SPE­CIAL­IZED ALLEZ ELITE £990

Cycling Weekly - - Focus On Winter -

Spe­cial­ized set out to make its all-new Allez Elite the best £1,000 bike you can buy. The Allez frame­set has been re­designed this year to of­fer an all-round ge­om­e­try with max­i­mum com­fort and con­fi­dence for a wide range of rid­ers, as well as a weight sav­ing ap­proach­ing 500g over the pre­vi­ous model.

The Allez has been de­signed for a sta­ble ride, with Spe­cial­ized analysing its huge bike-fit data­base to come up with a ge­om­e­try that suits a wide range of rid­ing po­si­tions while still of­fer­ing a per­for­mance edge to its han­dling.

The al­loy tub­ing is hy­dro­formed, al­low­ing for com­plex shap­ing, re­duc­ing weight. There’s a ta­pered head­set for steer­ing pre­ci­sion while in­ter­nal ca­ble rout­ing helps to avoid con­tam­i­na­tion in poor weather and adds to the bike’s clean lines.

The new Allez has its seat­stays dropped down the seat­post for in­creased com­pli­ance at the rear and be more aero­dy­namic. Out front there’s a new all-car­bon fork, based on Spesh’s older model S-works fork, weigh­ing around 350g. That’s de­spite the in­clu­sion of mud­guard eye­lets for year-round rid­ing. Spe­cial­ized com­bines Shi­mano 105 shift­ing with a smart all-black Praxis Alba 50/34 com­pact chain­set. Along with the 11-32t cas­sette, this gives you loads of bot­tom gear range for con­fi­dent climb­ing with­out the risk of wheel­slip on damp win­ter hills.

The wheels are from qual­ity brand DT Swiss and ship with Spe­cial­ized’s own Espoir Sport 25mm tyres, although there’s clear­ance for 28mm tyres and mud­guards. You also get mounts for mud­guards and a rack. Rim brakes have the ad­van­tage of be­ing sig­nif­i­cantly lighter than discs and the Allez Elite is the sole win­ter bike here to of­fer them. There is still enough clear­ance with mud­guards for up to a 700x25c tyres, and up to 700x 28c tyres with­out mud­guards.

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