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    2018 Allez....

    Kudos to Specialized. They keep raising the bar. Yes, we grumble from time to time..nit picking their consistent tweaking of their product line many times directed toward greater complexity to what gain?...and criticize when everything doesn't go 'our' way....recognizing each of us different with different wants. But in spite of only disk brakes for the future shock Roubaix, who can deny the new Roubaix bike of the year status? Word is out. Its that good. Light, stiff, and compliant.

    Enter the new Allez which is already a liked if not loved fast bike that won't break the bank. Specialized has just added a bit more practicality if not downright improvement to the Allez. Once again, Specialized has changed everything out. Out goes Smartweld which was promoted as the greatest thing since sliced bread...more weight shed in spite of Smartweld being tossed..., internal cable routing...and drum role.....threaded BSA BB....yipeee!!....mud guard/rack mounts!!!! and.....less aggressive geometry for us long of leg who don't have TdF flexibility. So the Al Tarmac has just had a redo and looks all good.

    This is hot off the press, but lots to love with the new Allez:
    Specialized Allez revamped for 2018 - lighter frame, new carbon fork and mudguard mounts | road.cc

    If somebody comes across a geometry chart for the 2018 Allez with revised aka less aggressive un-Tarmac like geometry, please post....presuming its someplace between the Roubaix and the Tarmac...probably Trek Emonda/H2 ballpark.
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    Found the geometry. Remarkably, they took the geometry all the way to Roubaix...same stack and reach for different frames sizes. May not work for those short legged riders out there, but suits my 80cm seat height just fine.

    If you think about it...this bike is a future shock-less Aluminum Roubaix with eyelets for fenders or racks that will also fit 28c tires.

    https://www.specialized.com/gb/gb/me...e/allez/129052


    PS: Specialized hasn't discontinued their Smartweld, more aggressive geom and more aero model of the Allez...still available.
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    I think they made a very smart move by moving their entry level bike to en endurance geometry.

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    If you think about it, they made many smart moves with the Allez redesign. Effectively, the new Allez is a much more refined Secteur aka Al Roubaix, albeit with many improvements. Better ride quality and no Zertz....lighter and likely stiffer where needed.
    If going racing, they have retained the tooling of the Tarmac geometry Allez with more aero cues like seat tube and proprietary seat post. Majority will opt for the utility of the new bike with friendlier geometry and ability to mount racks or fenders like the Secteur.

    Specialized is in danger as it turns out with all the great bikes they now make of being in competition with themselves. They make so many great models, there is inevitable overlap.

    Take me. I own a carbon Roubaix which is my fast group ride bike and a Secteur for light touring and carrying panniers with a rack. Btw, I love the Secteur. I have it set up slightly less aggressive compared to the Roubaix with slightly wider tires. Its still a fast bike albeit a bit heavier and a bit less aero with rack. Still a B group ride speed bike. Enter the new Allez which is probably better in most ways that matter and would be a great replacement for the Secteur. But, even more complicated than that. Specialized now makes an Al Diverge with future shock.
    Better check for similar fender and rack mounting capability on the Diverge which may not have eyelets like the new Allez. The Diverge will likely be fractionally heavier...can mount even wider tires than the new Allez which will fit 28c's which are wide enough for most broken paved roads...also Al Diverge but not carbon Diverge has a threaded BB, Diverge has disk brakes for those that want them....but the future shock is lauded by most that ride it....takes the bite out of rough roads which are the reality for many of us out in our daily travels. So the Al or carbon Diverge has to be given a serious look if not going racing but looking for a sporty bike and will do the miles in more comfort but maybe not the same utility as the Allez with rack and fender mounting capability.

    So because of the competence of Specialized new offerings, the consumer is going to have to do some serious soul searching as to what bike best fits their particular riding needs. For example, if not riding gravel but riding a lot of broken pavement, an Allez with 28c tires maybe the best bike if you don't want discs. Or...buy the Al Diverge anyway because the future shock has little downside and you can run it with the stiffest spring up front if you like for greatest control if you don't need the compliance if riding smoother roads. If not racing, there is a lot to like with the new Al Diverge but I don't believe the new Diverge has eyelets for fenders or rack mounting...for those that prefer fenders or a rack to carry stuff. Tire size at the end of the day trumps not only frame material...this is my experience....but tire width likely trumps benefit of the future shock as well. A 28c bike will ride better than a 23c bike with future shock in other words. Question is...how wide a tire do you want to run if doing an equal combination of dirt and street riding? A future shock with narrower tire if riding less than perfect streets maybe preferred for speed versus wider tire and no future shock..

    All good for the consumer. So many great choices now. Thanks Specialized.
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    Looks hideous doesn't it

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    Quote Originally Posted by Horze View Post
    Looks hideous doesn't it
    No. The new Allez design is functionally elegant.

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    is there a version for men?

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    Quote Originally Posted by aclinjury View Post
    is there a version for men?
    LOL. ymssra...


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    Quote Originally Posted by aclinjury View Post
    is there a version for men?
    Why does that matter? Any girl who has been cycling for a year can drop you on one.

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    Quote Originally Posted by aclinjury View Post
    is there a version for men?
    Yeah, the Allez Sprint.

    I really wish they'd put disc on the sprint, but I guess that won't come until USAC approves discs for racing in crits and the like. I'm not a racer, but my friends that do race rave about the Sprint, even on long distance training rides. My friend sold his Tarmac to ride his Allez full time.
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    A new color of Allez Sprint appears... Black with some sort of crazy camo pattern on the fork and decals.

    While browsing the Allez page, I also saw a random frame color pop up out of nowhere, then disappear. It was some sort of black/white checkering or camo on the whole frame, not just the fork. Wonder when that one is coming out...

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    Quote Originally Posted by 11spd View Post
    No. The new Allez design is functionally elegant.
    Please stop trolling the forum.

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    Quote Originally Posted by dcorn View Post
    A new color of Allez Sprint appears... Black with some sort of crazy camo pattern on the fork and decals.

    While browsing the Allez page, I also saw a random frame color pop up out of nowhere, then disappear. It was some sort of black/white checkering or camo on the whole frame, not just the fork. Wonder when that one is coming out...
    Specialized must be consulting Andy Warhol for their paint schemes. ;-)
    Honestly, not complaining. I appreciate the artistic license in fact.

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    Will the Allez Sprint be offered with disc brakes next year?

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    Quote Originally Posted by crank1979 View Post
    Will the Allez Sprint be offered with disc brakes next year?
    Nobody knows, they aren't going to disclose models for next year when this year's bikes are just coming out. It's pretty clear the 2018 models will all have rim brakes. I definitely haven't heard anything like that as of now.
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