Specialized Allez Elite Triple Road Bike

4.62/5 (66 Reviews)
MSRP : $1300.00

Product Description

  • Lighter E5 Columbus SLX tubing and FACT carbon fork with Zertz damping system
  • Lighter, faster shifting Shimano 105 27-speed component group
  • Lighter and stiffer Sugino Direct Drive, 2-piece crankset
  • Lighter Alex ALX 298 20/24 spoke wheelset
  • Specialized Pavé II FACT carbon seat post with Zertz insert
  • Higher-quality, more comfortable Body Geometry Avatar Gel saddle

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    Overall Rating:5
    Value Rating:5
    Submitted by spiro spyratos

    Date Reviewed: April 30, 2012

    Strengths:    Lightweight E5 aluminum from Specialized is equal of lower grade carbon

    Weaknesses:    Start up package a little on the heavy side, but still good

    Bottom Line:   
    I'm different then most posters on this forum. I actually, in my heyday, owned and rode many different types of bikes, high end or otherwise. I have ridden and owned Cervelos, carbon Tarmacs, even a titanium Lynskey. While the Lynskey was my favorite (it had a sublime and supple ride that is hard to describe), it also cost close to $4k. Then came the kids. According to my wife, having three carbon bikes in my stable is ridiculous, so off they went on ebay. Anyway, back to the Specialized Apex Comp 2012. I absolutely love this ride. It is stiffer than any of the carbon bikes, except maybe the new Tarmac SL3/4's...but it costs five times less. It's fast and responds immediately to your input. I don't race anymore but I also don't feel like I'm putting off my kids' college funds with this ride. I paid $1350 for it and it lists for $1550. It is reasonably light so I don't get all the hoopla about bike weights. Any bikes in the enthusiast and upper categories will be slightly south of twenty pounds. The pros used to race on 21-22 lb machines in the eighties, so I don't get all this marketing fascination with weight and consumers willing to spend thousands so a frame shaves off 2 grams. Rubbish. Take it from me, I have ridden multi thousand dollar machines and they are maybe 5% better, at best, than this bike. I would never go back. And Specialized's R&D department claims they have stress tested this frame for 1 million miles. End of story

    Overall Rating:5
    Value Rating:5
    Submitted by franklinmark101 a Triathlete

    Date Reviewed: June 13, 2010

    Strengths:    Smooth ride
    Strong bike
    Had no problems what so ever
    Can ride over 70 miles with no problems

    Weaknesses:    A little heavy
    Cheap wheel set

    Bottom Line:   
    Awesome bike! Very smooth ride on bike trails, can be a little rough on the road. Stock wheel set is heavy upgraded to new wheel set. Also up graded to a different saddle.

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    Favorite Ride:   Trails by the house

    Price Paid:    $899.00

    Purchased At:   Erik's Bike Shop

    Bike Setup:   Shimano 105
    Mavic Wheel set
    Aero Bars

    Overall Rating:5
    Value Rating:5
    Submitted by strohman a Recreational Rider

    Date Reviewed: April 9, 2010

    Strengths:    Great deal for the money.
    Sharp looking bike!

    Weaknesses:    Alex wheels heavy--I wish Specialized would put something nicer on this bike!

    Bottom Line:   
    This is a great bike for the recreational rider or a first bike. You could find a cheaper bike, but you get a lot with this bike. The aluminum frame is light and responsive. The Shimano 105 components perform quite well and will do the job for the non-racer. You also get a carbon fork and seat post with the zertz inserts, which is a nice upgrade.

    This bike is light, fast and fun, and it won't cost you a small fortune.

    I also love the red and white paint scheme. Very sharp so you don't feel like you are riding a cheaper bike.
    I did replace the seat and wheels, but everything else is stock.

    This is a very popular bike and it seems like everyone who buys one, loves it!

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    Favorite Ride:   Long and scenic!

    Price Paid:    $1200.00

    Purchased At:   Jeff's Bike Shop

    Overall Rating:4
    Value Rating:4
    Submitted by Rodrigo Marcato a Recreational Rider

    Date Reviewed: March 2, 2010

    Strengths:    Quick response, good geometry, ligth and stiff.

    Weaknesses:    Tiagra components. These were soon replaced by Ultegra ones.

    Bottom Line:   
    Great frame for the begginer, can be coupled easily with better components and give you a lot of fun. Smooth ride and great cornering!

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    Favorite Ride:   Any road by the sea, Brazil is great for that!

    Price Paid:    $2000.00

    Purchased At:   Pedal Power

    Similar Products Used:   Raleigh Technium 1997

    Bike Setup:   Ultegra shifters, derailleurs, hubs and brakes, Truvativ Elita crank, Mavic CXP 33 rims and Specialized Toupe saddle

    Overall Rating:4
    Value Rating:5
    Submitted by kolincj a Recreational Rider

    Date Reviewed: March 1, 2010

    Strengths:    Comfortable over long distances.
    Price is low.
    Quick but not fast.
    Durable and smooth.

    Weaknesses:    Shaky on downhill in speeds of 30 or more mph. A little on the heavy side. Wheel set is cheap.

    Bottom Line:   
    This is a great entry level bike for someone who is just getting into the sport. I have put over 3,000 miles on this bike in just over 3 years and it is still in great shape. Durabillity is very very good!! Most rides that I've been on it have been 60-75 miles long with numerous centuries and 150 mile rides. Comfort is great over the long rides. It is a fairly quick bike and does descent on hills. Downhills is a different story......shaky. I would recommend this bike to any enrty level or weekender looking for a durable, long lasting, comforatble, and quick ride!

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    Favorite Ride:   Long and hilly!

    Price Paid:    $1300.00

    Purchased At:   Treads Bicycle Outfi

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