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Just picked up a bike, did i get a decent deal? 2007 Specialized Allez Triple

Old 12-04-10, 04:28 AM
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Just picked up a bike, did i get a decent deal? 2007 Specialized Allez Triple

Haven't had time to take pictures but i will tomorrow morning. Saw this bike on craigslist and I jumped on it after we settled on the price of $400. It's in practically NEW condition as he hardly rode it. What do you guys think? good deal? could have gotten better? or i just threw my money away?

Specs (bikepedia.com):
Bicycle Type Road race & triathlon
MSRP (new) $770.00
Weight Unspecified
Sizes 54cm
Colors Black/Silver

Frame Construction TIG-welded
Frame Tubing Material Specialized A1 Premium Aluminum
Fork Brand & Model Specialized
Fork Material Carbon/aluminum steerer, aero crown


Component Group Shimano Sora
Brakeset Dual pivot brakes, Shimano Sora levers
Shift Levers Shimano Sora
Front Derailleur Shimano Sora, 31.8mm clamp
Rear Derailleur Shimano Tiagra
Crankset Sugino Comp, 30/42/52 teeth
Pedals Composite body, alloy cage w/ toe clips and straps
Bottom Bracket Sport cartridge, 113mm spindle
BB Shell Width 68mm
Rear Cogs 8-speed, 12 - 26 teeth
Chain Shimano CN-HG50
Seatpost Specialized carbon fiber, 27.2mm diameter
Saddle Specialized Comp Road
Handlebar Specialized Comp
Handlebar Stem Specialized Sport
Headset 1 1/8" integrated Specialized Mindset

Hubs Specialized forged alloy
Rims Jalco GX460, 24-hole/28-hole
Tires 700 x 23c Specialized Mondo
Spoke Brand Stainless steel, 14ga. (2.0mm) straight gauge


Here's a internet photo for now.
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Old 12-04-10, 04:40 AM
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you've already spent your money. whether you got a decent deal, or not, is irrelevant.
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Old 12-04-10, 04:43 AM
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just like to know. thanks.
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Sounds like a good deal to me, enjoy your new toy.
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If it's the right size for you, yes. I'd recommend that you take it with you to a bike shop and get fitted to it. It'll cost you some money (~$50 for a basic fit), but it's the best investment you can make. It'd probably be a good idea to get a basic tune-up too, just to ensure that everything is adjusted correctly.

For future reference - the above are usually included in the purchase price of a new bike.
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hmmm thanks. i'm hoping i didn't get ripped off. i'm happy with the purchase though. i still have yet to take it on a long run but i'm looking forward to it.

do people upgrade these bikes or just learn on it and then upgrade to a whole new bike? i'm new to the sport and i'm hoping this was a good choice for a beginner cyclist.
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Old 12-05-10, 11:20 PM
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check out this thread: https://www.bikeforums.net/showthread...BEFORE-you-buy
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If $400 is nothing to you then that's a good deal

I got my bike used too, technically unused, for $750. It got it in 2009, and it was a 2009 model (trek 2.1). To me, it was a killer deal. To someone else, could be different.
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so embarrassing, i'll shut up now. sorry guys

but i'm guilty. thanks for the reality check and i'll make sure to change my perspective on my situation

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$300 tops. You got taken for a ride.
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lol thanks for the reply. i need to stop being so insecure about anything i buy. i'm such a worry-er when it comes to purchases especially since a purchase like this empties my wallet. which of course is the consequence of my impulse buying.
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Originally Posted by tagaproject6 View Post
$300 tops. You got taken for a ride.
sucks, thats okay. i'll be fine with it.
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lol thanks for the reply. i need to stop being so insecure about anything i buy. i'm such a worry-er when it comes to purchases especially since a purchase like this empties my wallet. which of course is the consequence of my impulse buying.
shoot first, ask questions later...
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You did just fine. The Allez is a solid bike and it's going to give you years and many miles of fun riding (if you keep it that long). As someone mentioned, take it to a shop and get a tune up, just to be safe and get fitted on where they'll make adjustments to make it as comfortable as possible. Then, go ride! Enjoy and good luck!
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Price of used bikes depends on the area where you live. $400 for an '07 Allez Elite around here would be about right. You most certainly did not get ripped off. That's a late model bike, from your description it's in very good condition. If I owned it, I would not sell it for less than $400 and I'd have no trouble getting it.
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Like they said.

If it fits you, ride it.

If it doesn't, get a bike that does.
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https://www.bikeforums.net/showthread...BEFORE-you-buy

Really?
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so before i got this bike, the website said i'd fit a 54cm. i'm 5'7" and it seems like i have to stretch out a little to reach the handle bars, i tried moving the seat forward and it helped a little. what should i do? re-sell this bike and get a smaller one or should i look for a smaller stem? what size stem did this bike come with?
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too late now.... so STFU and HTFU and RIDE!
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I got a 2005 Specialized Roubaix Comp Ultegra/DA with a Garmin Edge 305 for $700 of Craigslist a few years ago
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Good find. I saw one on craiglist several months ago. The guy was asking for $300 originally. But due to overwhelming responses, he jacked up the price to $400. It was sold within a day.
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Originally Posted by kristonenicolas View Post
so before i got this bike, the website said i'd fit a 54cm. i'm 5'7" and it seems like i have to stretch out a little to reach the handle bars, i tried moving the seat forward and it helped a little. what should i do? re-sell this bike and get a smaller one or should i look for a smaller stem? what size stem did this bike come with?
The stem can be measured for length that is on the bike now. No guarantee that the first owner did not make a switch in the stem to help with their fit. Even if it is the original stock stem, Specialized literature and specs many times does not list the lengths of components included. If you have played with the seat some, then the next thing could be to get the stem measurement (and angle too as the reach can vary by going to a more relaxed or aggressive position by flipping the stem around) and determine with some measurements where the reach needs to be. A good local bike shop should be able to help you get a better fit. I would not sell the bike so soon, as you do not know yet what you need in the way of fit, and if the existing bike is going to just not work (no matter how short of a stem you put on it)
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...it seems like i have to stretch out a little to reach the handle bars, i tried moving the seat forward and it helped a little.
Kris - Is this your first road bike? If so, the feeling that you have to stretch out a little is normal. Before you think about selling the bike, get it fit to you at a bike shop. If there is more than one shop in your area, check around with fellow cyclists to find out which does the best job of fitting, or if you don't know anyone, at least call around and ask whether they offer the service. A Specialized shop would be my first choice, since they might feel a little bit of an obligation to support their brand. You don't need the super-duper gazillion bucks fitting, just the basic one. At 5'7" with a 54cm bike, you should be okay.
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Whatever you paid for it, it looks like a really nice bike.
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Head down to the Local Bike Shop and see about a basic fitting at the very least to get you in the ballpark fit wise. At the very least look online at some of the fitting guides fitting.

In the long run you will be happy you did.
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