The Allez Sprint is a bike that looks fast, even when it’s standing still. The hydroformed tubes help create a deep, wheel-tracking seat tube and seat post that gives it a similar look to many high-end carbon road frames. All of which is intentional as the Allez Sprint is designed for the fast and furious world of criterium (aka crit) racing.
The short headtube offers an aggressive position and the handlebars are traditional with a shallow drop and tight curve. It’s hard to ignore the big welds on the frame which are a stand-out feature andwill likely divide opinions on looks. The frame has no mounts for racks or mudguards, but understandable given the bike’s racing credentials.
While many riders would expect an alloy frame – and especially one with a deep, aerodynamic seat tube -to be uncomfortable, that certainly is not the case here. Even with relatively narrow and non-tubeless 26mm turbo tyres, the ride was impressively smooth and we were more than happy to spend long days on the saddle riding it.
While the wheels are not very deep, the DT Swiss internals have proven to be very reliable and should last well for many years through all conditions. The wide rim channel gives a nice, rounded tyre profile with a smooth transition to the 26mm tyre, and while they aren’t the lightest or the stiffest, these are not major drawbacks. One potential future upgrade for buyers looking to take their racing up a level would be to invest in a set of deeper profile wheels.
The new Shimano 105 R7000 groupset is a big plus point as the new model helps keep the overall price lower, but performance is almost indistinguishable from the higher tier Ultegra groupset with just a small weight penalty.
Overall the bike is a fast and fun ride, but one that needs your full attention at times. This is particularly true on faster descents as the handling lends itself to slick direction changes with the lower front end putting more weight on the front wheel. This is exactly what racers will want, of course, but could be a little unnerving for other riders.
Fast – No surprise, given that’s what the bike is designed for!
R7000 groupset – Impressive performance while keeping the overall price point lower.
Surprising comfort – A race- orientated alloy frame has no right to ride so smoothly!
Not so good
Potentially limited seatpost adjustment – Seatpost may need cutting for some riders.
Looks – Chunky welds may not look ‘smart’ to everyone.
Wheels – Reliable and smooth, but not the lightest nor the stiffest of wheelsets.
As a crit-race bike, the Allez Sprint is a big hit: it’s fast while its metal frame means it can endure a little more rough and tumble than a lightweight carbon option. More than just a racer, though, it offers a surprisingly comfortable ride while still managing to be highly responsive at speed.
Frame: Specialized E5 Premium Alloy with Tarmac SL6 Disc carbon fork
Groupset/Brakes: Shimano 105, R7000/ Shimano 105, R7070
Chainset/Cassette: Praxis Zayante, BB30, 52/36/Shimano 105, 11-28.
Bars/Stem: Specialized Shallow Drop/3D alloy
Saddle: Specialized Body GeometryToupe Sport
Seat-post: Specialized Venge Aero FACT Carbon
Wheels: DT Swiss R470 Disc
Tyres: Specialized Turbo Pro BlackBelt, 700x26mm