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2009 Specialized allez sport or 2010 Trek 1.1

Old 10-14-10, 07:18 AM
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2009 Specialized allez sport or 2010 Trek 1.1

HI, I'm a newbie, not sure which I should choose, please help!! for looks I like the Trek, but I think the Specialized has better components, both are selling for $450.00
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Allez would be my choice but it has more to do with looks than anything. Same group set on both? Just buy one of them and ride. You're not going to go wrong with either if they fit.
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Old 10-14-10, 07:42 AM
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hi, thanks
looks like shimano sora on the specialized and shimano 2300 on the trek.
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the 09 allez sport should have a full 105 groupset...it was the same group as my old 09 allez elite. I'm positive of this because I chose the Elite over the sport due to the carbon stays. That was really the only difference between the two
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good price on a nice bike... i'd get the spesh... in fact, if you don't, tell me where I can get it!!! haha
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Specialized. Do they both fit?
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Originally Posted by queanda View Post
hi, thanks
looks like shimano sora on the specialized and shimano 2300 on the trek.
If that's the case I would go Allez for sure if both felt otherwise good and fit. Nothing wrong with Sora. While some here will poopoo it the reality is that it's a decent group that will serve you well.
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I wonder if the lowered group is the reason it's so cheap.
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I have a 2009 Allez Sport. You won't find any 105 componentry on this bike, rather a mix of Tiagra and Sora. Sora shifters and FD with a Tiagra RD. The bike sold new for $799.00. No complaints from me on the bike, but it is my first so I don't really have anything to compare it to.
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https://www.bikepedia.com/quickbike/B...t+C2&Type=bike
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While I bought my 2009 Allez Sport mid summer (2009), it has the same specs and apperance as this 2010 model... https://www.bikepedia.com/quickbike/B...ed&Model=Allez Sport C2&Type=bike
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I thought the 1.1 was an aluminum fork vs the carbon on the Allez. That would push me towards the Allez, as well as the components and looks.
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I just noticed that the Trek 1 series has "Bonteger Approved" forks and wheels, etc.. What does that mean? That they just approved some no name supplier to make stuff for them? Why not just use the Bonteger stuff?? Sounds like a cheapo way to dupe the entry level rider.
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Originally Posted by Exit3 View Post
I just noticed that the Trek 1 series has "Bonteger Approved" forks and wheels, etc.. What does that mean? That they just approved some no name supplier to make stuff for them? Why not just use the Bonteger stuff?? Sounds like a cheapo way to dupe the entry level rider.
AFAIK Bontrager itself is "no name stuff".
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Originally Posted by kabex View Post
AFAIK Bontrager itself is "no name stuff".
EXACTLY!!! It's "approved" by a no name stuff brand?

What type of quality are you getting with that?
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Old 10-15-10, 12:10 AM
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Thanks all, much appreciated, I'm going to go with specialized, I share some pics when I pick it up. BEST!!
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HI,
as promised here are pics of my specialized, I need pedals (I'm no bike snob, but I can't believe anyone put those platform pedals on there) and want some newer tires w/o a red stripe, but other than that I'm looking forward to riding. I did stop by REI to look at some seats and the salesperson's opinion of Shimano Sora was so low it was depressing, he didn't appear to think anything less than Shimano 105 was worth the metal. From my perspective I have shifted on a Schwinn and a Huffy and a Univega and , to me, the Sora shifting on the Allez is heaven. Maybe in the future i'll test ride a Bianchi Campy but for today i'll enjoy my Specialized. Thanks again to everyone for helping with the decision!
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nice.....flip it
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Old 10-18-10, 06:18 AM
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Looks like you're a tall guy -- what size frame (my Roubaix and TriCross are both 61cm)?

For black tires, you can't go wrong with the Conti GP4000S. Check probikekit.com for best price; even when they're not on sale they are significantly less than in a local store.
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Old 10-25-10, 08:37 AM
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It's an XXL 61cm

Sorry I missed your tire recommendation, I purchased some Maxxis Xenith Hors Categorie road tires off of ebay. I am open to pedal suggestions.
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I'm partial to Speedplay pedals for my road bike. I use Shimano SPD's on my cross bike. Most important is to get good shoes that fit -- I have Sidis for both pedal types.
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