In the world of athletic cycling, Specialized is among the top brands with a good number of its bicycles costing as much as a cheap car. The Allez is one of the first models of the American company, having been in production since 1981. A lot has happened since then, and the original road bike now sits as the entry-level model in the company’s lineup.
Specialized has just released the new Allez with an interesting tagline: “Financially responsible, irresponsibly fast.” The frame is made of aluminum and shares the same geometry as the Roubaix endurance bike, designed for comfort and long-distance riding.
The drivetrain is a basic eight-speed Shimano Claris with an 11-32T cassette and a 50-34T crank. Stopping power is provided by Tektro mechanical disc brakes with dual pistons and 160mm rotors. No official weight figures have been given, but Specialized claims the new Allez is the “lightest in its class” (it is obviously no match for a carbon-fiber road bike).
Interestingly, it comes with a lightweight carbon fork as well as 700c x 30mm wheels, with enough clearance for up to 35mm tires for rougher terrain. It also has rack and fender mounts, which you don’t normally find on performance bicycles. These make the Allez a versatile bike for commuting to work or for going on weekend rides.
For those who want better specs, there’s also the Allez Sport variant with a 10-speed Shimano Tiagra and hydraulic disc brakes.
Having said all this, do you think the Allez is still “financially responsible” with a price tag of $1,200 (P67,000) for the regular one and $1,800 (P100,700) for the Allez Sport?