Specialized's Allez Elite is a great bike for fitness and distance riders as well as aspiring racers. It boasts an A1 Premium aluminum frame and a carbon fork for a quick, light, and fun ride. It boasts a 20-speed Shimano Tiagra drivetrain for reliable, fast gear changes, lightweight Axis wheels for easy speed, puncture-resistant Specialized tires and a comfy Specialized BG saddle.
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Specialized Smartweld Technology
92% of respondents would recommend this to a friend.
Handles Well (22)
Good Geometry (20)
Absorbs Shock Well (10)
Uncomfortable seat (2)
Brakes Could Be Better (2)
Casual Riding (18)
Serious Training (14)
Aug 23, 2016
Great for beginners
Good Breaking, Lightweight, Agile, Comfortable
Long Distance, Entry Level
I am brand new to road biking and after much research and consideration I decided to go with the Specialized Allez Elite. Even though I was looking for an Endurance style bike, the Allez fit me the best. I feel extremely comfortable on the frame; the geometry of this bike is outstanding.
The stopping power on the brake system is fantastic. I have been very impressed with how well this bike handles.
Even though I wear padded shorts, the saddle that this bike comes with is just awful. It's a fairly light bike, but not super light. Other than that, this bike is great and I highly recommend it to any new road cyclist.
from Ontario, Canada
Oct 10, 2015
Great 1st Road Bike
Easy Maintenance, Durable, Comfortable
My 1st road bike. I've rode over 1k miles on it and is still works like new.
from Cincinnati, OH
Sep 28, 2015
Entry Road Bike
I was looking for a road bike that would be sturdy enough for a daily commute and enough features to be a strong introduction in longer weekend rides. This bike fit the bill perfectly. The frame seems lighter than its Allez sister or hybrid cousins but not at the carbon gram cutting level. It's sturdy and hosts a good set of parts that certainly feel like a big upgrade from other entry level bikes.
The Tiagra set does feel a little heavy after taking it out after a few rides and it doesn't shift as smoothly as I would expect. As a first road bike, it's more than sufficient to hold up and build my strength before upgrading to a dedicated road bike.
from San Francisco, CA
Jun 19, 2015
My wife tried the Dolce and was not impressed, so i have her try the elite and she loved it! She said the bike handles real well and every time we ride I can see that she really enjoying riding this bike. I'm so happy that I purchased this bike for her birthday!
from Canyon Country, Ca.
May 27, 2014
Handles Well, Lightweight, Fast, Good Geometry, Responsive, Comfortable
Commuting, Exercising, Climbing
i have been riding a red Cannondale SL_4 to get back into shape for a year now. walking hurts so biking was the perfect alternative. hubby had gotten a Cannondale SL_4 2yrs ago. and then found a used 2007 Specialized Allez Elite online. he's been riding that for a year now.
i enjoy riding trail but my Cannondale just couldn't keep up with his roadie. i struggled to keep even close to him. so i set a goal this yr of dropping 50lbs to get a good road bike so i could ride with him. well, the weather decided to be active and limited my pedal time. but i got on Red when i could.
well, April 26, 2014, hubby wanted to check out Plano Cycling & Fitness. he had a coupon from Specialized and wanted to pick up something for his bike. as we walked around exploring the store, he went looking for what he wanted. and me, i looked at the bikes. i wanted a bike with red and guess what! i found it! it was on the top row of bikes.
hubby encouraged me to get a bike fit. with a little hesitation i agreed. the gentleman that helped me was knowledgeable and explained everything. i fit a 52. so i was encouraged to ride that size but there were none on the bottom for easy reach. so the bike i decided on was retrieved and out the door we went. i rode the bike for about 15 minutes. not comfortable with brifters i played with them and the brakes. as i got more comfortable, i noticed the bike really fit me. i was quite comfortable in the saddle.
when i finished, hubby took me off guard when he asked if that's the bike i want. he then said, i can have it. guess the price was right cuz normally i have to wait on items that high. not only did i get the bike, but i got all the accessories too. even found the perfect helmet to match. so now Red and Roadie have a place in the garage. i am still awed that i have such a nice bike.
the associates that helped us were exceptional. no one tried to sell us anything we didn't want. thanks for having good people and great prices.
from mesquite, texas
Sep 16, 2013
Best bike in it's price range
Versatile, Durable, Lightweight
This was my first bike and it is absolutely amazing. I did my research on all the best entry level bikes and this one was on the top. And I can definitely see why. Great for climbing hills.
