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Old 07-03-11, 06:37 PM
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First post,

Well, I made a post in a thread "Looking at a Specialized Alez 56" Guess I should have posted here first,
Anyway, I am looking at a Specialized Secteur Sport 54cm. I sat on it and rode it today, when I straddle the bar, it seemed like there was about 3" between my "Privates" and the bar, I was told by a local bike shop that 54 or 56 would be my size likely. The seat was out about 7-8" and it fit me ok that way, (Legs nearly completely extended at bottom of the stroke)
My question is at 5'9" and with a 32" inseam, (In my bluejean size) is the 54 the correct size for me? What do you look for for SURE when buying a bike?
The bike is a 2009, with a triple front sprocket set, and 9 in the rear.
I plan on riding 100 or more miles a week I hope.
How does the Alez compare to the Secteur Sport? I see allot of Alez for sale too..
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I'm moving your thread to the Road forum, they can help answer your questions.
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Old 07-04-11, 04:53 AM
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Please, any opinions on the Specialized Sectuer Sport?
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They are nice bikes. Nice lines, ride well.

Don't assume you know more than your shop, listen to them with your lips together more than a minute or so at a time.

That being said, I ride 2cm small. Some people ride smaller, some ride bigger. What feels good in the shop probably won't after 200 miles. Then it starts again.
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I'm 5'9'' AND 3/4's (the 3/4's is REALLY important to me!), and I ride a Tarmac 54cm. I really believe I could have gone with a 52, but the 54 fits me great. I also have a roughly 32in inseam. I think you will be ok, but I'd have to see you ride though.
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I'm 5'8 with a 32" inseam and have a 54cm 2010 Secteur Sport. I rode it 67 miles this morning and loved every minute of it.
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Yea at 5'9" you want the 54...the 56 will be too big for sure, too long in the top tube.
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And just for future reference, here your "Privates" are publicly called "my junk"...

It looks like that bike is a "compact" style frame. The top tube slopes down to the seat tube, not horizontal like a "traditional" frame. It's very likely you would have that amount of clearance, Clarence.
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Well, I am going to hold on this bike, wait until two weeks from now when I can go back over to that town and look at it and another bike that I just found today. This bike is a 56cm Specialized Allez double, Aluminum frame with Speed Play pedals, Profile Aero bars, tool kit, and a Cat Eye wireless computer. This bike a 2010. I will look at it, ride it and compare the two.
One other thread I have open, (I was impatient for advice, sorry!) The one reply I got said that the Secteur was not a great buy,,I wonder what are others opinions are on it? It looks like the Allez is a lower model in the Specialized line, but this bike has so many extras it's a much better buy I think.
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The idea that the Secteur isn't a "good" bike is absurd. It's just a frame with standard parts built around it.

Any idea that an allez vs a secteur will matter to you is absurd.

Buy the bike that fits, stop over thinking it.
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