The 1989 10-speed Specialized Allez has all the class and particulars of a vintage bike, including a high tensile steel frame, friction shifters on the down-tube, and older components. It may not be modern looking, but vintage bicycles like this 1989 have developed a cult-following amongst bicycle aficionados, those looking for a decent ride on a budget, and of course, hipsters.
The older components on the 1989 Specialized Allez consist of Shimano 600 brakes and derailleurs. The Shimano 600 groupset can be considered a spiritual predecessor to Ultegra; an intermediary line of components called Shimano 600-Ultegra filled the space in the transition between the two titles. The quality is the same, and a lot of races were won on Shimano 600 through the 1990s.
The bomb-proof steel frame of the 1989 Allez makes for a bumpy and visceral ride, but will stand up to any kind of punishment. Like most older bicycles, it has a narrower rear hub with a shorter axle when compared to modern bicycles. This essentially means that newer wheels won't fit into the rear hub of the 1989 Allez, although it's pretty easy to adjust the frame to fit newer wheels by cold setting the rear hub.
Without indexed shifters, there is a little guesswork when changing gears, and the placement of the shifters on the downtube means you have release a hand from the handlebars to do so. However, the 1989 Specialized Allez is a sleek and powerful ride for casual cyclists and enthusiasts alike.
For its price its well worth it. I'm just getting into riding some miles!
The Allez is Specialized most popular (and possibly most awesome) road bike. It comes in all sorts of variations, but I'm partial to the steel framed version.