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Should I Buy A 1992 Cro-Moly Allez for $500???(15 posts)

Should I Buy A 1992 Cro-Moly Allez for $500???Russ1
Jul 14, 2003 5:40 PM
"1992 Allez - Seeking Advice"
Hi All,
I am soliciting advice on a bike I am considering buying. It's a 1992 or 1993 Allez, cro-moly frame, all Ultegra components (shifters on the bars, not on the downtube). I am a new rider and want to get a decent road bike w/out laying out over a grand. This bike is being offered to me for about 500.
Any thoughts on the bike or the price for this bike?
THanks in advance.
Russell
That was a nice bike. But for that price, it betterFez
Jul 14, 2003 6:14 PM
be in mint condition and have almost no wear on it.

If it has a few thousand miles on it, as most 10 year old bikes, it would probably be worth half that.
Ah, my first real road bike (sniff)jtolleson
Jul 14, 2003 6:54 PM
was a 1993 Allez. Stolen in 1995 out of my car. *sniff*

I loved that bike.

But $500 sounds like a little too much for that 7 spd. drivetrain.
Iffyyyyyyy.......Jervis
Jul 14, 2003 11:13 PM
Being a bargain shopper from hell, I can see where you're coming from. Wow, a Specialized for 500 bucks!!! What a great deal! You have to let yourself simmer down and not get caught in an impulse buy situation. Is the frame the right size for you? I agree with the above post that it's probably not worth it for the 7-speed system. This is also what confuses me. By shifters on the bars, do you mean barend shifters or the STI shifters. I don't believe they make 7 speed STI's anymore (or if they ever did, I'm of the 8+ speed era), but if they did, they were probably like the original mountain bike rapid fires. Sure they worked, but only when and where THEY wanted to. Check and make sure all the gearing lines up. Look at the little things. I built my own mountain bike last year and thought, oh 350 isn't bad for a frameset, oh, 230 isn't bad for a fork. Oh...Oh...thing ended up costing me around 1700 for the stuff I wanted. Although you're just getting into road biking, if you do decide you like it, $500 dollar beginners bike just won't wet your wistle any longer (I know, I'm going through it right now). So in other words, make sure it has the stuff you want, or is easily upgradable (my biggest concern would be the rear hub spacing, that can really screw things up [again from experience]. Go take a good long look at it and then decide. Disclaimer, I'm not telling you not to get the bike just becasue it's old and sub-par to modern day racers. I ride an older bike that has barend shifters and five speeds and I love it (and can out ride most of my friends :) ) Hope the above ramblings gave you some sort of insight into the situation.

Jervis
I love old bikes, love cro-moly, like the AllezOldEdScott
Jul 15, 2003 4:58 AM
and if someone were offering it to you for a hundred bucks, or possibly (if it were in TERRIFIC shape)as much as two, I'd say jump on it. But for five -- naw, too much to pay. This is a nice bike, but you can fine insanely wonderful (not just nice) older bikes for five hundred, if that's the route you want to go.

I'm not sure what you mean by shifters on the bars?
NO!C-40
Jul 15, 2003 6:46 AM
Way over priced for an old bike with outdated components.

You can get a new bike with 105 9 speed components for $800-900.
Maybe.Andy M-S
Jul 15, 2003 7:56 AM
If the shifters are bar-end controls, and/or the drivetrain is 7-speed, and/or if the frame/components show considerable wear, it's not a great deal--something more like $150 (maybe less).

If it's an 8-speed and has STI shifters, isn't too worn, AND MOST IMPORTANTLY it fits well, then go for it. If it fits incredibly well and has DT shifters, then still go for it, but offer less ($250-300?).

A good cromo frame can last you a lifetime, and if it really fits well, *might* be worth the investment...you can upgrade it as you go. My own current ride is a '92 Bridgestone, upgraded from 7-speed to 9, lots of other changes. But it fit very well, and was in good enough shape that I didn't mind paying $150 for it, most of which I made back through selling the 7-speed componentry...
It won't be 8-spd if it is a '93 (nm)jtolleson
Jul 15, 2003 8:16 AM
Gotta be 8...STI started with 8 spd...biknben
Jul 15, 2003 9:30 AM
If the shifters are at the bars then it's STI. STI was 8 spd when it was intriduced in '91.
Not all.jtolleson
Jul 15, 2003 9:53 AM
My '93 Allez was a 7-spd. rear. Promise.
My 1994 Allez Comp was $700 NEW....brian n
Jul 15, 2003 10:29 AM
When I bought it in 1995 as my first road bike. It was (and still is) awesome, came with all 105 8 speed components in the slightly sparkling red paint. The frame is great, not very stiff (I have a 60cm) but really comfortable and very well mannered handling. I just road it yesterday as I broke my wipperman 10spd chain on my main bike.

that being said, for a 1992/3 I would offer 150, 200 tops. They weren't that much to begin with, and even if he replaced the drivetrain it is still an old bike. A great first time ride if you can get it for cheaper though.

-Brian

ps- mine survived a head on collision with a car at 25 mph with only a slight dimple in the down tube (only visible if you look at a glancing angle), what a great bike.
according to the '93 specialized catalogrufus
Jul 15, 2003 3:23 PM
allez pro came with 8 speed ultegra sti, allez comp 8 speed 105 downtube. the basic allez was 7 speed rx 100
I know where one is with dura-ace for that - like new!the bull
Jul 15, 2003 9:02 AM
the bull "check out the bike my friend let me borrow!" 3/24/03 7:08am
I know where one is with dura-ace for that - like new!brian n
Jul 15, 2003 10:32 AM
thats the same one I have! I love that frame for riding, but not for racing (too flexy).

i didn't check the price, but with dura ace that would be a really nice ride.

-b
I borrowed it once and liked it alot!the bull
Jul 15, 2003 6:24 PM
It rides very smooth esp. for having a aluminum fork!
The shifting is not as smooth as the new Dura-ace stuff.
But I think my friend is iching to sell this as he has a many bikes.