OK, while this IS in fact bike related, I'll preface it by saying most of the women reading this might want to tune out. Not because it's bad, or sexist, r anything like that for that matter. but because it's SO totally a guy moment. OK, now that I got that out of the way...
Guys, remember when you saw your first "naughty" picture as a teenager. There was a minute of awkwardness, then you were kinda digging what you saw, then you spent about five days trying to explain it to your friends? Right, so that's how I am with bikes. Is that normal? I see a bike and think, "man... if I had to, I could sell _____ and TOTALLY afford that. I know, I know, I don't NEED it, but man is it sexy. I wonder how different it would ride than my _____ bike. Ughhhhhh."
So imagine my surprise when I walked into Spin and saw this beauty. That's right folks, the `09 Specialized Allez. Mind you, this one is only the base model, but I have to imagine the whole `09 Allez lineup will follow suit in the frame changes. For a reference this is the `07 Allez Elite Double, mine to be exact. You'll notice a few differences. One is the fact that the picture of the `09, take on my phone, sucks big time. The reason behind this is that the camera on my phone, in fact, sucks big time. Two, you'll notice that the `09 Allez frame is approximately 62.74% sexier than the `07 (and `08 for that matter) Frame. A large part of this is due to... Three the top tube, while aluminum, is almost identical to the specialized carbon bikes. Also, I am a huge fan, I guess you could say this is number four, of the finish. It's a matte finish. Almost like a satin Ti (but black) or like a ceramic blasted frame. I'm dying to see how the mid to high end components work out for this bike this year, as the base line leaves a bit to be desired. Not bad, for a base line bike, but base line.
This leads to an interesting proposal to Specialized. I would love to ride the hell out of the `09 Allez. If you guys want to send one out for me to review, I'd forever be indebted to you. Oh, and if you want to send a pair of Arcs I wouldn't complain either. Just a suggestion.
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