If you sat on Southwark Bridge during rush hour, with a cup of tea and clipboard and counted the number of Specialized Allez bikes rolling by, you’d be amazed. They are probably one of the most popular bikes in London.
That’s because they have been a firm favourite at Evans Cycles for over 20 years.
When a friend of mine wanted a reliable first bike and didn’t want to spend too much, he went straight in to Evans and bought an Allez series bike.
I’m sure the same story has been repeated countless time.
So why are they so well loved? They’re a stiff, light bike that is reliable and provides a good ride. They also don’t come with a hefty price tag, especially considering some of the carbon components. The prices start at £600, with the Specialized Allez C2.
The Allez range has been a firm favourite at Evans Cycles for 20 years, so they have been out promoting their newly updated, 2014 editions.
So what’s changed in 2014?
In two words: Smartweld Technology. This new approach pioneered by Specialized allows them to hydroform the ends of the top and down tubes, having them meet at a forged head tube. This technology is being utilized on the Allez Race and Allez S-Works models.
In human terms that means a lighter and stronger bike.
The race ready technology trickles down through the models, and the Allez C2, at £600, is a close relative of its brother, the S-Works, which comes in at £6k – sharing the exact geometry.
Evans Cycles are stocking the range from the Allez C2, to the Allez Race.
The women’s edition, the Specialized Dolce, ranges from the £650 Dolce X3 to the Dolce Elite X3 EQ for £1000.
Evans have posted up an in-depth look at the range, and an explanation of some of the technology that has gone into developing the bike.
Evans Cycles take a look at the new 2014 bikes in the Specialized Allez range
If you’re in the market for a new road bike, or even a first road bike, an Allez or Dolce could tick your boxes.