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.

Specialized Allez

Visually different and better for it, entry level never looked so good

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.

The stays at the rear follow the tradition of what we have seen on the Venge Vias and the new Diverge. It meets the seat tube much lower down, which Specialized say aids compliance and comfort.

Specialized Allez

Following the trend at Specialized with a lower rear stay

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 Allez

Space for mudguards now, yes please

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.

Specialized Allez

Internal routing tidies things up

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 Allez

Full carbon fork, even on the lowest price Allez

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.

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

It was 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.

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

Specialized Allez

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

Specialized Allez

Same E5 Premium Aluminium frame with fully manipulated tubing with smooth welds. Full FACT carbon fork and will come with Shimano Sora shifting.

Specialized Allez

Specialized Allez

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

Specialized Allez

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.

  • Abdurrahman Ali Pratama

    sometimes a person with tight budget need a review like this for their comparing ruler

  • Boyseys Mum

    Its upto you the thing with Specialized bikes is that you pay for the frame. I think its worth getting a decent groupset from Ribble and sticking it on. I’d do it myself though as I wouldnt be prepared to pay a shop to do it. Wait until your stuff begins to wear out which it will and do it then. You can get a better ratio cassette which will suit you better.

  • noob_sauce

    1. The extra length of his helmet straps bother me when I look at them. And if I had loose helmets straps like that while riding, i imagine they would bother me even more.

    2. Those Spesh Espoir tires are really good.Reasonable weight, roll nice and EXCELLENT puncture protection. If it had higher thread count it might make them more comfortable, but the extra width on them already make them much comfier than most 23c clincher tires out there.

  • James

    Is it worth while upgrading any of the components on this bike? I was on a limited budget and brought it as an entry level bike (20% off as well) for sportives etc, and it performs brilliantly in this aspect. But there seems huge gaps when shifting gears.

  • Stevie

    Why is this thing being reviewed here? There are so many better bikes on the market.