Specialized Allez Elite | Winter Bikes Special | Cycling Weekly
This is the Specialized Allez Elite. Now,
Specialized claims that this is the best bike you can buy for a £1000
and based purely on looks alone it’s certainly a contender. But it’s more than
just a look at, the new Allez frameset has been redesigned this year to offer an
all-round geometry with greater confidence and handling and comfort for
a wider range of riders and it’s gone on a diet too.
The new one is almost 500 grams lighter than the previous model. A feature I particularly like, is that
the new Allez has had the seat stays dropped further down the seat tube and
this creates greater compliance within the frame and it’s a feature that the
new Allez actually shares with the new Tarmac model as well. The alloy tubing is
hydroformed to provide complex shaping and lightweight, does a tapered headset
for steering precision and you also get internal cable routing helping to avoid
contamination in poor weather and adding to the bike’s clean lines. Specialized
combines Shimano 105 shifting with a smart all black Praxis Alba 50/34
compact chainset. This, along with the 11/32 cassette, gives you loads of low
gears for confident climbing without the risk of wheel slip on damp winter hills.
The wheels themselves are from quality brand DT Swiss and shipped with
Specialized’s own Espoir Sport 25mm tyres. Although there is
clearance for 28mm tyres and mudguards should you want to swap to
something wider. You also get mounts for the mudguards and the rack. Rim brakes offer a significant weight
advantage over disc brakes and in this case they’re Tektro Axis calipers helping
you save precious grams out on the road and they’re also very easy to maintain.