Absolutely satisfied with my purchase
from Rancho Penasquitos
Oct 10, 2010
Great bang for your buck!
Sexy, Handles Well, Responsive, Good Geometry, Comfortable
As Joseph said, the heavy weight is easy to fix. My 54cm weighed 22.4 lb when I first took it home. Swapping to lightweight clinchers and folding tires dropped it to 19.5 right there, and 105 clipless pedals brought it down to 19.1. A Toupe saddle was good for another half pound, and just for fun, I took the full carbon fork off my old bike (frame cracked) and that took another pound off. Seventeen and a half pounds means it's not the frame or drivetrain that makes it porky.
It would have been nice to have 105 brakes instead of the weak generic ones, but it is otherwise a very worthy bike for me, and I have been riding avidly, including centuries and races, for 18 years. If you want a decent bike that will last a long time and be fun to ride, get the last one left at this store!
Apr 10, 2010
Couldn't be happier!!! :)
Fast, Responsive, Handles Well, Comfortable, Good Geometry
Casual Riding, Climbing, Serious Training, Exercising, Racing
People con the bike as heavy yet still buy it anyway. (Hmmmmm, makes you wonder huh?) 20.68 lbs for metal is outstanding. I prefer all around quality at an affordable price, which is why I went with my 2010 Specialized Allez Elite. Tarmac frame similarities, quality components and a great name on the side. Plus it looks cool. I upgraded my wheels to Mavic Ksyrium Equipe's and my stem to a pro-set Specialized. I now own an 18 pound non carbon bike and saved tons of money. After I purchase my TRP 950sl brake calipers and carbon bars she'll be in the mid 17 lb range. A 17 lb bike under $2k, [...] you make the call. This bike has done me right in every way and I'm confident that you will not be disappointed, plus your wallet won't hurt as much. LOL.
from Winchester, Ca
Jan 22, 2010
Responsive, Handles Well, Comfortable, Good Geometry, Lightweight, Fast
Probably the least expensive, name-brand bike you can get that has Shimano 105 components all-around. This is the first road bike I've purchased and it's great. The original tires got tons of flats but I switched to all-condition Armadillo tires and haven't had any problems since. The ride is a bit stiff and I have to shake my hands a lot from the vibration. Looks great and would recommend to anyone.
from Livermore, CA
Jan 14, 2010
Handles Well, Comfortable, Responsive, Good Geometry
Casual Riding, Exercising, Racing, Serious Training
I just got back into cycling and was looking for a good solid bike without Tour de France prices. After looking at more bikes that I can count and trying several with the help of specialist, I chose this one. I have not been dissapointed. While it is a little heavy and I will probably upgrade components in a few years, this back has served my purposes great. Mainly using it for health training (which the little extra weight helps), the bike has met all expectation. I will ride this frame until either I or it breaks.
from St. Louis, MO
Jan 13, 2010
Good Geometry, Fast, Comfortable, Handles Well, Responsive
The Allez Elite is my first "real" road bike after coming from a Giant FCR flat bar bike. This is a great all around bike. Response is very quick and the 105 components are excellent. It's a touch on the heavy side for me, but will do until i (inevitably) upgrade to a Tarmac. I've upgraded many of the stock components, but even so, this is a great bike out of the box. Highly recommend!
from Brooklyn, NY
Nov 17, 2009
Love this Bike
Responsive, Fast, Handles Well, Good Geometry, Lightweight
Commuting, Serious Training, Climbing, Exercising, Casual Riding, Racing
This is my first Road/Competition Bike and I am very pleased with it. It works great for triathlons, training, going to and from work, it does it all. So glad I invested in it. Only slightly bad side is, that the seat is a little uncomfortable. But it isn't horrible. For a beginner biker i'd definitely recommend this bike.
from Naples, Fl
Nov 13, 2009
Great 1st roadbike
Looks great, Comfortable, Good Geometry
Harsh ride, Cheap brake pads
Casual Riding, Exercising
My first road bike. Very, very happy with it. If you do not want to pay up for a carbon frame (with its more compliant ride and lighter weight)and you want Shimano 105 components then you should seriously consider the Allez Elite. I found the geometry more comfortable than with similarly equipped bikes from Cannondale, Trek and Jamis, and the handling more responsive than with the larger "comfort" bikes (e.g., Trek Synapse, Specialized Roubaix). The ride can get a bit harsh over rough pavement, but that will be true for any aluminum frame bike. Only complaint was with the break pads that came with the bike (they disintegrated on contact with the rims). Replaced the pads and now the brakes worked perfectly.
from Short Hills, NJ
Oct 13, 2009
Excellent bike for the dollar!
