Best Specialized Allez Road Bike In 2022

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Introduction

The Specialized Allez range of road bikes consist of some of the most advanced aluminum bikes ever manufactured. The full range is developed with the American manufacturer's revolutionary D'Aluisio Smartweld Technology. This aids in shaving weight, increases stiffness, improves the overall ride quality and offers the perfect combination of compliance and responsiveness. The Allez range has something to offer everyone; from short casual rides to racing rapidly.

How We Reviewed

We tested 12 samples of the Specialized Allez range and researched 426 reviews given by buyers on Specialized Allez Bikes forums. 

After several days of research we came to the conclusion what features are driving customer satisfaction and what features couldn’t. Considering the ride quality, weight of the bike, and technology used, we recommend the following Specialized Allez Bikes in 2022.

Here are the Best Specialized Allez Road Bike In 2022

1. Allez Sprint LTD - SRAM Force eTap AXS

Allez Sprint LTD - SRAM Force ETap AXS

Allez Sprint LTD features the most complex alloy head tube ever made and integrated cables that make it 41 seconds faster than its previous model. With its one-piece downtube and bottom bracket, it delivers the ruthless efficiency of alloy with unprecedented stability.

Allez Sprint LTD - SRAM Force ETap AXS alloy
Allez Sprint LTD - SRAM Force ETap AXS - seat post

Dropped seat stays, and the Tarmac SL7’s carbon fork and seat post make the Allez Sprint LTD supple in the saddle and precise at the bars.

Specifications:

SeatPost: 2021 S-Works Tarmac Carbon seat post, FACT Carbon, Di2 Compatible, 20mm offset

Seat Binder: Allez Sprint seat collar

Saddle: Body Geometry Power Pro, hollow titanium rails

Handlebars: S-Works Aerofly II

Stem: Specialized Pro SL, alloy, 4-bolt

Tape: Supacaz Super Sticky Kush

Fork: FACT Carbon, 12x100mm thru-axle, flat-mount disc

Front Wheel: Roval Rapide CL, 21mm internal width carbon rim, Win Tunnel Engineered, DT for Roval 350 hub, DT Swiss Revolution spokes

Rear Wheel: Roval Rapide CL, 21mm internal width carbon rim, Win Tunnel Engineered, DT for Roval 350 hub, DT Swiss Revolution spokes

Front Tire: S-Works Turbo, 120 TPI, folding bead, BlackBelt protection, 700x26mm

Rear Tire: S-Works Turbo, 120 TPI, folding bead, BlackBelt protection, 700x26mm

Inner Tubes: Turbo Ultralight, 60mm Presta valve

Chain: SRAM CN Force 12-speed

Bottom Bracket: SRAM DUB BSA 68

Crankset: SRAM Force 1 AXS Power Meter, 46T

Rear Derailleur: SRAM Force eTap AXS, 12-speed

Shift Levers: SRAM Force eTap AXS

Cassette: SRAM Force, XG-1270 D1, 12-speed, 10-36t

Front Brake: SRAM Force, Hydraulic Disc

Rear Brake: SRAM Force, Hydraulic Disc

Frame: Specialized E5 Premium Aluminum Disc frame with D'Aluisio Smartweld Technology, hydroformed aluminum tubing, tapered head tube, fully internally routed cables, threaded BB

What We Like

  • One of the best aluminum frames available
  • Excellent finishing kit
  • Great handling
  • Clean cable routing with no compromise in front-end adjustability

What We Don't Like

  • Average tyres and wheels
  • Weight penalty versus similarly priced carbon bikes 
  • Not the best value



Final Verdict:

With identical geometry to the Tarmac and aerodynamic tube shapes borrowed directly from the WorldTour-level carbon bike, the Allez Sprint LTD can compete in many ways with its more expensive sibling in the real world. It’s carrying some extra weight as compared to its carbon sibling, and the average tires and wheels specced on this build don’t get the most out of the frameset, however, the 2022 Allez Sprint LTD is unquestionably one of the best aluminum Specialized Allez road bikes available today.

