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2nd bike for fun? (Specialized Allez Sport Compact 2014)

Old 09-10-13, 12:00 PM
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2nd bike for fun? (Specialized Allez Sport Compact 2014)

I ride a Giant Roam 3 hybrid from 2012 as my only bike.

I don't drive as I live 5 minutes away from where I work.

I cycle to see friends and family around the place and I have kept fit doing this.

I was in my LBS admiring the new 2014 stuff whilst picking up a new saddle bag and a very keen sales assistant convinced me to jump on the Specialized Allez Sport 2014 model.

It was interesting, very light, very quick to get going and dare I say it, a little fun.

I've been very happy with my Hybrid, but Inow have this annoying nagging feeling that iI could be doing the same journeys faster.

Here's a link to the bike i rode:


https://www.tredz.co.uk/.Specialized-...Bike_64807.htm


The Specialized Allez Sport 2014 Features are:

Frame: Specialized A1 Premium Aluminium, fully-manipulated tubing w/ smooth welds, 1-1/8" lower bearing

Fork: Specialized FACT carbon, aluminium steerer/crown, 1-1/8"

Headset: 1-1/8" sealed Cr-Mo cartridge bearings integrated w/ headset, 20mm alloy cone spacer, w/ 20mm of spacers

Bars: Specialized Comp, shallow bend

Stem: Cast alloy, 4-bolt, 31.8mm clamp

Speed: 18

Front Mech: Shimano Sora

Rear Mech: Shimano Sora

Shifters Shimano Sora STI

Chainset: Shimano Sora, compact

Bottom Bracket: Shimano, outboard cartridge bearings

Cassette: Shimano HG-50, 9-speed, 12-27

Chain: KMC X9

Front Brake: Shimano Sora

Rear Brake: Shimano Sora

Front Hub: AXIS Classic

Rear Hub: AXIS Classic

Tyres: Specialized Espoir Sport, 60TPI, wire bead, double BlackBelt protection, 700x25c Front Specialized Espoir Sport, 60TPI, wire bead, double BlackBelt protection, 700x25c Rear

Seatpost: Specialized Sport, alloy, 2-bolt, 27.2mm
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It will definitely be faster as it is a race bike.
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i really like my Allez. fun bike. plenty fast for me.

some folks don't love the Sora shifters, so you might consider a bump to Tiagra. not sure what that would do to the price point.
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Nothing wrong having more then one bike.

I like my 2005 Allez.

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Allez is a great bike. I have 2013 Allez Elite. Love it.
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Road bikes can be a lot of fun.
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Originally Posted by mshred
some folks don't love the Sora shifters
Im totally new to road bikes but is that because they had to change hand positions to use them? If so I think on the model I saw you could change then from any position you were in.
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Originally Posted by ScuzUK
Im totally new to road bikes but is that because they had to change hand positions to use them? If so I think on the model I saw you could change then from any position you were in.
In previous versions the Sora shifters had a thumb shift on top of the hood to shift one way, you used the brake lever (I refuse to say that word) to shift the opposite way.

The new Sora allows you to shift both up and down with the brake lever
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Originally Posted by ill.clyde
In previous versions the Sora shifters had a thumb shift on top of the hood to shift one way, you used the brake lever (I refuse to say that word) to shift the opposite way.

The new Sora allows you to shift both up and down with the brake lever
That's a good thing right? It felt quite comfortable to use.
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It is ... I have the older version, and I think too much is made about being unable to shift both ways from the drops, but to each his own.
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I should add according to strava (its fun just for tracking) I'm averaging around 55 miles a week, so I am leaning towards some thing with a bit more bite.
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Originally Posted by ScuzUK
Im totally new to road bikes but is that because they had to change hand positions to use them? If so I think on the model I saw you could change then from any position you were in.
That's it exactly, and the new Sora fixes the problem.
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Originally Posted by Seattle Forrest
That's it exactly, and the new Sora fixes the problem.
well...there you go. get the one you test rode (assuming it fits) and ride the crap out of it. you'll love it.
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I take it the choice of bike is good as well?
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I have a Specialized Allez 2011 and also a 15-year-old hybrid that I ride on the unpaved part of the MUP. After riding the Allez most of the week, hopping on the hybrid is like going from a thoroughbred to a mule.
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Scuz,

After years on a hybrid, I made the jump to a road bike. It's great. I've kept the hybrid for wet training rides, and for rides with my 10 year old (where the slightly more upright position makes it easier for me to turn around and check on him behind me).

It's great having two bikes. The speed of my road bike is fun, yes, and it just feels good and very satisfying. But the old hybrid is my standby. Still ride it and glad I've kept it.

Go for it.

P.S. - I've examined "new Sora" up close, and have shifted it on the showroom floor (haven't ridden it, to be clear). I'd have no reservations about it. It looks great to me. And it looks very similar to what Shimano called Tiagra a few years ago, and called 105 a couple of years before that.
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I advise you to buy it.
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Scuz. Pull the trigger. I think you'll find the hybrid fast becomes your new "2nd bike."
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I love my hybrid. It looks pretty in my garage when I'm not taking it to the store.

Yep, pick that road bike up! As the previous poster said, the hybrid will probably become a secondary bike.
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I have a hybrid and road bike, as well.
I used to have a 2005 Allez Elite. Nice bike, but the frame
wasn't real stiff. I think the modern tech has probably
rectified that. Specialized R&D is world-class.
You might also look at the Secteur, which is a performance/endurance
bike, meaning, a little more upright geometry.
Either way, Spesh is a good brand.
Let us know what you do.

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The Allez is a great bike, and the 2014's are even better with Specialized Smartweld technology. It's a testament to Specialized's commitment to aluminum technology. Look at the welds. There's even a very limited edition S-Works Allez, if you can get your hands on it.

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In love my both my Allez!
Its probably my 2nd/3rd bike but it serves me well.
I probably ride it the most of the 8 bikes I have.

Pull the trigger on this purchace, you won't be disappointed!
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I'm also considering one. The 2013 models didn't gloat my boat. Any named brand you had to look at £900 or more to get away from the ones with buttons on the inside of the hoid. The new shimano claris or whatever it is seems much better and I'm up for it. Just need to decide between allez or secteur now
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Originally Posted by p1eman
I'm also considering one. The 2013 models didn't gloat my boat. Any named brand you had to look at £900 or more to get away from the ones with buttons on the inside of the hoid. The new shimano claris or whatever it is seems much better and I'm up for it. Just need to decide between allez or secteur now
What do you want out of this bike, & do you have another?
The only way to choose between the Allez, & the Sectuar is to test them
Their geometries are quite different.
Allez is "racier", while the Sectuar is more relaxed, its considered a comfort bike.
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I have a Pinnacle hybrid with 52t triple sora and 11-25 cassette. It seems to do the commute quite well, normally getting 15-17 mph average on the 15 mile cross London commute! The allez seems like it might be fun for the sprint off the lights (I stop for red lights) but the secteur seems like it might be better for the bumpier sections of my journey (although generally my route isn't too bad speed, bumps through stratford and crap tarmac through Borough) and then the secteur might be better if I want to do longer rides, which I don't do at the moment, my longest ride to date was 70 miles. The bike shop I'm going to has both ready to test and a Giant Defy 3/4. As a bit of a Cav fan I'm already pretty sure I want a spesh though! Also, the secteur looks flashier with its zertz inserts and wavy frame, whereas the allez looks quite conventional with its straight lines. Maybe the allez would also be less likely to be coveted by the less nice elements of society that are found in London when I'm on my way home at 10pm!
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