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Specialized Allez Winter/Turbo/Commuter Build

dannbodgedannbodge Posts: 1,152
edited November 2017 in Your road bikes
I decided recently that instead of using my Spesh Tarmac over winter and on my Tacx Flux, I'd buy/build a winter/turbo and commuting bike.

As I like the geometry of my Tarmac I set out on the hunt for a Allez or CAAD8. I originally planned on getting a decent bike and just changing/upgrading the groupset to Tiagra 4700 to keep costs low and to allow my OH to use her Tiagra bike on the Turbo trainer too. However this proved quite difficult.

The other night I found the perfect frame. A 2010 Allez Sport triple.
In the correct size and only 20mins from me, it also came with 90% of the groupset.
All for a bargain of £50.. yes that's right a 2010 Allez for £50

(Front and Rear Mechs taken off straight away)

So I then stripped it all down:


Once painted it should look something like this:

and the final spec will be:
Tiagra 4700 50/34 with Short Cage and 12-28 Cassette
Fulcrum Racing Quattro Wheels w/ 25c Michelin Pro4
Specialized Power Saddle
Deda Finishing Kit
Hopefully the weight should be around 9kg?

My build spreadsheet is saying the final cost will be around £480

I'll update this progress when it's made!


  • BeatmakerBeatmaker Posts: 1,092
    Good find. The paint doesn't look in bad knick, so I'm interested to know why you are respraying a winter hack. Its the kind of thing I'd do :D
  • dannbodgedannbodge Posts: 1,152
    Beatmaker wrote:
    Good find. The paint doesn't look in bad knick, so I'm interested to know why you are respraying a winter hack. Its the kind of thing I'd do :D

    The paint isn't great.
    It's cracked and the frame is corroding under it in places.

    No idea, just seems like the sort of thing I do :lol:

    Also progress:

    Knocked the headset bearings out at lunch using the fly press at work.

  • slowbikeslowbike Posts: 8,498
    £50 - can you get me one too please?!
  • dannbodgedannbodge Posts: 1,152
    Slowbike wrote:
    £50 - can you get me one too please?!

    What's even better is I sold the old groupset bits last night for £25, so this frame only owes me £25 :lol:
  • slowbikeslowbike Posts: 8,498
    Dannbodge wrote:
    Slowbike wrote:
    £50 - can you get me one too please?!

    What's even better is I sold the old groupset bits last night for £25, so this frame only owes me £25 :lol:

    Hmm ... where's the "Foe" button ....
  • dannbodgedannbodge Posts: 1,152
    More progress:

    All of the parts for the build have arrived and I made a start on the paint.

    I bought what I thought was the right blue, but unsure if it was actually mixed properly as I was expecting baby blue, not bright blue:


    However on the clearance rack, there were 3 cans of Mazda 22E Deep Purple, so for £1.30 a can I gave them a go.
    Last night it looked like a nice colour:


    However today I'm not so sure (I was practicing masking, instead of using stickers)


    Sanded down and taped up the frame and fork:




    Gave it all a coat of etch primer, followed by a coat of normal primer:



  • dannbodgedannbodge Posts: 1,152
    This morning I got the frame in and spent a couple of hours wet sanding it:





    Following a wipe down and degrease, I managed to hang it properly ready for more primer:



    Then primer coats 2 and 3:





    Next up, more sanding then basecoat of colour for the graphics!
  • jasonbrimjasonbrim Posts: 105
    Loving the work so far - can't wait to see the finished article!
  • Hurry up and get it done !

    Brilliant find, really looking forward to seeing the finished bike.
  • dannbodgedannbodge Posts: 1,152
    Got the last coat of primer sanded down last night and my decals came today, so I'm all set for painting this weekend.
    I've now got all the parts needed for the build and including the Spesh Power saddle (the 2nd most expensive thing on this bike :lol:) I'm up to a total of £520, that includes things like bottle cages, Garmin sensors etc.
  • ravey1981ravey1981 Posts: 1,111
    Use electrical insulating tape rather than masking tape for a very clean edge....looking forward to seeing this....allez are a brilliant frame.
  • dannbodgedannbodge Posts: 1,152
    edited October 2017
    Update time.

    It's been a busy weekend but plenty of progress has been made:

    Started off by getting the last layers of primer flatted down, then got the white basecoat on for the graphics:




    Then I got the graphics laid down - These are just replica stickers:


    Once they were on, i got a couple of coats of the blue on (the forks are going to be black with a blue S on them), then hung it outside to air whilst I cleaned up the shed:




    Because I've been doing lots of painting, I decided a proper mask was in order (filters out everything including the paint odours).


    and the floor:

  • dannbodgedannbodge Posts: 1,152
    Once it the frame had time to dry, I started removing the decals masks.
    Because they were just stickers a lot of sticky residue was left. So I had to clean them all with a can of brake cleaner.

    Sticker masks off:





    The next day I got it back out in the shed and laid down some lacquer:




  • dannbodgedannbodge Posts: 1,152
    I left it for 24hrs to dry fully, then began the wet sanding process.
    Started with 1200 grit then moved onto 2500 and 3000.





    Then I got is polished. Luckily I have a proper machine polisher, so this didn't take too long and wasn't very difficult.


  • dannbodgedannbodge Posts: 1,152
    Then to stop it getting damaged or lent against anything, I stuck the wheels on and the stem and snapped some photos outside.

    I am so happy with the finish, it's super glossy.











    To show the flake in the forks:


    Next up, I'll get it built!
  • ElfedElfed Posts: 459
    That looks lovely, nice work!
  • Excellent work, looks great!
  • KoenMKoenM Posts: 95
    Awesome work!
  • Nice work ! Color looks great !
  • That's really impressive!
  • ed325ed325 Posts: 23
    Looks good. Did you use aerosols to spray it? did you use a 2 k clear coat?

    I am doing the same with a carbon frame at the moment.

  • dannbodgedannbodge Posts: 1,152
    ed325 wrote:
    Looks good. Did you use aerosols to spray it? did you use a 2 k clear coat?

    I am doing the same with a carbon frame at the moment.


    Yeah just normal aerosols from my local paint place.

    Nope, normal 1k lacquer, I don't have teh kit to use 2k, especially as it's so toxic.
    I've done plenty of car bits before 1k so I'm not terribly worried about the robustness of 1k.
  • minnntminnnt Posts: 102
    That looks pretty awesome! You’ve done a great job mate.
  • ravey1981ravey1981 Posts: 1,111
    Brilliant job, as with any paint its the prep that is key to a good finish.
  • lesfirthlesfirth Posts: 1,381
    That is a great piece of work.The photography is not bad either.
  • dannbodgedannbodge Posts: 1,152
    Thanks for the nice comments!

    Photos were just taken with my phone and nothing fancy done with them except uploading.

    Did a tiny bit more between getting home and having dinner last night:

    Took out the cone spacer and dropped the bars a bit more:


    Stuck a Bottle cage on:


    To make it easier to move around, I stuck the seatpost and saddle on, and set them to roughly my height


    and lastly put the chainset on it.


    I'll hopefully get a bit more done tonight, but I need to buy new bars and a new mech hanger before I can make proper progress.
  • dannbodgedannbodge Posts: 1,152
    Did a touch more last night:

    Front Mech and Rear Mech mounted and chain put on.




    and how if currently sits, looking more like a bike every day:

  • Looks great...smashing job
  • minnntminnnt Posts: 102
    Looks top notch!
  • Love it, thanks for taking the time to write it up.
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