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Old 12-14-14, 01:26 PM
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Upgrade for Specialized Allez

I bought this bike two months ago and love it. I was thinking around the spring I would get new wheels to make it a little lighter and faster. I was looking at Mavic Ksyrium elite on ebay and also new tires like the Continental 4000. What is your opinion of this upgrade? Would it make a big difference. I have the entry level model of the elite and I ride about 100 miles a week. I need to keep with in a small budget. Thanks so much!

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Originally Posted by StevieP View Post
I bought this bike two months ago and love it. I was thinking around the spring I would get new wheels to make it a little lighter and faster. I was looking at Mavic Ksyrium elite on ebay and also new tires like the Continental 4000. What is your opinion of this upgrade? Would it make a big difference. I have the entry level model of the elite and I ride about 100 miles a week. I need to keep with in a small budget. Thanks so much!
While it's a nice bike i think you may want to hold off a little and get a new bike all together in the near future. If you can spend the coin, go for sormthing like a tarmac with 6800. If that's not an option then a set of wheels could be nice but also depends what groupset you have on the allez.
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Oh Lord, he doesn't need a new bike. The Mavic's are good wheels, definitely an upgrade. If you're on a budget you may want to check these out:

Vuelta Corsa SLR Road Wheelset
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Originally Posted by StevieP View Post
I bought this bike two months ago and love it. I was thinking around the spring I would get new wheels to make it a little lighter and faster. I was looking at Mavic Ksyrium elite on ebay and also new tires like the Continental 4000. What is your opinion of this upgrade?
Wait till the summer for wheels; tires, replace when the current ones are worn out.
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Old 12-14-14, 03:23 PM
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Oh, and wheels will make a difference. Being lighter will make a difference on climbs but your stock wheels have straight gauge spokes I'm sure. A wheel with butted spokes will give you a much smoother ride that is noticeable. Straight gauge spokes ride harsher.
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Oh Lord, he doesn't need a new bike.
Tires. It's all about tires. Best single most noticeable upgrade to any bike. There are great prices on excellent tires at Nashbar, xxcycle, and probike kit. If this year is like last, prices will be going up by Feb.

Start a "which tire is best" thread, then make an emotional buy, disregarding all the advice.

Learn how to keep your spokes tensioned and wheels true then move to new wheels when you have established enough runs of the same route (maybe a hundred or so, best if you have to climb both ways) so you can report back on the speed increase of the new wheels. That info is for the next person that asks.
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Do you like these? I think nashbar has a good price for them.
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Originally Posted by Lazyass View Post
Oh Lord, he doesn't need a new bike. The Mavic's are good wheels, definitely an upgrade. If you're on a budget you may want to check these out:

Vuelta Corsa SLR Road Wheelset
Those are a great deal, extra 20% off when you add them to the cart today!!!!!
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Originally Posted by RoadTire View Post
Tires. It's all about tires. Best single most noticeable upgrade to any bike.
Yes, going from a cheap 60tpi tire to a 120+ is noticeable for sure. Same with straight gauge vs butted spokes.
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The Alex wheels on my Allez sucked, but I didn't realize how bad and heavy they were until replacing them with some Eastons. Definitely get some better wheels, and the continental tires too.
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Buy the wheels and tires.. Money well spent I would say. Of course keep the OEM wheels for backups or winter riding.
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I was happy when i replaced my wheels and especially tires on my allez. Both good choices.
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I just got the Shimano Ultegra WH 6800 wheels for my Allez... Got a very good deal from probikekit ($330 shipped). Nicer than the Vueltas, I think, and tubeless ready. If you go this route, you can pick up the Schwalbe One tubeless tires and feel a real difference.

No need for a new bike.
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You will definitely notice the difference if you upgrade wheels and/or tires.

If you are on a very tight budget, start with a new set of tires. You'll spend less than $100 for a noticeable difference.

If you are willing to spend a bit more, you can get a new pair of wheels, with some costing around $300.

You can keep your original equipment as backup, as winter or training wheels, or perhaps even sell them.
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You will definitely notice the difference if you upgrade wheels and/or tires.

If you are on a very tight budget, start with a new set of tires. You'll spend less than $100 for a noticeable difference.

If you are willing to spend a bit more, you can get a new pair of wheels, with some costing around $300.

You can keep your original equipment as backup, as winter or training wheels, or perhaps even sell them.

Buying really good tires, "BikeForums Approved" at a good prices gets you 3 folding tires for just under $100.

Judging by the "get new wheels" majority here, I'll probably eat crow next year if I give in to replacing my stock Bontreger wheels...
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boydcycling.com Get the Rouler or Altamont alloys. I have 2 sets of Alamonts and I also have a set of Ksyrium Elite. The Altamonts crush the Ksyriums. Also have 2 sets of Aksium Race. They aren't bad for cheap wheels and are a nice improvement over my OEM wheels.
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I don't get the "GET A NEW BIKE" thing.

If the OP is on a 2002 Schwinn, I get it.

An Allez? That's a good bicycle! It's not elite, but it's at/beyond what 95% of us need.

Upgrade the tires and wheels and fall in love all over again!
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New bar tape imo
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