With innovation it will bring us so much more fun. There are some comparing bikes just looking at the components when they aren’t as important as the frame. But there is always a budget, most often at least and that’s why Cannondale has lead the industry of high end aluminium roadbikes with their Caad. They made both Specialized and Trek keeping their alu frames up to date and even Canyon has got on to the train of a good aluminium roadframe, not just cheap.
So what to do when you pushed the limit of a regular roadframe in a material? Like they did with carbon, let’s go aero.
Specialized spent more time in the Wind Tunnel developing the Allez Sprint than the old Venge. It’s as stiff in the bottom bracket as a Tarmac and the seatpost is straight stolen from the Venge ViAS. A smartweld bottom bracket unit got the stiffness up and the weight down:
1160g in size 56 so when people talk about that aeroframes are heavy they had wrong in this case. Specialized went all the way on the Allez sprint and steepened the seat tube angle, lowered the head tube and got a little higher bottom bracket. All to be good in going fast around Criteriums. So it was perfect to add a Sram 1x drivetrain and skip the front derailleurmount too.
It was launched in the middle of 2015 it’s still cool. And still not available in the Swedish market which is a shame.
But it’s been upgraded. Now also available as a x2 version with front derailleur:
Can also look like this special for Chris Riekert at Specialized with Campagnolo EPS in the colour that maybe suits Specialized better than Bianchi:
(did you notice the ViAS handlebar?)