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Readers’ Rigs: Two Specialized Allez Sprint from NY

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In today’s Readers’ Rigs we have two Specialized Allez Sprints for the price of one! Corey and Lucia featured their special steeds in the ‘To be Determined Journal‘ and thought they would be a perfect fit for PEZ Readers’ Rigs. Two very special Specialized.

Name: Corey W
Location: New York, NY
Bike: Specialized Allez Sprint Disc
Groupset: Sram Etap 11speed
Wheels: Reynolds AR 41 Disc Brake
Pedals: Look Keo Blade
Saddle: Specialized Power
Other: TRP Spyre Mechanical Disc Brakes, FSA Handlebars and Stem, Power2Max Power Meter, Tacx Deva Bottle cages, Garmin 520 computer
Weight: As seen, ~ 17.5 pounds

When did you buy it?
I bought the bike frame in the late spring of this year. What made you choose this bike? I chose this bike because I was looking for a new racing bike to replace the one I have been using over the past several years. I wanted a bike that, ideally, had disc brakes and was looking for an aluminum bike. I also wanted a bike with aerodynamic features as I came to appreciate that benefit (even if it was mental) from riding and racing a Scott Foil for the past 5+ years. The Specialized Allez checked all of those boxes, and I eagerly jumped at the chance to get one when it became available in this eye-catching chamelon/oil Slick paint job.

What modifications/additions have you done?
The bike started as just a frameset for me, so every component was added with considerations for longevity, functionality, weight, and cost. The most personal touch I added to the frame is a sticker on the seat tube showing some pride in Midwest (Illinois) roots.

What components are you running?
Sram Etap Red (hand-me-down from the bike it was replacing). FSA wing compact handlebars and FSA SLK stem, both aluminum, because of their weight, comfort, and stiffness. Vittoria Corsa tires as they roll fast and grip well.

How many kilometers do you do in a year? Roughly 15000-16000 kilometers per year.
What do you love about this bike? I love the pure racing nature of this bike. It can best be described as having an “angry” ride: reacting quickly to pedaling with brutal efficiency and eager to turn in the direction I steer it. It’s a bike that begs to be ridden and ridden fast.

Favorite ride?
My favorite ride is a loop in the Boulder, Colorado area that starts on the relatively flat roads at 5000 feet and climbs up to the town of Ward at 10000 feet. By the time you catch your breath from the long acsent at altitude, it’s time for a ripping long and smooth drop back into Boulder. It’s not an easy ride for a sea-level dweller such as myself, but the roads are amazing and the scenery is just as breathtaking as the lack of oxygen.

Favorite riding experience on your bike?
My most memorable racriding experience since I got this bike was serving as a bicycle escort for the professional wheelchair athletes during the New York City Marathon this past November. Helping safely guide the athletes and watch the race unfold while experiencing the grandness of the race and warm support of the spectators is one two-wheeled experience I’m glad to have experienced on this bike.

Future upgrades?
I may swap out the brakes at some point in the near future for a cable-actuated hydraullic disc setup. I like the easy servicability and sleek looks of the TRP Spyres I am currently using, but may opt for something with a little bit more power.

Any last words?
This bike came together as a natural extension of myself as a rider and racer. Could it be lighter? Sure. Would that make it any more fun to ride? Probably not. Does it motivate me to pedal hard? Absolutely.


Name: Lucia
Location: Bronx, NY
Bike: Specialized Allez Sprint RHC Limited Edition
Groupset: Ultegra Di2
Wheels: Zipp 404 NSW with Tubeless IRC Roadlite 25s
Pedals: Speedplay X
Saddle: Specialized Power Expert
Other: Portland Design Works Lucky Black Cat Bottle Cages, SRM Power Meter, Spurcycle Bell
Weight: 16.7lbs

When did you buy it?
October 2018 What made you choose this bike? I wanted a fast/durable race bike for crits and local circuit races, so I wanted a bike that could handle railing corners where weight was less of a factor, so the Allez Sprint was a front runner. I am not afraid of color and have always gravitated toward unique designs, and with my history with the Red Hook Crit, this bike was a no-brainer.

What modifications/additions have you done?
Due to my fit geometry, I replaced the 20mm setback seat-post with a zero setback one. Other than that, everything is stock.

What components are you running?
Ultegra Di2.

How many kilometers do you do in a year?
9500+

What do you love about this bike?
It feels indestructible, but also zippy & responsive when I accelerate or climb. Force applied to the pedals seems to transfer directly into forward momentum. The paint/design gives it personality – it’s not just another black matte bike. It has style for days.

Favorite ride?
A staple ride of mine that never seems to get old is a 24 miler: out over the George Washington Bridge up through Palisades Interstate Park (or “River Road” as the locals call it) and briskly back via 9W. It’s an efficient hour and a half ride to get my daily workout in, or to get out of the “city” and clear my mind.

Favorite riding experience on your bike?
Since I got it in the fall of last year, finally being able to take it out for some long (and warm) miles in Tucson Arizona during February was pretty sweet. Doing loops of Saguaro Park, grinding up to the top of Mt. Lemmon, and even off onto some sandy singletrack among the cactii, was a great way to get to know the way the bike handled in all kinds of conditions.

Future upgrades?
I’m thinking of getting flatter top/aero handlebars. But, other than that, this bike is pretty sweet as is.

Any last words?
It’s been about 10 years since I’ve last ridden an aluminum bike; not since my first ever road bike: a Specialized Sequoia. Aluminum frame technology and geometry has come a long way, and so too have bike manufacturers who’ve actually listened to what women cyclists want. Many of us want a badass looking bike with high end components that can throw down at our next bike race or group ride. I want to be riding something that a dude who tries to suck my wheel unannounced will remember, when I drop him.

You can read more at: www.tobedetermined.cc

# All photos courtesy of Corey W. #


Thanks to Corey and Lucia for sharing their ride with us. Got a bike that you’re proud of? Well how about sharing it with fellow PEZ fans and getting it featured in Readers’ Rigs so we can all stare at it! Send us a Readers’ Rigs submission direct to [email protected] and your bike could be featured in all its glory here on the pages of PEZ.

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