Specialized Dolce Compact 2012 - thoughts?

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Specialized Dolce Compact 2012 - thoughts?

Postby olex » Sun 28 Apr 2013, 8:52 pm

Hi All,

I am thinking about buying the Specialized Dolce Compact 2012 road bike, and was hoping to get your thoughts on this bike.
It will be my first road bike, and I am hoping to use it to build up my fitness as well as go for long rides with my partner (who has a Specialized Tarmac Elite Rival 2012).
Currently it is on sale for around $750, and seeing as I haven't had much experience on a road bike before, I don't really want to be spending much more than that. So, if you know of any other good road bikes around that price, let me know!

Thanks for your help!

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Re: Specialized Dolce Compact 2012 - thoughts?

Postby Marx » Mon 29 Apr 2013, 1:33 pm

Will you be OK with the handlebars & placement of the brakes/gear shifters that you have on these road bikes?
Do you have a bike at the moment? What sort of riding have you done to date?

I personally find road bikes to be more specialised than other types, even though there are a lot of people who have them. I think back to when I first started out, I was riding in a wide range of conditions which really opened up my opportunities to find out what I enjoyed most.

As a bike, it’s great. Although it’s value is realised after you buy it, by how many times you turn to it
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Re: Specialized Dolce Compact 2012 - thoughts?

Postby baudman » Mon 29 Apr 2013, 3:45 pm

Looks like a good, dependable, entry-level model.

First and foremost - take it for a ride. See how it 'feels'. The best bike in the world still has to fit you, or else it won't suit you.

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Re: Specialized Dolce Compact 2012 - thoughts?

Postby olex » Mon 29 Apr 2013, 8:02 pm

Great thanks so much for your help!

Re: the type of riding I have done, I mostly ride on the road and on bike paths, however it has been a while since I last rode (about 3 months)! The types of bike I rode were hybrids, so I haven't had any experience with the drop handlebars.
How long does it take to get used to them before you feel comfortable? I

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Re: Specialized Dolce Compact 2012 - thoughts?

Postby baudman » Mon 29 Apr 2013, 8:12 pm

It varies. They are a bit freaky and as Marx said, brakes and gears in the one unit is something new again.

Road bikes react quickly. So relax and let it flow. It will feel different, however - but still shouldn't feel uncomfortable.

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Postby fixie » Mon 29 Apr 2013, 10:07 pm

Replies so far have come from males as is mine. I would encourage you to seek more comment and advice from females.
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Re: Specialized Dolce Compact 2012 - thoughts?

Postby olex » Thu 02 May 2013, 7:14 pm

Hi All,

Thanks for your help, I am hoping to go and take it for a ride this weekend.

I've also found a Felt ZW95 that is slightly more expensive ~$800. Any thoughts on this one; is it more reliable or worth the extra $$?

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Re: Specialized Dolce Compact 2012 - thoughts?

Postby roshea » Thu 02 May 2013, 9:44 pm

It's not easy to say which is best, but here are some things to consider:

- frames are roughly similar
- the Felt has carbon forks - might be a bit lighter and soak up road vibrations better than the aluminium forks on the Dolce
- the groupsets (gears + brakes) are different - Microshift (relatively unknown but reviews are not too bad) on the Felt versus Shimano 2300 (good brand but their entry level series) on the Dolce. Both of these are 8-speed with compact cranks (= good range of gears)
- wheels appear to be no-name on both

If you do a search on Bike Exchange for womens road bikes in VIC from $600 - $900 there are quite a few options - some might appeal enough for you to take a look at or test ride.

- Avanti Vitale 1.0 - alu frame, carbon forks, Shimano 2300, from $600
- Apollo Silhouette 1.0 - alu frame, carbon forks, Shimano 2300, from $600
- Jamis Satellite Sport - cro-mo (steel) frame and forks, Shimano 2300, classic styling, from $650
- Avanti Giro 1 - alu frame, carbon forks, Shimano 2300, from $700
- Giant Avail 3 - alu frame, carbon forks, Shimano Sora (better components, 9-speed instead of 8-speed), from $800
- Apollo Silhouette 2.0 - alu frame, carbon forks, Shimano Sora (9-speed), from $800
- Scott Contessa Speedster 45 - alu frame, carbon forks, Shimano Sora (older version, 8-speed, triple crankset), from $800

To me, these last 3 are a step up from the others but components don't tell the whole story. The look and feel of the bike is important too - that's where you come in! :D
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Re: Specialized Dolce Compact 2012 - thoughts?

Postby emrides » Mon 13 May 2013, 8:58 am

A reply from a female

I bought a Specialized Sectuer Comp late December last year, it was my first bike road bike with drops having only ridden flat bar roadies in the past.

I got the hang of it pretty quickly, although when tired after being in the saddle for a few hours I still find myself looking for the brakes on the tops rather than down on the drops but that hasn't caused any mishaps. When I did the test ride the shop guy was amused (not in a malicious way) when I tried to find the gear with my thumb :oops: but the brake/gear combo came to me quite quickly. I did my first couple of rides out on bike paths to get into the swing of things before heading back out on the roads.

One thing I don't think others have mentioned is clipless pedals, are you used to riding with flat pedals, have you used clipless before? I had clipless on my flat bar so was Ok when I got my road bike. If you've not used them before don't be intimidated, you'll get the hang of them quickly.

Finally, don't necessarily look to a womens frame, what is comfortable for you will depend on your size. I've always ridden a mens medium frame (generally 54cm) because I have a long upper body so have enough reach, when I test rode womens frames I was too hunched over on them. It's important that you take the bike for a little spin and make sure you are comfortable.


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