Specialized Allez Triple Review (2008)

11 March 2008 By Justin Cooper 5 Comments 63,254 Views

2008 Specialized Allez BlackSpecialized has pulled out all the stops with the latest in the line of Allez models for 2008. The Allez Triple really brings a lot to the table for an entry-level bike, as the components are quite upgraded (new 9-speed Sora for one…) on a pretty good frame. I didn’t expect it to be the miracle bike, but there were some surprising components for a low price of $800.

Visuals

The black and silver model of the Allez looks really great. It’s very clean, simple, and looks fast. I also like the white handlebar tape as it contrasts the frame quite nicely. That said, I’ve really never been a fan of white bikes, so I really don’t like the look of the white, and red model. It’s a clean look as well, but not for me.

Frame

The Aluminum frame is described as “A1 Premium Aluminum”, and is a compact road design with an integrated headset, and hourglass speedstays. It’s a great frame for an entry-level bike, and includes an aluminum steerer, carbon fiber legs, and a carbon fork that allowed for a somewhat smooth ride. The Allez can be found in 49, 52, 54, 56, 58, and 61cm sizes. The full geometry can be found here.

Drivetrain

2008 Specialized Allez White and RedThe Allez drivetrain was pretty much dipped in a bucket of Shimano components. It includes the latest in the Sora, and Tiagra lines, and that’s a nice upgrade, as it’s now 9-speed. The shifters are Stora STI (flight deck compatible), and these have been upgraded over the 2007 Sora shifters. The Sora shifters are still hard to shift in the drop position, so keep that in consideration when purchasing the Allez. The front derailleur is Sora, and the rear is Tiagra with an SRAM 9-speed cassette. The biggest drawback to the drivetrain would be the Sora front derailleur, as it can be pretty touchy, and slow.

Components

The brake levers are the latest Shimano Sora, and have been noticeably upgraded this year. The front and rear brakes on the Allez are a bit forgettable with average stopping power, but that can be forgiven. The wheels are the Alex S500, 700c, and are pretty standard on the entry-level bikes (but a bit heavy). A lot of people seem to upgrade the wheels, and tires after riding the Allez for a while. As usual, the pedals are not clipless, and will be something you’ll likely upgrade quickly.

Conclusion

The base model of the Specialized Allez has been the best bang for the buck that I’ve seen so far of the $700-800 bikes. It has some great upgrades, including the new 9-speed sora/tiagra setup. I’d try for an upgrade to a Tiagra, or Ultegra front derailleur (should be cheap, $15-20) from the LBS when you purchase it (among all the other freebies they throw in), and you’ll be good to go for a long time.

As always, make sure to visit your local bike shop, ask lots of help, and get properly fitted before purchasing any bike.

Click for the Specialized Allez Triple.

Full specs

Frameset
Sizes 49, 52, 54, 56, 58, and 61cm
Frame A1 Butted Road Aluminum
Fork Specialized Carbon, alloy crown, Alloy steerer
Wheels
Wheels Alex S500 700c
Tires Mondo Sport 23C
Drivetrain
Shifters Shimano Sora, 9-speed STI, flight deck compatible
Front Derailleur Shimano Sora FD-3403
Rear Derailleur Shimano Tiagra RD-4500-GS
Crank Sugino Comp 52Ax42x30T
Cassette SRAM PG-950, 9-speed 12-26t
Pedals Composite Body, Alloy Cage, with Toe Clips and Straps
Components
Saddle Specialized Comp Road, full padding
Seat Post Specialized carbon fiber wrapped, 27.2mm
Handlebars Specialized Comp, 6061 alloy, short-reach drop, 31.8mm
Stem Specialized 3D forged alloy 31.8
Headset Specialized Mindset, 1 1/8″ integrated threadless, sealed bearings, alloy 20mm cone w/ one 10mm and two 5mm alloy spacers
Brakeset Shimano Sora ST-3400 flight deck compatible Levers with Teflon Pivot Calipers w/ Cartridge Pads

5 Comments »

  • Andrew said:

    Would you recomend this or the Trek 1.2 or the Trek 1.5.

    Thanks

  • Jack said:

    It is pretty much a toss up between the 1.2/1.5 and the Allez Triple/Double.

    I personally like the Specialized a little better.

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  • Dave said:

    I would be very leary of these because of the wheels. I and a friend have both had the same problem with Alex wheels, they do not hold true and if they have Alex hubs, the part where the freehub attaches dies after about 6000 miles – so you freewheel in forward and reverse. It starts by feeling like you chain is skipping gears and after another 100 miles, you pedal, but go nowhere. So plan on getting a new set of wheels soon.

  • michelle said:

    Which is better Specialized Allez Elite double 2007 or Allez Elite double 2009?

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