“A New Road Rider’s Ally”
Specialized’s Allez series have always offered riders good value for money, and boasting a comfortable and accommodating ride for newbies. What many may not know is that the 2014 Allez Comp shares much the same geometry as Specialized’s Tarmac SL series. While the Tarmac is made out of carbon fiber, the Allez Comp uses Specialized’s E5 and E1 aluminium, with D’Aluisio Smartweld Technology. Smartweld allows for the welding to be precisely located, allowing Specialized engineers to fine tune the ride from the frame.
Certainly the Allez Comp frame represents a new step up in aluminium framed bicycles. The headset is set somewhat tall, comparatively, without it actually being a sloping toptube frame. This allows for a slightly more relaxed and upright riding position, whilst still being low enough to get the rider out of the wind.
The Allez Comp is about enjoying the ride, without it being a slow speed cruiser. The frame is stiff, and will handle all the power you can put through it. This is taken care of by the FSA Gossamer BB30 crank. The Tiagra groupset fits the nature and market position of the Allez Comp to a ‘T’, giving great value for not a lot of money.
The rest of the kit is a mix of Specialized and off-brand stuff. The Axis wheels are representative of the pricing of this bike, and will bear upgrading should the need arise. The Specialized Allez Comp is a good choice for the new road rider, or as a training or daily bike.
Specialized E5 Premium Aluminum w/ Smartweld technology
Specialized Tarmac, FACT carbon full monocoque
Shimano Tiagra STI
Shimano Tiagra, 10-speed
Cassette: Shimano Tiagra, 10-speed, 12-28
FSA Gossamer, 10-speed compact
AXIS DC 2.0
Specialized Sport, alloy
Body Geometry Riva Road Gel
Specialized Espoir Folding
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