RIDE #60 Bike Review – Specialized S-Works Allez

The  Specialized S-Works Allez Ltd…
“This bike a cynical marketing exercise! No, it’s a reaction to the increasing cost of carbon-fibre! Or is it just a retro ‘fad’ being exploited? Perhaps it’s a reaction to carbon’s domination of the high-end bike market. Maybe it’s the rebirth of a material which many thought had seen its day… Whatever spin you might think is going on here many would agree that the S-Works Allez Ltd looks sensational! Component colours perfectly matched, a silver gleaming polished aluminium frame juxtaposed with black on black carbon rims. It’s classy and totally modern without resorting to the seen-too-often theme of black on black with black bits. ”
– Read all of Toby  Shingleton’s appraisal in RIDE Cycling Review #60.

Detail of details…
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  • RIDE Cycling Review

    RIDE #60 - S-Works Allez Ltd

  • RIDE Cycling Review

    RIDE #60 - S-Works Allez Ltd

  • RIDE Cycling Review

    RIDE #60 - S-Works Allez Ltd

  • RIDE Cycling Review

    RIDE #60 - S-Works Allez Ltd

  • RIDE Cycling Review

    RIDE #60 - S-Works Allez Ltd

  • RIDE Cycling Review

    RIDE #60 - S-Works Allez Ltd

  • RIDE Cycling Review

    RIDE #60 - S-Works Allez Ltd

  • RIDE Cycling Review

    RIDE #60 - S-Works Allez Ltd

Each issue of RIDE Cycling Review features six bike tests and each product is put through a series of protocols that have evolved over the years. We now subject the review bikes to…

• A ‘Build Report’ written by a mechanic after his fully disassembles the bike (and weighs each component) to get a closer look inside the frame and then see how it all comes back together.

• ‘Flex test jig‘ – which measures frame deflection when a 40kg weight is applied to the right crank.

• ‘Wheel test’ – when we measure flex of a rim.

• Weight list of every component… the actual weight, not just what the manufacturers want to promote.

• Full specification listing…

The review itself relates to the ride quality and characteristics of each bike as observed by someone who gets to use it for several weeks (or, at times, months). The captioning is done by our in-house mechanic, Greg Chalberg, who also takes the photos.

Round Table Observations
Since RIDE #54, we have  also published a two-page spread dubbed ‘Round Table Observations’. The concept is to get everyone in the office to ride all six review bikes one after the other and offer a brief appraisal of what they feel the highlight or lowlights are. Here are the unedited voice files from each tester’s first impression of the S-Works Allez Ltd:

Dan Bonello: 

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Rob Arnold: 

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Greg Chalberg: 

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Shane Lovejoy: 

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RIDE Media publishes RIDE Cycling Review, a quarterly magazine all about cycling.

RIDE Cycling Review is now available in a digital format via Zinio.

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Author: greg@ride

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