Specialized makes limited edition Allez Sprint frames for Red Hook Crit

Loud and lairy colourway inspired by BMW Art Cars

A decade ago, the Red Hook Criterium was organised to celebrate David Trimble's 26th birthday and was held with no sponsors, promotion, prizes or permits. Now, it has become one of the most hyped and exciting unsanctioned events; known for high octane, gearless and brakeless racing, and of course, the epic crashes, with races in the US and Europe.

This year, Specialized has teamed up with designer Dylan Buffington and Team Specialized/Rocket Espresso to produce some of the most eye-catching frames for the series to date.

A closer look at the track frame's Smart Weld Joints, which moves the welds away from high-stress areas
A closer look at the track frame's Smart Weld Joints, which moves the welds away from high-stress areas

The special team edition Allez Sprint rolls on Roval's CX64, Shimano Dura-Ace track cranks and the frame features Specialized Smart Weld technology at the bottom bracket and head tube. This process moves the joint away from high-stress areas to maintain the best possible strength and rigidity, something that’s particularly important on a track frame.

According to Buffington, the concept for this Red Hook edition Allez Sprint was inspired by the techniques and motifs used by designers for the BMW Art Car series. “These artists, who were used to their respective mediums, adapted to the form of the cars as well as to the public's eye who viewed them,” he said.

Specialized is also producing 300 frames to go on sale globally if you have to have one
Specialized is also producing 300 frames to go on sale globally if you have to have one

Specialized has produced only 13 track bikes for Team Specialized/Rocket Espresso riders, but will also be doing a run of 300 Allez DSL Sprint frame sets in this colourway, which will be available in July globally.

If you miss out on the special edition frames, Specialized says there will be matching shoes and helmets too.

Check out the gallery above for a closer look.

Colin Levitch

Staff Writer, Australia
Originally from Denver, Colorado, Colin now resides in Sydney, Australia. Holding a media degree, Colin is focused on the adventure sport media world. Coming from a ski background, his former European pro father convinced him to try collegiate crit racing. Although his bright socks say full roadie, he enjoys the occasional mountain bike ride, too.
  • Discipline: Road, mountain
  • Preferred Terrain: Tarmac mountain climbs into snow-covered hills
  • Current Bikes: BMC TeamMachine SLR01, Trek Top Fuel 9
  • Dream Bike: Mosaic Cycles RT-1
  • Beer of Choice: New Belgium La Folie
  • Location: Sydney, Australia

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