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Specialized Allez Elite
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Specialized

Allez Elite
2018

$1,199.99
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5.0 stars
 (28 Reviews)
 

2018 Specialized Allez Elite

There's no denying it, Specialized is still in love with aluminum road bikes, and when it comes to transforming this passion into a labor of love, they 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.

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, Specialized developed the Allez by utilizing the 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. Along these lines, you'll find plenty of clearance for 28mm tires, so longer rides become far more bearable and city streets much smoother.

- E5 Premium Aluminum frame features fully manipulated tubing with smooth welds that increase stiffness and efficiency, while looking just as good as it performs.

- Specialized FACT carbon, full monocoque fork designed for high-speed handling.

- Shimano 105 STI shifters provide crisp, reliable shifting.

Features and Information

 
Specification Description
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
Rims/Wheels DT R460, sealed cartridge hubs, 14g spokes
Spokes Front: 20h
Rear: 24h
Tires Espoir Sport, 60 TPI, wire bead, double BlackBelt protection, 700x25mm
Crankset Praxis Alba 2D
Chainrings 50/34T
Chain KMC X11EL, 11-speed w/ Missing Link
Front Derailleur Shimano 105 Ez, clamp-on
Rear Derailleur Shimano 105, 11-speed
Cassette/Rear Cogs Shimano 105, 11-speed, 11-32t
Shifters Shimano 105
Handlebars Specialized Shallow Drop, 6061, 70x125mm, 31.8mm clamp
Tape/Grips Specialized S-Wrap
Stem Specialized, 3D forged alloy, 4-bolt, 7-degree rise
Brakes Tektro Axis caliper
Saddle Body Geometry Toupé Sport, steel rails, 143mm
Seat Post Alloy, 2-bolt clamp

* Subject to change without notice.

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5.0 stars

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Pros

  • Comfortable  (22)
  • Handles Well  (22)
  • Good Geometry  (20)
  • Lightweight  (18)
  • Responsive  (11)

Cons

  • Heavy  (3)
  • Brakes Could Be Better  (2)
  • Cheap brake pads 
  • Harsh ride 
  • Slight saddle discomfort 

Best Uses

  • Casual Riding  (18)
  • Serious Training  (14)
  • Climbing  (13)
  • Racing  (11)
  • Exercising  (10)

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4.0

Great for beginners

By Mantis_Tobaggan

from Ontario, Canada

About Me

Pros

  • Good Breaking
  • Lightweight
  • Agile
  • Comfortable

Cons

  • Uncomfortable Seat

Best Uses

  • Long Distance
  • Entry Level

Comments:

I am brand new to road biking and after much research and consideration I decided to go with the Specialized Allez Elite. Even though I was looking for an Endurance style bike, the Allez fit me the best. I feel extremely comfortable on the frame; the geometry of this bike is outstanding. The stopping power on the brake system is fantastic. I have been very impressed with how well this bike handles. Even though I wear padded shorts, the saddle that this bike comes with is just awful. It's a fairly light bike, but not super light. Other than that, this bike is great and I highly recommend it to any new road cyclist.

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5.0

Great 1st Road Bike

By Chad

from Cincinnati, OH

About Me

Pros

  • Easy Maintenance
  • Durable
  • Comfortable

Cons

    Best Uses

      Comments:

      My 1st road bike. I've rode over 1k miles on it and is still works like new.

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      5.0

      Great Value

      By fitdan

      from San Francisco, CA

      About Me

      Pros

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Entry Road Bike

          Comments:

          I was looking for a road bike that would be sturdy enough for a daily commute and enough features to be a strong introduction in longer weekend rides. This bike fit the bill perfectly. The frame seems lighter than its Allez sister or hybrid cousins but not at the carbon gram cutting level. It's sturdy and hosts a good set of parts that certainly feel like a big upgrade from other entry level bikes. The Tiagra set does feel a little heavy after taking it out after a few rides and it doesn't shift as smoothly as I would expect. As a first road bike, it's more than sufficient to hold up and build my strength before upgrading to a dedicated road bike.

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          5.0

          Amazing bike

          By danforyou

          from Canyon Country, Ca.

          About Me

          Comments:

          My wife tried the Dolce and was not impressed, so i have her try the elite and she loved it! She said the bike handles real well and every time we ride I can see that she really enjoying riding this bike. I'm so happy that I purchased this bike for her birthday!

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          5.0

          GREAT BIKE!!!

          By sandi

          from mesquite, texas

          About Me Avid Cyclist

          Pros

          • Handles Well
          • Lightweight
          • Fast
          • Good Geometry
          • Responsive
          • Comfortable

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Commuting
            • Exercising
            • Climbing

