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Specialized S-works E5(8 posts)

Specialized S-works E5S-U-B
Oct 14, 2002 2:54 PM
I currently have 2 bikes, a Look 381i and a Gt ZR 2.0 but I have an opportunity to buy the specialized E5 frame for 425 because they are a team sponsor. I don't necessarily need the bike but is this deal to good to pass up? I race the GT because I'm not worried about it getting banged up. My thought was to by the Specialized frame and transfer my Ultegra off the GT but I'm not sure if there is that much of a difference between these 2 frames. Give me your opinion. Any reviews on the Specialized would be welcome.
re: Specialized S-works E5Scot_Gore
Oct 14, 2002 4:18 PM
Ok - qualifiers - I have a 2001 Allez Comp, poorer step child to the E5. Mines an A1 and not Columbus tubes.
Things you likely know, but don't say so I'll start from scratch
1) Compact Geometry Frame. The stem, spacer, and seatpost police will place the purchase on your permanent record.
2) Stiff AL frame. This things not built for comfort of long haul touring. If you have a low tolerance for bump transfer this may not be the frame for you.
3) I'm assuming your being offered a 2003, pssss....it's got Zebra strips ya know.

I love my bike. It's feels solid as a rock. I'm no light weight and I just don't ever feel flex. When I stand or slide back to apply climbing power. The bike jumps and goes, like a Cocker Spaniel on cocaine. Very responsive, more bike than my abilities merit and it keeps me happy.

This seems like a great price. If you could get an LBS to sell it to you for $1,200.00, I'd be impressed by your negoiating skills. You could probably sell it on e-bay at a profit at that price.

my 2 cents

Scot
re: Specialized S-works E5fracisco
Oct 14, 2002 5:27 PM
I'm assuming your being offered a 2003, pssss....it's got Zebra strips ya know.

Also available in Specialized team red and white.
re: Specialized S-works E5Markv
Oct 14, 2002 9:08 PM
Sounds like you're happy with the bike.

I'm looking at buying an M4 Pro 58cm, but not sure how they size (no dealer near me stocks them).

I'm 6 1', 210 pounds with a 34.5 inseam.

Thoughts?
Buy it and sell it to me!!!giantpeanut
Oct 14, 2002 5:43 PM
I love this bike. You should buy it and sell it to me for $426.(and I like the zebra stripes) :)
more glamorous than stripy horsesscruffyduncan
Oct 15, 2002 3:22 AM
it's not zebra stripes, it's siberian snow tiger stripes
word to the wiseyeah right
Oct 14, 2002 5:52 PM
my college team is sponsored by specialized, i know we sign confidentiality agreements, so we can't say what we actually get stuff for, and I assume you're under the same rules, and although no one probably knows your name here, i'm sure specialized doesn't want their pro deal all over the place.
re: Specialized S-works E5DMoore
Oct 15, 2002 9:03 AM
My amateur team also rides Specialized. I got a bit of a deal on my E-5, although not nearly as good as yours. I'm 6-1, 175#, and previously raced on a Litespeed Ultimate. I really like the E-5. It's stiff, fast, and I built up my 58cm frame with Zipps, Record, etc. to weigh less than 16 lbs. I think it's a great crit and r/r bike, though a bit stiff for any really long rides.

I certainly wouldn't pass it up at that price!