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Road Bike Upgrades(3 posts)

Road Bike Upgradeslexington476
Mar 30, 2003 1:21 PM
I have a 2003 Specialized Allez 24 (the basic $599 bike) and looking to upgrade a few things on it (it is factory stock so far). I race the Allez on the weekend cat 5/C races (beginner here). Specialized uses this same frame on a few different bikes.

What should I upgrade first?
Is there a recommended order?

When I was talking to one of the Cat 2 racers today, he said the best thing to do first would be rims, true?
re: Road Bike Upgradesrussw19
Mar 30, 2003 11:30 PM
Rims/wheels, yeah. It will make the biggest and fastest noticable difference in the way your bike ride and handles.
After that, I would recommend contact/comfort points before you start doing components. Make sure you have a good comfortable saddle, you have pedals you are comfortable with, and you are fitted well to your bike with the right stem and bars. Also if you feel like it, get some nice bar tape like Cinelli Cork Gel or Stella Azurra Pave' tape. Make sure you are comfortable on the bike so when you put in the training miles you aren't taking a beating by your bike.

re: Road Bike Upgradesupandcomer
Mar 31, 2003 4:08 PM
I think upgrading lower end bikes is a poor way to spend money. The best thing to do is to sell your bike and save up your cash for something new and better. You'll get way more value than buying piece by piece. Just restrain your temptation for that new wheelset and be patient.