I always laugh when people post the "help me choose" type posts, but here I am, hoping that maybe you guys can help me think this through and potentially point out something I'm not seeing. I have been riding a 2011 SL3 Pro with sram red for 3 years, and I'm looking for a new bike out of the 2014 speci line, either the sl4 pro or maybe an the allez expert. On any of the bikes I'm leaning towards a power2max pm, which also make things a little complicated.
The 2014 SL4 pros come with da9000 (ultegra brakes) and the 1550g roval alu fusse sl clincher OR with force 22 and the 1400g Roval Rapide CL 40 carbon clincher for about $200 more. I have been on red for awhile, and although it has never really given me any issues, I was pretty set to switch to da9K to gain a little more "refinement", but am now having second thoughts, and maybe concerned that I will miss some of that rapid fire feeling of sram in our primarily criterium race schedule. With this purchase I was hoping to just have one wheelset to race and train on, and in this situation the rapide's give you a better race option and the fusee give you a better training wheel. Going to sell my current zipp 303s because they cannot be converted to 11spd without being completely rebuilt. Both of these bikes come with the speci crank, which means I would have to try and sell it since the new specialized compatible p2m won't be available until spring, and get a new p2m crank and spider and mate the rings that come with the bike (the spec rings for the da spec and sram force for the sram spec).
Option 3 is to do the allez expert that has ultegra 6800, and fulcrum 5s wheels. I keep hearing from a few people that the smartweld allez doesn't ride too differently than the tarmac, and it's $2K+ less dough. This comes with an FSA SL-K crank, which I would just remove and replace with the p2m unit (probably Rotor). That puts me about $1500 less than the tarmacs w/ the same p2m. BUT I do feel like I would have to buy some race wheels with this setup though, as the OEM fulcrum 5s will most likely be in the 1800g range. That seems like a good way to go because I could always carry the p2m and the race wheels to a future bike, but I was all set to not spend any more money on carbon tubulars and just have a respectable 1400-1500g all around alloy wheelset, because at the end of the day race wheels are not going to win or loose me a race. So with an additional set of race wheels this would come out to be about $500-800 less, but I would have that second set of race wheels to carry forward, just not sure I want to spend almost as much on "relatively cheap" alloy frame as the tarmac is.
Any thoughts, ideas, or things I should consider? Both of the tarmacs are in this color scheme,
which is clean and I like. The Allez expert is not bad but not as great looking (IMO) in pictures, sort of a matte black with red accents,
so, I guess the fact that I like the paint scheme of the tarmac more could be a factor. Sorry in advance for my long winded post, and thanks in advance for any thoughts or advice you guys might have.