Specialized Allez Review
The Specialized Allez range is designed to give you the experience of riding a high end road bike intended for racing without the associated price tag. The stiff frames, light components and excellent geometry let you accelerate quickly and take on tough ascents while remaining in control as you race downhill.
The entry level Specialized Allez is a good place to start if you are relatively new to the world of road racing, although it might also be a sensible choice for any experienced riders who need a training bike to keep them in trim during the off season. It features an A1 Premium Aluminium frame which will hold together under pressure and let you pick up speed like little else in this price bracket. The FACT carbon legs of the front fork add to this ability, while the Shimano 2300 groupset works with the nylon flat test ride pedals for excellent power transfer. Tektro brakes, Alex S480 rims and Specialized Espoir Sport tyres complete the list of specifications on this £600 bike.
Specialized Allez Triple & Sport
The Specialized Allez Triple sticks with a largely identical featureset to the basic Allez, but this time you get the Shimano 2300 triple gearing in order to help riders find a way to conquer particularly daunting climbs. It is marginally more expensive than the first model, at £650, but you still get the alloy frame, Tektro brakes, carbon fork legs along with the rest.
The Specialized Allez Sport is the lightest bike that has been covered so far thanks to the use of DT Axis 1.0 rims and Shimano Sora gearing and brakes. The Sora STI shifters are particularly precise, allowing you to shift with confidence that you will always hit your mark. The carbon legs of the fork continue to provide excellent handling in the corners while the alloy frame remains stiff and swift in the straights.
Specialized Allez Elite & Comp
The Specialized Allez Elite features a totally revised set of Shimano Tiagra components and STI shifters which have been rebuilt in 2012 to give you that level of performance you would expect but at a lighter weight bracket. The same DT Axis 1.0 rims and Specialized Espoir Sport tyres with double BlackBelt technology let you fly across the tarmac at a rate of knots.
The Specialized Allez Comp is the alpha dog of this group and here the A1 alloy frame has been ditched in favour of an E5 aluminium alternative, with fully manipulated tubing, smooth welding and that all-important compact race design and geometry. Shimano 105 components on the gears and brakes blend with various other cutting edge features, including the brand new Specialize Tarmac Comp oversized alloy handlebars. DT Axis 2.0 rims, hubs and spokes are lighter still and the Espoir Sport tyres are back for more. The body geometry Riva Road saddle and the revised Specialized Sport alloy seatpost will make you want to extend your training sessions even further or push hard to take up position at the front of the pack in racing conditions, so there is a lot to gain from investing in this bike.