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GOOD/BAD?? 2003 Specialized Allez Elite CroMo???????(4 posts)

GOOD/BAD?? 2003 Specialized Allez Elite CroMo???????Texican
Dec 20, 2002 2:32 PM
I will be purchasing a new bike soon to replace my LS Tuscany that I sold after a layoff during the summer of this year. Can't put together the funds for another LS just yet, but can't stand not riding and the extra 15lbs I've gained either.

Does anyone have any experiences/expectations regarding the 2003 Specialized steel bikes. The Elite model in 105 would be affordabe at @$1400. Any better suggestions for the $1300-$1500 price range.

I ride a 47-49cm bike, so finding used bikes is very hit or miss. I have a preference for a lighter,vibration absorbing bike/frame. I tend to ride 40-60mi weekend rides and shorter weekday rides over very flat TX gulf coast. All help appreciated.
re: GOOD/BAD?? 2003 Specialized Allez Elite CroMo???????jtolleson
Dec 20, 2002 2:36 PM
No experience, but expectations. Good ones. I'm a steel fan and in particular had a steel Specialized Allez in the early 90s. Granted, it wasn't the "same" as the current compact geometry offering but I have fond, fond memories of it.

For smaller riders and smaller framesets, I think steel is a really nice option and that in production bikes under $1500, that means Lemond, Bianchi, and Fuji most of the time. I've steered a lot of people towards Lemond but this Specialized is a little cheaper for a similarly spec'd steel ride.

Good luck.
HO HO HO...funknuggets
Dec 20, 2002 3:34 PM
John, you are in luck... call it fate. I dont want to be a SPAMer, but a gal that worked in my office is having me sell her 2002 Lemond Buenos Aires (Ultegra) bike that she bought new in November and never got to ride before she was layed off from Sprint. Make an offer. Ad 29814 in the classifieds is hers. I also saw a Cannondale in 49cm, but it is Alu.

You do have a size that is not that popular, but there are a lot of nice bikes in your price range. Im a fan of Lemond bikes, I have a Reno and am purchasing a Chambery.

Best of Luck.
Maybe take a look at Jamis...BowWow
Dec 20, 2002 3:28 PM
Jamis has TONS of experience building good, inexpensive steel bikes, spec'd well. I think the Quest is right in your budget ballpark - here's the specs:

http://www.jamisbikes.com/bikes/spec_geo/03_quest_spec.html

I don't work for Jamis, I just like their bikes...