2018 Specialized Allez–Redefining The Entry Price Point

published by bktr on 12/07/2017 20:34:00


All too often, corners are cut to meet price-points in the entry-level road bike market, but the new 2018 Specialized Allez range redefines what it means to be "entry level."

Focusing on weight, refinement, and reliability like nothing else in its class, the Allez strays from the norm. And while these things are expected in bikes that cost thousands, it's the first to make these technologies accessible to everyone.


Not only does a light bike feel better when you're climbing up a hill, but it's also essential when you're carrying your bike up to the 5th floor, and this was at the forefront of the frame design. With a redesigned E5 Alloy frame, the Allez features a class-leading weight. Aggressively thin-walled, yet tough, tubes have been implemented to save weight, as well, resulting in over a 450g (1lb) reduction in the frame and fork alone when compared to models of yesteryear.


Speaking of the fork, entry-level road bikes often times feature either alloy or cheap carbon fibre forks that greatly detract from the overall ride quality. But with a full FACT carbon fibre fork, the Allez is better handling, smoother riding, and lower in weight—floating over rough chip-seal and carving through corners like a slalom skier.


For the geometry, Specialized developed the Allez by utilizing their vast Retül fit database. This meant creating a geometry that's sure to cover a broad range of positions, while still providing the performance-minded handling you'd expect from your first bike.


The Allez also features integrated rack and mudguard mounts, allowing you to get weight out of your backpack and on to a lightweight rack when you need it. This not only makes for a good road bike, but it also enables you to transform it into a fast commuter.


Along these lines, you'll find plenty of clearance for 28mm tires, so longer rides become far more bearable and streets much smoother.  There is a welcome threadfit bottom bracket meaning the British weather is thought about, a standard borrowed from the Tarmac with it’s tapered headset, and internal cable routing.


Within the UK range there are 3 E5 models from basic Allez to Sport to Elite and then expect some DSW models coming later in the year.  With a great spec on each bike and components that would need changing from the off this bike is going to be winner.

We have just taken delivery of our first batch of Allez’s so come and see them for yourselves and try one round the car park – we know that you like us will be convinced that this is the new standard when it comes to “entry level”