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Here is a pic of my Sworks and of all the different frames I have had ranging from other Alu frames to various Ti frames this is the least expensive but it has been the best performing . I find to climb & accelerate better than the other frames I have had. It may be cheap and generic to some but I like it.
 

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Sirius said:
Here is a pic of my Sworks and of all the different frames I have had ranging from other Alu frames to various Ti frames this is the least expensive but it has been the best performing . I find to climb & accelerate better than the other frames I have had. It may be cheap and generic to some but I like it.

Nice bike!

Umm, since when is an S-works generic? Is that the 04 or 03 model frame. I like the fact that the 04 frameset is $600 cheaper than the 03. But, at aroune $1,000, your can't go wrong. That frame is anything but a comfy tourer. It is a race frame that is meant to be stiff and go fast. I would really want to know what justifies the extra 2 or 3 thosand dollar price increase of some of the more exotic competitors framesets.

But good pruchase and don't let anyone tell you your S-works is some cheapo generic bike just because you paid half of what they paid and it's actually possible for people to pronounce the name on the first try.
 

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You are right!

The frame is an 03. It is actually my second one because the first one was a bit too big. And while I was riding my Titanium bike I really missed the S-Works that is why I bought the second one. Regardless of price this frame just is awesome. I am actually trying to find another one as a back up. BTW: that was funny about the pronouncing the name.
 

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This is my ride! It is an '03 Allez Pro. It used to be an Allez Sport, but after an unfortunate highway incident in Texas last October, I had to replace the frame and fork. The componenents in the picture are from the sport. But I am in the process of upgrading, any suggestions are welcome! I already have a set of Mavic Cosmos wheels for it. :)
 

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The LBS invited me to try out this S-Works Tarmac for a few days. Interesting frame: The bottom section (painted red) is the E5 Aluminum spine with the upper section in carbon. It’s equipped with DA 9v, ‘04 Ksyrium SSC/SL, the S-Works carbon bar and Pave seatpost. I replaced the Specialized saddle with an Aliante and installed Speedplay X/1 pedals. The bike weighed in at 16.8 lbs as you see it (Size X-Large/60cm)….

It’s a pretty nice ride. Stiff enough through the driveline with quite sufficient dampening up through the saddle. The handling is pretty neutral, perhaps even a little slow, but a better fit for me would have been one size smaller. The larger size should be expected to feel a little slower….

All the bikes in my stable have 172.5 cranks. I got on this one, rolled the cranks over one revolution and said ‘These must be 175 cranks.’ Second revolution: ‘No doubt about it: 175 cranks.’ Sure enough….

The Carbon bar: I loved the flat top segment and hated the hooks. The last couple of years, I’ve taken to non-ergo shallow drop bars (Italian bend), so while I don’t necessarily have any aversion to ergo bends, that one section that bends up into the palm didn’t do it for me at all….

The computer is a Specialized Elite wireless. It worked for about ten minutes before becoming an RNG (Random Number Generator). After another hour or two, it read 0.0 mi/hr when the bike was rolling at anything over about ten or twelve mi/hr.

I like this bike. I’d change a few of the components, but I certainly wouldn’t boot it out of my stable…. ****/5.

Here’s the Specialized page with the frameset equipped for ’04 (DA 10v)…

 

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My main bike is a 2003 S-works Sapone colors in 56cm. I changed just about everything on the bike and can highly recommend some of these changes if you have money to spend. I changed the wheels to Topolinos and love them! I use the FSA carbon compact crank which is a must have if you ride hills. The CAT TI brakes, USE ALIEN areo seatpost and a Selle SLR seat for weight savings, paired with 50g Bold Ti skewers. I also switched out the front derailure to a 2004 Campy Record primarily for looks. It has the carbon cage. My stem is a Deda Mag00 with the regular 3T carbon bar. I use the Speedplay Ti Zero pedals. All in all 6800g or 15.0 lbs. It's one sweat ride. Now all these extra components needed a home. So I got an Alez Pro frame off EBAY as pictured above, which is also an E5 and build it out with the Ksyrium wheels and all the components I took of the S-works bike. It made for a great ride also and came out at just over 17lbs. Not bad for a rainy weather and trainer bike.
 

