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PostPosted: Sun Jul 17, 2016 9:14 pm 
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Hi its my first post on the forum so I hope someone answers!! I have a 2013 Specialized Allez Sport (A1 aluminium not E5) and I want to turn it into a race machine (sort of). The bike is completely stock except for a few items:
Frame: Specialized Allez A1 54cm with FACT carbon fork and alloy 1 1/8'' steerer and crown
Wheels: Axis Classic
Groupset (incl brakes): Shimano Sora
Stem: M-Part (around 70mm I think)
Handlebar: Specialized CX Comp Shallow Bend (42cm)
Handlebar Tape: Specialized S-Wrap
Saddle: Specialized Riva
Seatpost: Specialized Sport Alloy
Pedals: Look Keo Easy
Spacers: Alloy 20mm

Would ideally like to get it down to 7-7.5kgs. I think the bike is between 9 and 10 kgs right now so it is not the lightest! Please no one say buy a carbon bike instead because I have my reasons. Any advice is greatly appreciated and any questions I am happy to answer within means.
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James


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PostPosted: Sun Jul 17, 2016 11:17 pm 
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Whats your budget?


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PostPosted: Mon Jul 18, 2016 8:30 am 
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A bit tight! I'm thinking around 1000-1500 pounds


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PostPosted: Mon Jul 18, 2016 11:44 am 
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I'd start off with the groupset and wheels. A 105 or Ultegra group will set you back roughly 500 pounds, some proper hadbuild wheels, about the same. then you still have 500 pounds to smash on the seatpost, stem and bars. woudln't it be easier to buy a new bike?

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PostPosted: Mon Jul 18, 2016 1:34 pm 
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In some ways yes but meant to have a durable frame and I'm 16 so haven't quite finished growing. Could you recommend any good aero wheels at this kind of price


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PostPosted: Tue Jul 19, 2016 7:04 am 
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I'd skip the aero wheels in that price range and go for a hand build wheel like this:

https://youtu.be/t33NVHReU0c

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PostPosted: Tue Jul 19, 2016 7:51 am 
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I've just sold my 2012 Allez due to upgrading to a Tarmac. Enjoyed it really much! Wheels are a bit on the heavy side, so I would replace them, another groupset and perhaps seatpost is also a good idea. Does the stock saddle suit you?


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As we are entering autumn there are likely to be decent deals on new bikes soon. Keep your old one as a winter/training bike and get something like a CAAD 12. It's still alloy so not a disaster if you were to crash it..........


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PostPosted: Tue Jul 19, 2016 11:07 am 
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Frankie - B wrote:
I'd skip the aero wheels in that price range and go for a hand build wheel like this:

https://youtu.be/t33NVHReU0c

What about bora one 50s? They're about a grand or mavic cosmic pro carbon? They seem OK. I was thinking of getting a mix of ultegra, 105 and FSA group set maybe some parts second hand as I know people who that has worked for. Any thoughts?


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PostPosted: Tue Jul 19, 2016 12:31 pm 
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Hastur wrote:
I've just sold my 2012 Allez due to upgrading to a Tarmac. Enjoyed it really much! Wheels are a bit on the heavy side, so I would replace them, another groupset and perhaps seatpost is also a good idea. Does the stock saddle suit you?

Will definitely replace the saddle! Was thinking an aliante


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PostPosted: Tue Jul 19, 2016 3:02 pm 
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for that money, you could just sell the whole bike and get yourself a rose or canyon with better equipement, or, a radon :)

http://www.bike-discount.de/en/buy/rado ... /wg_id-111


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PostPosted: Tue Jul 19, 2016 5:03 pm 
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vejnemojnen wrote:
for that money, you could just sell the whole bike and get yourself a rose or canyon with better equipement, or, a radon :)

http://www.bike-discount.de/en/buy/rado ... /wg_id-111

Yeah I've looked at canyon and rose but unfortunately my dad has said I can't get one of them but that I can upgrade my current bike. I don't think that it's too bad cos at my cat there are crashes so my bike should be able to survive them. Plus if I upgrade stuff on this bike he's said I can buy a new frame next year.


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PostPosted: Tue Jul 19, 2016 5:15 pm 
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That's $2k and for that I can find an under 6.8kg lightly used bike and skip the whole upgrade path. I bet if you look around you can do the same.

edit; I just read your last post. nevermind. How about SRAM Force and some light wheels.


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PostPosted: Tue Jul 19, 2016 6:12 pm 
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I am toying with the idea of SRAM force but I personally prefer shimano and most people I know who've tried it have gone to shimano but is is a little lighter than ultegra. I know I said I wanted 7kgs but I really like aero wheels now! Any thoughts on these:
[url][/url]http://www.wiggle.co.uk/token-c50-full-carbon-clincher-wheelset/
[url][/url]http://www.wiggle.co.uk/fulcrum-red-wind-50-xlr-cult-clincher-wheelset-1/
[url][/url]http://www.wiggle.co.uk/fulcrum-racing-quattro-carbon-clincher-wheelset/
[url][/url]http://www.wiggle.co.uk/campagnolo-bullet-ultra-50-cult-bright-label-carbon-wheelset/
[url][/url]http://www.wiggle.co.uk/campagnolo-bora-one-50-tubular-road-wheelset/
[url][/url]http://www.wiggle.co.uk/shimano-dura-ace-9000-c50-clincher-wheelset/
I know there's a lot there haha


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PostPosted: Tue Jul 19, 2016 7:49 pm 
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I had a 2014 Allez Sport with 9-speed Sora. I'm on a different bike now, but I upgraded to 105 5800 before I got the new frame. The difference between the two groups is pretty astronomical, in my opinion. I've ridden Ultegra 6800 and Dura Ace 9000 (both mechanical) and so understand that they're "better", but honestly, 105 5800 is a massive upgrade over Sora. I would definitely put that toward the top of your list.

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