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Summary of Reviews
We have read all expert and user reviews on the Specialized Allez. In summary, this is what cyclists think.
13 reasons to buy
- Both Allez builds feature carbon fiber forks, Shimano drivetrains, disc brakes with 160mm rotors, and thru-axles.
- The Allez Sport offers Shimano Tiagra 2x10-speed gearing, hydraulic disc brakes, and a weight-saving Praxis crankset.
- An expert is impressed by the Allez Sport's performance and comfort, calling it a joy to ride.
- The Allez has rack and fender mounts for all-season commuting and light touring.
- A choice of six frame sizes makes it easier to find a good fit.
- Testers say the relaxed geometry and composed handling make the Allez ideal as a beginner's road bike.
- An expert notes that the stiff frame enhances climbing performance and acceleration without resulting in a harsh ride.
- The Allez has clearance for 35mm tires without fenders fitted.
- Specialized's dealer network offers novices the benefit of expert knowledge and advice.
- A tester says the threaded bottom bracket and semi-internal cable routing make for easier maintenance.
- Several reviewers praise the smooth, reliable shifting of the Allez Sport's drivetrain.
- Experts appreciate the stopping power of the Shimano Tiagra hydraulic disc brakes. One tester says the levers are easy to operate with small hands.
- Reviewers are impressed by the comfort and grip of the stock wheels and 30mm tires.
6 reasons not to buy
- Experts say the Allez's biggest limiting factors are its heavy, low-performance wheels and tires.
- An expert says the weighty wheelset conspires with the upright geometry to make steep climbs and high speeds on level ground hard work.
- A reviewer says the Allez Sport is more expensive than similar spec alternatives like the Canyon Endurace AL6 and Trek Domane AL Disc.
- An expert sees the Allez as uninteresting aesthetically.
- One tester says the gaps between gears on the Allez's 2x8-speed Shimano Claris drivetrain are too big.
- Competitors to the entry-level Allez offer both hydraulic disc brakes and 10-speed gearing at similar pricing.
Expert Reviews78/100 based on 4 rated expert reviews
New Specialized Allez First Ride Review: Is It Still One of the Best Bargains Around?
Disc brakes, big tire clearance, mudguard, and rack mounts mean versatility is the order of the day. Don’t be mistaken, though, this bike has a split personality and is certainly no slouch when shown some power. However, all this ability doesn’t come as cheap as it once did, and you may have a tough time justifying the cost.
2024 Specialized Allez Sport Review: Entry-Level Done Right
So much have I enjoyed riding this bike, it only further reinforces a wish of mine. I wish the industry would rewind the clock a bit and offer more bikes with this geometry and simplicity but with the option of higher-end parts.
Specialized Launches All New “Lightest in Class” Allez and Ditches Rim Brakes for Good
Overall, the Allez promises more versatility while retaining the sprightly performance that the Allez is renowned for. I’m looking forward to putting some more miles in back on my local roads.
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