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Here is my 03 S-Works. Being a larger rider 6'4", ~260 lbs it rides like a dream. Nice and stiff.
 

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Sirius said:
Here is a pic of my Sworks and of all the different frames I have had ranging from other Alu frames to various Ti frames this is the least expensive but it has been the best performing . I find to climb & accelerate better than the other frames I have had. It may be cheap and generic to some but I like it.
Bad Ass looking bike dude !!!!!

I have the 04 Allez Comp and I love it but the S-Works just smokes !!!!!
 

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Are you running campy on these?
Yes - both have Campy Record but the silver 04 will be getting a different wheelset this week. I ordered a set of Campy Eurus.
 

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Sirius said:
Just a pic of my 04 SWorks which is also in he gallery.
Why didn't u shut the front brake adjuster before u took the pic, it would've looked even sweeter?
 

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Why didn't u shut the front brake adjuster before u took the pic, it would've looked even sweeter?
I know ... didn't notice till it was too late but when I get my new wheels I will repost.
 

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Weight ?

I have a question - I was looking in the saving weight forum on this message board and there is a guy on there who is claiming that the 03 Allez Comp weighs almost 2.5 pounds less than the 04.(same frame size 56cm stock w/ Ultegra) He says the reason is two fold 1) lighter wheels and 2) He says the 03 is smooth weld E5 and the 04 is not. I guess my questions is three part

1). Is this true in regards to AL used in the 03 & 04 - I was under the impression the 04 is smooth weld E5 Columbus AL.?

2)What would be acceptable weight for this bike - mine weighs in at about 20lbs w/ pedals and computer.?

3). Where is the best place to shave weight on this bike - would like to get down at least below 20 lbs.

Look forward to the info - Help me out here Sirrius
 

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I have a question - I was looking in the saving weight forum on this message board and there is a guy on there who is claiming that the 03 Allez Comp weighs almost 2.5 pounds less than the 04.(same frame size 56cm stock w/ Ultegra) He says the reason is two fold 1) lighter wheels and 2) He says the 03 is smooth weld E5 and the 04 is not. I guess my questions is three part

1). Is this true in regards to AL used in the 03 & 04 - I was under the impression the 04 is smooth weld E5 Columbus AL.?

2)What would be acceptable weight for this bike - mine weighs in at about 20lbs w/ pedals and computer.?

3). Where is the best place to shave weight on this bike - would like to get down at least below 20 lbs.

Look forward to the info - Help me out here Sirrius
The 04 does use E5 Columbus tubing. An acceptable weight depending on size would be 17-18 lbs. I have mine at a hair over 16 (size 52) but I just got my new wheels. I don't expect a major weight difference. The best place to shave some weight are the wheels. I feel that is the best bang for the buck because that is rotating weight. But if you are a Clydesdale you have to be careful with wheel choice. I could get my bike in the sub 16 lb range with lighter wheels, post, bar,stem but It could result in a "weaker" bike. I weigh 190 down from 260 last year and I don't want a fragile bike. Right now with the Campy Eurus wheels I have an "All Campy" bike and very happy with it.
 

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The 04 does use E5 Columbus tubing. An acceptable weight depending on size would be 17-18 lbs. I have mine at a hair over 16 (size 52) but I just got my new wheels. I don't expect a major weight difference. The best place to shave some weight are the wheels. I feel that is the best bang for the buck because that is rotating weight. But if you are a Clydesdale you have to be careful with wheel choice. I could get my bike in the sub 16 lb range with lighter wheels, post, bar,stem but It could result in a "weaker" bike. I weigh 190 down from 260 last year and I don't want a fragile bike. Right now with the Campy Eurus wheels I have an "All Campy" bike and very happy with it.

I am a little heavier than you are - about 206 right now - Should be down to 200 by next month. I guess I was just surprised at how heavy my new bike is but I guess that is more about wheel weight , stem. bar, etc. All the kit on it right now is stock with Mavic Equipes.
Any suggestions besides a lighter wheelset?
 
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