Many years ago(15-25) I used to ride a lot, owning steel Italvega and
Pinarello frames. I recently wanted to start riding again and bought
what seemed like the most bang for the buck, a '99 Specialized Allez w/
(mostly) 105 components, to see if I'd get hooked on riding again.
I've ridden for about a year and now have the itch to upgrade. I
looked at a Trek 2300 and liked it, but someone suggested that a lot of
the difference came from the Rolf Vector Comp wheels. I'm satisfied
with the components on my bike, but I know I could save weight with the
Trek's Ultegra. Specialized won't publish frame weights, so I don't
know whether it is comparable or not. Does anyone have an opinion as
to whether the '99 aluminum Allez frame is worth upgrading the wheels
on? Or should I sell and buy a complete package? The wheels on the
Allez are Mavic CXP 21 with Ritchie hubs (Comp 32?). I'm 41 and ride 50-
100 miles a week and hope to do a (flat) century by summers' end.
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