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Old 09-16-04, 10:26 PM
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new bike, recommendations?

hi y'all im currently in the market for a nice road bike in the 800 dollar range what are your recommendations?
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Old 09-16-04, 10:35 PM
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The bike I am currently looking at is the 2005 Specialized Allez Sport ($710 at LBS). It seems to have a nice feature set. Carbon fork and seatpost, Tiagra shifters (definitely nicer than Sora). http://www.specialized.com/SBCBkMode...68u3bdk.j27001
I tried a Trek, but it didn't really compete on features / price (different shops). I'm certainly interested in other ideas. Felt?
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Old 09-16-04, 10:53 PM
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The Felt F80 has similar features and price as compared to the Specialized. Check it out too. It has those funky Tektro inline brake levers in addition to the Tiagra STIs. They're suprisingly useful if you ride on the tops a lot.
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Old 09-16-04, 10:55 PM
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And I forgot.. Lemond Reno
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Take a drive to Performance and check their stock - they had the Fuji Roubiax (105 group) for about $700 a few weeks back. I got their house brand Tirreno Razza 3.0 for about the same after the 20% coupon that they honored instore (but they aren't consistent with the web coupons instore every time).

If you decide to buy from Performance, the "Team" plan for $20 will pay for itself with just buying the bike, after which you'll get $10 "coupons" for future purchases.
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Old 09-17-04, 06:25 AM
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I second the Felt F80 recommendation.
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I agree with tie, try the Specialized Allez Sport. Though I cannot believe the price since $710 is way below what Specialized dealers are allowed to sell a current year model Allez Sport. The MSRP is $880 and $810 would be a great price for a 2005. If you what to get a really great model find a little extra cash and step-up to the Allez Elite -- full 105, better frame. You can probably get one of these for $1050.
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