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is this bike worth upgrading?(5 posts)

is this bike worth upgrading?Adam M.
Apr 5, 2001 5:36 AM
I've got a 2001 Spec. Allez A1 that I've had for 4 months. It's a decent bike, but seems heavy compared to others (21.5lb... and that's after putting on an easton EC70 fork) and kind of flexy. According to the Spec. catalog the frame is made from their A1 Premium aluminum but not butted like higher models. The components are all Shimano Tiagra and Ritchey stuff. Would it make sense to gradually upgrade this thing or should I just keep as is, ride it for ~ a year, sell it and buy a better one?

If upgrades are a legitimate option, what would be the most cost-effective ways to drop weight/increase performance? I already have light tubes, s-works tires, and an ultegra rear wheel.

thanks
Adam
re: is this bike worth upgrading?Upgradernomore.
Apr 5, 2001 6:38 AM
Since you are bad mouthing the frame too(heavy flexy,non-butted).Cut your losses and get rid of it NOW. It will just be worth less later and will get heavier every day you ride it.Trying to upgrade it will be neverending,and will become a black hole money disposal and the end result will still be a POS.You will suffer irrepairable damage from dehydration from drooling over all the hi-tech light weight marvels you see on every ride.
sounds like....4bykn
Apr 5, 2001 7:14 AM
...you already made up your mind. If you don't like the frame, then DO NOT upgrade, that will leave you with good components on a frame you dislike! Ride it for a year, save up your money, and get a real nice bike you will love. Few things in life are as satisfying as a bike you truely enjoy!
Why upgrade a bike you don't like?Cory
Apr 5, 2001 7:56 AM
Doesn't make sense to me to pour money into something you've already decided to sell. And if you did, I doubt you'd see much performance increase--it probably shifts and stops pretty well now, so you'd gain only a fraction there, and save a couple of ounces of weight for an investment of, what, a couple of hundred dollars at least?
re: is this bike worth upgrading?gimmeaminute
Apr 5, 2001 11:54 AM
Sounds like you've decided not to upgrade the Pinto into a Ferrari and just buy the Ferrari. Define what you really want in a bike and go buy it. Your work and commitment will pay off mile after mile.

Most cost effective way to increase performance? Train harder.