Used to be – 20 years ago – that the best bike frames were made of aluminum. But that didn’t mean they were comfortable.
Incredibly stiff. Incredibly bouncy. Very uncomfortable on long rides.
Then along came carbon frames, and aluminum was nearly forgotten until it was rediscovered and improved.
Nowhere is the improvement in aluminum bicycles more apparent than in the Specialized Allez. The Allez keeps the same speed and stiffness from the past, but Specialized builds the frames in a way that makes them comfortable and still responsive.
The Allez is the aluminum cousin to the carbon Specialized Tarmac, sharing similar geometry.
Ben’s Cycle in Milwaukee has been a Specialized dealer for decades, and we have the experience to get you on the right bike for the kind of riding you want to do.
Come into the shop at 1013 W. Lincoln Avenue in Milwaukee to see the complete line-up of Allez and Specialized bicycles.
Specialized Allez Has Seven Models
The top of the line is the ultra stiff Allez sprint, a bike made for crit racing. Subsequently lower-priced models are built slightly differently and have different component packages.
The DSW SL Expert, Comp, and Elite have top-level components for a race-ready bike at a reasonable price.
The Specialized Allez E5 Sport and E5 are entry-level bikes that are light and responsive.
The E5 Sport won Bike Radar’s Best Budget Bike award this year.
Specialized Allez Sprint is Fast Crit Bike
Bike Rumor reviewed several models of the Allez. They said the Allez DSW Sprint X1 Expert is designed to be a crit bike that’s fast and stiff.
Using their D’Aluisio Smart Weld (DSW) Technology and hydroforming the tubes to control the wall’s thickness in key areas, Specialized creates seamless uniform welds to make a frame that is as stiff as aluminum should be, but with compliance similar to that of their Tarmac and Venge. The ability to do more with aluminum than ever thought possible results in a bike with modern performance as well as naturally bringing the price down as an added bonus.
The X1 is a single chain ring. Specialized also brought out an X2 this spring for those who want the traditional double front chain ring.
40th Anniversary Specialized Allez
On a side note, Specialized produced 74 original Allez in a lugged steel frame that were auctioned off for charity. Read the story here.