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Trek 2300 vs. Specialized Allez A1 Comp(6 posts)

Trek 2300 vs. Specialized Allez A1 CompOstimu
May 1, 2001 1:26 PM
I was all set to buy a Trek 2300, but the guy working at the LBS said that for the same price, the brand new Specialized Allez A1 Comp is a slightly better bike - component-wise. Unfortunately, there aren't any reviews of the 2001 Specialized on this site yet.
Does anybody have any experience with the new A1 Comp? It has Shimano WHR-535 ("Aero") wheels, vs. the Rolf Vector Comp wheels on the Trek. The saddle that comes with the Specialized seems a little nicer, too. I suppose I could swap out components, but I can't afford to do it yet; $1800 is a chunk of change for me, and I can barely manage that.
It probably shouldn't be a factor in selecting a bike, but the Specialized bike looks nicer. The Trek isn't very cool looking... (I know, I know - that's shallow.) Both bikes are full Ultegra.

I'm sure people will suggest that I just test ride both, but this will be my first road bike, and I doubt that my unexperienced self is going to be a good judge. (I'm sure they'll both feel pretty crazy, fast, and a little scary compared to my current Trek hybrid bike.)

I'm going to buy one of these bikes within the next few days, and I'm anxious to hear what you all have to say!
Thanks in advance...
re: Trek 2300 vs. Specialized Allez A1 CompChas
May 1, 2001 2:03 PM
I picked the Trek 2300 over a similar Allez because;
1. I love the Rolf wheels, my Trek 8000 has been pounding trails for over a year and are still true, so I figuer having Rolfs on my 2300 road bike is a good idea.
2. Frame, the SLR frame is only 2.9 pounds and is the same geometry as the 5200. And, made in USA.
3. Looks, my black year 2000, 2300 looks cool, it does matter.
Bottom line how it feels under your seat is the best indicator
re: Trek 2300 vs. Specialized Allez A1 Compslbenz
May 1, 2001 2:10 PM
You may want to check out the warranty coverage between the two manufacturers. Specialized only covers their aluminum bike frames for five years vs. Trek which is lifetime. For the piece of mind, I went with the Trek bike. Luckily, the Trek fit me extremely well just like the Specialized.
re: Trek 2300 vs. Specialized Allez A1 CompLLSmith
May 1, 2001 7:46 PM
Don't worry too much about the way it looks. While riding you wont be able to see it. I would not accept the Trek with the stock seat, it's terrible.I have had mine for six months and it is actually starting to look pretty good.Even more important it handles great and is starting to feel real good while riding. Good Luck, Larry Smith
re: Trek 2300 vs. Specialized Allez A1 CompAlan B
May 2, 2001 10:47 AM
I've got a '99 Allez that I bought in 2000. It's 105, not Ultegra, but at year end special I got it for $670. So far no problems (not even wheel truing under my 215 pounds) in 3,000 miles. I don't know much about the Trek, but the bottom line is buy 1) The bike that fits best, and 2) The bike you think is "coolest" (there's a lot to be said for intangibles in cycling). The point of my post is really just to say that the Specialized is a fine bike and should not be thought of as "second rate" to the Trek, except in the warrantee department. (If mine busts after 5 years, that's a great excuse for a new bike!)
The DEED is done! I bought...Ostimu
May 2, 2001 12:30 PM
... the Specialized Allez Comp. I was hesitant about going for a test ride, because I figured I wouldn't be able to tell the difference, but the guys at the LBS insisted. I rode the Specialized first, and even though the frame was quite a bit too large for me, I loved it. Then I rode the Trek, and loved it, too.
I came back to the LBS, told them I really liked both bikes, and couldn't decide. They asked, "then which bike do you think looks better?" I told them I preferred the Specialized by far, and they said, "then buy that one."
They had my size in stock, and are assembling it tomorrow. So in 24 hours, I should be flying around Central Park in my (very nice looking) first road bike!
Thanks for your input, everybody!