Written on: 20/05/2010
Great bit of kit; I thrash mine around the poorly surfaced roads in Shanghai everyday and train medium distance ~140km at weekends. All round best in class for the price and Specialised here in SH give a great service to go with it. Only problems that have already been mentioned in this article are the crappy wheel sets and the hardarse seat. One other thing that should be considered is a change of drivetrain bearings as I have heard form a number of sources that they are notoriously poor in the Allez. I have replaced mine with ABEC-7 SKF bearings.
If your thinking of buying a 1st road bike or a cheaper than carbon training bike that is going to see a lot of hard use then look no further.