The Specialized Allez Sprint has shown in recent months and years that aluminum racers also have a place in the racing circus
The Allez Sprint is made for fiercely competitive racing thanks to its rugged construction and aerodynamic tube profiles, and after the disc ban was lifted, it was clear that Specialized would follow suit and equip the Allez with disc brakes. The new Shimano 105 Discs are used, which according to the manufacturer offer more braking power, better regulation, and more control and in combination with the quick-release axles and the Allez aluminum frame provide a really stiff and responsive road bike.
This bike looks fast even when standing. Despite – or because of – the simple color combination. The tubes are almost all specially shaped, the aerodynamically designed seat tube is particularly striking. The weld seam is particularly striking on the down tube: it is not, as usual, directly at the tube transitions, but the connection has been redesigned. The tube ends were quasi “folded over”, which should make the tube more stable. “Smartweld” is what Specialized calls the technology. The hydroforming process was also used on the head tube. The cables are internally moved, at the down tube they reappear at a somewhat unorthodox place. Although this is a nice solution, it is susceptible to dirt. Comfort has traditionally not been one of the strengths of an aluminum bike, and this is also the case with the Allez Sprint. But the bike is not designed for comfort, but for agility. The Allez is an ideal racer for winding tracks. The direct handling, the quite short wheelbase, and the sporty stretched geometry correspond to this. Uphill the frame shows high stiffness and the low weight pays off.