2023 Specialized Allez Disc Road Bike

2023 Specialized Allez Disc Road Bike


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The 2023 Specialized Allez Disc Road Bike is latest version of the best-selling Allez. The old version of the Allez has been our go-to beginners road bike for years. Loads of the staff at Cycles UK have had one and we recommend them to friends and family.

The new version is the lightest in its class, delivers more confidence, versatility, and performance than ever before. It works both a commuter, light tourer or straight up road bike.

The new Allez is built around a premium butted and double-butted E5 aluminium frame which tips the scales at just 1,375 grams for a quick and nimble feel on the road. Plus, the full carbon fork reduces weight even more while helping smooth out your ride. The excellent stiffness-to-weight ratio coupled with the unmatched stopping power of all-weather dual-piston disc brakes delivers confidence at any speed. The new Allez has endurance geometry to deliver unrivalled comfort for long miles and stable handling while ensuring the Allez can still dissect a winding road like a pure race bike.

Just as capable of getting you to work or class, as it is checking off your local KOM or weekend group ride, racks and mudguard mounts ensure the Allez is versatile enough for whatever road you take it on. With tyre clearance up to a beefy 35 mm (32 mm with mudguards), you’ll be ready for the roughest roads and even light gravel. If those roads get steep, Allez has a wide gearing range to keep you comfortably spinning so you can ride efficiently.

The Allez Disc comes with the entry level Shimano Claris 2x8 speed gearing and Tektro mechanical disc brakes.

This bike is perfect for

Road riders looking for a versatile bike at a super affordable price. The Allez is great for commuting or weekend group rides.

Key features
  • Lightweight aluminium frame
  • Shimano Claris gearing and mechanical disc brakes
  • Clearance for tyres up to 35mm

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.

Read our Guide to Road Bike Gears

Road Bike Buying Guide

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.

Men’s and Women’s road bikes

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).

Disc or rim brakes

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.

Read our full road bike buying guide

Who are Specialized?

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.

Find our more about Specialized bikes

Frame - Specialized E5 Premium Aluminum, flat mount disc, rack and fender eyelets, fully manipulated tubing w/ SmoothWelds, internal cable routing, threaded BB, 12x142mm thru-axle

Fork - Specialized FACT full carbon, flat mount disc, 1-1/8" to 1-3/8" taper, fender eyelets, 12x100mm thru-axle

Stem - 3D-forged alloy, 31.8mm, 7-degree rise

SeatPost - Alloy, 2-bolt Clamp, 12mm offset, 27.2mm, anti-corrosion hardware

Saddle - Body Geometry Bridge Saddle, steel rails

Seat Binder - Bolt-type, Rack Compatable 31.8mm

Tape - Specialized S-Wrap

Handlebars - Specialized Shallow Drop, 70x125mm, 31.8mm clamp

Chainrings - 50/34T

Chain - KMC X8 w/ Missing Link™

Bottom Bracket - Shimano 68mm threaded

Shift Levers - Shimano Claris 2000, 8-speed

Crankset - Shimano Claris R200 - 50/34t

Rear Derailleur - Shimano Claris, 8-speed

Front Derailleur - Shimano Claris, 8-speed, braze-on

Cassette - SunRace, 8-speed, 11-32t

Inner Tubes - 700x28-32, 48mm Presta Valve

Rear Wheel - Axis Sport Disc Tubeless Ready

Front Wheel - Axis Sport Disc Tubeless Ready

Rear Tyre - Specialized Roadsport, 700X30c

Front Tyre - Specialized Roadsport, 700X30c

Rear Brake - Tektro MD-550 Mechanical Disc - 160mm rotor

Front Brake - Tektro MD-550 Mechanical Disc - 160mm rotor

Please note: Manufacturers can sometimes change the specification of the products from time to time.

Colours Gloss Lagoon Blue/Cool Grey/Blaze, Gloss Smoke/White/Silver Dust, Satin Maroon/Silver Dust/Flo Red
Sizes 44, 49, 52, 54, 56, 58, 61
Brand Specialized
Model Year 2023
Barcodes 888818779680, 888818779697, 888818779703, 888818779710, 888818779727, 888818779734, 888818779741, 888818779826, 888818779833, 888818779840, 888818779857, 888818779864, 888818779871, 888818779888, 888818779963, 888818779970, 888818779987, 888818779994, 888818780006, 888818780013, 888818780020
SKUs / Part Numbers 90022-7044, 90022-7049, 90022-7052, 90022-7054, 90022-7056, 90022-7058, 90022-7061, 90022-7244, 90022-7249, 90022-7252, 90022-7254, 90022-7256, 90022-7258, 90022-7261, 90022-7444, 90022-7449, 90022-7452, 90022-7454, 90022-7456, 90022-7458, 90022-7461

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