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Featured User Review: Featured User Review: Specialized Allez Double Road Bike
by Budweiser

Price: $829.00 at Gotham Bikes
Overall Rating: 5 of 5
Value Rating: 5 of 5

Bike Setup:
Stock w bottle cage and SPD pedals

Favorite Ride:
Most anything without cars.

Summary:
This actually for the 2011 Allez Double with A1 frame and FACT carbon fork. I bought this bike mainly for exercise and unwinding after work, but will be entering a couple of biathons with it. I noticed bike has a serious redesign from 2010 that includes some older Tarmac technology. The top tube is distinctively wide and curved down, the seat post tube actually turns more square as it meet the BB, and the chainstays are curved while the seatstays are straight.

As this is an entry level bike it comes with the base model Shimano 2300 9-speed with STI shifters. The brakes look like some type of no-name component, but they have a quick release and seem to work OK. The wheels are Mavic and the tires are Specialized brand.


So far I’ve found this bike to ride and function well. The ride is comfortable on even the worst NYC surfaces. The 2300 shifts decently and is all most rec riders need, but I will eventually upgrade to the 105 group because I like the upgraded ergonomics and design of the 5700 STI more.

Overall, the bike feels light and confident. I looked at comparably price bikes and it just seems like the manufacturer was doing something screwy with the components. The Allez Double is straightforward in set up in my opinion.

Strengths:
- This bike can be used for either training or entry level racing.
- Mine came in a sporty red paint scheme with black components and wheels.
- The bike is comfortable and light. I feel more confident every ride.
- No Buyer’s Remorse in terms of price or design.
- Upgradable within reason (To me 105 is the absolute limit)

Weaknesses:
- The bike almost feels a little too plush.
- The Specialized brand tires aren’t bad, but they’re definitely going away. They don’t give good feedback (maybe that’s the point)

Similar Products Used:
KHS, GT

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About the author: Thien Dinh

Thien Dinh gained most his cycling knowledge the old fashioned way, by immersing himself in the sport. From 2007 to early 2013, Thien served as RoadBikeReview Site Manager, riding daily while putting various cycling products through its paces. A native of California, Thien also enjoys tinkering with photography and discovering new music.


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