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Specialized Allez Update Redefines Entry-Level Alloy Road Bike

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Specialized’s latest aluminum Allez road bike continues to make us rethink how much performance you can get out of an affordable entry-level bike.

The high-performance metal Specialized Allez road bike first hit the tarmac nearly four decades ago, having first debuted in 1981 as the top-tier steel race bike from Specialized.

Specialized Allez steel frameset

And many years later, 42 to be exact, it’s still going strong – now as an entry-level alloy road bike.

The performance, however, is beyond entry-level.

Specialized Allez aluminum road bike redefines performance

Specialized Allez history

The Allez has been an affordable staple in the Specialized lineup for years and is a mainstay at dealers around the globe. It’s an excellent way for riders to experience the Specialized brand offerings without committing to S-Works level pricing.

In a world of ubiquitous carbon road bikes, the Allez has even carved a niche out for itself for roadies looking for high-end stiffness, handling & light weight from a metal bike.

Specialized Allez front

The ethos of the new Specialized Allez is ‘Confidence, Versatility, and Performance’. The Allez has since grown from a race-only ride to a do-it-all/gateway bike. A road bike that will help you decide your cycling future. The new Allez leans hard into its new identity, offering a premium alloy frame with new contemporary design features.

Plus, wider tire clearance, rack capabilities, and much more…

Specialized Allez Frame Tech Details

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The new Allez frame begins with Specialized butted and double-butted E5 alloy aluminum tubing to create a respectable light frameset. Adding a full carbon fork reduces weight even more (no hidden alloy steerer tube), while helping smooth out your ride. The bare Allez frame tips the scales at just 1,375 grams, which is honestly just one water bottle heavier that their carbon road frames.

FEA (Finite Element Analysis)

Specialized Allez seatstays

Designed in computer simulations, Finite Element Analysis isn’t just for high-end carbon frames. This new Specialized Allez underwent extensive FEA to ensure it would provide a light and lively ride. The result is a highly stiff frame, and the best-performing alloy Allez to-date.

Roubaix-inspired Geometry

Specialized Allez headtube

Specialized borrowed from its legendary Roubaix bike’s endurance geometry for the new Allez. Why? The Roubaix geometry delivers unrivaled comfort for long miles and stable handling – yet it’s still race-ready. Perfect for the seasoned rider or the new roadie looking to finish their first century.

Specialized Allez Geo

That all-day endurance race geo starts with a taller head tube and a more relaxed head tube angle. The Roubaix-inspired geometry on the Allez takes the weight off the rider’s hands while supporting sit bones to give a balanced, stable ride.

The new Specialized Allez is available in seven sizes, from 44cm to 61cm. Whether you’re 4’8″ or 6’5″, chances are, there’s an Allez your size.

Two Stock Builds, But Infinitely Upgradable

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The new Allez is versatile; we’ve covered that. But how versatile?

The tire clearance is a beefy 35mm (32mm with Fenders). The spec for both models includes wide-range gearing more focused on the easier-side for steep hills and comfortable spinning. Plus — rack mount for those seeking extra commuter style with a road flare.

Specialized Allez Build: Details, Pricing & Availability

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2023 Specialized Allez Sport

  • Groupset: Shimano Tiagra 2x 10-speed
  • Wheels: Axis Sport Disc
  • Crankset: Praxis
  • Price: $1750
  • Weight: unlisted
Specialized Allez full bike

2023 Specialized Allez

  • Groupset: Shimano Claris 2x 8-speed
  • Wheels: Axis Sport Disc
  • Crankset: Shimano Square tapped
  • Price: $1200
  • Weight: 22 lbs 12oz. actual (size 54) with Shimano 105 SPD-SL pedals & bottle cages

The all-new Specialized Allez and Allez Sport are available now from your local Specialized dealer or online at Specialized.com.

First Ride Impressions on the new Specialized Allez

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The eye-catching paint job is a good start

It’s been a while since I’ve checked out a Specialized Allez myself. I know the bike well from working in bike shops, and I’ve always thought it was a great design. Now, this newest iteration is the most eye-catching and impressive (IMO).

