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I posted a thread before the weekend about the upgrades I was making to my Specialized Allez Pro. In this thread I'm providing a ride report and some picture of the installed upgrades.

This is what I bought/upgraded.

Old Korso wheelset 1740 grams
New American Classic/DT Swiss wheelset, 1466 grams = 274 grams saved.

Old Thomson Elite 330mm seatpost, 240 grams
New Pedal Force seatpost, 162 grams = 78 grams saved.

Old Fizik Arione, 249 grams
New Selle Italia SLR Carbonio, 154 grams = 95 grams saved.

Total weight saved = 447 grams / 15.96 ounces / .998 lbs.
New weight of the Allez Pro = 16.37

Ride Report:

First off, I was happy from the onset with my Allez Pro project and loved the way it rode and handled as originally equipped. My intent was to get the bike lighter, not necessarily improve the ride per se. I took it out for a 35 mile ride today (beautiful sunny 70° day!!) and was pleasantly surprised on a number of counts.

I had no idea how comfortable/uncomfortable the SLR was going to be. When you put it along side the Arione, it is both narrower and shorter providing a smaller riding surface and fewer fore/aft riding options. To my surprise/delight, the SLR was very comfortable and I felt very little difference between it and the Arione. Granted, this was over 35 miles and things could be quite different over a longer distance. The jury is still out on limited choice in riding positions, but I had no problem with it today. In any case, my sit bones seem quite happy with the SLR.

The Pedal Force seatpost was added, once again in an effort to reduce the weight of the bike. What I discovered, is that the setback of this seatpost gave me a better pedaling position than the zero setback Thomson. I felt stronger on the flats and found the position was great for hills as well. The downside, is that I think I'll have to get a shorter stem than I have now to accommodate the increased setback, but it will be well worth it. The other benefit of the new seatpost was a discernible decrease in road buzz.

Last but not least, my new American Classic/DT Swiss R1.1 wheels as compared to the Korso's are a huge improvement. I really like Korso's and they were a good match to the Allez Pro, but the new wheels spin up much faster and are noticeably better on hills. The 28/32 spokes with the 2X / 3X mix ride much smoother than the Korso's which coupled with the reduced buzz provided by the new seatpost, the ride feels close to my TST titanium (I said close, not the same!).

All in all, I'm very pleased with the weight saving and the improvements in ride this little experiment has provided. :)


















 

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Saddle.

Glad to here the first ride was a god experience. I rode my AC yesterday in a hell of a wind and was glad to have lower profile rims. The hubs are still feling great too.

I've gone thru the progression of SLR models and found the Carbonio that you have more comfortable than the standard SLR, I guess it has something to do with the carbon rails. The king of comfort in the SLR is the C64 and the lightest. If you ever get a chance to ride one you will see.
 

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I saw your original post when you picked up that saddle, my gawd it's a thing of beauty. Nice to hear it's comfortable as well. I never thought about the benefits of the carbon rails as it relates to comfort, very good point.
 

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Hey Blandin, the Allez was nice but you keep making it nicer!

All the talk of saddles has me doubting the stock one on my ride. My tail starts hurting after an hour. I thought thats just the way things were but maybe not with right one, no?
What do you guys think? Should I look to blow some spare cash to replace the stock Avatar saddle on my Allez Elite at some point in the future?
 

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crumjack, thanks for the nice words on my Allez Pro, I'm really enjoying it especially with the new tweaks.

As far as saddles go, it's so personal that someone telling you to scrap what your using and try saddle "X" because it's so great are only relating their own experience which may mean little or nothing to you and your butt. It's best to try a saddle if possible, either through your LBS or perhaps a friend who has a model you're considering. Performance had a total satisfaction guarantee, so if they have a shop near you, you can't go wrong.

I have the Fizik Arione on a number of my bikes, as I did on the Allez Pro, and I really like that saddle a lot. What I just can't figure out, is how a wafer thin saddle like the Carbonio SLR cab be so comfortable, but it is - "for me". Good luck!
 
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