Specialised Allez Road Bike - £349.99 @ Edinburgh Bicycle Cooperative (or price match at your local Evans or Cycle Surgery)! - HotUKDeals
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I've just picked my specialised Allez up from Cycle Surgery - got them to price match this deal from Edinburgh Bicycle Cooperative. Quite frankly, it's an amazing deal if you want to get into road cycling. The bike has some fab reviews - RRP is £500, but many say it rides like a £1,000+ bike. I've only taken my bike for a quick spin, but you can feel the quality in the components. If you fancy getting a road bike, why not pick this up for the price of a very bottom end model!?
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#1
Bargain! I got it for £400 five weeks ago.. excellent entry level bike.
#2
That is a stunning deal for anyone looking for their first road bike. Voted hot from me.
#3
Got to say, my first road bike way a total piece of junk that cost me £200 - Seriously, if you want a road bike you have to spend some money and buy a reputable brand like specialized. There's no point at all in buying a road bike for under £300/350 - it simply won't work (Breaks will be crap, gears will switch). With this model, you're getting a starter/intermediate bike at a fantastic price.
#4
Great deal would be good for me as a winter bike/cyclo-cross bike. Think I'm gunna build one up though as I have lots of parts floating around. Still, heat added great for anyone wanting to get into cycling it's a bad groupset but not for this price and a brilliant frame and carbon fork for £350 is a steal.
#5
Just what I need I've just enquired about joining a cycling club need to get fit and lose the gut
#6
Ryanposs
Got to say, my first road bike way a total piece of junk that cost me £200 - Seriously, if you want a road bike you have to spend some money and buy a reputable brand like specialized. There's no point at all in buying a road bike for under £300/350 - it simply won't work (Breaks will be crap, gears will switch). With this model, you're getting a starter/intermediate bike at a fantastic price.

Utter rubbish. If you want a road bike you're better off buying a secondhand one off Ebay or your local free ads paper, keeping the frame and upgrading the worn-out bits. I got a Raleigh Equipe for £20 ten years ago, spent another £80 on new wheels, tyres and cables and now have a reliable workhorse that allows me to enjoy a 50 mile ride every weekend with no major mishaps. Best of all, because it doesn't look brand spanking new (like this one) it's less likely to get nicked!

I suppose if you really must have a new bike then this is an okay deal, but whilst modern bikes may be all about fashion and image, they're nowhere near as good to ride as proper vintage bikes!
#7
Wow - stunning price - mine is a couple of years old now and is the triple, not the double as on sale here, but cost £500, and that was a bargain at the time. Such a good bike for the money.
#8
I bought a Trek 1.5 a few months ago for a load more than this. But if I hadnt of bought that, I'd be all over this bad boy.

It looks as though Edinburgh only have 56cm frame in stock, so Evans will only price match like for like. Good if you need a 56cm frame though.
#9
I'd considered the Trek 1.5 - believe it has/had better wheels but think the Spesh has/had a better frame - plus it didn't look so bling (I had the black/grey one)
#10
They only have stock in the 56cm size frame. I have a Spesh Tarmac in 56cm (which i think is identical geometry to the Allez), and it fits me Ok, I'm 5' 10".
#11
I did LEJOG on a £200 ebay bike and probably 3000 miles in total. It even survived quite a big crash. I think its pretty knackered now but I'm still hoping to get it serviced and do a few more miles in it this year. You can spend what you want on a bike but don't think that you "can't get by" on a budget.

That being said if I was buying another bike now I'd probably spend the extra on a better bike.