Specialized Allez bridge

The aluminum frame really looks great (especially the seat stays), and could easily pass for a race bike with a different component build kit.

The stock build is entry-level, but still, the performance is solid and reliable. Eight-speed is enough to climb anything, as long as you have a suitable gearing spread, and the new Allez does. The designers & product managers thought out the spec well on the base model. They keep the price just above $1k but pack enough value for the long haul.

Specialized Allez rear derail

My time on the Allez has mainly been on short road rides and the rail to trail. The frame is responsive, and the ride quality is solid, not what I expected from something with an “entry-level” attached.

On the climbs, the wheels are the only thing that holds this Allez build back. They are pretty heavy, but I’m being very picky here since I ride a lot of nice light carbon wheels. The base build weighs in at a real 22.12lb (10.0kg) with Shimano 105 SPD-SL pedals (~265g)and two bottle cages. Not outrageously heavy, but more than I thought with the super light frameset.

I wanted to see how the bike would perform with a lighter set of wheels, so I opted for the Roval Alpinist SLX Disc launched earlier this year. Swapping in those Roval Alpinist SLX Discs and some lighter rotors that were already on the wheels, the Allez lost nearly 2 lbs (down to 21lb even).

Specialized Allez crankset

With lighter carbon wheels, climbing vastly improved – next-level get up and go for the bike.

We still have many miles to go on this updated Allez that just dropped into our test fleet recently.

Specialized Allez BB and clearance

But all signs point to this bike being an excellent option for anyone looking for a new road bike. The frame is versatile, and the 35mm tire clearance means it can double as your gravel bike.

Stay tuned for a long-term review down the road.

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PStu
PStu
9 months ago

How does 22.12 lbs – 21.0 lbs equal “nearly 2 lbs”?

Dick Peen
Dick Peen
9 months ago
Reply to  PStu

22 pounds 12 ounces. there are 16 ounces in a pound.

Coffeepoop42069
Coffeepoop42069
9 months ago
Reply to  PStu

It’s not 22.12 lbs, it’s 22lbs 12oz. (or 22.75lbs) so it’s 1.75lbs lighter.

Jcg878
Jcg878
9 months ago
Reply to  PStu

Judging for the pic, it is actually almost 23 lbs – 22 lbs 12 oz.

Dinger
Dinger
9 months ago
Reply to  PStu

It isn’t 22.12 lbs, it’s 22lbs, 12 ounces so a 1lb, 12oz reduction, 4oz short of a full 2lbs.

Mayhem
Mayhem
9 months ago

This would be really nice if available as a loose frameset…

FrictionDi2
FrictionDi2
8 months ago
Reply to  Mayhem

They used to have an SWorks Allez frameset available in previous years/generations.

Woody
Woody
9 months ago

X1 fork offset and a trail figure that varies by 23mm across the size span is super lazy

Dinger
Dinger
9 months ago
Reply to  Woody

It isn’t lazy, it’s a cost control measure. Two sets of fork tools is more expensive than one.

Woody
Woody
9 months ago
Reply to  Dinger

And Specialized don’t have the money or volume here to justify two? It’s lazy

Dinger
Dinger
9 months ago
Reply to  Woody

These are the most economical road bikes they sell at this point. How much more do you think this bike’s customer (who probably isn’t even aware of the difference) is willing to pay for there to be two fork rake choices?

Al_nyc
Al_nyc
9 months ago
Reply to  Dinger

Lame excuse for a giant company like Specialized. It’s not like the bike is that cheap. Their cost per bike is tiny.

Dinger
Dinger
8 months ago
Reply to  Al_nyc

Apply for a job. Tell them you can help them sell a bunch more bikes by adding manufacturing cost. I bet they’d pay a lot for someone who knows how to do it better than they already do.

Speshy
Speshy
9 months ago

Great bike, awesome price points. I could see myself wanting a frameset but that brake bridge is disgusting.

Seraph
Seraph
9 months ago
Reply to  Speshy

It’s not a brake bridge as there is no brake there. It’s technically a seatstay bridge. Also if you can see it while you’re riding, you’re probably crashing and have bigger problems.

