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I'm will be getting a road bike soon. Two bikes of interest (due to reviews and LBS) were the F65 and Allez Comp. I was hoping someone could explain to me why these two bikes are priced the same (F65 $1699 and Allez Comp Double $1700), but seem to have significantly different components.

Specs from respective websites:

Felt F65
Frame - Aluminum w/carbon seat stays
Fork - Carbon fiber, alloy steerer
Handlebars - Felt alloy
Shifters - Shimano Ultegra, 20-Speed
F/Derailleur - Ultegra
R/Derailleur - Ultegra
Crankset - FSA Omega, 2-PC Carbon
BB - ??
Brakes - Dual pivot Allow w/cartridge pads
Wheelset - Shimano WH-R550
Tire - Vittoria Action HSD Folding 700x23c

Allez Comp
Frame - Aluminum w/carbon seat stays Zertz inserts
Fork - Carbon fiber, carbon fiber steerer, Zertz inserts
Handlebars - Specialized alluminum
Shifters - Shimano 105
F/Derailleur - 105
R/Derailleur - 105
Crankset - Shimano 105, Hollowtech II, 2-PC
BB - Shimano new 105 Hollowtech II
Wheelset - Mavic Aksium
Tires - Specialized Mondo Pro


The rest of the components appear similar to me (e.g. carbon seatpost, saddles), but maybe I'm missing something.

I recently read that the Felt is a standard frame design and the Specialized is a compact design. Could this be the reason for price difference? I plan to ride both to see how they fit.

Any advice would be greatly appreciated.

BTW, I really like the LBS that sells the Allez, but would prefer to have the best bike possible for the money.
 

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If they ride the same, and both fit well....I would get the Felt for its better components. Theres not going to be much difference in frame quality, but there might be a difference in fit due to the compact geometry of the Allez.

FWIW, I ride an Allez Comp and love it, but built it up myself so its different from stock: Mavic Open Pros with ultegra hubs and full ultegra 9 spd drivetrain and shifters.
 

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I own a 05 F65 and love it. No problems with the bike, and I am a big guy. Frame and components have been solid from day one.

The only things I have changed are the wheels and the cranks to a compact.

Change the seat.
 

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i'm thinking the fork and wheels on the specialised are probably more expensive, and so are responsible for the group disparity.... that said, i've always liked the look of felt bikes (esp. in blue or yellow ! or white!) and you can fix those issues down the track if need be..
 

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I appreciate...

...the comments so far. It seems from this thread and the others I've read, that people really like Felt bikes. I've read good things about the Felt mountain bikes, but I was really surprised by the difference between the components on the F65 vs. the Allez Comp. It made me wonder how Felt could offer this without reducing cost somewhere else (e.g. frame, fork).

i'm thinking the fork and wheels on the specialised are probably more expensive, and so are responsible for the group disparity.... that said, i've always liked the look of felt bikes (esp. in blue or yellow ! or white!) and you can fix those issues down the track if need be..
wankski, Thanks for answering my question about the possible component difference.

As I've gathered from this and other threads, fit will come first. This will be followed by components.
 
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