After days of teasers on social media, Specialized has just lifted the covers of the new Allez Sprint, a bike it calls the “world’s first alloy superbike.”
Since its initial launch in 2015, the Allez Sprint has been a cult favorite among racers thanks to its lower carbon price, high levels of stiffness and aggressive geometry. It made it into our guide to the best aluminum road bikes for those same reasons, and it seems the new version’s target audience is very similar. The updated Allez Sprint’s blueprint is largely unchanged, but Specialized has made a number of changes.
The result, Specialized, is a bike that’s 41 seconds faster over 40km than the Allez Sprint Disc it replaces, while being more suited to everyday riders.
It’s clear from Specialized’s marketing that the Allez Sprint is designed to emulate the brand’s flagship race bike, the Tarmac SL7, and the aesthetics of the bike convey the same impression. It uses the same seatpost and fork as the Tarmac SL7, and perhaps more importantly, the geometry has also been changed to match that of its stablemate. The old Allez Sprint featured a lower front geometry, which made it nimble, nimble and direct, but also less comfortable, so it was very suitable for short, fast runs such as crit races. So much so that Specialized even marketed it as the “ultimate critical race bike.” The decision to soften it up to the proven geometry found on the Tarmac, Venge and Aethos will no doubt open it up to a wider audience of riders.
Further opening up the bike to a wider audience is the fact that the new Allez Sprint can accept tires up to 32mm in width. That’s not uncommon for road bikes these days, even those focused on racing, but the ability to upgrade to 32mm rubber will be a welcome inclusion for the new bike audience that isn’t chasing peaks. and don’t bump your elbows.
Up front, the cockpit features integrated wiring that allows cables to enter the frame through ports in the helmet cover. The bike is only compatible with hydraulic disc brakes and can be used with mechanical or electronic groupsets. The front derailleur hanger can also be removed for those wishing to use a 1x groupset.
The marque claims that for a 56cm Allez Sprint LTD – the top level factory specification model available (though not in the UK) – the weight is 7.9kg.
What is D’Aluisio Smartweld?
Made from Specialized’s exclusive E5 D’Aluisio Smartweld aluminum, the Allez Sprint uses aluminum a little differently than most. Rather than the more common practice of welding round alloy tubes at each end, D’Aluisio Smartweld – named after its creator Chris D’Aluisio – uses hydroforming to create more complex aerodynamic shapes and move the weld away from the junctions. between the tubes.
According to the brand, the bike’s head tube is cut from a single piece of aluminum, before being mechanically formed into an aerodynamic shape with consistent tube wall thickness. From the head tube itself, junctions protrude rearward which then slide over the downtube and top tube. Weld is then placed at the end of these junctions, further away from the steerer tube itself, to minimize stress on what is a high stress area of the bike.
The bottom bracket receives a similar approach. However, rather than welding a separate bottom bracket to the downtube like most bikes—and the old Allez Sprint—the new model hydroforms the two pieces into a single piece of aluminum. The result, according to Specialized, is an increase in power transfer and structural integrity of the area.
From launch, two complete bikes will be available, the Allez Sprint Comp and the Allez Sprint Ltd, as well as a frame-only option.
Go Specialized Sprint Ltd 2022
Group: SRAM Force eTap AXS 12-speed
Pair of wheels: Roval Rapide CL carbon
Cockpit: S-Works Aerofly II handlebar and S-Works Pro SL stem
Tires: S-Works Turbo 26c tires
Price: $6,800.00 / €7,500.00
To note: Not available in UK or Australia
Specialized Go Sprint Comp 2022
Group: Shimano 105
Pair of wheels: DT Swiss R470 alloy
Cockpit: Specialized alloy bar and stem
Tires: Specialized Turbo Pro 26c tires
Price: £2,650.00 / $3,000.00 / €3,500.00 / AU$4,200.00
Specialized Go Sprint 2022 frame
To note: Complete with S-Works Tarmac seatpost, Tarmac fork and thru-axles
Price: £1,599.00 / $1,700.00 / €1,500.00 / AU$2,400.00