2. Allez Elite

Allez Elite

With a redesigned E5 Alloy frame, the Allez Elite features a class-leading weight. Aggressively thin-walled, yet tough, tubes have been implemented to save weight and this leads to over a 450g (1-pound) reduction in the fork and frame alone when compared to some previous year models.

Allez Elite frame

With a full FACT carbon fiber fork, the Allez Elite is smoother riding, better handling, and lower in weight. This Allez also features fender mounts and an integrated rack, enabling you to get the weight of your backpack off.

Specifications:

Frame: Specialized E5 Premium Aluminum, fully manipulated tubing w/ SmoothWelds, 1-1/8"- 1-3/8" tapered head tube, internal cable routing, threaded BB, 130mm spacing

Fork: Specialized FACT carbon, 1-1/8" to 1-3/8" taper, fender eyelets

Handlebars: Specialized Shallow Drop, 6061, 70x125mm, 31.8mm clamp

Stem: Specialized, 3D-forged alloy, 4-bolt, 7-degree rise

Tape: Specialized S-Wrap

Saddle: Body Geometry Bridge Saddle, steel rails

SeatPost: Alloy, 2-bolt Clamp, 12mm offset, 27.2mm, anti-corrosion hardware

Seat Binder: Bolt-type, 31.8mm

Front Brake: Axis 1.0 caliper

Rear Brake: Axis 1.0 caliper

Shift Levers: SRAM Rival 22

Front Derailleur: SRAM Rival 22, clamp-on

Rear Derailleur: SRAM Rival 22, 11-speed

Cassette: SunRace, 11-speed, 11-32t

Crankset: Praxis Alba

Chainrings: 50/34T

Bottom Bracket: Praxis 68mm BSA

Chain: KMC X11 Extra Lightweight, 11-speed

Front Wheel: DT R460, sealed cartridge hubs, 14g spokes, 20h

Rear Wheel: DT R460, sealed cartridge hubs, 14g spokes, 24h

Front Tire: RoadSport, 700x26mm

Rear Tire: RoadSport, 700x26mm

Inner Tubes: Presta, 40mm valve

What We Like

  • Great frameset 
  • Very good tubeless-ready wheels
  • Versatile all-round endurance geometry

What We Don't Like

  • The brakes aren’t the equal of 105, heavier than some

Final Verdict

This Specialized is not the lightest bike on test, it is 500g heavier than the Canyon, but frankly that means nothing in terms of performance. It doesn’t have quite the best kit either. However, Specialized’s Allez Elite it ‘just right’ in virtually every area. It’s smooth, it’s fast enough, has good wheels and well-chosen gearing.

3. 2018 Allez Sprint Comp

2018 Allez Sprint Comp

For the build, this Allez Sprint Comp features Shimano 105 shifting, DT R460 alloy wheels, and a comfortable Body Geometry Toupé saddle. The Allez Sprint Comp redefines the potential of an alloy bike with all of these features so much that you will forget you're not riding carbon.

2018 Allez Sprint Comp alloy

E5 Premium Aluminum frame with Allez D'Aluisio Smartweld Sprint Technology refocuses weld locations, allowing for more material to be placed where it's required for increased stiffness and compliance where you really need it. Our top-tier S-Works FACT carbon fiber fork offers incredible stiffness and front end steering response, while also effectively absorbing road chatter. The Venge FACT carbon fiber seatpost serves as a stiff, aerodynamic perch for your saddle.

