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Allez Elite

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2018 Allez Elite

There's no denying it, we're still in love with aluminum road bikes, and when it comes to transforming this passion into a labor of love, we make a bike like the Allez Elite. If you're just finding your cycling legs, this is the best place to start.

Not only does a light bike feel better when you're climbing up a hill, but it's also essential when you're carrying your bike up to the 5th floor, and this was at the forefront of the frame design. With a redesigned E5 Alloy frame, the Allez features a class-leading weight. Aggressively thin-walled, yet tough, tubes have been implemented to save weight, as well, resulting in over a 450g (1lb) reduction in the frame and fork alone when compared to models of yesteryear.

Speaking of the fork, entry-level road bikes often times feature either alloy or cheap carbon fiber forks that greatly detract from the overall ride quality. But with a full FACT carbon fiber fork, the Allez is better handling, smoother riding, and lower in weight—floating over rough chip-seal and carving through corners like a slalom skier. For the geometry, we developed the Allez by utilizing our vast Retül fit database. This meant creating a geometry that's sure to cover a broad range of positions, while still providing the performance-minded handling you'd expect from your first bike.

This Allez also features integrated rack and fender mounts, allowing you to get weight out of your backpack and on to a lightweight rack when you need it. This not only makes for a good road bike, but it also enables you to transform it into a fast commuter.

Technical Specifications

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FRAMESET

FRAME

Specialized E5 Premium Aluminum, fully manipulated tubing w/ SmoothWelds, 1-1/8"- 1-3/8" tapered head tube, internal cable routing, threaded BB, 130mm spacing

FORK

Specialized FACT full Carbon, 1-1/8" to 1-3/8" Taper w/ fender eyelets

SEAT BINDER

Bolt type, alloy, 31.8mm

WHEELS

FRONT WHEEL

DT R460, sealed cartridge hubs, 14g spokes, 20h

REAR WHEEL

DT R460, sealed cartridge hubs, 14g spokes, 24h

FRONT TIRE

Espoir Sport, 60 TPI, wire bead, double BlackBelt protection, 700x25mm

REAR TIRE

Espoir Sport, 60 TPI, wire bead, double BlackBelt protection, 700x25mm

INNER TUBES

700x20/28mm, 40mm Presta valve

DRIVETRAIN

FRONT DERAILLEUR

Shimano 105 Ez, clamp-on

REAR DERAILLEUR

Shimano 105, 11-speed

SHIFT LEVERS

Shimano 105

CASSETTE

Shimano 105, 11-speed, 11-32t

CRANKSET

Praxis Alba 2D

CHAIN

KMC X11EL, 11-speed w/ Missing Link™

CHAINRINGS

50/34T

BOTTOM BRACKET

Included w/ crankset

COCKPIT

STEM

Specialized, 3D forged alloy, 4-bolt, 7-degree rise

HANDLEBARS

Specialized Shallow Drop, 6061, 70x125mm, 31.8mm clamp

TAPE

Specialized S-Wrap

SEATPOST

Alloy, 2-bolt clamp

SADDLE

Body Geometry Toupé Sport, steel rails, 143mm

BRAKES

FRONT BRAKE

Tektro Axis caliper

REAR BRAKE

Tektro Axis caliper

ACCESSORIES

PEDALS

Nylon, 105x78x28mm, loose balls w/ reflectors

* Weights based on production painted frames as pictured. Actual weights will vary based on colorway, frame size, and component variation. Specifications are subject to change without notice.

