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Subject: Allez Sprint 2018 as first road bike!
Hey there guys! I'm new to the forum, my name is Thomas and i'm from Greece, and i want to compete in the Ironman 70.3 hosted in Greece in 2019 April so a need a road bike to train, a little aero and under 1600euro (and beautiful ofc :P). And i've narrowed the search down to Specialized Allez Sprint 2018 58cm(1.90cm height, 91cm inseam). My question is would this bike fit me? I have no cycling background history (though i've done some 3hr rides on a city bike). There is no retailer nearby so i can go check it and the nearest one is 500km away. So would i be able to train on it regurarly(i mean back pain, neck pain due to aggresive possition), hill climb up to 2000m of elevation gain, do a long ride of over 150kms, and complete the IM race 70.3 with aerobars on it? Actually i want a bike to do what 3 bikes would lol :p but the budget is restricting for that. Could you help me decide please!
Thanks a lot!


SPECIALIZED ALLEZ SPRINT COMP 2018

BOTTOM BRACKET Praxis 6806 bearings
CHAIN KMC X11, 11-speed w/ Missing Link™
CRANKSET Shimano 105
SHIFT LEVERS Shimano 105
FRONT DERAILLEUR Shimano 105 Ez, braze-on
CASSETTE Shimano 105, 11-speed, 11-28t
CHAINRINGS 52/36T
REAR DERAILLEUR Shimano 105, 11-speed
REAR WHEEL DT R460, sealed cartridge hubs, 14g spokes, 24h
INNER TUBES 700x20/28mm, 40mm Presta valve
FRONT TIRE Turbo Pro, 60 TPI, folding bead, BlackBelt protection, 700x24mm
REAR TIRE Turbo Pro, 60 TPI, folding bead, BlackBelt protection, 700x24mm
FRONT WHEEL DT R460, sealed cartridge hubs, 14g spokes, 20h
SADDLE Body Geometry Toupé Sport, steel rails, 143mm
TAPE Specialized S-Wrap
SEATPOST Specialized Venge Aero seatpost, FACT carbon
HANDLEBARS Specialized Shallow Drop, 6061, 70x125mm, 31.8mm clamp
STEM Specialized, 3D forged alloy, 4-bolt, 7-degree rise
FRONT BRAKE Tektro Axis caliper
REAR BRAKE Tektro Axis caliper
PEDALS Nylon, 105x78x28mm, loose balls w/ reflectors
SEAT BINDER Allez Sprint Aero
FORK S-Works FACT full carbon, size-specific taper
FRAME Specialized E5 Premium Aluminum w/ D'Aluisio Smartweld Sprint Technology, hydroformed aluminum tubing, tapered head tube, OSBB


2018-09-11 7:05 AM
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Subject: RE: Allez Sprint 2018 as first road bike!
I know you probably don't want to hear this, but the Allez Sprint is not a bike I would recommend anyone buy as a first road bike without a fitting and a test ride. It's a pretty aggressive bike, designed primarily for criterium racing, with a "long and low" geometry that's not for everyone. The ride is also not the most compliant. It's not feather weight, but it's light enough to be an OK climber. It would actually work fairly well with clip-on aero bars. That geometry might not be comfortable for long rides, however, especially for a beginner.

Edited by gary p 2018-09-11 7:07 AM
2018-09-11 9:23 AM
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Subject: RE: Allez Sprint 2018 as first road bike!

Do a search for bike fit calculator (years ago, Colorado Cyclist had a decent tool) and enlist the help of a good friend to get measurements to feed into the calculator.  It won't be as good as an actual fit, but it will give you a first-pass at what size bikes to investigate further.  

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