Edited By: cusimar9 on Dec 31, 2010 12:01
#12
What I got two MFX racing bikes for 300 quid that are perfectly adequate.:3
#13
UncleWilly
Ryanposs
Got to say, my first road bike way a total piece of junk that cost me £200 - Seriously, if you want a road bike you have to spend some money and buy a reputable brand like specialized. There's no point at all in buying a road bike for under £300/350 - it simply won't work (Breaks will be crap, gears will switch). With this model, you're getting a starter/intermediate bike at a fantastic price.
Utter rubbish. If you want a road bike you're better off buying a secondhand one off Ebay or your local free ads paper, keeping the frame and upgrading the worn-out bits. I got a Raleigh Equipe for £20 ten years ago, spent another £80 on new wheels, tyres and cables and now have a reliable workhorse that allows me to enjoy a 50 mile ride every weekend with no major mishaps. Best of all, because it doesn't look brand spanking new (like this one) it's less likely to get nicked!I suppose if you really must have a new bike then this is an okay deal, but whilst modern bikes may be all about fashion and image, they're nowhere near as good to ride as proper vintage bikes!
You quote someone and then say utter rubbish. I thought you meant his quote but you were warning us that you were to talk utter rubbish!
#14
bargainhunter666
I thought you meant his quote but you were warning us that you were to talk utter rubbish!

If you're going to abuse someone who's trying to give helpful advice, you could at least say why you think I'm talking rubbish.

Many people who would like to take up cycling are put off by unhelpful posts like Ryanposs's which seem to suggest that you need to spend a ridiculous amount of money on a designer label bike before you're allowed on the road, and it simply isn't true.
#15
UncleWilly
bargainhunter666
I thought you meant his quote but you were warning us that you were to talk utter rubbish!


If you're going to abuse someone who's trying to give helpful advice, you could at least say why you think I'm talking rubbish.

Many people who would like to take up cycling are put off by unhelpful posts like Ryanposs's which seem to suggest that you need to spend a ridiculous amount of money on a designer label bike before you're allowed on the road, and it simply isn't true.


Dear, oh dear!
Buying a bike is like buying anything! You get what you pay for, much like buying a car you are not merely paying for the badge as any premium car owner will tell you has had experience of owning a budget car aswell. A Raleigh Equipe qualifies as a bike and will also give you a certain amount of pleasure and use but this is a forum for New deals not Secondhand ebay posts, this post is for people considering buying an affordable, quality road bike!

Personally, I am not a big fan of the US/Taiwan bike manufacturers, there packages tend to be made to a price and are not always the best value - however at this price this is an excellent deal!
If you look at the tailored packages from Ribble and other makers you get a far better package that allows you to spec your components, crank arm length, bar width, stem length, cluster and chainset ratios and gives you a bike at a similar price point to the RRP of "comparable level" Giant, Trek or Specialized bikes but with a far superior specification and providing a far better fit.

Just to repeat I think at this price this a very hot deal and I hope it encourages those who have thought about getting into road cycling to get into it through this offer and join the rest of us on the road in the New Year!

Edited By: designaw on Dec 31, 2010 14:17
#16
one thing about buying off ebay this time of year is that people will pay stupid money and way over the odds for secondhand bikes with a lot les spec than this , for a brand new bike this is a bargain , if in six months time you get bored with it , ....... ebay it
#17
JBrown1
I bought a Trek 1.5 a few months ago for a load more than this. But if I hadnt of bought that, I'd be all over this bad boy.

It looks as though Edinburgh only have 56cm frame in stock, so Evans will only price match like for like. Good if you need a 56cm frame though.

Tried price match with Evans's they said no, claiming Edinburgh had none in stock so couldn't price match.
#18
Please could someone take some time out to help me with a query!

I have a Specialized Sirus which i love and have used for the last year, i brought it in order to get back on a bike and get some miles under my belt and use as a stepping stone to a true road bike!

When i saw these deal i clicked on straight away to buy but observed that they only have 56cm frames left! These apparently are suitable for person btw 5-9 and 6ft. I am a nat's hair under 5'9 and have 30" legs, the question is will this bike be suitable for me or am i just going to buy something that is not fit for purpose? My thought was i could just lower the seat but i could do with some direction from some peeps in the know!

Thank you

Happy NY!


Edited By: Bargaintastic30 on Dec 31, 2010 16:42
#19
Bargaintastic30
Please could someone take some time out to help me with a query!

I have a Specialized Sirus which i love and have used for the last year, i brought it in order to get back on a bike and get some miles under my belt and use as a stepping stone to a true road bike!

