Specialized Allez Sport Bike Review

Specialized Allez Sport Bike

With earlier models dating back to the late 1970s, the Allez continues to stand the test of time as a springboard for many riders starting out on the road. The 2018 version has updated frame geometry that’s less aggressive than in previous years. Specialized call this their ‘wide range geometry’, and sourced set-up info from Retul to plug into the design hours spent refining the Allez, as well as shedding nearly half a kilo in weight.

The seat stays now flow into the seat tube below the top tube junction, resulting in a tighter and stiffer rear (something we all want!). That results in better climbing performance and compliance, while limiting vibration transfer to the top tube and bars.

Up front is a Fact carbon fork, to ease in some performance and smoother handling. (However, note that Specialized did issue a recall on forks earlier this year, so make sure – with your LBS, or with the rider care programme – that you have the upgrade.) The overall look is classy – a pearly white with a slight metallic sheen, complemented by black graphics. For the rider who likes a bit of customization, this is a frame that can be dressed up or down. An unusual feature is the rack and mudguard mounts, which are useful for wet weather riding or commuting.

Shimano Sora STI keeps shifting smooth and crisp without any fuss, and is generally easy on the maintenance budget. The 9-speed Praxis and Sunrace 11/32 to 34/50 gearing is perfect for those personal bests, up or down.

Equally, the Axis wheelset and Tektro brakes are a solid combo for a confident feel. The 25c Espoir tyres hold their own, and there’s plenty of wiggle room for tyres up to 28c.

SPEC HIGHLIGHTS: E5 alloy frameset, internal cable routing, Specialized’s Fact monocoque carbon fork, updated geometry.

BOTTOM LINE: The Allez Sport has a quality frame and feel that will last a good few upgrades over time, and it flies on fast club rides, races and quick city commutes. A comfortable bike, that won’t lack in the performance department at your favorite century ride.

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