Geometry

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495254565861
Crank Length170mm170mm172.5mm172.5mm175mm175mm
Handlebar Width400mm420mm420mm420mm440mm440mm
Stem Length80mm90mm100mm100mm110mm110mm
Saddle Width143mm143mm143mm143mm143mm143mm
Seatpost Length300mm300mm350mm350mm350mm350mm
Stack535mm552mm570mm596mm627mm649mm
Reach374mm376mm380mm385mm390mm396mm
Head Tube Length120mm135mm155mm180mm215mm235mm
Head Tube Angle72.25°73°73°73.5°73.5°74°
BB Height263mm263mm264mm264mm265.5mm265.5mm
BB Drop77mm77mm76mm76mm74.5mm74.5mm
Trail59mm55mm55mm52mm52mm49mm
Fork Length, Full375mm375mm375mm375mm375mm375mm
Fork Rake/Offset47mm47mm47mm47mm47mm47mm
Front Center575mm576mm585mm593mm607mm614mm
Chainstay Length415mm415mm415mm415mm415mm415mm
Wheelbase978mm978mm988mm996mm1011mm1018mm
Top Tube Length, Horizontal515mm542mm552mm564mm579mm591mm
Bike Standover Height740mm755mm775mm795mm826mm850mm
Seat Tube Length460mm490mm510mm530mm550mm580mm
Seat Tube Angle75.25°73.25°73.25°73.25°73.25°73.25°
Geometry

Rider Reviews

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  • 5 Reviews

Amazing Bike

I am a heavy rider (~240lbs) so I usually destroy bikes. I am nearing the 5k miles mark on my stock allez elite with no issues whatsoever. It still rides like the day I got it. The only maintenance I have had to do was just the monthly scrub, lube and tune. I have taken it on all terrain, even climbing in the Smokey Mountains, and it has endured all weather conditions. 100% recommend, amazing bike!

Would Recommend?
Yes!

Name:
John

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No regrets

Bought this bike 2 summers ago after a lot of research and the consensus I observed was that this bike is the best value for what you pay when it comes entry level riding... after 2 full seasons of riding, I can confidently agree that this bike is great all around. It feels stiff, stable under high speeds and cornering, and can be set up with a great aggressive geometry. It may not be full carbon, but it quickly proved its quality on the road.

Would Recommend?
Yes!

Name:
Beejan

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Well pleased

I replace my 2011 Allez with a 2018 Allez Elite. Have had the bike around 6 weeks and have ridden around 600 miles on it. Really pleased with the comfort, speed and handling. I use this for commuting to work as well as club rides and think Specialized have got the right balance between performance and reliability. I had ridden it in the freak hot Irish summer when the rain stopped for at least a week and then again when normal service resumed and the rain came back. Great bike for commuting and club, highly recommended.


Name:
Gc

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A Great Bike

I'm new to road bikes, so this review isn't based on a lot of prior expertise. I have been riding about 20 miles a day for a long time as a commuter. I've also been putting in more and more ""distance"" rides (distance here meaning 30/40 miles - that might not qualify as a distance ride for some....) and recently completed a metric century event on my very old, heavy hybrid bike. Looking around at each rest stop, I saw that I was quite literally the ONLY one not riding a road bike. I knew it was time to invest, and so I started looking at what was available. I'm a musician, and I didn't have $3,000-5,000 for a new bike. I knew I would be looking for ""entry level"" bikes, but I wanted to get something well made and reliable with decent components, not something so cheap it would fall apart on me. And so I researched and quickly found that the Allez series bikes were consistently ranked in the top buys for their respective price points. I tried a few other bikes before making my way to the local bike shop that carries Specialized. The other bikes I tested were right in the same price range - $1,000-1,350. When I rode the Allez Elite, I have to say it was head and shoulders above the rest in ride quality, acceleration, handling and just pure FUN! I went ahead and purchased it and after my first real ride, I am even more pleased with it! It handles beautifully! Again, I'm coming from previous experience on a heavy older hybrid, but after testing a number of bikes, I really feel the Allez Elite stands out in its price point! It is a great introduction to road biking, and a bike that I'm confident will serve me quite well for years to come. If I'm ever looking at joining the Tour de France, maybe I'll have to upgrade, but until then this is all the bike I'm likely to need!


Name:
Scott

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