Good Geometry, Fast, Responsive, Lightweight, Handles Well, Comfortable, Cheap
I was deciding between Specialized Allez Elite (2010), Treck 2.5 and Cannondale (carbon), and I'm glad I went with Specialized. Having previously owned an Allez Elite (2008), I was pleasantly surprised by how well the geometry was adjusted from the previous models. The bike is equipped with a nice saddle - comfortable enough for long rides, Mavic wheels with Specialized tires/tubes, carbon-wrapped seatpost, and a full Shimano 105 groupo. The bike is lightweight, considering its aluminum frame, and handles like a charm. It looks great too, and I've gotten a lot of compliments towards my bike. The only Con i see is that the brakes could've been better. My wheels kept squeeking and making a lowd noise whenever the brakes were fully engaged. I'm not sure if it's due to the Mavics having a 'special thread' for braking, or my stock brake-pads, but after using sand paper on the break pads it fixed the issue. I've paid [$] ant Incycles, and am completely satisfied with the purchase. Can't go wrong with the Specialized!P.S. The resale value of Specialized is also quite high when compared to Giants and Felts. So if you want to upgrade in future, you won't lose as much money by selling it.
from Los Angeles, CA
Sep 05, 2009
Handles Well, Fast, Responsive, Comfortable
Racing, Exercising, Climbing
So i just got into racing this year on racing crits TT s and road races. I can say this bike sure isnt slowing my down. Its a great bike for racing and casual riding its SOO comfortable and for the price your getting a great set up and a responsive bike that works and maintains well. It is a little heavy but not enough to make a huge difference.
from Winnipeg MB
Feb 16, 2009
First road Bike
Comfortable, Handles Well, Responsive
I purchased This bike at plaines early in 2008,I now have over 3000 miles on it, I have had not one problem with the bike, it's responsive and relatively light for the price. the shifting was kinda sluggish and the position was too upright, kinda like riding a mach1 jazzy. have since replaced the stock stem for a more aggressive one, and switched out the tiagra shifters for ultegras. after these few upgrades the bike seems to shift Quicker and be more race oriented. The frame is stiff and can climb and sprint quickly. the steering isn't as responsive as a high end bike. looking into getting another bike strictly for racing, but this is the best bike for my training purposes. I would recommend it for anyone who wants an entry level bike without burning their wallet.
Dec 15, 2008
Good Geometry, Lightweight, Handles Well, Comfortable, Fast, Responsive
Casual Riding, Commuting, Touring
I absolutely love this bike. I tend to spend more time on the trails on my MTB but this bike is great for my off days when I just want to get out an log miles.
I've done 6o miles on it, but was starting to feel fatigued when I was done. I had to get new tires and wheels that could stand my size (180#). Best bike you can buy for the money!
Good second bike, Casual Riding, Sprinting, Serious Training, Commuting
This bike is designed for a someone that wants a fast entry level bike. It has very similar geometry to the Specilized Tarmac series. However, for larger or older riders I would recommend the Sequia Elite.
I purchased this bike and rode it for 3 months before I decide to upgrade to a Roubaix Expert. I wanted a larger more comfortable bike with a higher head tube. I am 6'2 and need a bike that focused more on comfort than speed. The Allez riding poistion is too agrresive for me as I ride long charity rides. The roubaix is just and fast but is alot more comfortable for larger riders. However, be prepared to spend twice to three times as much to get a similarly equippend roubaix.
by Big Boi
from Houston, Tx
Oct 28, 2008
Lightweight, Comfortable, Absorbs Shock Well, Great Components, Handles Well, Good Geometry
Casual Riding, Commuting
Great Bike to start off on (although I started off on a used Specialized Allez double).