2018 Allez Sprint Comp Aluminum frame

Specifications:

Frame: Specialized E5 Premium Aluminum w/ D'Aluisio Smartweld Sprint Technology, hydroformed aluminum tubing, tapered head tube, OSBB

Fork: S-Works FACT full carbon, size-specific taper

Front Wheel: DT R460, sealed cartridge hubs, 14g spokes, 20h

Front Tire: Turbo Pro, 60 TPI, folding bead, BlackBelt protection, 700x24mm

Rear Wheel: DT R460, sealed cartridge hubs, 14g spokes, 24h

Inner Tubes: Presta, 40mm valve

Rear Tire: Turbo Pro, 60 TPI, folding bead, BlackBelt protection, 700x24mm

Seat Binder: Allez Sprint Aero

Handlebars: Specialized Shallow Drop, 6061, 70x125mm, 31.8mm clamp

Saddle: Body Geometry Toupé Sport, steel rails, 143mm

Stem: Specialized, 3D-forged alloy, 4-bolt, 7-degree rise

Tape: Specialized S-Wrap

Seatpost: Specialized Venge Aero seatpost, FACT carbon

Rear Derailleur: Shimano 105, 11-speed

Front Derailleur: Shimano 105 Ez, braze-on

Crankset: Shimano 105

Cassette: Shimano 105, 11-speed, 11-28t

Shift Levers: Shimano 105, 11-speed

Chainrings: 50/34T

Bottom Bracket: OSBB, Praxis bearings

Chain: KMC X11, 11-speed w/ Missing Link™

Front Brake: Tektro Axis caliper

Rear Brake: Tektro Axis caliper

Pedals: Nylon, 105x78x28mm, loose balls w/ reflectors

What We Like

  • A proper no-nonsense race bike
  • Great balance of stiffness versus comfort

What We Don't Like

  • None, but the aesthetics won't appeal to all

Final Verdict

The ride quality is impressive and the stiffness is right up there compared to some of the most overbuilt carbon wonder bikes. However, its welding isn't the prettiest, and if form must complement function then you might be disappointed, and it also lacks a little when it comes to the finishing kit, but you do receive a decent groupset.

4. 2015 Allez Comp

2015 Allez Comp

The Allez Comp features an E5 aluminum frame with D'Aluisio Smartweld Technology, a full monocoque carbon fork, and a Shimano 105 drivetrain for a stiff, light, and fast bike. Body Geometry Toupé Sport saddle w/ hollow Cr-Mo rails is tuned for comfort and perfect fit.

2015 Allez Comp aluminum frame

Allez Comp also features Shimano 105, 11-speed derailleur which offers crisp, precise shifting; FSA Gossamer, 11-speed mid-compact crankset is equal parts durable and stiff; AXIS 1.0 wheels provides a durable and smooth ride quality; specialized Espoir 700x25c tires w/ double BlackBelt protection flat resistance.

2015 Allez Comp AXIS 1.0 wheels

Specifications:

Frame: Specialized E5 Premium Aluminum w/ D'Aluisio Smartweld Technology, hydroformed aluminum tubing, tapered headtube, OSBB

Fork: Specialized FACT carbon, full monocoque, 1-3/8"" lower bearing

Headset: 1-1/8"" upper, 1-3/8"" lower, integrated Cr-Mo cartridge bearings, 20mm cone spacer, w/ 20mm of spacers

Seat Binder: Alloy, 31.2mm

Front Wheel: AXIS 1.0

Rear Wheel: AXIS 1.0

Front Tire: Specialized Espoir Elite, 60TPI, folding bead, double BlackBelt protection, 700x25c

Rear Tire: Specialized Espoir Elite, 60TPI, folding bead, double BlackBelt protection, 700x25c

