Specialized's Allez: The bike that said no to carbon

three specialized allez on a lawn in front of trees and a brick wall
(Image credit: Will Jones)

The Specialized Allez has been in continuous production since 1981. As one of the original models in the company’s lineup (alongside the Stumpjumper and the now discontinued Sequoia) it has noticeable sentimental value on a corporate level. While, for many years, it fell from the top of the performance tree, ousted by the carbon Tarmac and Roubaix and left to languish as an entry-level option, the launch of both the original and the latest versions of the Allez Sprint have sought to redress this imbalance and bring the model back to the forefront of racing again.

In order to understand the history of the model, and in a bigger sense the history of Specialized as a whole, I took a trip down to its new Surrey headquarters and chatted over two beautiful vintage Allez models.

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Will Jones
Tech Writer

Will joined the Cyclingnews team as a reviews writer in 2022, having previously written for Cyclist, BikeRadar and Advntr. There are very few types of cycling he's not dabbled in, and he has a particular affection for older bikes and long lasting components. Road riding was his first love, before graduating to racing CX in Yorkshire. He's been touring on a vintage tandem all the way through to fixed gear gravel riding and MTB too. When he's not out riding one of his many bikes he can usually be found in the garage tinkering with another of them, or getting obsessive about tyres. Also, as he doesn't use Zwift, he's our go-to guy for bad weather testing... bless him.

Rides: Custom Zetland Audax, Bowman Palace:R, Peugeot Grand Tourisme Tandem, Falcon Explorer Tracklocross, Fairlight Secan & Strael