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Any info on a mid-80's Specialized Allez?(7 posts)

Any info on a mid-80's Specialized Allez?killermustard
Dec 3, 2002 9:06 PM
Picked up a steel 12-speed Specialized race bike (not touring--no eyelets for racks). Can anyone tell me anything about this bike? How old it really is, what kind of steel/tubing, and whether it's worth keeping. I'm pondering three options: keeping it stock; modernizing it with a low-rent 8-speed Sora STI triple gruppo I picked up; or creating a single-speed.

Just rode it this morning; it's a little heavy, but it's quick and feels great on the downhills and sharp turns. According to the previous owner, it's a 15-year-old Allez. He had it professionally stripped and repainted, so there are no names/lettering on the frame, just the imprinted Specialized logo.

It's a 56 cm lugged steel frame, 56 cm top tube, and 99 cm wheelbase (c-to-c). It has Shimano 600 components throughout and Saturae C20 rims.

Any help is appreciated.
re: Any info on a mid-80's Specialized Allez?wooglin
Dec 4, 2002 5:20 AM
Between my and 128's questions, there's some pretty extensive discussion of Allezs (es? 's?) here. I think this is all of them (in reverse order):

128 "(Wooglin & Rufus et al) More Allez pics" 7/17/02 6:55am
rufus "Allez, built" 7/12/02 2:14pm
128 "SpclizdAllez Re-revisted: Maker's marks on componentry?" 6/7/02 7:04am
wooglin "Specialized Allez revisited" 5/25/02 5:36am
128 "87Specialized Allez SE,600,all original,roots machine mun." 5/10/02 12:08pm
Information overload!killermustard
Dec 5, 2002 8:15 PM
Thanks for the links. I think I killed about an hour reading them. From the pictures and text, it looks like mine is about an 87, and probably made by 3Rensho. I picked up the bike for $40, and it didn't even need a major tune-up; sounds like I got a good deal.

As for 128's fascination wtih "JJ," the various Shimano components on my Allez have the following markings: JH, JL, or JK; but no JJ. I have no idea what it could mean.

Also, my Allez has the non-aero brake levers -- the ones with the cables looping over the handlebar rather than inside the bar tape. When did they stop doing that?
probably before '87rufus
Dec 6, 2002 7:55 AM
i would think you're allez is a bit older than that. does it have a fork with crown, or a unicrown fork?
Fork has a crown.killermustard
Dec 9, 2002 7:02 AM
The fork has a crown with the Specialized "S" symbol on both sides of the top of the crown. The crown is flat w/ a slight slope. Everyone is telling me that the non-aero levers were put on bikes before 1987.
Mine's about that old, I think--nice bike.cory
Dec 4, 2002 8:44 AM
I bought a used, lugged steel Allez Sport about . . . eight years ago? Might be late '80s rather than mid (it's 7-speed RSX with a triple), but it's from the same era, anyway. It was my main bike for awhile, and I still keep it at work to ride at lunch when I get time. As you said, it's a nice, versatile bike. I thought about making it singlespeed, too, but finally converted an old Trek I rarely used. I did a couple of longish (60-70 mile) rides on the Allez last summer when I took off work early and just rode up into the hills. Just a nice all around bike, what they used to call a UJB--Universal Japanese Bike, no complaints, works fine.
That's about all the info we have to date in the links.Great128
Dec 10, 2002 10:22 AM
deal on your bike. Enjoy the ride...

and thanks for confirming other initial stamps on the components.