Updated: 24th November 2016
Allez, Allez, Allez. Named after the encouragements that French spectators like to shout during iconic road races like the Tour de France, the Specialized Allez is the go to road race bike for new and experienced riders who are looking for performance at an affordable price point. Showcasing the capabilities of alloy framed road bikes the Specialized Allez range includes fully capable all-rounders and ultra-stiff race rockets.
The Specialized Allez models highlighted in this review are aimed at three different riders; The Allez Junior features smaller 650c wheels and is ideal for aspiring young riders who want to up their game. The E5, E5 Sport and E5 Elite offer exceptional all-round performance, for cyclists looking for their first proper road bike, while the Win Tunnel (Specialized’s very own wind tunnel) tuned Allez DSW SL Sprint Comp & Sprint Expert are aero road bikes for cyclists who want true Criterium racing performance.
The Specialized Allez is well known for its racy geometry and the range is built around lightweight alloy frames that offer similar high performance characteristics to the multi-Grand-Tour-winning carbon framed Tarmac.
Combining the very latest D’Aluisio Smartweld technology - that repositions the head tube welds to increase strength while reducing weight - with Win Tunnel optimized tube shapes, the Allez SL Sprint models offer the very best in aluminium alloy technology to help you to race faster.
The Allez E5 models feature a more traditional frame design best suited to everyday cycling. Butted and hydroformed E5 aluminium tubes provide a lightweight yet ultra-stiff frame that ensures every watt of your leg power is transferred directly to the road. Smooth welds give the frame a very sleek look. The Allez Junior also features formed tubes and smooth welds in a more affordable A1 Premium aluminium frame.
The E5 Allez models all feature a FACT carbon fibre fork for precise steering and a smooth ride. The SL Sprint models get an S-Works FACT carbon fork for the very best front end performance.
Specialized is confident the [Allez] is a worthy rival to any carbon bike in this price range and with the advances in aluminium leading to smooth and responsive rides, we’re inclined to believe there’s some truth in that assertion. Road.cc
Mid-Compact 52/36t chainsets on the Allez SL Sprint models are ideal for putting the power down on the race course while the E5 models feature a compact 50/34t chainset best suited to everyday road riding.
At the top of the range, the Allez SL Sprint models feature Shimano Ultegra or 105 2x11 speed drivetrains combined with Praxis mid-compact chainsets to offer higher gear ratios for race ready performance. The E5 models are fitted with Shimano Tiagra 2x10 speed (Elite), Sora 2x9 speed (Sport) or Claris 2x8 speed (E5) groupsets with compact chainsets and wide range cassettes for a good spread of gears for all-round road riding. The Allez Junior is equipped with a Shimano Claris 2x8 speed drivetrain with low ratio 46/34 chainset that is perfect for aspiring young cyclists.
Traditional dual pivot calliper brakes are fitted to all models for a familiar road race feel that offers easier servicing and adjustment than disc brakes.
With so much technology put into the high-tech frames it is not surprising that the wheels on the Allez are not the flashiest. That said the Axis clincher wheels on all models are dependable performers that will give you years of faithful service.
The Elite SL models feature top-of-the range Axis Elite wheels with race ready 24mm Specialized Turbo Pro tyres. The E5 models roll on Axis 1.0 or Axis Sport wheels with slightly wider 25mm tyres that are ideal for everyday rides. All the tyres feature BlackBelt puncture protection for reliable all-weather cycling. The Allez Junior features 650c Axis Classic wheels that are ideal for younger riders who are looking for that perfectly proportioned bike to step up their performance.
Reliable Axis wheels are combined with BlackBelt tyre protection technology for trouble free cycling all-year-round.
Whether you are looking for your first road bike, a dependable winter trainer or a race ready flyer, there is a model in the Allez range that will be perfect for your needs. The aggressive race style geometry will appeal to riders who like to cycle as fast as they can while the all-weather dependability of the range open it up to all-year-round training and rapid commuting as well as club rides and sportives. The Allez Junior, with its 650c wheels, is the perfect choice for aspiring young racers looking for that race ready step up to a full-sized road bike.
Offering the very best in alloy framed road bike performance the Allez DSW Sprint SL models are an ideal choice for any rider who is looking for competitive aero performance without the prohibitive price tag of a carbon fibre frame.