            Comments:

            i have been riding a red Cannondale SL_4 to get back into shape for a year now. walking hurts so biking was the perfect alternative. hubby had gotten a Cannondale SL_4 2yrs ago. and then found a used 2007 Specialized Allez Elite online. he's been riding that for a year now. i enjoy riding trail but my Cannondale just couldn't keep up with his roadie. i struggled to keep even close to him. so i set a goal this yr of dropping 50lbs to get a good road bike so i could ride with him. well, the weather decided to be active and limited my pedal time. but i got on Red when i could. well, April 26, 2014, hubby wanted to check out Plano Cycling & Fitness. he had a coupon from Specialized and wanted to pick up something for his bike. as we walked around exploring the store, he went looking for what he wanted. and me, i looked at the bikes. i wanted a bike with red and guess what! i found it! it was on the top row of bikes. hubby encouraged me to get a bike fit. with a little hesitation i agreed. the gentleman that helped me was knowledgeable and explained everything. i fit a 52. so i was encouraged to ride that size but there were none on the bottom for easy reach. so the bike i decided on was retrieved and out the door we went. i rode the bike for about 15 minutes. not comfortable with brifters i played with them and the brakes. as i got more comfortable, i noticed the bike really fit me. i was quite comfortable in the saddle. when i finished, hubby took me off guard when he asked if that's the bike i want. he then said, i can have it. guess the price was right cuz normally i have to wait on items that high. not only did i get the bike, but i got all the accessories too. even found the perfect helmet to match. so now Red and Roadie have a place in the garage. i am still awed that i have such a nice bike. the associates that helped us were exceptional. no one tried to sell us anything we didn't want. thanks for having good people and great prices.

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            5.0

            Best bike in it's price range

            By JM

            from Rancho Penasquitos

            About Me Avid Cyclist

            Pros

            • Versatile
            • Durable
            • Lightweight

            Cons

              Best Uses

                Comments:

                This was my first bike and it is absolutely amazing. I did my research on all the best entry level bikes and this one was on the top. And I can definitely see why. Great for climbing hills. Absolutely satisfied with my purchase

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                4.0

                Great bang for your buck!

                By Brian

                from Pasadena

                About Me Avid Cyclist

                Pros

                • Sexy
                • Handles Well
                • Responsive
                • Good Geometry
                • Comfortable

                Cons

                • Brakes Could Be Better

                Best Uses

                • Exercising
                • Commuting
                • Serious Training
                • Casual Riding

                Comments:

                As Joseph said, the heavy weight is easy to fix. My 54cm weighed 22.4 lb when I first took it home. Swapping to lightweight clinchers and folding tires dropped it to 19.5 right there, and 105 clipless pedals brought it down to 19.1. A Toupe saddle was good for another half pound, and just for fun, I took the full carbon fork off my old bike (frame cracked) and that took another pound off. Seventeen and a half pounds means it's not the frame or drivetrain that makes it porky. It would have been nice to have 105 brakes instead of the weak generic ones, but it is otherwise a very worthy bike for me, and I have been riding avidly, including centuries and races, for 18 years. If you want a decent bike that will last a long time and be fun to ride, get the last one left at this store!

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                5.0

                Couldn't be happier!!! :)

                By JosephSTRONG

                from Winchester, Ca

                About Me Competitive Cyclist

                Pros

                • Fast
                • Responsive
                • Handles Well
                • Comfortable
                • Good Geometry

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Casual Riding
                  • Climbing
                  • Serious Training
                  • Exercising
                  • Racing

                  Comments:

                  People con the bike as heavy yet still buy it anyway. (Hmmmmm, makes you wonder huh?) 20.68 lbs for metal is outstanding. I prefer all around quality at an affordable price, which is why I went with my 2010 Specialized Allez Elite. Tarmac frame similarities, quality components and a great name on the side. Plus it looks cool. I upgraded my wheels to Mavic Ksyrium Equipe's and my stem to a pro-set Specialized. I now own an 18 pound non carbon bike and saved tons of money. After I purchase my TRP 950sl brake calipers and carbon bars she'll be in the mid 17 lb range. A 17 lb bike under $2k, [...] you make the call. This bike has done me right in every way and I'm confident that you will not be disappointed, plus your wallet won't hurt as much. LOL.

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                  4.0

                  Great bike!

                  By Brookenz

                  from Livermore, CA

                  About Me Avid Cyclist

                  Pros

                  • Responsive
                  • Handles Well
                  • Comfortable
                  • Good Geometry
                  • Lightweight
                  • Fast

                  Cons

                  • Too Rigid

                  Best Uses

                  • Casual Riding
                  • Serious Training
                  • Climbing
                  • Exercising

                  Comments:

                  Probably the least expensive, name-brand bike you can get that has Shimano 105 components all-around. This is the first road bike I've purchased and it's great. The original tires got tons of flats but I switched to all-condition Armadillo tires and haven't had any problems since. The ride is a bit stiff and I have to shake my hands a lot from the vibration. Looks great and would recommend to anyone.

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                  4.0

                  Great Bike

                  By Scott

                  from St. Louis, MO

                  About Me Avid Cyclist

                  Pros

                  • Handles Well
                  • Comfortable
                  • Responsive
                  • Good Geometry

                  Cons

                  • Heavy

                  Best Uses

                  • Casual Riding
                  • Exercising
                  • Racing
                  • Serious Training

                  Comments:

                  I just got back into cycling and was looking for a good solid bike without Tour de France prices. After looking at more bikes that I can count and trying several with the help of specialist, I chose this one. I have not been dissapointed. While it is a little heavy and I will probably upgrade components in a few years, this back has served my purposes great. Mainly using it for health training (which the little extra weight helps), the bike has met all expectation. I will ride this frame until either I or it breaks.

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