Thursday, February 12, 2009

Specialized Allez carbon fiber Review

I want to start off by saying this review is one of many I plan on doing. I choose this bike because it's built for speed and it's super lightweight. I own an older Specialized Allez Epic carbon fiber 14spd, and I just want to mention you can lift this bike with a finger. This bike is designed for speed, small cogset in the rear for fast and smoother shifting. Seven gears in the rear, two up front and the top gear is overdrive, meaning you can cover serious ground very quickly.

My dad came home with this bike after buying it at a yard sale in New Hampshire. It was in mint condition and all it needed was some air in the tires. The previous owner got a newer bike and sold this one very cheap. I was never really into road biking that much. I just did some mountain biking here and there.

So my dad shows me the bike and says "it's your size, go for a ride with me and you can keep it." I started to laugh because I could have kept it anyways but I went for the ride. My first ride was a paved over rail road track from Nashua, NH to Pepperall, MA, about 26 miles round trip. I did the ride no problem granted I wasn't used to the skinny tires or the weight of the bike but I did fine. After that first ride I was into road biking as much as mountain biking. This bike pretty much started it all for me and is one of my favorites.



Carbon fiber specialized badge and the weave of the carbon fiber.

Custom powdercoated water bottle holder to match the lettering.

Panaracer lightweight sport tires

Another overall shot of the bike

11 comments:

  1. sweet. it looks light (but does it grind well?). i edited some spelling/grammar, hope you don't mind.

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  2. I have the same bike. Covers Manhattan everyday like no other!

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  3. My wife Betty has one of these. She weighs 300 lbs but that bitch can fly. Sometimes her ass cheeks drag on the back tire and slow her down.

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    1. AHAH shit had me rollin. ^^^

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  4. I have one for sale. Sam67037@gmail.com

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  5. Nice. I bought one just like it new in 1991 for around $1,000. I still ride it now as my "rain commuter" up here in Seattle. The bike is light and responsive and I chose it, at the time, over a steel Bianchi with Campy.

    Yours is the one with Shimano 105 right? An upgrade version came with Shimano 600.

    It is, however quite lacking in stiffness compared to modern carbon and contemporaneous steel frames.

    But I like it sufficiently to have upgraded it to nine speed and bought a couple of new wheel sets for it over the years. Even had Campy Veloce Brifters on it for awhile but have since gone back to Dura-Ace DT shifters.

    You can find them on CL occasionally for around $300.

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  6. Nice. I bought one just like it new in 1991 for around $1,000. I still ride it now as my "rain commuter" up here in Seattle. The bike is light and responsive and I chose it, at the time, over a steel Bianchi with Campy.

    Yours is the one with Shimano 105 right? An upgrade version came with Shimano 600.

    It is, however quite lacking in stiffness compared to modern carbon and contemporaneous steel frames.

    But I like it sufficiently to have upgraded it to nine speed and bought a couple of new wheel sets for it over the years. Even had Campy Veloce Brifters on it for awhile but have since gone back to Dura-Ace DT shifters.

    You can find them on CL occasionally for around $300.

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  7. I am the owner of this bike I sold it over it the summer. My father got this bike at a yard sale for $50 I road it for 2 seasons and sold it for $300. Yeah Carbon bikes are fast and lightweight but I prefer steel over other materials.

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