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Trek 1.1 vs. Specialized Allez vs. Bikes direct

Old 11-16-10, 09:51 PM
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Trek 1.1 vs. Specialized Allez vs. Bikes direct

Hey there! First post here for me - your help would be much appreciated!

Basically I started riding about 6mo ago. Started with a trek hybrid 7.3fx. Absolutely love riding and wanna take it to a more serious level, so Im looking to get into a road bike now.

My budget is no more than $800. I know I can get a good bike from bikes direct with great components and good frames etc but is it a smarter idea to go for the a lower end name brand bike like the specialized allez or trek? How does the trek 1.1 compare to the specialized allez component-wise? (see links below). And how do these bikes compare to my current trek 7.3fx (all aluminum frame with shimano deore components) - are these bikes upgrades from what I already have or would it basically be a waste of time (aside from the geometry change from the hybrid to the road bike).

Im certainly not a strong rider yet but im young (26) and motivated so i guess the potential is there...

http://www.specialized.com/us/en/bc/...01&scname=Road
http://www.trekbikes.com/us/en/bikes/road/1_series/11/
http://www.bikesdirect.com/products/road_bikes.htm

Thanks again for your help!

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Old 11-16-10, 10:01 PM
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I started on an Allez triple. Still have it too, albeit upgraded significantly. There's my vote.

Or you can hit up craigslist if you live in a populated area. That would net you a better deal.
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I would consider a used bike at that price level.
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Old 11-16-10, 10:13 PM
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Do you know how to set up and tune up a bike and do you have tools? Or do you know somebody who can work on it for you? If not, skip the BD. With the others, ride them and decide. Personally I'd prefer a double crank to the triple, but maybe coming from a hybrid you like the triples.
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You won't go wrong with any of them, none of it is junk. If you don't care and can wrench, go BD. If you do care and can wrench, Trek or Specialized is fine. If you do care and can't wrench, go with the shop with the best service.
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i bought a 1.1 two weeks ago, put about 400 miles on it. i like it. first road bike.
i plan to enter a race in spring and see how i do, i dont expect the bike to hold me back. feels good.
spent the last couple years mountain biking on a specialized hard rock pro.
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The reality is, i think you would gain more from the support of a local shop who will fit you properly, and give you some free service, than you would from a BD bike.

If you overcome an 8 or 9 speed bike from the LBS.....you'll likely want more than the BD bike too, despite it being "better" than the LBS bike.
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