Specialized has routinely raised the bar on carbon road bikes with the Tarmac, Amira, Roubaix, and Ruby models (Not to mention the Shiv, Venge and Transition). From the race-oriented handling of the Tarmac, to the perfect balance of plush and power for the Ruby and Roubaix, it’s no wonder why many riders choose Specialized. Let’s face it though, some situations call for something a bit different. For racers looking for the proven geometry of the Tarmac without the fear of mixing it up in a crit, Specialized has once again brought some impressive technology to the table.
Enter the Specialized Allez Race – the newest 105 equipped version is set to hit stores soon, and we couldn’t be more excited. A lot of our staff ride Tarmacs – they’re simply a great bike for road riding, whether its a short weeknight loop or a long Sunday ride with friends; commuting or participating in weekly criteriums. The problem some people have is that they love their bike too much (is that possible?) and don’t want to risk it in every situation. Some are commuters, riding to the bitter end of fall and pulling their bike out as soon as possible in the spring. Others are regular racers, and want something they won’t mind sliding through a corner on.
Look, carbon can handle it – it’s used in aerospace for crying out loud – but we get it. Whether it’s a pride thing, or simply that you don’t yet have the budget for a carbon rig, consider the Allez series. This year specialized has introduced a new manufacturing process in the Allez Race called Smartweld. Smartweld takes the ends of the top and down tubes and hydro forms them with a groove for welding. These tubes are then mated with a size specific head tube that is forged and the pieces welded. The result is a frame that is lighter and stronger than traditional construction while being far more simple to correctly weld. this means a better bike at a better price.
Build it with and over-sized bottom bracket (OSBB), a carbon fork from the Tarmac and a tapered headset, and you’ve got a great foundation. Specialized then builds it with a Shimano 105 drivetrain (52/36) and DT Axis 2.0 wheels for a performance-oriented bike at a great value. For a bit more, you can get the Allez Race spec’ed with SRAM Rival and upgraded wheels. The Allez Race 105 comes in sizes from 52-58 and is available only in our stores. Wheel on in and test ride one today!