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Anyone have '03 Specialized Allez E5 comp info?(12 posts)

Anyone have '03 Specialized Allez E5 comp info?fz4vgq
Jul 31, 2002 5:33 AM
I've been looking at buying a new bike, i passed on the '02 model because of the shimano wheelset. Has anyone seen or test ridden an '03 model? what wheeelset and components are speced? color? thanks.
The bike is on the Specialized site....Scot_Gore
Jul 31, 2002 5:40 AM
It's been out there about a month.

Here's the Specs pasted off the page:
Technical Specifications

FRAME Specialized Compact design, Columbus SLX tubing, double-butted, heat-treated

FORK Specialized C-3, high modulus carbon fiber legs, crown, 7075 alloy steerer

HEADSET Specialized Mindset, 1 1/8" integrated threadless, with triple sealed cartridge bearings

STEM Specialized Pro, 3D forged alloy, 31.8mm bar clamp, 4 position adjustable

HANDLEBARS Specialized Pro, racing drop, 31.8mm diameter

TAPE / GRIPS Body Geometry, gel cork ribbon

FRONT BRAKE Shimano Ultegra

REAR BRAKE Shimano Ultegra

BRAKE LEVERS Shimano Ultegra, STI

FRONT DERAILLEUR Shimano Ultegra, 31.8mm clamp, bottom pull, double or triple specific

REAR DERAILLEUR Shimano Ultegra, long cage

SHIFT LEVERS Shimano Ultegra, STI, flight deck compatible

CASSETTE Shimano Ultegra, 9 speed, 12x25t

CHAIN Shimano HG 73

CRANKSET Shimano Ultegra, Hollowtech arms

CHAINRINGS 52 Alloy x 42 Alloy x 30 Alloy

BOTTOM BRACKET Shimano Ultegra, Octalink spline, 68mm shell, 118.5mm spindle - triple

PEDALS Composite body, Cr-Mo axle

RIMS Shimano WH-R540, 700c, alloy double wall

FRONT HUB Shimano WH-R540, 16 hole, sealed bearing, black

REAR HUB Shimano WH-R540, 16 hole, sealed bearing freehub, black

SPOKES Shimano bladed stainless steel, alloy nipples

FRONT TIRE Specialized New Turbo Comp, 700 x 23c, Flak Jacket, Kevlar bead

REAR TIRE Specialized New Turbo Comp, 700 x 23c, Flak Jacket, Kevlar bead

TUBES Specialized Turbo Ultra Light, presta valve

SADDLE Specialized Body Geometry Pro OEM, Leather with tubular Cr-Mo rails

SEAT POST Specialized carbon fiber 27.2x350mm

SEAT BINDER S-Works, forged/CNC, double wedge

NOTES Chain stay protector, reflectors, clear coat, owners manual
Thanks Scotfz4vgq
Jul 31, 2002 5:46 AM
they must have just updated it within the last couple of days? thanks again, chad.
I have a 2001, so I've been watching to see what changed...Scot_Gore
Jul 31, 2002 5:58 AM
Also, if you sign up for the rider club via the pop up box when you hit the Speciailzed site you'll get an e-mail every Thursday and they'll tell you what's new. That's how I found out about the 03. BTW I have not noticed that they are sharing my e-mail with anyone.

The bike is on the Specialized site....briko51
Jul 31, 2002 5:50 AM
Looks puuurty :) i might be interested in one as least now i can look like Mario Cipollini :)

Is this really comparable to the '02 E5 SLX com in terms of weight/performance? it says it has the SLX tubing, but was the E5 better?
Same frame on Cmp & Pro. Pro you get DA, Ksyrium, & Zebra StripsScot_Gore
Jul 31, 2002 6:03 AM
for about another grand
'03 Allez comp 18 is only around $1800msrpbriko51
Jul 31, 2002 6:21 AM
or do you mean the triple dura-ace one listed on the site?
Yes, sorry...No zebra Strips on the Pro, they're on the Comp 18Scot_Gore
Jul 31, 2002 6:30 AM
2002 E5 ownerAaronL
Jul 31, 2002 9:26 AM
I love mine. Of course,what else would i say, it sucks?

Honestly, i got mine as a warranty replacement for an M2 that i had for 5 years. Specialized really takes care of their customers and I'm one for life because of the way they took care of me.

Enough of the glad-handing, on with the bike report.

It's a rocket, it is just a bit compliant, and it's TWITCHY. So twitchy that i really don't like going downhills on it. My other point of comparison is an 2002 Bianchi EV2 which is a stable as a house. I found that if I ride the E5 for about a week I get used to it. If I trade off during the week, I crawl down the hills. YMMV

It's very sharp too. My buddy just bought a pegorretti and he now wants to buy an E5.

All in all, it's just about the best/fastest bike I've ever owned. I highly recommend it.

I gotta cut down on the coffee.
re: 2002 E5 ownerbriko51
Jul 31, 2002 10:05 AM
sounds like a nice bike. i'm really looking into getting one. what size did you get and any idea how much it weights? thanks for any input...
re: website error?fz4vgq
Jul 31, 2002 11:09 AM
i noticed that the comp 27 (matte gray) is actually shown with an 18 speed ultegra group in the pic (even shows it with the shortcage rear der). I wonder if specialized will offer both colors (matte gray and white/black/zebra) on either the comp 18 and 27? i lean towards the less flashy gray thats on the comp 27 but would rather have the 18 speed group. i guess it would be easy enough for the bike shop to switch the stuff around.
re: 2002 E5 ownerAaronL
Jul 31, 2002 12:26 PM
Let's see, it's a 56 and I have all Record 9 spd with Proton wheels. I've not weighed it but it is quite a bit lighter than my EV2, which weighs in the low 18lb range.

I can't say enough good things about the bike. You won't be let down.

One thing that I found was that I put a Ritchey WCS seat post on it and the post gives a decent amount of flex, so the bike rides very smooth.