I suppose you could say I wasn't the smartest tool in the shed when I decided to upgrade my first road bike, a 2010 Specialized Allez Elite, over the past 2 years rather than staying pat and buying a new bike down the road. As it stands now I have more in the wheels and upgraded parts than I do in the original bike. Thanks WW!
However, since back in 2010 when I bought the Allez I didn't know if I would really love cycling I bought a relatively entry level bike that I felt I could use for the foreseeable future. Also, it is much more wallet friendly to look for good deals and upgrade here and there given I have other interests/hobbies and a 1 year old son.
Without further ado here is my Allez (in cronological order):
Abbreviated build list:
Specialized Allez A1 Aluminum frame with carbon fork and alloy steerer
Cane Creek Integrated Headset
Shimano 105 gruppo (exceptions being Shimano R600 crankset and OEM brakes)
Mavic CXP22 rims / OEM hubs and spokes
Specialized Rival 143 Saddle
Specialized Carbon wrapped Alloy Seatpost
Specialized Comp Set Stem
Specialized Come Set Handlebars
Shimano 105 pedals (not shown)
Cateye Wireless Computer (not shown)
Ritchey Carbon Pro fork
Mavic Cosmic Elite front wheel / Mavic Cosmic Carbone SL rear wheel (long story)
Continental Grand Prix tires
Continental Race Light 28 tubes
I didn't have a scale at the time but estimated the weight savings as 2 lbs from the stock configuration.
Mavic Cosmic Carbone SL front wheel (787g)
Deda Superzero Seatpost (199g)
Specialized Romin Pro Saddle (164g) Probably should have gone with black
Zipp SL Trad Bend Handlebars (178g)
SRAM Red Black Edition Compact Crankset 172.5 50/34 (642g)
SRAM GXP Team Cups Bottom Bracket (108g)
All told, I lost 1.34 lbs from 2011 edition. Unfortunately I don't have a hanging scale yet, but the bathroom scale method has given me a range 17.5 to 18.2 lbs. http://imageshack.us/photo/my-images/85/specializedallezelite20.jpg
After taking her out for the initial post upgrade ride last Friday, everything felt great except given the Zipp bars have 9.5mm more reach than my old bars, I am thinking of changing the stem from a 120 to a 110. Only question is Zipp SC SL Beyond Black, Ritchey WCS, or Deda Zero 100? I think the Deda would be my first choice to match my seatpost, but I'm leaning against it given the 8nm clamp torque is more than recommended by Ritchey for the fork's steerer tube. Edit: I grabbed a lightly used Zipp Service Course SL beyond black stem in 110mm. I have yet to install it though.
The last things I will probably do are change out the 105 stuff for Rival shifters, brakes and RD losing another .5 lbs in the process. After that I would like to upgrade one day to a Ti frame. In the meantime I plan on enjoying it as much as possible, after all it's more bike than I honestly need. If only I could upgrade the engine