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2010 Allez steel or 2007 fuji cross comp

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Old 03-20-10, 12:18 AM
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2010 Allez steel or 2007 fuji cross comp

I got a good deal on a new 2007 fuji cross comp for $550. The store said hell also give me some slicks. Is this a good deal? Or should I go with a 2010 allez steel for $610.


allez steel for $550, what shall i do?

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do you wanna road bike? a cross bike is not the same as a "road bike with slicks".
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whats the difference?
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I'm quoting this... obviously.

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The term "road bike" is generally used to describe a machine primarily built for racing.

A "cyclocross" bike is theoretically made for cyclocross (off road) racing.

Cyclocross bikes look like road bikes at first glance, but they usually have wider tires, and the frame has lots of clearance to permit the use of wider tires. For the sake of the wider tires, cyclocross frames have lots of room for wider tires, which "road" bikes generally don't.

Cyclocross bikes also generally have a wider range of gears, especially on the low end. Cyclocross bikes are very similar to touring bikes, and some models can't quite decide whether they're cyclocrossers or tourers.

See: http://sheldonbrown.com/gloss_r.html#road

and: http://sheldonbrown.com/gloss_cn-z.html#cross

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550 is a good price for a new bike with 10 speed 105 (thats what is on the Fuji right?)
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CX bikes lso have higher BB height which makes frame geometry different. Many people buy CX bikes as a do-anything bike. I have a CX bike which is kitted out for commuting duty. But I dont like using it nearly as much as my Allez which I use whenever possible (read: most of the time). It rolls better, and transfers power better regardless of whether I wanna go slow or fast.

My CX bike with 32mm tires is might comfortable though.
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Assuming the Fuji is spec'd with 105, I would pick the Fuji. More versatile, and probably weighs about the same. The allez may have a smoother ride though, being steel vs. aluminum. Get some road wheels and although not identical to a road bike, it should be close enough. Riding on gravel roads/single track with a cross bike is fantastic fun - can't do that with the Allez.
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I was hot for the steel Allez when first out. Hit the bike shop and found it to be heavy as heck. Not sure why as I have another steel bike (Bianchi Eros), but seriously, this thing was a boat anchor. Sticker says cro-mo, that's all. Another negative was the distance from the rear tire to the seat tube was way too close...thinking even 28c's won't fit. Finish and workmanship looked just ok, welds were not very smooth and paint looked ok. I have seen other entry level steel bikes with more appeal. Wheel set looked cheap (and it is) and probably contributes to the excess weight. Specialized could have done much better IMO with this bike. Thought about a build? Btw, out here in Cal., the Sports Chalet chain had a 25% off any already discounted bike. They had the Fuji Roubeux on sale at $750., the take 25% off that to get to just under $600...great bike, heck of a deal with 105/Tiagra mix.
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I got a good deal on a new 2007 fuji cross comp for $550. The store said hell also give me some slicks. Is this a good deal? Or should I go with a 2010 allez steel for $610.
The 2007 Fuji is not 'new' anymore...probably been tested in a parking lot about 50 times.
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bump,, and the 2007 fuji has 105 parts..
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Get the Fuji. Put 23 or 25 size tires and you'll be good to go. Most people aren't going to notice the differences between a cross and a road bike. Learn how to adjust the canti brakes and you should have no problems with it. Canti brakes work great if you adjust them properly. They just take some time to learn to do it right.

I'd save for a second wheelset for road riding and use the stock wheels for the cross tires. Then you'd have a seriously versatile bike.
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I've ridden my fuji cross comp (2005?) for the past 5 seasons. Very excellent all-round bike. I put cross tires on for cross racing and road tires on for the off-season.

$550 is a very good price.

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