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 2018: highlights and prices

For 2018, the range consists of five key standards – with prices ranging from £599 to £1600.

The three more value orientated E5 models, under the names ‘Allez E5 Elite’, ‘Allez E5 Sport’ and bog standard ‘Allez E5’ 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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The 2018 Allez E5 models received a major facelift this year. The biggest upgrade is 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.

Specialized Allez

Full carbon fork, even on the lowest price Allez

The geometry has also been 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 2018 models also include eyelets for mudguards and internally routed cables – along with hydro formed tubing which keeps the weight low.

With the new geometry and mudguard mounts, the Allez E5 models can make good commuters and all sit below the cycle to work voucher threshold.

The Allez Sprint models haven’t seen any real change, though for 2018 the two bike range has been reduced to just one. The Sprint has a much more aggressive geometry when compared with all other Allez bikes; it’s designed for out-and-out crit racing and disregards comfort in favour of full throttle speed at every avenue.


The Specialized Allez Sprint in a custom 5th Floor paint job

The Allez Sprint bike even features 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 E5 road bike: £599

Specialized Ellez E5 2018 road bike

Specialized Ellez E5 2018 road bike

Available in a head turning red or more understated black, the entry level E5 retails at £599, 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 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.

The 2017 bike – still just about available but likely to sell out soon – shares largely the same spec, with the older fork and older more aggressive geometry.

Specialized Allez E5 Sport road bike: £799

Specialized Allez E5 Sport road bike: £799

Specialized Allez E5 Sport road bike

Moving one step up the run, the Allez E5 Sport comes in at £799 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. The 2017 model shares largely the same spec, but with the older geometry and heavier fork.

Specialized Allez E5 Elite road bike: £999

Specialized Allez E5 Elite road bike

Specialized Allez E5 Elite road bike

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 £999.

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.

You can still find 2017 versions, but the 2018 models now supersede them and have the upgraded fork and new geo…

Specialized Allez Sprint Comp road bike: £1600