The geo isn't what makes it not an "all-day" bike-I've done 90 mi races over gravel on one and it wasn't bad because of that, but because of the seatpost compliance. Not sure why they didn't try to build something with some sort of flex or elastomer to maybe help even a little bit.
C'mon dude, seriously? You're a Cat 3 that's raced 110+ races in the last 6 years and probably thousands of hard miles under your belt along the way. Because you can deal with full-on race geometry for 90 mile races is hardly exemplary of the fact that a normal joe should as well. I'm not disagreeing with you on the seat post though. All in all, its a bike built for racing (particularly crit racing IMO), NOT for comfort... that doesn't mean its impossible to ride it and enjoy it on long rides, just something that possible purchasers should be aware of. I pointed out the geo, in particular, because I think that's something a LOT of people overlook. They see a bad ass sprint, built up on instagram and they want that look, but don't realize what that stack height really means for their own riding style and they think that because they're on a Tarmac that's slammed, the sprint will be the same.
Man your response really illustrates what is wrong with cyclists and what drove me out of the sport- complete arrogance based on one's perceived abilities and attributes. You racing in Australia at some level and me racing here on some level somehow makes one of us more or less knowledgeable than the other.
But that's not as bad as your comprehension of English and ability to read. I agreed with you. Pretty simply as well. I noted sentiments both of us and others expressed regarding vertical compliance. People not being able to read stack and reach charts is common across all bike brands, models, and types.
I can deal with it fine and I even said I saw no issues with geo ever. My team raced the Allez Sprint at the NCC level and many raced events such as the Belgian Waffle Ride on it. But thanks for mis-reading and going on a diatribe designed to discredit me as a bike rider, racer, and person. I was simply trying to say that geo is geo and one can use it for nearly anything once they get used to it. Any issues with the bike are likely due to the frame design and materials transferring impact and I am surprised that Specialized didn't do a bit more to make a more compliant seatpost to smooth things out even further.
We are saying the same things but you decided to be a reactionary about it basically. I believe most people overemphasize geo because they either suck at bike handling, are convinced they have to slam, or think they need some custom fit parameters. Unfortunately you can't Google my experiences in any of those areas, but in all those races I managed to only get in 1 crash (caused by other riders) and generally was very good at technical descents and courses. In the races I did on an Allez I had to borrow bikes in 3 sizes and get used to them in the warm-up and somehow they all raced juuuuust fine.
Don't take me too seriously. The only person that doesn't hate
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