Specialized Allez 2021 52cm our price £799
This entry level to Specialized Allez ownership is very impressive, from a great frame right through to the quality finishing kit for just £799, This bike is suitable for someone 5’3”- 5’6” or 160cm-167cm.
It is one of the best sub-grand bikes out there. There is a return to full mudguard eyelets on the fork, too, although clearance is tight. The Allez uses Specialized’s own-spec E5 Premium aluminium alloy tubing in various shapes and diameters, finished off with decently smooth welds and what I consider to be a very nice paint job. It’s good to see a threaded bottom bracket shell on this type of bike – the fact that it is designed to take mudguards means it’ll probably see plenty of wet weather. Bottom brackets screwed into the frame tend to be more resistant to water and dirt getting in, which can cause creaking in press-fit alternatives. The fork is a full carbon fibre option, which is impressive for the money. Like I said earlier, the full mudguard mounts are back at the bottom of each leg and when it comes to fitting the guards, things are relatively straightforward. Some might smirk at the thought of using a Shimano Claris groupset, but I tell you what, it’s a good ‘un. You’re getting the same looks, shifting and feel as you’ll find with Sora and Tiagra but you’re sacrificing a few sprockets on the cassette. Overall, the Allez is a much better bike than any spec list or set of scales will have you believe. I ride many bikes ten times the price of this one, but the Allez leaves one of the biggest impressions.
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