Very nice to ride. I've had it for almost a year now, no complaints whatsoever. The only reason I took off one star is because it obviously is not the ultimate bike (such a low price tag). But, I do honestly think that this bike delivers on everything it promises.
from San Diego, CA
Aug 15, 2008
"Easy Ride - Easy Cost"
Lightweight, Good Geometry, Handles Well, Great Components
Casual Riding, Serious Training, Sprinting, Climbing, Racing
Bike is awesome for such a reasonble price tag. Great for the entry level cyclist. First ride, I just couldn't believe the speed being produced with minimal effort. Talk about climbing, absolutely no problems. CONS: The god blessed saddle is a little uncomfortable even with a good pair of biking shorts. Also at the start of riding the Allez, I was frustrated having to bring the bike in a few times to adjust the rear derailleur before it finally settled in; A total pain in the ass when climbing. All in all, the Allez is a great ride. You will not be disappointed. Hats Off "Specialized".
Lightweight, Handles Well, Comfortable, Good Geometry, Absorbs Shock Well, Great Components
Climbing, Casual Riding, Serious Training
You just won't find a better deal or value for your buck. This bike delivers! It's a great ride, has great looks and will give you miles of great riding.
from Charlotte, NC
Jul 05, 2008
Outstanding Entry Level Ride!!!!
Comfortable, Lightweight, Good Geometry, Handles Well, Great Components, Absorbs Shock Well
Climbing, Commuting, Casual Riding
I am training up to my first century ride and absolutely LOVE this bike. It climbs almost effortlessly, is lightning fast and buttery smooth. As a beginner, it was so refreshing to find a bike that makes me want to ride more and more. [...]
from Alexandria, VA
Jun 23, 2008
Great Bike for the price
Absorbs Shock Well, Good Geometry, Lightweight, Comfortable, Handles Well, Great Components
I'm a relatively new biker, couple years in, great starter bike and a great value, you wont find these parts on a bike this cheap. The ride is great, shifting is simple, it may just take new riders some getting used to. There is some saddle discomfort, but thats something that goes with distance/competitive biking, if you're on a bike for hours, it doesn't really matter, you're gonna deal with some discomfort. But upgrading the saddle will help, but the stock saddle isn't terrible. I believe many riders just don't effectively use a saddle, you need to move slightly on you saddle when biking; basically i doubt you're in a sprint position non-stop, so when you sit up slightly, just move your [*]around, saddle pain is just a lack of blood flow despite the fact it might feel more like muscular pain.
from sewell, NJ
Jun 14, 2008
you get more than you pay for
Handles Well, Great Components, Absorbs Shock Well, Lightweight, Good Geometry, Comfortable
Climbing, Racing, Sprinting, Casual Riding, Serious Training
this is bike is like a rocket with pedals
i cant tell you how fast it goes
you should just test ride one
spend a few extra dollars
get a ton of performance
from saratoga springs new york
May 26, 2008
Rides good, feels good and nothig more!
Good Geometry, Great Components, Comfortable, Handles Well, Lightweight, Absorbs Shock Well
This bike is what you need to start. I try over 7 difrent bikes and 4 brands and have to go back to get this one. I haved for almost two month already with 600+miles. Everything because how smooth you can ride on it.
from Orlando, Fl
Feb 29, 2008
Good bike for a first time rider
Comfortable, Lightweight, Handles Well, Good Geometry, Absorbs Shock Well, Great Components, Value for Money
Serious Training, Racing, Climbing, Casual Riding
I ride for the William and Mary Cycling Team. This bike has been a dream to ride and maintain. Good gears, lightweight, great paint job, for what more could you ask? Specialized doesn't cut corners with their bikes, [...]
from Williamsburg, VA
Feb 18, 2008
A perfect bike!
Lightweight, Handles Well, Good Geometry, Great Components, Comfortable, Absorbs Shock Well
Racing, Casual Riding
This is my first roadbike and I love riding it. The blue and white one is sharp and rides great. Very affordable for those who are just starting but do not what to spend too much money.
from Montclair, VA
Nov 21, 2007
Handles Well, Great Components, Lightweight, Good Geometry, Absorbs Shock Well
Needs Better Seat
Climbing, Sprinting, Casual Riding, Commuting, Racing, Training
The ride is unbeatable for the price and the components are perfect. It has a smooth ride but if you put in a new seat for like[$]it would be worth it. The seat on it is a little uncomfortable. Other than that it is amazing! I would recommend it to anyone. And the colors are Amazing. GET THE BLUE ONE
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