“Allez, allez, allez!” If you’re a fan of cycling, you’ve heard this familiar phrase. It’s a common cheer at crit races, pro tours and the like. Allez means “go” in French. That’s why you hear it being shouted at the races. “Allez, allez, allez!”
The Allez is Specialized’s entré into the road bike genre. That said, the meaning of “entré” has significantly changed. What was once an introduction to the meal (as the French define “entré) is now the main course (how we Americans have adopted the word). The same is true for the Specialized Allez.
After Velonews’ recent review of the Allez, we’re sure a lot of people will be changing their minds about what “entry level” means.
In their June edition, Velonews pointed out that “crashes are common” in the racing world, so that “investing in a high-end bike doesn’t always make sense. Instead, a stiff, aggressive ride tailored to tight steering and explosive sprints is a better option.”
Specialized Allez Sprint
For their review, Velonews chose the Specialized Allez Sprint, a $1,100 frameset, and pitted it against a $10,000 competitor. The Allez dominated.
Velonews had this high praise for the Allez:
“We have to say the Allez is a good reminder of just how much more alive a good metal frame feels than even a high-end carbon one. There’s just a more direct connection to the road.”
Some of the highlights of their testing:
- “The Allez Sprint’s handling is spot on.”
- “The Allez has the stiffest head tube we’ve tested this year.”
- “As responsive as things may be up front, this aluminum frame (it boasts an S-Works carbon fork) shines even more brightly under power.”
The Specialized Allez Line
The Allez range shows off the capabilities of aluminum, from Win Tunnel-tuned and ultra-stiff race rockets to fully capable all-rounders that serve as the perfect introduction to road riding. Specialized’s engineers have decades of experience with alloy, developing innovative welding and hydroforming techniques that allow them to craft the ideal balance of responsiveness, comfort, and handling.
Specialized Allez E5 Sport
With its fully manipulated E5 Premium Aluminum frame with smooth welds, coupled with a reliable Shimano Sora build, the Allez E5 Sport is an awesome option for new riders looking to increase their performance. As a package, the bike is versatile and value-packed. Its stiff alloy construction, carbon fork and Shimano Sora groupset make the Allez E5 Sport ready to take on all of your weekend rides with complete confidence.
Features of the Specialized Allez E5 Sport:
- E5 Premium Aluminum frame features fully manipulated tubing with smooth welds that increase stiffness and efficiency, while looking just as good as it performs.
- Specialized FACT carbon fork with alloy crown and steerer provides all the stiffness and ride benefits of carbon in a more accessible package.
- Shimano Sora crankset provides excellent performance for the value, providing clean and crisp shifting every time.
The Allez is a great choice for those new to cycling and those new to racing. The Junior version is even perfect for a first “real” bike!