Specialized Allez 2019 range explained

The Specialized Allez range consists of great entry level road bikes and a crit racing machine - we 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.

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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 created with full throttle riding at front of mind.

The new 2018 models have been released and are on sale – however, as explained below, the geometry has changed and there are still 2017 models on the market if you’re keen to invest in the older style.

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The Specialized Allez 2019: highlights and prices

For 2019, the range consists of five key standards – with prices ranging from £630 to £1900.

The three more value orientated models, under the names ‘Allez Elite’, ‘Allez Sport’ and bog standard ‘Allez’ represent the traditional Allez values, whilst the top end ‘Allez Sprint Comp’ model takes 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.

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Last year,  the non-sprint Allez models received a major facelift this year. The biggest upgrade was the introduction of a new, full carbon fork, which the brand say weighs in at 350g and mimics one which you would have found on S-Works bikes not too long ago.

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Full carbon fork, even on the lowest price Allez

The geometry was also adjusted – it’s less aggressive than that which you’d find on models from 2017 and before.

Using ‘wide range geometry’, the set up is designed to be more friendly to first time buyers – allowing a broader group of riders of all shapes and sized to find the right fit. This said, the bike can be slammed to ride much more like the aggressive Tarmac race bike. Alterations include a slacker fork and headtube angle and a longer chainstay for additional stability.

For greater compliance and comfort, Specialized has mirrored the rear end technology we see on the Venge Vias and the new Diverge – the seat stays meet the seat tube much lower down.

The Allez models also include eyelets for mudguards and internally routed cables – along with hydro formed tubing which keeps the weight low.

With the 2018 onwards geometry and mudguard mounts, the Allez models can make good commuters and all sit below the cycle to work voucher threshold.

The Allez Sprint models have a much more aggressive geometry when compared with all other Allez bikes; they’re designed for out-and-out crit racing and disregards comfort in favour of full throttle speed at every avenue.

Specialized Allez Sprint Red Hook frameset

Specialized Allez Sprint Red Hook frameset

The Allez 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.

Here’s a look at the key models in the range. Since the 2018 bikes are fairly new on the market, there are generally still 2017 bikes around if you’re keen to invest in the more racey geometry of days gone by…

Specialized Allez road bike: £630

specialized allez 2019

Specialized Allez 2019

The entry level E5 retails at £630, sitting at a very wallet friendly price point for a quality road bike.

Specialized has fitted the new top end full carbon fork plus a carbon seat post – these will reduce vibrations from the road and cut the overall weight.

The levers an derailleurs are Shimano Claris 2000 STI – giving you eight gears with a Sunrace 11-32 cassette and 50/34 rings on a Shimano RS200 crankset – 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.

Specialized Allez Sport road bike: £850

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Specialized Allez Sport 2019

Moving one step up the run, the Allez E5 Sport comes in at £850 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 shifters and derailleurs are Shimano Sora, this time with a nine speed 11-32 cassette – one extra gear is afforded by the slightly higher end set up.

The compact chainset comes from Praxis whilst the same Axis Sport wheels are used.

Specialized Allez Elite road bike: £1050

Specialized Allez 2019

Specialized Allez Elite 2019

Topping out the Allez E5 family, dressed in a blue and red or plain black paint job and improved components, is the Elite model for £1050

The key distinguishing feature is the addition of Shimano 105 shifters and an 11-32, 11 speed cassette. The greater number of gears will provide smaller gaps between gears whilst still leaving plenty of downshifting potential in the hills thanks to the same wide ratio. 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.

Specialized Allez Sprint Comp road bike (£1700) and Sprint Comp disc bike (£1900)

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Specialized Allez Sprint Comp 2019

Specialized Allez 2019

Specialized Allez Sprint Comp Disc 2019

The sprint comp disc is much like the comp, but with one very obvious differentiator: hydraulic disc brakes, which match the Shimano 105 groupset. These will provide superior stopping, particularly in the wet.

There’s two frameset only models, with some celebratory paint jobs in homage to the Allez Sprint’s crit racing heritage.