The Specialized Allez has been around for a number of years now. It set about making a performance comeback for aluminium material with the Sprint - but updates to the range now aim to offer the best value for money in the entry level market
Specialized has revamped the Allez range claiming to have the best in class platform at around the £1000 and below price point. On paper, the offering looks good – and now we’ve seen the bikes in the flesh they look even better.
The Allez DSW SL Sprint bikes – designed for out-and-out racing – remain largely unchanged. The main changes come from the Specialized Allez Elite and below.
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Specialized Allez key changes
The goal from Specialized was simple: add value at the entry level price point, which is anything around and under £1000 for a road bike.
In its revamp, the bike has seen a geometry shuffle, as well as the addition of an S-Works level fork which drops the weight dramatically.
The new Allez Elite frame features what’s been dubbed the ‘wide range geometry’. Basically this is a little less aggressive than the previous model and the high-end Sprint model. It is said to enable first time buyers to get the right bike that will fit correctly for a range of shapes and sizes without compromises. This is to offer maximum comfort and confidence when riding.
Small updates like the inclusion of mudguard eyelets enable the entry level bike to be more versatile than before. A longer chainstay (by around 10mm) and a slacker fork and headtube angle allows for this.
This extra space allows for full mudguards too and not just clip on as was previously the case.
Specialized say that this bike is also at home with a slammed position, and can be set up to ride much like their more aggressive Tarmac race bike. Internal routed cables tidy the look of the frame up, something it didn’t have previously.
The biggest news, perhaps, is the inclusion of a full carbon fork which – Specialized mentioned during the presentation of the new bike – is the same as the older S-Works style fork weighing in at around 350g. This is a significant bit of a news for the entry level market and should ensure the Specialized Allez is on point handling wise.
Other technologies that aim to boost the Specialized Allez performance is the tapered head tube and Hydro formed tubing, along with the full carbon forks adds up to a pretty lightweight machine for this price point.
Specialized go as far as to say that the Specialized Allez Elite is the “best first bike purchase” out there. They are keen to really take on the likes of the Giant Defy and Trek 1.1, only testing time will tell if it can live up to Specialized’s hype.
The Specialized Allez has always been a unisex frame – the closest female specific models on price point being the Specialized Dolce – though the geometry there is more relaxed than previous iterations of the Allez.
Specialized Allez DSW SL Sprint
The Allez DSW SL Sprint bikes that features the Allez D’Aluisio ‘Smartweld Technology’ which Specialized first launched in 2013 got a fresh lick of paint in celebration of the Red Hook / Rocket Espresso team but remains unchanged and still is an out and out race machine with a geometry to match.
It uses S-Works FACT carbon fork, Venge FACT carbon seat post along with Specialized’s E5 Premium aluminium.
Range and prices
Prices, as with the Diverge, are subject to clarification for Specialized UK, though the Allez Elite should hover around the £1000 with the Sport and Allez below that. It is only available in rim brake versions at the moment.
Specialized Allez Elite
E5 Premium Aluminium, full carbon fork, Shimano 105 groupset and potentially available in the Red Hook colours sounds like a very tempting offer if the prediction pricing is correct.
Specialized Allez Sport
Same E5 Premium Aluminium frame with fully manipulated tubing with smooth welds. Full FACT carbon fork and will come with Shimano Sora shifting.
The lowest of the scale should bottom out around £500 to £600, though pricing is yet to be confirmed. Even at this price you get the same aluminium tubing, internal cable routing, full carbon fork with Shimano Claris shifting. A lot of bike.
Specialized Allez Sprint Comp
A racing machine the Allez Sprint Comp falls below the top of the range Sprint but still offers a full carbon S-Works FACT fork, Venge carbon seat post and an aggressive geometry, you’ll have Shimano 105 here too.
Pricing will be announced in the next few weeks and we will of course update as soon as we find out.