I have a giant propel sl that I love as well as a tcr. The tcr is in rough shape and pretty much relegated to trainer duty and I would like a bike that I can have for rides the propel isn’t good for (propel is a rim brake bike so long mountain decent w/carbon wheels and bad weather rides are not something I want to use it for).
I have read most of the threads posts I can find here regarding both bikes and would welcome input from those who have experience with either.
The allez sprint comp is interesting to me - I have 105 on my tcr and find it to be fine. I think I would like the aggressive positioning on it since I am very comfortable on my propel.
My concerns are the following:
Stiffness of the frame of the sprint ? I weigh 180 and run my tires (25c) @ 95/90.
Perhaps wider tires would help add some cushion for longer rides (if I even find it necessary?).
Power options - don’t want pedals since I use Shimano pedals on both bikes now and don’t want to fuss with different cleats. Currently have single sided stages on both my bikes.
Looked at the Tarmac sport (on sale locally)
ticks a few boxes - sporty bike - 105 - disc - can swap out my current stages power meter from my TCR - so that’s a score.
Ultimately - something to replace the TCR and have disc brakes and 105 will work to fill the purpose. I think I am imagining the sprint to be a more “fun” and exciting bike to ride - not sure if I am overly romanticizing it (don’t we all do that gear wise? I can be the only one…)
BTW COOL draft saving feature - started this point on my ipad and came to sit at my desktop and the draft option popped up - nice!