I'm looking for a new frame to race and train on, and with a small budget I've been having aluminum in mind.
At first, I was totally into getting the new Specialized Allez E5 but then I got inspired by the lovely pro-lite cuneo build here on WW. So now I'm also thinking of getting a quantec race sl and combine it with an enve 2.0 fork, wich will cost about the same as the allez.
What are your thoughts about this? I really dig the classic geo of the quantec and the fact that I probably won't see another setup like that around. But will it perform as the specialized?
I'm putting a record/chorus groupset on it so I won't get the benefits of the osbb on the allez.
Any input regarding this matter would be highly appreciated!
Ps. I dont want a canyon or a rose
I don't think that you should base your decision on the fork, the specialized full carbon fork is IMO just as good as the enve, and the E5 is a great frame too. It might not fit the same as a pro lite though, having a taller HT. GO for the one that fits the best/ handles like you want it to. Just aesthetically, I think that the specialized has better paint jobs, but I can't get over the curved TT, while the pro lite's bare frame looks better, but the paint job doesn't look that good. All personal opinion:)
My first post was kind of confusing though. I was not planning on getting the pro-lite, that was just inspiration for my plans of a generic-ish alu frame with the enve fork.
The frame I've been looking at is this one: http://www.bike24.net/p12712.html
Actually if the specialized was offered in any other color than white I would't even have to think about it
As for the Cannondale shout outs: I'm keeping an eye on ebay but they seem to always end up costing more than my other options...
http://www.planet-x-bikes.co.uk/i/q/FRP ... _frame_mk2
olebole wrote:Thanks for all the input!
I ended up buying a used bb30 caad9 frameset after all... Now I just have to find a hollowgram crankset
Absolutely. The price is high....but the BB30 Hollowgram completes the CAAD9. Worth every penny!
It's nice and stiff, it handles great, and I think it actually rides smoother than my previous bike which was a Scott CR1 Team (pre-plushbike redesign). It's not the lightest, but 17.1lbs (without pedals, 52cm) straight out of the box isn't too bad.
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