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Old 11-09-14, 01:52 PM
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Originally Posted by zymphad View Post
Umm... His bike is a Specialized Venge knockoff. Everything you see, and think to be odd, well it's on the most popular aero frame, the Specialized Venge, the bike known to be the among the top 3 fastest frames. But since it's an aero bike, and most aero bikes share the same features and looks as others...

I'm not a fan because I'm not a fan of aero frames or the Venge. But there is nothing unusual about his bike. I don't get what you are seeing that makes you think it's more interesting than other bikes in this thread.

I think bmcphx's seatpost height makes his the most unusual looking bike in few pages of this thread I've read this week.
I'm not on top of all the make and model designs (pretty ignorant, actually, as you may have noticed), but know what you mean. I think the glossy black paint and lack of graphics, as well as the angle of the photo, really enhance those features/oddities. There may be hundreds of instances of it around town (the Venge or whatever), and I'm sure I've seen them, but the model still stands out from other models, and this example seems to do so especially.
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Originally Posted by LAJ View Post
All of this. Ugly seatpost, spacers. Perhaps a Roubaix would have been a better choice. Or a larger frame. Or something.
Or getting an appropriate frame. Haha, a racing SL4 setup as cruiser. To each their own, it's his money to spend and enjoy. I'd put him on a Salsa bike for 1/3 of the cost and probably more comfortable. But vanity trumps all.

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I"ve seen u all take an interest on my poser wheels ... how bout that...
Why bother since you know anyone who knows bikes would know they are posers. No one cares that you didn't buy name brand wheels, plenty of people race with factory direct carbon wheels. They just laugh when you try to pass them off as namebrand.

Why not have fun with it instead? Create your own logo, you can find people who will create them for you cheap. Plaster 2kredc5 on them!

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A cell phone pic in the shade...
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Masi Evos are lame. They look like Chinese factory direct open frames rebranded. Wouldn't be surprised that Masi just went to some factory and said, we want carbon racing frames, make us one. Considering it's owned by Haro, BMX bike company, wouldn't surprise me at all. They look like generic open frames from 2010. Even if Haro showed me a lab and with some engineers, I wouldn't believe Masi/Haro had any part in designing their Evos.

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Old 11-09-14, 05:24 PM
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Originally Posted by zymphad View Post
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Masi Evos are lame. They look like Chinese factory direct open frames rebranded. Wouldn't be surprised that Masi just went to some factory and said, we want carbon racing frames, make us one. Considering it's owned by Haro, BMX bike company, wouldn't surprise me at all. They look like generic open frames from 2010. Even if Haro showed me a lab and with some engineers, I wouldn't believe Masi/Haro had any part in designing their Evos.
Sounds like you've never touched one. The frame is just ones part of this bike. The wheels and tires are more significant. They look Chinese open mold too.

They are built in Taiwan. They are designed in Carlsbad CA. This one weighs in at 13,7lbs in the picture.
Seems to be my son's favorite riding bike so far - over a Cannondale, Felt, Specalized Tarmac and Venge. He may be riding a Cervelo RSA soon - I'll let you know what he thinks.
Personally - I like the look of the Look 795, but I don't think I'll be getting one.

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Old 11-10-14, 03:07 PM
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Here is my new 2015 Allez Comp. It has the new 105, which is downright amazing considering I came from 9-speed Sora. Current upgrades that are worth mentioning are limited to a set of Roval SL35s and an S-Works Aerofly handlebar. Garmin 510 is upfront.

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Old 11-10-14, 03:40 PM
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Nice looking color scheme/frame. I'd flip the stem and do black tape, or maybe even go crazy and try solid Neon green or Neon/black pattern....but that's just me.
Has potential, might not have the pedigree for this particular thread, but I'd still ride it.

Originally Posted by cseaman View Post
Here is my new 2015 Allez Comp. It has the new 105, which is downright amazing considering I came from 9-speed Sora. Current upgrades that are worth mentioning are limited to a set of Roval SL35s and an S-Works Aerofly handlebar. Garmin 510 is upfront.

