Specialized Allez SL Comp review

Can Specialized's latest aluminium Allez frameset give similarly-priced carbon-fibre bikes a run for their money?

Specialized Allez SL Comp

Cycling Weekly Verdict

Although Specialized offers a lower-priced Shimano Tiagra-equipped Allez Elite with the same frameset (£950), it’s really this model with 105 drivetrain that makes the most sense. Frame and components are well-matched. There’s also a sound argument that the Allez Comp offers much more for the money than carbon-fibre bikes at this price. It’s worth noting that the same component spec can be found on Specialized’s Tarmac Sport model for £300 more, and in terms of ride quality there’s little between the two to justify the difference in money. Specialized’s Allez series has provided a solid benchmark for entry-level race bikes for years, and the 2016 range provides a compelling reason for not looking beyond aluminum. in the sub-£1,300 marketplace.

Reasons to buy
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    High quality, well-finished frameset

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    Super-efficient Shimano 105 drivetrain

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    Decent weight at this price

Reasons to avoid
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    Would have been nice to see a 105 chainset

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    Brushed aluminium look may not be to everyone's taste

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Much has been made of aluminum frames making a comeback, and American brand Specialized has done more than most to ensure ‘new school alloy’ is worth a look.

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