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Hagens Berman Axeon's Specialized Allez Sprint Comp

Hagens Berman Axeon's Specialized Allez Sprint Comp
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A look at the cassette and rear-end of the drivetrain

A look at the cassette and rear-end of the drivetrain
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The SRAM Red crankset is equipped with a Quarq power meter

The SRAM Red crankset is equipped with a Quarq power meter
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Alongside the carbon forks, the frame also uses a propietary carbon seat post from the Venge frameset

Alongside the carbon forks, the frame also uses a propietary carbon seat post from the Venge frameset
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Bold decals from Specialized and Zipp standout on the bike

Bold decals from Specialized and Zipp standout on the bike
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A closer look at the SRAM Red eTap levers

A closer look at the SRAM Red eTap levers
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Bennett opts for 26mm S-Works Turbo tubular tyres

Bennett opts for 26mm S-Works Turbo tubular tyres
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Subtle decals on the top tube give a nod to the D'Aluisio Smartweld

Subtle decals on the top tube give a nod to the D'Aluisio Smartweld
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The team's bikes commemorate former rider Chad Young, who died following a crash at the 2017 Tour of the Gila aged 21

The team's bikes commemorate former rider Chad Young, who died following a crash at the 2017 Tour of the Gila aged 21
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Hagens Berman Axeon pair their frames with colour-coordinated Speedplay pedals

Hagens Berman Axeon pair their frames with colour-coordinated Speedplay pedals
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The frame features an orange/yellow fade paint design

The frame features an orange/yellow fade paint design
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Young American Sean Bennett made top-tens at Gent-Wevelgem and Tour of Flanders U23 races earlier this season

Young American Sean Bennett made top-tens at Gent-Wevelgem and Tour of Flanders U23 races earlier this season
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The frame's gear cable guides are redundant when running a wireless electronic groupset

The frame's gear cable guides are redundant when running a wireless electronic groupset
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A look at the SRAM Red eTap wireless electronic rear derailleur

A look at the SRAM Red eTap wireless electronic rear derailleur
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SRAM Red eTap components include batteries for each component and so are more bulky than some other electronic shifters

SRAM Red eTap components include batteries for each component and so are more bulky than some other electronic shifters
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The bike also runs brakes from the SRAM Red line-up

The bike also runs brakes from the SRAM Red line-up
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Here you can see the welding of the aluminium tubes

Here you can see the welding of the aluminium tubes
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Specialized dub the welding as D'Aluisio Smartweld Sprint Technology after Specialized's long-time design engineer

Specialized dub the welding as D'Aluisio Smartweld Sprint Technology after Specialized's long-time design engineer
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While the frame is aluminium, Specialized pair the Allez with carbon forks

While the frame is aluminium, Specialized pair the Allez with carbon forks
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The team run Zipp 454 NSW wheels with biomimicry technology

The team run Zipp 454 NSW wheels with biomimicry technology
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Hagens Berman Axeon run cockpit components from Zipp and Wahoo Elemnt Bolt computers

Hagens Berman Axeon run cockpit components from Zipp and Wahoo Elemnt Bolt computers
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Bennett opts for the popular S-Works Power saddle

Bennett opts for the popular S-Works Power saddle
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An entire generation of professional cyclists have now grown up, raced on, and perhaps even retired using exclusively carbon road bikes. However, US Pro Continental outfit Hagens Berman Axeon are showing that you don't need the latest and greatest carbon bike in 2018 by riding Specialized's Allez Sprint Comp frameset to victories in Europe and the US already this season.

Initially the Trek-Livestrong development team in 2009, Hagens Berman Axeon has evolved to one of the top developmental squads in the sport with alumni including Taylor Phinney, Ben King, Sam Bewley, Alex Dowsett, Ian Boswell, Jasper Stuyven, Tao Geoghegan-Hart, Logan Owen, Neilson Powless, Chris Lawless, and Jhonatan Narvarez, all of whom now race at the WorldTour level.

Headed up by former professional Axel Merckx since the team's inception, now in its 10th year, the team has shown a longevity that perhaps puts bigger and wealthier WorldTour teams to shame, and a continued success in its objective to consistently develop WorldTour riders.

Previously racing on bikes from Trek and Cipollini, the team is on Specialized framesets for the third consecutive season in 2018, and while the Hagens Berman Axeon squad have previously raced on S-Works Tarmac full carbon framesets, they've have switched to the aluminium Allez Sprint Comp this year in a move to make the sport appear more accessible for younger, aspiring racers.

Hagens Berman Axeon pair the framesets with a full SRAM Red eTap groupset and Zipp provides the 454 NSW wheels and cockpit components, while Specialized also supply the team with tubular tyres and saddles.

Click or swipe through the above gallery of 22-year-old American Sean Bennett's Allez Sprint Comp from the Tour of the Gila.

Frame: Specialized Allez Sprint Comp E5 DSW
Fork: S-Works FACT full carbon, size specific taper

Front brake: SRAM Red
Rear brake: SRAM Red
Brake/shift levers: SRAM Red eTap
Front derailleur: SRAM Red eTap
Rear derailleur: SRAM Red eTap
Cassette/chain: SRAM
Crankset: SRAM Red with Quarq power meter, 53/39 chainrings
Wheelset: Zipp 454 NSW
Tyres: S-Works Turbo, 26mm tubular
Handlebars: Zipp Service Course SL
Stem: Zipp SL Speed
Pedals: Speedplay
Saddle: S-Works Power
Seat post: Specialized Venge Aero seatpost
Computer: Wahoo Elemnt Bolt