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Old 11-10-14, 05:53 PM
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Originally Posted by cseaman View Post
Here is my new 2015 Allez Comp. It has the new 105, which is downright amazing considering I came from 9-speed Sora. Current upgrades that are worth mentioning are limited to a set of Roval SL35s and an S-Works Aerofly handlebar. Garmin 510 is upfront.

That is one sweet looking frame!
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Old 11-10-14, 06:11 PM
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Originally Posted by cseaman View Post
Here is my new 2015 Allez Comp. It has the new 105, which is downright amazing considering I came from 9-speed Sora. Current upgrades that are worth mentioning are limited to a set of Roval SL35s and an S-Works Aerofly handlebar. Garmin 510 is upfront.

It actually bothers me that the cages open to opposite sides. Otherwise, very nice frame.
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Old 11-10-14, 06:29 PM
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Originally Posted by MagicHour View Post
Nice looking color scheme/frame. I'd flip the stem and do black tape, or maybe even go crazy and try solid Neon green or Neon/black pattern....but that's just me.
Has potential, might not have the pedigree for this particular thread, but I'd still ride it.
I will likely try neon green next. I get bored quickly with tape and like changing it up.

And yeah..it's not that expensive of a complete bike, but I am proud of it. Figured the finish could get some looks in here.

Originally Posted by Ricanfred View Post
That is one sweet looking frame!
Originally Posted by Jazzy Hands View Post
It actually bothers me that the cages open to opposite sides. Otherwise, very nice frame.
Thanks guys. Good eye on the cages; I like quick access from the right side of the frame, and they both open up that way.
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Old 11-10-14, 07:29 PM
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If you don't want an aggressive position, why buy a bike with a head tube as short as an allez?
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Old 11-10-14, 07:38 PM
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Originally Posted by Jazzy Hands View Post
It actually bothers me that the cages open to opposite sides. Otherwise, very nice frame.
I think he did his right. It's kind of hard to tell. When buying my Specialized Zee cages (first bike, first cages) I unknowingly picked up two right side cages. This means my down tube I pull from the right and my seat tube I pull from the left. Pretty annoying....
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Old 11-10-14, 07:39 PM
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And if he flips that stem, he'll be treading on TimTak territory.... If it fits, leave it be.
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Old 11-10-14, 07:44 PM
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Originally Posted by cseaman View Post
Here is my new 2015 Allez Comp. It has the new 105, which is downright amazing considering I came from 9-speed Sora. Current upgrades that are worth mentioning are limited to a set of Roval SL35s and an S-Works Aerofly handlebar. Garmin 510 is upfront.

looks awkward.

It's a not.
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Old 11-10-14, 08:18 PM
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Originally Posted by Bradleykd View Post
I think he did his right. It's kind of hard to tell. When buying my Specialized Zee cages (first bike, first cages) I unknowingly picked up two right side cages. This means my down tube I pull from the right and my seat tube I pull from the left. Pretty annoying....
Indeed. Kinda hard to see in pics, though.

Originally Posted by bmcphx View Post
If you don't want an aggressive position, why buy a bike with a head tube as short as an allez?
I am getting a pro fit next week and will hopefully report back with a better look..and definitely a different stem. If not, I won't post it again, ha ha.
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Old 11-10-14, 11:58 PM
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Here we go:
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Old 11-11-14, 01:07 AM
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Originally Posted by bugly64 View Post
Hodgepodge of parts

Originally Posted by cseaman View Post

'Grats on the new bike, but it's just an off-the-shelf unit.

Originally Posted by bmcphx View Post
Sexy!

Well, I can't criticize without putting myself up for scrutiny. Here's a quick and dirty nighttime shot:

The blue stuff made more sense back when I had a white and blue Fizik saddle and blue Vredsteins:

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Old 11-11-14, 12:57 PM
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Originally Posted by Raiden View Post
Hodgepodge of parts



'Grats on the new bike, but it's just an off-the-shelf unit.



Sexy!

Well, I can't criticize without putting myself up for scrutiny. Here's a quick and dirty nighttime shot:

The blue stuff made more sense back when I had a white and blue Fizik saddle and blue Vredsteins:

I'm rather amused by this.

both bikes are pretty much exactly as they come from their makers... they just vary (significantly) in cost.
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Youre referring to the allez and the cannondale, I assume? Hey, the cannondale is a sexy bike, the allez is pedestrian. And i dont usually like cannondales.

