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The 2022 Specialized Allez Elite Road Bike is the top of the range Allez. The Allez has been the go to ‘beginners’ road bike for years and loads of the staff at Cycles UK have had one at some point. The reason they are so popular is that they ride like a proper road bike, they are fast, smooth and fun. But the Allez is also versatile with all the mounting points you need for mudguards and panniers so you can use it as a fast commuter as well.
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 and this results in over a 450g (1-pound) reduction in the frame and fork alone when compared to some models of yesteryear. Entry-level road bikes often times feature either alloy or cheap carbon fibre forks that greatly detract from the overall ride quality. But with a full FACT carbon fibre fork, the Allez is better handling, smoother riding, and lower in weight.
The Allez Elite comes with reliable 2x11 speed SRAM Rival shifting, durable DT R460 wheels, a super-comfy Body Geometry Bridge saddle, and well-protected RoadSport tyres.
This bike is perfect for
Beginners looking for the first road bike, either to race on or ride with friends at the weekends. The Allez Elite comes with key upgrades over the entry level Allez including upgraded wheels and 11 speed SRAM gearing.
Guide To Road Bike Gears
If you are buying a road bike one of the big differences between models will be which gears they use. Most manufacturers will make the same bike, using the same frame but putting different gears and wheels on it. So for instance you can buy a Trek Domane AL 2 Disc with Shimano Claris gearing for £975 or get the Trek Domane AL 4 Disc with Tiagra gearing for £1625. They are fundamentally the same bike. One comes with the Shimano Tiagra gears and the other comes with Shimano Claris gears.
In most cases, the bottom of the range gears and top of the range gears will basically work in the same way. The big differences are in the quality of material used and the weight. Top of the range gears will be lighter and smoother to use.
One thing to watch out for when comparing bikes is whether the full groupset is being used. If you are buying a bike that has Shimano 105 gears on it. Shimano makes 105 brakes, gear levers, front and rear derailleurs, cranks, chainrings and bottom brackets. So basically all of the running gear on the bike. Some bike manufacturers will fit the full groupset, others will fit Shimano 105 front and rear derailleurs but use their own brakes and cranks to save a few pounds. So if you are comparing bikes be sure to check how much of the groupset the bike actually uses.
Nothing beats the feeling of effortless speed you get on a road bike. There are lots of reasons to ride a road bike, from the simple joy of it, to racing, long distance challenges, or café rides with friends. Whatever you want to do there will be road bike out there for you.
Nearly all manufacturers have stopped making dedicated men’s and women’s bikes. They are now all unisex. What you will see is that on smaller bikes, brands will often fit a wider saddle (generally more female friendly). On larger bikes they will often fit a narrower one (generally more male friendly).
It is getting increasingly hard to buy new bikes with rim brakes as the industry has almost exclusively switched to discs. The reasons for this are pretty simple. Disc brakes are much, much, more powerful than old rim brake systems so you can stop a lot more easily and safely. Disc brakes also allow much bigger tyres to be fitted which is more comfortable. Older disc brake systems did often suffer from rubbing and squeaking. While this hasn’t been completely fixed yet it is much less common on modern bikes with hydraulic brakes. Mechanical disc brakes can still take a bit of fettling to get them right so go for hydraulic if you can.
Specialized is one of the best-known quality bike brands in the world. Started by a group of riders in 1974. A fact which has guided their decision making ever since.
" Made for riders, by riders."
They strove to make the best quality tires when quality tyres weren't around. When people wanted to ride cruisers in the dirt, they made the first production mountain bike. When roadies wanted to go faster, Specialized doubled down on carbon and built their own wind tunnel.
Bikes like the Allez, Rockhopper and Stumpjumper have developed followings and reputations of their own. Specialized has a reputation for making high-end, high-quality bikes. Specialized bikes always look great with high-quality paint and sensible sizing hel0s you get the right bike each time. If you buy a Specialized bike you can be guaranteed it will do what it is supposed to and will last.
|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 carbon, 1-1/8" to 1-3/8" taper, fender eyelets|
|Handlebars||Specialized Shallow Drop, 6061, 70x125mm, 31.8mm clamp|
|Stem||Specialized, 3D-forged alloy, 4-bolt, 7-degree rise|
|Seat Binder||Bolt-type, 31.8mm|
|Front Brake||Axis 1.0 caliper|
|Rear Brake||Axis 1.0 caliper|
|Shift Levers||SRAM Rival 22|
|Front Derailleur||SRAM Rival 22, clamp-on|
|Rear Derailleur||SRAM Rival 22, 11-speed|
|Cassette||SunRace, 11-speed, 11-32t|
|Bottom Bracket||Praxis 68mm BSA|
|Chain||KMC X11 Extra Lightweight, 11-speed|
|Front Wheel||DT R460, sealed cartridge hubs, 14g spokes, 20h|
|Rear Wheel||DT R460, sealed cartridge hubs, 14g spokes, 24h|
|Front Tire||RoadSport, 700x26mm|
|Rear Tire||RoadSport, 700x26mm|
|Saddle||Body Geometry Bridge Saddle, steel rails|
|Inner Tubes||Presta, 40mm valve|
|SeatPost||Alloy, 2-bolt Clamp, 12mm offset, 27.2mm, anti-corrosion hardware|
Please note: Manufacturers can sometimes change the specification of the products from time to time.
|Colours||Gloss Cast Blue/Flake Silver/Carbon, Gloss Smoke/Ice Papaya/Carbon, Satin Black/Gloss Black|
|Sizes||44, 49, 52, 54, 56, 58, 61|
|Barcodes||888818798049, 888818798056, 888818798063, 888818798070, 888818798087, 888818798094, 888818798100, 888818798117, 888818798124, 888818798131, 888818798148, 888818798155, 888818798162, 888818798179, 888818798186, 888818798193, 888818798209, 888818798216, 888818798223, 888818798230, 888818798247|
|SKUs / Part Numbers||94622-4044, 94622-4049, 94622-4052, 94622-4054, 94622-4056, 94622-4058, 94622-4061, 94622-4144, 94622-4149, 94622-4152, 94622-4154, 94622-4156, 94622-4158, 94622-4161, 94622-4244, 94622-4249, 94622-4252, 94622-4254, 94622-4256, 94622-4258, 94622-4261|
You can choose how to receive your new bike. You can click and collect from our stores, pick a fast courier delivery or premium hand delivery. Whichever option you choose your bike will be fully assembled and checked by one of our experienced mechanics.
We regularly check our prices against our competitors to ensure that you are getting a good deal. If you find an item cheaper within seven days of purchase, just let us know and ask us to match the price.
Cycles UK provides 14 days of free insurance on all new bikes sold to UK customers. As part of our service, your new bike is automatically covered with 14 days’ FREE insurance against theft and accidental damage.
Opinions of contact points such as saddles, shoes and grips can vary a lot between different riders. If you buy a contact point from Cycles UK and you don’t find it comfortable, you can return it within 30 days, and we’ll swap it for something else.
|Frame Size||Rider Height (CM)|
|49cm||155 to 163|
|52cm||163 to 170|
|54cm||170 to 175|
|56cm||175 to 183|
|58cm||180 to 188|
|61cm||188 to 196|
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