Front Derailleur: Shimano 105, 11-speed

Rear Derailleur: Shimano 105, 11-speed

Shift Levers: Shimano 105 STI

Cassette: Shimano 105, 11-speed, 11-28

Chain: KMC X11, 11-speed, reusable Missing Link

Crankset: FSA Gossamer, 11-speed, BB30, 52/36

Stem: Specialized Comp Multi, 3D forged alloy, 4-bolt, 12-degree rise

Handlebars: Specialized, shallow drop, alloy, 125mm drop, 70mm short-reach

Tape: Specialized S-Wrap, w/ bar end plug, 8mm bar shaper

Saddle: Body Geometry Toupé Sport, hollow Cr-Mo rails, 143mm

Seatpost: Specialized Sport, alloy, 2-bolt, 27.2mm

Front Brake: AXIS 2.0

Rear Brake: AXIS 2.0

Pedals: Nylon flat test ride, loose-ball, w/ reflectors

What We Like

  • Handles are great
  • Rides smooth
  • Very comfortable

What We Don't Like

  • No Cons 

Final Verdict

The 2015 Allez Comp has a race bike feel yet a compliant, relaxed ride. A true all road bike, stiff but plush. We would recommend the Specialized Allez Comp to anyone looking for an alloy bike upgrade or looking to get into road biking. It is light-weight and of great quality. The finish, components, and quality are of great value.


5. 2016 Allez E5

2016 Allez E5

The 2016 Allez features E5 Premium Aluminum frame featuring completely manipulated tubing, coupled with a reliable Shimano value build, it's an awesome option for newer riders looking to raise their performance. It also features a specialized FACT carbon fork with alloy crown and steerer offers all the stiffness and ride benefits of carbon in a more accessible package. 

2016 Allez E5 Premium Aluminum frame

The E5 Premium Aluminum frame features entirely manipulated tubing with smooth welds that increase efficiency and stiffness, while looking just as good as it performs. The Shimano Claris 2400 crankset offers reliable shifting and power transfer for all levels of riders.

Specifications:

Frame: Specialized E5 Premium Aluminum, fully-manipulated tubing w/ smooth welds, 1-1/8"" lower bearing

Fork: Specialized FACT carbon, alloy crown/steerer

Headset: 1-1/8"", integrated sealed Cr-Mo cartridge bearings, 20mm alloy cone spacer, w/ 20mm spacers

Seat Binder: Alloy, 31.8mm

Front Wheel: AXIS Classic

Rear Wheel: AXIS Classic

Front Tire: Specialized Espoir Sport, 60TPI, wire bead, double BlackBelt protection, 700x25mm

Rear Tire: Specialized Espoir Sport, 60TPI, wire bead, double BlackBelt protection, 700x25mm

Inner Tubes: Standard, Presta valve

Front Derailleur: Shimano Claris 2400

Rear Derailleur: Shimano Claris 2400

Shift Levers: Shimano Claris 2400 STI

Cassette: Sunrace, 8-speed, 11-32t

Chain: KMC Z7, 8-speed, w/ reusable MissingLink

Crankset: Shimano Claris, 50/34T

Bottom Bracket: Shimano, Octalink spline

Stem: Specialized 3D forged alloy, 4-bolt, 6-degree rise

Handlebars: Specialized, shallow drop, alloy, 125mm drop, 70mm short-reach

Tape: Specialized S-Wrap

Saddle: Body Geometry Toupé Sport, steel rails, 143mm

Seatpost: Specialized Sport, alloy, 2-bolt, 27.2mm

Front Brake: Tektro, caliper, dual pivot, short reach

Rear Brake: Tektro, caliper, dual pivot, short reach

Pedals: Nylon, loose ball bearings, w/ reflectors

What We Like

  • Balanced geometry
  • Ride comfort
  • Contact points, solid brakes, wheels

What We Don't Like

  • Heavier than its peers, saddle has slight sharp edge below it.

Final Verdict

This 2016 Allez E5 is the very best road bike in its category. The universally great handling is complemented by a clever selection in components to make a terrific bike. It is not the option if you are looking to race, however, this bike is ideal for most everyday cyclists.

Is specialized allez worth it ?

The Specialized Allez has been offering road bikes for new riders for years as it consistently provides a good balance of value and performance. Previous models of the Allez were more race-oriented, but the recent models are less aggressive and therefore more beginner-friendly than before.


Conclusion:

Though not the lightest bike on this list, we recommend the Specialized’s Allez Elite as it is perfect in virtually every area. It’s fast and smooth enough, has good wheels and well-chosen gearing. Also, we would recommend the 2015 Specialized Allez Comp to anyone looking for an alloy bike upgrade or looking to get into road biking. It overall offers great value for money.
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