Up there with some of the best selling road bikes, the Specialized Allez Sport provides the ideal mixture of performance, value & comfort for an entry level road bike.
Frame And Fork
Crafted from Specialized's A1 Premium Aluminium combined with a light carbon fork with all the benefits of Specialized's racing pedigree. The Specialized Allez Sport's A1 Aluminium frame is no space age material, just simple 6061 aluminium moulded into a lightweight & stiff frame at a reasonable price. The geometry of the Specialized Allez Sport is where Specialized's brilliance for design really shows. Sharing the same angles and basic tube profile as the more expensive Tarmac the Specialized Allez Sport reacts like a pro tour bike without the mammoth price tag. This aluminium frame is enhanced with a carbon fibre fork- helping the Specialized Allez Sport absorb more vibration than a simple aluminium fork making it much more comfortable so you can ride faster and longer.
For a sub £750 road bike the Specialized Allez Sport punches above its weight in terms of performance. Although it may not feature the lightest components in the world the Specialized Allez Sport combines the right kit at the right price to create a spirited ride. With a full Shimano drivetrain the Specialized Allez Sport provides slick and reliable shifting which can withstand the abuse of entry level racing, long distance sportives and even the urban landscape. Mix this with Shimano brakes and the Allez Sport features amazing stop and go potential. As with any entry level road bike, the Specialized Allez Sport's wheels are less than desirable but still offer decent performance without bumping up the price. Chances are the wheels will be the first upgrade you'll make to this amazing frame & fork combination anyway.
As a race bike with sportive inspired geometry, the Specialized Allez Sport is more suited to shorter, faster rides. While not uncomfortable for longer rides, the angles can increase fatigue over long distances. The advantages of these angles is a bike that corners well without being particularly twitchy.