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Allez Carbon - Anyone have good or bad to say?(5 posts)

Allez Carbon - Anyone have good or bad to say?JoeCap
Apr 20, 2001 5:37 PM
Considering a used Specialized Carbon with Shimano 105 gear (I will be upgrading with my Campy deraleurs and crank. Anything good or bad to say. I now have an old Raleigh Competition with Reynold 531DB tubes and its time for a change. Carbon seems to ride nice. Interested in ride and durability.
re: Allez Carbon - Anyone have good or bad to say?Vergil
Apr 21, 2001 3:59 AM
Joe, I'm still riding one of the first Allez carbons made. Got it used over 4 years ago and have put over 20,000 miles on it. The frame and lugs are still tight, the ride still compliant. Noticed no problem with flex under my 180 lbs.

Clarksville, DE
re: Allez Carbon - Anyone have good or bad to say?DaveG
Apr 21, 2001 5:35 AM
Joe, I had a '94 with Shimano 105 which I sold last year after putting in about 12,000 miles on it. No major complaints. Ride was slightly on the compliant side (with my 180 lbs on top) and was a comfortable bike for long rides. The alumunum fork gave a comfortable ride but was maybe not quite as stiff as I'd like. Handling is on the quick side and angles were somewhat steep in my size (58cc). Durability should not be a concern although some owners of the early original Allez/Epic complained about bonding failures. The bikes did have a lifetime warranty although that is probably not transferable. If you like the bike I'd say go for it - my experience was a good one.
re: Allez Carbon - good to say?4bykn
Apr 21, 2001 9:45 AM
I've got about 20,000 miles on my 92 epic comp (the earlier models were called Epics). Very nice smooth ride, no complaints. I am the original owner. Am now retiring it for trainer use in the winter, got myself a new Titanium bike. If the price is right, I'd say buy it!
re: Allez Carbon - Anyone have good or bad to say?mon t
Apr 23, 2001 5:02 AM
joe. i had one of the first year models. it was a very nice riding bike, with crisp, steepish 74 degree angles. eventually the lugs and tubes gunked up at the interface of the two. it was unsightly but not a problem structurally. the later frames solved the problem, you can tell if you have one of the later frames by the lugs, they are painted and not polished. i got spec to warranty mine for a new m4 a couple years back- that was a mistake. the old epic rode WORLDS better, and was only 0.3-0.4 # heavier. that m4 frame is sitting inmy attic now. i should have kept the epic.