SomeGuy
SomeGuy
9 months ago

These comments are hilarious. Guys, this is a $1200 road bike. The kit, the weight, the tire clearance, and even the geometry are pretty outstanding at that price. Specialized will completely sell out of this bike.

If you want to nitpick, keep it to the bikes that cost real money. This one isn’t for you.

Al_nyc
Al_nyc
9 months ago
Reply to  SomeGuy

Ask the newbie bike rider if $1200 is real money.

SomeGuy
SomeGuy
9 months ago
Reply to  Al_nyc

$1200 is one paycheck for a McDonalds employee these days. It’s an extremely affordable price point.

Dirt McGirt
Dirt McGirt
9 months ago
Reply to  SomeGuy

If they have zero else to use that paycheck on, yes.

What a nearsighted response.

You sound like my boomer old man.

WhateverBikes
9 months ago
Reply to  SomeGuy

If you think the average person working at McDonalds can afford to spend 1/12th of his/her yearly income on a bike you truly are delusional. Ignorance is bliss I guess.

SomeGuy
SomeGuy
9 months ago
Reply to  WhateverBikes

Who said anything about 1/12th of anyone’s yearly income? Most employers write paychecks every 2 weeks. All I’m saying is that a person working full-time in an entry level job can afford $1200 for a bike like this. The build on the baseline model is very decent for this kind of money.

FrictionDi2
FrictionDi2
8 months ago
Reply to  SomeGuy

I’d still buy a Poseidon X, Poseidon Redwood, Marin Nicasio +, Surly Preamble, or Salsa Journeyer over this. More capability and versatility. This is basically a cyclocross bike now.

pmurf
pmurf
9 months ago

Yawn. What happened to SmartWeld? I can’t remember what those frames weighed but this is a good 200-250g HEAVIER than CAAD13 and EmondaALR. I get trying to hit those opening price points but this is all tech from 15 years ago.

Matt
Matt
9 months ago
Reply to  pmurf

Smartweld is on the Allez Sprints. The base model Allez’s have never had it.

Dinger
Dinger
8 months ago
Reply to  pmurf

This is heavier but the frames you cited are premium aluminum frames, the best those companies know how to make, this is an entry level one.These cost less as whole bikes than those do as framesets.

Technician
Technician
9 months ago

Weight: 22 lbs 12oz.

How many football fields is that?

Dirt McGirt
Dirt McGirt
9 months ago
Reply to  Technician

2.638 football fields. Approximately, of course.

Dinger
Dinger
8 months ago
Reply to  Technician

No, no, no… You’re getting mixed up. Those are yards, you know, the measurement from the king’s nose to the tip of his finger.

These are pounds and ounces, which vary depending on what you’re actually weighing with them and where.

How do Americans not see that this measurement systems is so inferior?

Dirt McGirt
Dirt McGirt
9 months ago

Meh.

Looks like the Allez I used to sell like 13 years ago and it just kept up with the times.

No revelation here, you’se guys!

WhateverBikes
9 months ago

Those are a lot of words, but none of them explains why this bike supposedly ‘Redefines the Entry-Level Alloy Road Bike’. It’s marketing bull crap. There’s literally in no way unique (save for the diagonal seat stay bridge, but to call that a revelation would be stretching it).

Nikos K.
Nikos K.
9 months ago

The only welcome change is the space for wider than 28 tires from the previous Allez. Tiagra from Sora is not a big deal and the hydraulic disc brakes although nice, their maintenance hassle isn’t worth it. Also, I hate that slant on the back.

Ced
Ced
8 months ago

Cheap bikes that perform well? I’m for it.

Trevor
Trevor
8 months ago

I wish they had a 105 2×11 group option. This plus a carbon wheelset would be a lean and mean build. I helped a friend build up a trek emonda ALR 5 with a carbon wheelset, 105 group but subbed ultegra cassette, ultegra crank, carbon seatpost, carbon bars, the build came out to $3199 thanks to some discounts the trek store had going on and only weighed 17.89 lbs for a 56cm. Fun build

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