whats better then specialized allez to consider?

vim147
vim147 Posts: 120
edited July 2011 in Road buying advice
Been thinking of getting a specialized allez sport as a beginner bike but thinking of getting something that's slightly better.

My budget is £500 and am prepared to buy 2nd hand that's maybe 2-3 years old.

Any recommendations ?

Ideally under 9.5kg. in a nice colour.

Comments

  • nochekmate
    nochekmate Posts: 3,460
    £500 as a secondhand budget is a fair start and should enable you to pick up a decent bike (and maybe if you get lucky/and are patient you may be on the verge of carbon road bike with 105 spec if 2-3 years old. A Specialized Allez Elite with carbon forms & stays should come well within budget. Beating your bike weight should not be a major problem.

    I think secondhand at £500 is the way forward - £500 new doesn't net you much whereas £500 seocndhand may see you get a £1K+ bike.

    Good luck
  • stokepa31
    stokepa31 Posts: 559
    at £500 if it were my dosh id go for the 2009 allez elite. great bike and good upgrade potential too

    edit. will also hold its value well if you decide on a different upgrade path like shelling out crap loads on a super light carbon bike.

    trust me it will happen :)
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  • vim147
    vim147 Posts: 120
    nochekmate wrote:
    £500 as a secondhand budget is a fair start and should enable you to pick up a decent bike (and maybe if you get lucky/and are patient you may be on the verge of carbon road bike with 105 spec if 2-3 years old. A Specialized Allez Elite with carbon forms & stays should come well within budget. Beating your bike weight should not be a major problem.

    I think secondhand at £500 is the way forward - £500 new doesn't net you much whereas £500 seocndhand may see you get a £1K+ bike.

    Good luck


    What about other brands I.e. giant ?
  • vim147
    vim147 Posts: 120
    Stanley222 wrote:
    How about the Cannondale CAAD8?!

    Nothing wrong with the Allez though :wink:

    CAAD8 quite a light bike but I kinda like the top tube to be slightly sloping like on specialized and giant.

    Just wanted something professional looking and slick.