As the price of carbon bikes continues to fall fewer and fewer riders seem to be looking for aluminum rides. However, Specialized found that racers many times wanted a sturdy bike that they could beat on without feeling like they are risking some potentially costly damages to a bike that might cost more than their car. To translate: This is a Crit bike.
Check out how Specialized developed the new Allez’s frame and, if you haven’t noticed, what it’s missing next…
Using their D’Aluisio Smart Weld (DSW) Technology and hydroforming the tubes to control the wall’s thickness in key areas, Specialized creates seamless uniform welds to make a frame that is as stiff as aluminum should be, but with compliance similar to that of their Tarmac and Venge. The ability to do more with aluminum than ever thought possible results in a bike with modern performance as well as naturally bringing the price down as an added bonus.
To compliment the Allez’s stiff frame, the front end runs an S-Works FACT carbon fiber fork up front to ensure precision handling. And when you own your own wind tunnel, you better use it for everything possible – the New Allez was no exception. The down tube, seat tube, and seatstays have all been aerodynamically optimized to reduce drag, without sacrificing any of the explosiveness that crit racing and sprinting requires. The result is a bike that saves a claimed 1.3 meters in a sprint compared to a traditional Allez according to Specialized.
In case you hadn’t noticed, the bike has no front derailleur. Are you still with me? Specialized did not design this bike to be someone’s goto road bike they can ride anywhere. This bike is designed to rip your best friends’ or foes’ legs off coming out of a hard fast turn 200 m from the finish line…. county line, city limit, overpass, the over-sized rusty mail box on Thomkins Rd….. or just out sprinting Eddie. When putting the hammer down, at no time should you ever be in the little ring. Reach for it all you want….. it’s just not there.
The Allez Sprint X1 will be available in limited quantities mid September.
- Allez Sprint Expert X1 — MSRP $2,600usd
- Allez Sprint Comp X1 — MSRP $2,000usd
- Allez Sprint X1 Frameset — MSRP $1,350usd