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Sam Bennett's Down Under edition Specialized Allez Sprint Disc – Gallery

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Sam Bennett Tour Down Under

Sam Bennett raced the Schwalbe Classic on the alloy Sprint Allez Sprint Disc. How good does that Down Under Paint job look? (Image credit: Colin Levitch)
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Sam Bennett Tour Down Under

At the back, Bennett's bike has a Dura-Ace Di2 rear mech. The cable routing isn't optimized for electronic drivetrains, so the Di2 wire is zip-tied to the chainstay (Image credit: Colin Levitch)
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Sam Bennett Tour Down Under

There is no shortage of material around those welds (Image credit: Colin Levitch)
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Sam Bennett Tour Down Under

Bennett's Allez Sprint Disc has Dura-Ace cranks complete with an integrated power meter. But we couldn't spot the frame-mounted magnet (Image credit: Colin Levitch)
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Sam Bennett Tour Down Under

Deceuninck-QuickStep is using Tacx bottles and cages (Image credit: Colin Levitch)
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Sam Bennett Tour Down Under

Bennett chooses a Specialized Power saddle (Image credit: Colin Levitch)
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Sam Bennett Tour Down Under

But he's using the one with the titanium rails (Image credit: Colin Levitch)
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Sam Bennett Tour Down Under

The Pro Vibe Sprint is a burly stem, and exactly what you expect to see on a crit bike (Image credit: Colin Levitch)
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Sam Bennett Tour Down Under

Bennett's bars have a deeeeep drop (Image credit: Colin Levitch)
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Sam Bennett Tour Down Under

Aerodynamics take precedent when the course is flat, so it's no surprise to see the Irish sprinter using the Roval CLX 64 hoops (Image credit: Colin Levitch)
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Sam Bennett Tour Down Under

Even with the welds right at the head tube, the Allez Sprint isn't a bike that flexes laterally (Image credit: Colin Levitch)
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Sam Bennett Tour Down Under

The welds around the bottom bracket are also stout (Image credit: Colin Levitch)
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Sam Bennett Tour Down Under

QuickStep is using CeramicSpeed bottom brackets (Image credit: Colin Levitch)
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Sam Bennett Tour Down Under

Bennett is running a 160mm disc at the front (Image credit: Colin Levitch)
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Sam Bennett Tour Down Under

and a 140mm rotor at the rear (Image credit: Colin Levitch)
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Sam Bennett Tour Down Under

Just in case you've forgotten who this bike belongs to (Image credit: Colin Levitch)
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Sam Bennett Tour Down Under

The Allez Sprint frame doesn't provide many places to hide cables and the like, so the Quickstep mechanics have opted to mount the junction box under the stem (Image credit: Colin Levitch)
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Sam Bennett Tour Down Under

The Irish sprinter will be watching his watts in colour on the Wahoo ELEMNT Roam (Image credit: Colin Levitch)
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Sam Bennett Tour Down Under

The view from the driver's seat (Image credit: Colin Levitch)
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Sam Bennett Tour Down Under

Bennett is pushing standard chainrings (Image credit: Colin Levitch)
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Sam Bennett Tour Down Under

and an 11-28T cassette (Image credit: Colin Levitch)
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Sam Bennett Tour Down Under

We are seeing more teams opt for some sort of direct mount derailleur hangar (Image credit: Colin Levitch)
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Sam Bennett Tour Down Under

A minimalist number plate holder that appears to be 3D printed (Image credit: Colin Levitch)
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Sam Bennett Tour Down Under

To prevent the rat's nest at the front of the bike, the QuickStep mechanics have shrink wrapped the cables (Image credit: Colin Levitch)
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Sam Bennett Tour Down Under

Tubeless valves require a nut to seal up the tyre (Image credit: Colin Levitch)
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Sam Bennett Tour Down Under

The tubes on the Allez sprint are heavily hydroformed (Image credit: Colin Levitch)
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Sam Bennett Tour Down Under

It's unlikely that Bennett shifted out of the big ring during the Schwalbe Classic, but a chain catcher makes for peace of mind and only adds a few grams (Image credit: Colin Levitch)

For 2020, Irish National Champion Sam Bennett has swapped from Bora-Hansgrohe to fellow Specialized-sponsored team Deceuninck-QuickStep. Although the stable of bikes available to the Irishman hasn't changed, his first outing for his new team was at the Schwalbe Classic criterium aboard an aluminium Specialized Allez Sprint Disc Down Under edition.