When i saw these deal i clicked on straight away to buy but observed that they only have 56cm frames left! These apparently are suitable for person btw 5-9 and 6ft. I am a nat's hair under 5'9 and have 30" legs, the question is will this bike be suitable for me or am i just going to buy something that is not fit for purpose? My thought was i could just lower the seat but i could do with some direction from some peeps in the know!

Thank you

Happy NY!



My guess is that this will be too big for you, but you really need to sit on it yourself to find out for sure.
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Bargaintastic30
Please could someone take some time out to help me with a query!

I have a Specialized Sirus which i love and have used for the last year, i brought it in order to get back on a bike and get some miles under my belt and use as a stepping stone to a true road bike!

When i saw these deal i clicked on straight away to buy but observed that they only have 56cm frames left! These apparently are suitable for person btw 5-9 and 6ft. I am a nat's hair under 5'9 and have 30" legs, the question is will this bike be suitable for me or am i just going to buy something that is not fit for purpose? My thought was i could just lower the seat but i could do with some direction from some peeps in the know!

Thank you

Happy NY!



Yes you should be ok with that. Your main problem maybe a reach issue. Not sure what stem length this has but it's probably 120mm so changing to a shorter one (80mm) will help. What I would suggest is go to your dealer and try one. Failing that go to halfords and try a different one to give you a rough idea.
Don't let anybody tell you 'the correct size is' (unless being measured for a custom bike) because there isn't one. I'm just short of 6ft and I ride 52cm and a 57cm bikes.
#21
Bargaintastic30
Please could someone take some time out to help me with a query!

I have a Specialized Sirus which i love and have used for the last year, i brought it in order to get back on a bike and get some miles under my belt and use as a stepping stone to a true road bike!

When i saw these deal i clicked on straight away to buy but observed that they only have 56cm frames left! These apparently are suitable for person btw 5-9 and 6ft. I am a nat's hair under 5'9 and have 30" legs, the question is will this bike be suitable for me or am i just going to buy something that is not fit for purpose? My thought was i could just lower the seat but i could do with some direction from some peeps in the know!

Thank you

Happy NY!



As it happens I am exactly the same size as you (well in terms of height & leg length anyway), and as soon as I saw only 56cm frames left I ruled this out - it's a 22 inch frame and I need an 18 inch frame - four inches makes quite a difference (stop sniggering at the back!).

So, by all means go and try, but personally I wouldn't even bother. Hope that helps!
#22
gslgregory
Bargaintastic30
Please could someone take some time out to help me with a query!

I have a Specialized Sirus which i love and have used for the last year, i brought it in order to get back on a bike and get some miles under my belt and use as a stepping stone to a true road bike!

When i saw these deal i clicked on straight away to buy but observed that they only have 56cm frames left! These apparently are suitable for person btw 5-9 and 6ft. I am a nat's hair under 5'9 and have 30" legs, the question is will this bike be suitable for me or am i just going to buy something that is not fit for purpose? My thought was i could just lower the seat but i could do with some direction from some peeps in the know!

Thank you

Happy NY!



As it happens I am exactly the same size as you (well in terms of height & leg length anyway), and as soon as I saw only 56cm frames left I ruled this out - it's a 22 inch frame and I need an 18 inch frame - four inches makes quite a difference (stop sniggering at the back!).

So, by all means go and try, but personally I wouldn't even bother. Hope that helps!


Sorry, but you're talking pants. As I said in a previous comment I have a Specialized Tarmac, which is the same geometry as the Allez. My bike is 56cm frame, I am 5'10", 31" inside leg. It's a great fit, and would fully expect someone one inch shorter to have no problem riding it.

Before buying this, i tried a 54cm frame version, but found it way too small.
#23
gslgregory
Bargaintastic30
Please could someone take some time out to help me with a query!

I have a Specialized Sirus which i love and have used for the last year, i brought it in order to get back on a bike and get some miles under my belt and use as a stepping stone to a true road bike!

When i saw these deal i clicked on straight away to buy but observed that they only have 56cm frames left! These apparently are suitable for person btw 5-9 and 6ft. I am a nat's hair under 5'9 and have 30" legs, the question is will this bike be suitable for me or am i just going to buy something that is not fit for purpose? My thought was i could just lower the seat but i could do with some direction from some peeps in the know!

