01 April, 2019
The Specialized Allez Sprint has been one of the most popular aluminum road bikes for several years. It is especially popular with crit racers because it provides a sprint stiffness similar to high end carbon bikes without the big price tag. With the growing popularity of road bikes with disc brakes, it was no surprise the the disc Allez Sprint was one of the most anticipated new bike releases last fall. Since I was in the market for a new road bike I decided I would jump on the bandwagon and see if the Allez lived up to all the hype.
The disc version of the Allez Sprint is currently only available at the Comp level build with an MSRP of $2,200. This comes with the latest version of Shimano 105, which is one of the best component groups out there for the money. Updated ergonomics paired with silky smooth hydraulic brakes and the new front derailleur design make this groupset look and feel like groups costing twice as much. The only changes I made to my stock build were personal handlebars, saddle, powermeter crankset, and Industry 9 wheels to drop a little weight.
As pictured the weight comes in around 17lbs. For an aluminum bike with disc brakes, you can't complain with that. But lets talk about ride quality. Over the years I've owned some carbon Trek and Masi road bikes and can tell you with absolute certainty it is as stiff as every frame I've ever ridden. The aluminum however does not dampen vibrations as well and that's the trade off. Rides over 3 hours is where you start to notice just how much road vibrations can build fatigue. This is part of the reason it is more popular for crit races which are usually under 90 minutes. I countered the less forgiving ride quality with 28c tires set up tubeless and this made a huge difference. It is worth noting there is actually clearance for up to 32c tires.
Bottom line, if you're looking for a fast road bike without breaking the bank this an awesome option. If you regularly do long rides over 3 hours however, you may enjoy the comfort a carbon frame can provide.