Specialized released these bikes along with a range of kit and equipment inspired by the Australian budgie and announced a $100,000 USD donation to the WIRES Australian Wildlife Rescue organization, which is working to rehabilitate the budgie and other species affected by the blaze.

What's also notable about Bennett's crit ride is the fact that it's made from aluminium. The frame is produced using Specialized's D'Aluisio Smartweld Technology which sees the welds moved away from the joints to make the frame stiffer. The brand says it's the most rigid alloy bike it has ever tested — a claim Bennett agrees with: "I'm just blown away by how the bike felt. I thought 'okay, aluminium bike, budget bike', but getting on it, it felt equally as good as the Tarmac, it felt stiffer than the Tarmac."

When asked if that extra stiffness could increase fatigue on longer days, Bennett added: "Maybe in a Tour de France stage, but you're still riding a better bike than 60% of the peloton," before adding "I really want to win on the bike to prove a point."

Shod with a full Shimano Dura-Ace groupset, at the back, Bennett's bike sees a direct mount derailleur hanger and an 11-28t cassette. The Irish sprinter is pushing standard 53/39t chainrings, and his cranks feature Shimano's integrated power meter — although there was no magnet glued to the frame that we could see. 

Bennett's rolling stock was the Roval CLX 64 aero wheelset, dressed with 26mm S-Works Turbo RapidAir tubeless tyres. Bennett was the only rider of the six aboard the Specialized Allez to opt for tubeless tyres. 

The QuickStep rider's seating arrangements come in the form of a Specialized Power saddle, and he's opted for the 'Pro' spec with titanium rails instead of its carbon-railed S-Works cousin. At the front, a beefy 130mm Pro Vibe Stem doesn't sacrifice anything to flex, and the S-Works Aerofly bars have a deep drop to allow the Irish champ to maintain an aero sprinting position. 

With the deep wheels, beefy stem, alloy frame and discs, it shouldn't come as a surprise that Bennett's bike is anything but feathery, tipping our scales at 8.15kg — luckily it's only here to be raced around a pan flat criterium course, as Bennett will return to Specialized's carbon aero bike, the Venge, for Stage 1 of the Tour Down Under.

"The Venge is just such a quick bike, that you have to ride the Venge", Bennett added.

Click through the gallery above for a closer look at Sam Bennett's Down Under edition Specialized Allez Sprint Disc.

Sam Bennett's Down Under Specialized Allez Sprint full bike specifications

Frameset: Specialized Specialized Allez Sprint TDU edition, Size 52

Front brake: Shimano Dura-Ace R9170 Hydraulic Disc caliper

Rear brake: Shimano Dura-Ace R9170 Hydraulic Disc caliper

Brake/shift levers:  Shimano Dura-Ace Di2 R9170 Hydraulic Disc Dual Control Lever

Front derailleur:  Shimano Dura-Ace Di2 R9150

Rear derailleur:  Shimano Dura-Ace Di2 R9150

Cassette: Shimano Dura-Ace, 11-28t

Chain:  Shimano Dura-Ace

Crankset: Shimano Dura-Ace R9100-P w/ Dual sided power

Bottom bracket: CeramicSpeed

Wheelset:  Roval CLX 64 Disc

Tyres: S-Works RapidAir Tubeless Ready 26mm

Handlebars: S-Works Aerofly

Handlebar tape: Supa-Caz Super Stickey Kush Classic

Stem: Pro Vibe Sprint, 130mm

Pedals: Shimano Dura-Ace PD-R9100

Saddle: Specialized Power Expert Ti Rails

Seat post: Specialized Aero

Bottle cages: Tacx Deva

Computer: Wahoo ELEMNT Roam

Rider height: 1.78m

Seat height (from bottom bracket at centre): 740mm

Saddle nose to handlebars (at stem): 580mm

Weight: 8.15kg