Thank you

Happy NY!



As it happens I am exactly the same size as you (well in terms of height & leg length anyway), and as soon as I saw only 56cm frames left I ruled this out - it's a 22 inch frame and I need an 18 inch frame - four inches makes quite a difference (stop sniggering at the back!).

So, by all means go and try, but personally I wouldn't even bother. Hope that helps!


A 46cm bike at 5ft 9"! No wonder your finding it hard to find a bike as many manufactures don't make that size in mens bikes. You may get away with it for TT's but a whole days riding your back and wrists will be killing.
#24
For the person wondering about sizing, I'd take the advice of the guy with the Tarmac. The other fellow, who wants an 18" frame, sounds like he's thinking of mountain bikes. I (5'11") ride an 18" mountain bike but the last time I had a road bike (15 years ago) it was 22". The confusion is because not all bikes are the same shape. They measure frame sizes according to the length of the seat tube (the vertical tube running down from the seat to the pedals) and even then, as some bikes, most now, don't have horizontal top bars, they measure imaginary seat tube length, based on what it'd be if the bike did have a straight top bar. On top of this, mountain bikes tend to be sized smaller, as they have different geometry (higher bottom bracket to avoid rocks, and allowances made for front suspension fork). In short, listen to the guy who has a very similar bike to the Allez. Also, if you go to the Ed Bike website, they have a sizing guide for each bike type. I think there's a link on the Allez page in fact. Or, go to the Specialized website and look up the model and the size guide. Do let us know how it goes. It's a nice bike, pretty cheap, the Allez.
#25
They're all sold out now actually.
#26
Absolutely gutted I missed this, however went to The Bike Factory, in Boughton (Chester) and managed to get a decent deal. The Allez 24 (2010), with 'Look' Pedals (Keo Plus) and Specialized BG Sport Road Shoes (2010) for 470 squids all in.

Very pleased indeed, and thanks to the op for bringing this bike to my attention.
#27
Thanks for the assistance all , in the end i decided that id stick with my Sirus, had the bike been in a 54cm i would have snapped it up!
#28
skdotcom
gslgregory
Bargaintastic30
Please could someone take some time out to help me with a query!

I have a Specialized Sirus which i love and have used for the last year, i brought it in order to get back on a bike and get some miles under my belt and use as a stepping stone to a true road bike!

When i saw these deal i clicked on straight away to buy but observed that they only have 56cm frames left! These apparently are suitable for person btw 5-9 and 6ft. I am a nat's hair under 5'9 and have 30" legs, the question is will this bike be suitable for me or am i just going to buy something that is not fit for purpose? My thought was i could just lower the seat but i could do with some direction from some peeps in the know!

Thank you

Happy NY!



As it happens I am exactly the same size as you (well in terms of height & leg length anyway), and as soon as I saw only 56cm frames left I ruled this out - it's a 22 inch frame and I need an 18 inch frame - four inches makes quite a difference (stop sniggering at the back!).

So, by all means go and try, but personally I wouldn't even bother. Hope that helps!


Sorry, but you're talking pants. As I said in a previous comment I have a Specialized Tarmac, which is the same geometry as the Allez. My bike is 56cm frame, I am 5'10", 31" inside leg. It's a great fit, and would fully expect someone one inch shorter to have no problem riding it.

Before buying this, i tried a 54cm frame version, but found it way too small.


A few pointers for anyone else pondering buying without trying -

The 2010 Allez is not the same geometry as the Tarmac. The 2011 frame is closer, however.

It's not really a 22" frame. It doesn't actually measure 56cm either - the standover is much lower but the geometry emulates a traditional (horizontal top-tube) frame of 56cm.

The size you need is determined by more than your height. For example, at 5'11.5" (the half is important!) I ride 56cm Treks or 56cm Speccies. At a pinch, a 54 with a 120 stem fits, too. My colleague, at just over 6' rides 58cm Treks with 130mm stems on - His arms are 3" (each) longer than mine!

You'll find the reach on the 56 too much and shortening the stem below 80-90mm will ruin the handling.

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