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Specialized Allez or S-Works?(7 posts)

Specialized Allez or S-Works?Cuban Bee
Dec 16, 2002 9:33 AM
Does anyone know the difference(weight, ride, etc...) between the 2003 Allez Comp frame( http://www.specialized.com/SBCBkModel.jsp?san=03AllezCompFrame&bl=road&my=2003 ) and 2003 the S-Works frame( http://www.specialized.com/SBCBkModel.jsp?san=03SWorksE5Frameset&bl=road&my=2003 ). I assume the S-Works is lighter, but by how much. Also, I'm interested in what Specialized owners think of their bikes. Any more information that you think might help is greatly appreciated. Thank You.
I just ordered an allez compgreg n
Dec 16, 2002 11:56 AM
As far as I know, there are a few differences between the S-Works and the Allez. S-Works is supposedly hand-welded. The Allez is straight, production-built. The aluminum used for the S-Works is a different alloy than the Allez. I think the tubes are shaped slightly different too. The S-Works comes with an all carbon fork. The comp fork comes with an alloy steerer. And the geometry (head tube length I believe) is slightly different between the two.

I went with the Allez comp for a couple reasons. 1. I got a team deal that I couldn't refuse. And 2. if I wreck it, it'll be cheaper to replace the comp frame than an S-works frame. Also, being a dedicated racing bike, I'm not that concerned about the compliance of the frame. For my purposes, the stiffer the better.
I just ordered an allez compyeah right
Dec 17, 2002 1:16 PM
do you know when you're supposed to recieve it?

my team just switched away from specialized because of their inability to fill team orders.
re: Specialized Allez or S-Works?scary slow
Dec 16, 2002 12:42 PM
I couldn't tell you the technical differences between the 2 frames. However, I own a 2002 Comp and have no complaints. Are you buying it as a frame only or complete bike? I bought the complete bike and do have a few complaints about a few of the components. I have replaced the seat, seat post and wheels and think that I have it dialed in the way I want it now. If you are looking for a fast, stiff, agile bike then it is right up your Allez. If you are looking for a high mileage road hog then look elsewhere. Personally, I wouldn't spend the extra money for the S-works frame. If I had the extra bucks to spend I would go for something with a little more panache. For the price of the Comp, you can't go wrong! Good luck...
re: Specialized Allez or S-Works?pnitefly
Dec 16, 2002 1:39 PM
The s works is a great ride but the upper tier allez's are worth checking out too. Overall you can have an Allez elite and an extra $1000-1500 dollars left over to customize or take a trip. Sure, your bike may weigh 2-3 pounds more but oh well...
2001 Allez Comp Owner here.Scot_Gore
Dec 16, 2002 1:59 PM
I very pleased with my bike (but who isn't). I'm a heavy rider, so I wanted a stiff frame that wasn't likely to flex under my considerable (but declining) girth.

It's not a comfort bike, but I don't feel beat up. Somebody whose 170#'s might feel differently.

I can't speak to the differences between the S-works and the Allez. The S-works was so far out of my price window that it never got any serious study.

I too could not find comfort on the BG Comp saddle, but saddles are personal. Others here will tell you that only the BG Comp works for them (Dave H, you out there). I've had great luck with the wheels. I get lots of compliments on the bike.

HTH

Scot
Specialized Allez Comp OwnerAFrizzledFry
Dec 17, 2002 7:20 AM
i've got a 2003 Allez Comp. i've put 800+ miles on it so far, and i have to say that i am very happy with my purchase. its my first road bike, so i don't have much to compare it to, but i'm very happy. i'm 5'9" and 160, if that helps you a bit. it seems plenty stiff, and rides well, though i'm looking into a new saddle soon- right after i get a HRM. BTW- the tires are shot after 800 miles, which i'm not too happy about, but i've had no other problems. ordered a new set on Monday. Continental 4 Season Grand Prix. they should hold up just fine.

hope this helps,
Thomas