Edit: I realize now I missed the upgrades on the allez. Still not my thing

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I picked up the bike for cheap and she has served me well for a couple years now.

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Originally Posted by cseaman View Post
Indeed. Kinda hard to see in pics, though.



I am getting a pro fit next week and will hopefully report back with a better look..and definitely a different stem. If not, I won't post it again, ha ha.
What he's saying is the Allez is designed with an.aggressive frame geometry witb a low front end. Youve got it nearly maxed out for height, and if this fit is going to raise the handlebars even more, then you would probably be happier on a Secteur. Are they charging you for this upcoming fit? How long have you been road cycling?
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Originally Posted by Raiden View Post
What he's saying is the Allez is designed with an.aggressive frame geometry witb a low front end. Youve got it nearly maxed out for height, and if this fit is going to raise the handlebars even more, then you would probably be happier on a Secteur. Are they charging you for this upcoming fit? How long have you been road cycling?
Dude,that bike is exactly how it came from my LBS outside of the wheels and handlebar. Stock stem height and all. This was my first actual season of dedicated road cycling, put in 2100 miles in Missouri on my old base Allez. Moving to PHX in a week and looking forward to letting that increase at a rapid pace, rather than dwindle like the winter here provides.

I am really, really sorry I **** on your thread with my cheap, stock, high Secteur wanna-be. Hopefully you can still fall asleep tonight. I know I will.
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Originally Posted by Raiden View Post
Youre referring to the allez and the cannondale, I assume? Hey, the cannondale is a sexy bike, the allez is pedestrian. And i dont usually like cannondales.

Edit: I realize now I missed the upgrades on the allez. Still not my thing
yeah, man, the difference in price is a whole zero, so it's not really fair to compare them,
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Originally Posted by cseaman View Post
Dude,that bike is exactly how it came from my LBS outside of the wheels and handlebar. Stock stem height and all. This was my first actual season of dedicated road cycling, put in 2100 miles in Missouri on my old base Allez. Moving to PHX in a week and looking forward to letting that increase at a rapid pace, rather than dwindle like the winter here provides.

I am really, really sorry I **** on your thread with my cheap, stock, high Secteur wanna-be. Hopefully you can still fall asleep tonight. I know I will.
where'd you get the Allez? Also, I feel like I recognize where you took the picture (the wall looks familiar) but I can't put my finger on it.
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where'd you get the Allez? Also, I feel like I recognize where you took the picture (the wall looks familiar) but I can't put my finger on it.
I bought it in Kansas City, but took that picture in downtown Springfield, MO (where I currently live...and has trees that have leaves that fall off ha ha.) I'm making the move to Phoenix on Sunday. Are you down there?
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I bought it in Kansas City, but took that picture in downtown Springfield, MO (where I currently live...and has trees that have leaves that fall off ha ha.) I'm making the move to Phoenix on Sunday. Are you down there?
yes, I live in downtown phoenix.

apparently there is a wall in Springfield that looks like a wall in Phoenix, who'da thunkit?
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Originally Posted by cseaman View Post
Dude,that bike is exactly how it came from my LBS outside of the wheels and handlebar. Stock stem height and all. This was my first actual season of dedicated road cycling, put in 2100 miles in Missouri on my old base Allez. Moving to PHX in a week and looking forward to letting that increase at a rapid pace, rather than dwindle like the winter here provides.

I am really, really sorry I **** on your thread with my cheap, stock, high Secteur wanna-be. Hopefully you can still fall asleep tonight. I know I will.
What to take from this post:

The LBS assembled the bike the same way the manufacturer did: Maxed out the stack.
Cseaman is claiming this is NOT his fit, he just hasn't completed the obligatory flip and slam yet.
He is from Missouri so you hurt his feelings, but now that he is moving to Arizona, he will HTFU.
He is not actually sorry about deucing on our thread with his high stack, un-staged (no garage door, wheel alignment et al) bike... the same thread with clearly defined rules in the OP...
He wants you to go to bed so that he can?

P.S: He will address you as Dude.

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