Specialized Allez Epic
Early carbon tubing, aluminium lugged / 58 c-t / 1991?
Cinelli Giro d'Italia / 1A
Alloy / Campy Athena
Athena / Campy Omega / Specialized tubular
Athena / Athena
Turbo / Athena
Athena / ?
Athena Synchro II / Athena
Athena / Athena
Athena cassette 13-21 7-speed / 52-39
Pics show the bike right after I bought it: still some dust in the corners and edges. This bike had been hanging around a storage room for 22 years before I picked it up. Had been ridden 7 times before according to the seller: 2 times by his former boss, 5 times by himself. Never a long ride I suppose, inner chainring had never touched a chain before I shifted down. Brakepads don't show any wear as do the rims. In sublime condition, only the non-drive-side shows damage from other bikes being parked against it but I don't mind.
The ride is very nice, feels a tadd stiffer than steel but comfy as well. 1st Gen Athena looks very nice, only thing is that it needs some adjustment in the rear derailleur after 20 years of doing nothing. The 20mm tubulars look like new. Don't trust them yet though! Never thought I'd own a US bike, but it's got me convinced so far.
The frame looks to be well build. They say it could have been done by Giant in Taiwan. Some people don't trust the lugged CF, but as this is hardly ridden in the past, I'm prepared to take a chance. The details of the frame are fascinating: the rear brake bridge is wonderful to behold and the woven CF in the shining sunrays is something to gasp at.
Update: after riding it for a couple hundred km's, I'm simply astounded by the ride-quality of this bike. It's just fast and comfy and it makes me want to ride further and further. Just don't want the ride to end... Probably the flite saddle got something to do with it (that Turbo is not my friend on longer rides). The Athena gruppo is smooth shifting and running after re-adjusting the cables. The indexshiftsystem is definitely different from Shimano and I'm not sure is better, but still no problem getting it right.