220 Triathlon Magazine - - BIKETEST -

The Spe­cial­ized Allez dom­i­nates the global

mar­ket with good rea­son: it’s a bike that’ll keep you rid­ing and smil­ing. But with the Allez Sprint Comp, it’s more rid­ing and rat­tling. The tech’s clever but it re­sults in a harsh ride here as, de­spite the car­bon fork, it picks up ev­ery vi­bra­tion.

Un­like the Hoy Alto Ir­pavi .003, which is an as­sured bike that’ll roll through the worst of the win­ter and stop with equal mag­ni­tude thanks to the ad­di­tion of those Shi­mano disc brakes. It’s not lack­ing in ac­cel­er­a­tion, ei­ther, and is ever so close to win­ning this month’s test. But it misses out on vic­tory – just – to the Trek Emonda ALR 5.

The Trek is a com­pli­ant, swift and com­fort­able bike that’s also the most af­ford­able. It strikes the per­fect bal­ance be­tween per­for­mance and com­fort, which is what you want when us­ing a bike for train­ing and triathlon. Just go for the lively red ver­sion in­stead of the gloss tar­mac black tested here for a near-per­fect ride.

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