ProfessorChaos wrote:My best advice would be just ride this bike, and save your money for now. An idea that might save you time and money doing upgrades would be to just upgrade to a Allez Comp Race down the road. This bike is probably one of the best bargains out. At the price of a groupset upgrade, and wheels you get a whole different bike. Maybe you can even trade in your current Allez. I rode one a few weeks back, and it was pretty dialed out of the box. 105, Praxis Cranks, and Roval CL40's are the high points. Swap a carbon seatpost, and bars, and you're set. The Smartweld Allez frame is a pretty huge step up in lightness, and ride quality as well. I have a Allez Comp from last year, and it came with the same wheels you have, and they are definitely a low point. I had a Force group from my old bike ready to go on it, and I rode the original wheels for awhile, but upgrading them was a huge difference. The original Axis wheels are heavy, and flexy.
I've thought about this or a similar plan...it is appealing, especially as I'm not particular tied to this bike for any reason. On the other hand, I sort of feel like sticking with this until I can put together something that I REALLY want makes more sense. I don't doubt what you're saying at all as I'm sure the Comp Race would be a big step up, but I can't help but feel like it wouldn't be as satisfying as going for something in a higher tier...
I'm glad to hear some feedback from someone with experience on these Axis wheels...I've tried to do some reading about them and can't seem to find much detail, which I suppose makes sense given that the majority of people probably swap them right out of the box. What did you swap yours out for originally?
At this point, I'm thinking that something like the Fulcrum Racing Zero set makes sense: