The Specialized Allez range consists of great entry level first road bikes and crit racing machines - we explain what's available to help you choose the right model for you

The Specialized Allez road bike has stood the test of time as a model family, with early versions appearing as far back as the late 1970s. It’s a well known, and well loved, platform that provided the first springboard into cycling for thousands of riders – and it continues to do so.

Whilst some models within the family are still purpose designed to provide an excellent introduction to cycling, the range also includes some race tuned machines designed with full throttle riding at front of mind.

The Specialized Allez 2017: highlights and prices

For 2017, the range consists of five key standards – with prices ranging from £575 to £1650. The three more value orientated models, under the name ‘Specialized Allez E5’ represent the traditional Allez values, whilst two top end ‘Allez DSW SL Sprit’ models take on a much more race focused approach.

Being a consistently best selling bike for the American giants – and indeed for retailers all over the world – the Allez has received a lot of design hours.

The Allez E5 bikes enjoy geometry not a million miles from the WorldTour race proven Specialized Tarmac – providing a quick, nimble and fairly aggressive option where most entry level road bikes favour a more sportive orientated layout.

Red Hook Crit Specialized Allez sprint

The Allez sprint was given a special paint to celebrate the Redhook crits

The Allez DSW SL Sprint bikes even feature the ‘Smartweld Technology’ which Specialized first launched in 2013.

Pitched as a welding technique designed to re-invent the way alloy was viewed as a frame material, its a form of welding that moves the joint away from high stress areas, providing, in their words a better “balance of strength, rigidity and weight”. Effectively it makes the front end lighter and stiffer.

None of the Allez bikes have eyelets for pannier racks or mudguards – but with a backpack and a pair of the many clip on mudgaurds on the market, the Allez E5 models can make good commuters and all sit below the cycle to work voucher threshold. However, the frames are more often favoured by those entering cycling with sport and fitness aims whilst the SL Sprint models really are race first bikes.

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Here’s a look at the key models in the range…

Specialized Allez E5 road bike: £575

Specialized Allez E5 road bike

Specialized Allez E5 road bike

Available in a head turning red or more understated black, the entry level E5 retails at £575, sitting at a very wallet friendly price point for a quality road bike.

Specialized have fitted the basic requirements: a carbon fork and seat post – these will reduce vibrations from the road and cut the overall weight and are expected on any road bike over £500.

The levers an derailleurs are Shimano Claris 2400 STI – giving you eight gears with a Sunrace 11-32 cassette and 50/34 rings on and FSA Gossamer Pro chainset – this gear set up offers you lots of options in the hills but the wide spaced cassette will feel clunky to racers who want to find the ideal cog.

The brakes are Tektro calipers, with Axis Sport wheels and 25mm Espoir Sport tyres – these are all reliable and trustable, though far from premium.

Buy the Specialized Allez E5 road bike now at Evans Cycles for £575

Specialized Allez E5 Sport road bike: £750

Specialized Allez E5 Sport road bike

Specialized Allez E5 Sport road bike

Moving one step up the run, the Allez E5 Sport comes in at £750 and features the same frame as the entry level model, with refined components that will drop a little off the wight and make shifting crisper.

The crankset, shifters and derailleurs are all Shimano Sora, this time with a nine speed 11-32 cassette – one extra gear is afforded by the slightly higher end set up.

The Axis Sport wheels are joined by Axis 1.0 rim brakes, which will be just a little crisper than those on the cheaper model.

Buy the Specialized Allez E5 Sport road bike now at Evans Cycles for £750

Specialized Allez E5 Elite road bike: £900

Specialized Allez E5 Elite road bike

Specialized Allez E5 Elite road bike

Topping out the Allez E5 family, dressed in a dazzling white paint job and improved components for £900.

The key distinguishing feature is the addition of Shimano Tiagra shifters and a 12-28, 10 speed cassette. The greater number of gears, coupled with a narrower range cassette, will provide smaller gaps between gears whilst still leaving plenty of downshifting potential in the hills. A Praxis bottom bracket and chainset still comes with a 50/34 compact chainset.

As per all models, the saddle, stem, bar tape and handlebars are all provided by Specialized – who invest heavily in their BodyGeometry technology designed to offer a more anatomically optimised experience.

Buy the Specialized Allez E5 Elite road bike now at Evans Cycles for £900

Specialized Allez DSW SL Sprint Comp: £1500