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.