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    1990-94 allez epic carbon

    Hey, im looking at a retro carbon road bike. But my question is being that its carbon i hesitate slightly i have not had a carbon bike before and im going to inspect every inch of it tonight. So i guess the question is buyer beware?, or should i stop worrying and embrace carbon as the kick ass super material that it is.
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    Here are some threads worth reading:

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    I think they hold up fine. I've also heard that those early Carbon Allez have a rather lack luster ride to them. Look cool though! MTB version is great!
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    I had a carbon Epic Allez with aluminum lugs, was actually a fantastic ride but like many of those early Epic's it had galvanic corrosion around the lugs. I would recommend finding a monocoque frame or something more modern.

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    IMO that's the writing cheques it couldn't cash era for carbon. I wouldn't spend bike-like money on it (good meal-like money, maybe) when there are dentists with upgrade-itis letting their Cervelos, etc. go for a fraction of what they paid for them. Road bike sister site might have more to say.

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    Thanks for the input, i studied the frame very closely. Components and such and everything is in great condition, few light scratches on the frame and i got it for the price i wanted. Other then the rims needing to be trued up its a great ride.
    2012 Giant Reign 1

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    The really early epics with the chromed lugs (not brushed aluminun lugs) were the ones that seems had the corrosion problem. Ive been riding one of these for bikes for 5 years now and the ride is very nice, plus the look of it is classic. Its a 5-10 times a year bike, but i enjoy looking at it all the same.

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    1990-94 allez epic carbon

    Here are a couple of shots of mine. With period correct 600 ultegra groupo

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    Hey nice bike, what year?. the one i just picked up is identical... although not quite as pristine looking.
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    1990-94 allez epic carbon

    It's around a 88-91. After that they started doing painting on the frames. Like I said, first frames had shiny chrome like lugs. Those were pretty as heck, but also had all the galvanic croision issues. Then they went to the brushed/kinda dull lugs. After that I remember both red frames and blue frames.
    I really lucked out on the group. A guy was selling everything I needed on eBay and no one bid so for 210 dollars I got everything but pedals, it all was perfect under a coat of road grime, cleaned and lubed and it runs fantastic.

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    Nice looking bike..Good job.
    Looking forward to riding.....

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