure what you are saying about your body dimensions.. I have a long torso and comparatively shorter legs and arms than most people and the Allez fits me great.
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basicly my dimensions sound like yours with the exception of the arms (mine are about average).

The allez fits me great and can't wait to do some long rides with it.

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It is worth noting that the 08 Allez is outfitted w/ 9-speed Sora (8-spd on the 07, I believe).
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actually my 07 has 9, must be an upgrade or an end of year production shift over to the new setup. and the shop is doing 105's all around (already had 105 on the rear)
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I am about the same size as you (6'1 200lbs) and i have a 58cm Allez. I have put around 200-220miles on mine so far and i cant complain (i got a good deal on my 08'..$699.99). Its my first road bike and for a first, i think its a good choice. I would suggest Look pedals ( i have some classics and they are very easy to clip in).
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If you hang around here long enough, you will eventually want better/more gear. I say, always bump-up as high as you can go in the beginning, to save you money on upgrades. The 105's are a good group and very dependable. Look makes good pedals. Make sure you have a good saddle. Get a computer, I like "Cateye", to monitor your progress. Good shorts. Good shoes. Helmets are pretty much all certified, "Bells" are reasonable. Get some good sunglasses. Get a headband!!!! "Halo" makes a good headband that channels sweat to the side. Indispensable for hot weather. I ride in Florida, you'll need one for Arizona.
Hmmm...there's ALWAYS more stuff you can get, and that's part of the fun, but the important thing is to get out there!! Try putting together some riding buddies or joining a cycling club.
Good luck.
PS-I ride an Allez Elite and love it!

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ok guys thanks for the heads up.

I went with a shimano pedal R540 and i picked up the Specialized Turbo Elite 2 (last years model so saved 25%) computer. I choose that computer because of the large display and it had all the "bells and whistles" the more expensive ones had, but it also had cadence and to be honest the sales guy had it on his bike and said it was worthless to spend any more money for the more expensive ones. I have been looking at the Pearl Izumi shorts , but don't know yet.

I have been also looking at the performance bike pant/short combo https://www.performancebike.com/shop/...TOKEN=59951548

Any comments on it?

Also, what golves do you recommend? gel or no gel? have been looking at several (izumi and addidas mostly).

Also, I have an Alpina "racing" helmet i got in Germany when I saw the Tour de France a few years back while I was stationed over there.

Since the helmet is in AZ with my other bike, i was just looking at getting a basic (but good) helmet here in Denver. The bike shop I got the bik from sells specialized helmets, any suggestions or comments? (I get 10% off my purchases at the store until I head back to AZ and their prices are about the same as online)

I went with a set of specialized road shoes (says sport road on the box). Thanks for the heads up on the head band! I had never thought about one, but I will go get one, because I remember the sweat in my eyes all the time last year. For glasses I have a set of Nike's that I got when I was a 10k runner and they work great.

Thanks for the help so far and I will surely be asking a million questions as I start to ride more.

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Congrats on the new allez! I've been having fun on mine for a couple of years now, didn't notice your post on sizing until now. I've found the allez geometry works well for those of us that are more trunk than legs.

On the jersey/shorts combo, if you're sticking with the performance line I'd try to pick up a pair of ultra bibs rather than the century shorts. They're much nicer. The jersey isn't nearly as important. You might also consider checking out the cycling gear at sierratradingpost.com and backcountryoutlet.com (on the latter you need to do a search on cycling stuff). They often have nice cycling gear at good prices.
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thanks for all the help guys!

This is turning out to be a great forum.

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07

Hi I got an 07 Allez triple cause it was silver and all the other bikes in the shop were either black or horrible colours . Loving it so far have found the service at Spech better than LBS .
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ok guys,

here is a review of the first 250 miles on the new Allez Elite Triple.

First, the bike is perfect!!!! the fit was spot on for me and is very comfortable. I can not believe how fast I can go on a raod bike compared to my old mt. bike with commuter tires.

Also, the weather in Denver sucks right now (snowy) otherwise I might have 500 miles on the bike. The only thing I wish I would have done was get a lonog sleeve jersey first, but i have a set of izumi arm warmers on order.

The shorts are the Izumi quest line and they have a little larger/thick chamois than the izumi tri's I almost bought. maybe will get the tri's later, but the quest works for now. Got the basic izumi gloves and they work great, but must purchase some of the full finger ones for this winter.

All in all very happy with the bike and no problems. I have started looking into lightening the bike and was probably gonna pull the trigger on a carbon handle bar and then save up for different wheels.

Man this bike is light and fast!

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