Thanks to everyone who commented on my previous post. I’ve narrowed my options down and would really appreciate advice on the more specific ideas I have in mind at this point.
I'm considering making the following upgrades to my 2019 Specialized Allez. I’ve budgeted about $500 (not including LBS install costs). I've listed the current specs first, followed by the set of upgrades. I would appreciate any advice about compatibility issues, alternatives, or costs (or inadvertent downgrades) I may be overlooking.
For context, I need to replace the rear derailleur due to damage and I want to replace the cassette with a narrow-range alternative because it’s pretty much flat everywhere here and I’ve found that I never use the top 2 or 3 largest gears on my current 8-speed 11-32. I don’t think I’ve ever used the 11, either. The other upgrades are for performance and safety.
So, here goes.
Brifters: R2000 Claris
Front/Rear Derailleur: Claris
Crankset: R7000 105 with 52/36T rings
Cassette: SunRace 8-speed 11-32
Chain: KMC X8 w/ Missing Link™, 8-speed
Brakes: Tektro, alloy, dual-pivot
Wheels: Axis Sport
Tires: Espoir Sport, 60 TPI, wire bead, double BlackBelt protection, 700x25mm
Additional specs about the frame, etc. are listed here: https://99spokes.com/bikes/specialized/2019/allez
The only difference from the specs listed at that link is that the bottom bracket has been swapped for a SM-BBR60 round bracket.
Rear Derailleur: Replacement Claris RD, plus a new shifter cable ($32)
Cassette: SRAM PG-850 8-speed 12-23T ($30)
Chain: SRAM PC-870 Chain 8-speed ($18)
Wheels: Campagnolo Calima (cheapest I’ve found is ~$180)
Tires: Continental Grand Prix 5000 (~$105 with tubes)
Brakes: R7000 105 Dual-Pivot Caliper Set ($92)
Total Cost: $457 (on a ~$500 budget)
I'm leaning toward making these upgrades because selling my bike would probably net me at most $500, which would leave me with a budget of about $1k.
Accounting for the above upgrades to my Allez, could I buy a much better new (not used) bike at the $1k price point? Or would making these upgrades be the better option? I'm leaning toward upgrading, but please let me know if there are better new bikes at the ~$1k price point that I’m overlooking.
Upgrading to 4700 Tiagra 10-speed would cost about $260 more, which I could save for, but I don’t know that it would be worth it. I’d also appreciate any advice on this point.