Hot on the heels of Trek's Emonda ALR Disc announcement, Specialized has updated its race-focussed aluminium Allez Sprint with discs for 2019, and added some eye-catching paint options too. The brand has also announced its 2019 CruX ‘cross range.
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Allez, allez, alloy!
The Allez Sprint is a super-stiff alloy machine that’s pitched as an affordable alternative to the Tarmac for racers on a budget.
Originally launched back in 2015 as a 1×-only crit special, the Allez Sprint’s aluminium frame is unique in its appearance thanks to the use of what Specialized calls D’Aluisio Smartweld Sprint Technology, which relocates the welds that hold it together away from the usual tube junctions, and hence away from the areas of greatest stress. This is claimed to allow a better balance of strength, rigidity and weight compared to conventional alloy construction.
The current Allez Sprint range all take a front derailleur and the disc version gets thru-axles too. If you’re after a complete bike, the Allez Sprint Comp Disc gets a Shimano 105 R7000 disc groupset with Praxis Zayante cranks and DT R470 Disc wheels. The disc frameset option comes in a stunning green-on-black splash paintjob.
Rim brake lovers fear not, the disc-less version of the bike is still available and in the UK it’s available both as a frameset in lairy Red Hook Crit special edition colours, and in Comp spec with Shimano 105 and a rather fetching, Bianchi-esque paintjob.
Notably, this version of the bike hasn't been updated to take direct mount brakes, unlike one of its major rivals, the Trek Emonda ALR.
Dare we say so, the complete Allez Sprint builds look to be better value for UK buyers than the framesets, unless you absolutely must have those admittedly very cool paintjobs. The complete rim brake bike is just £300 more than the Red Hook frameset alone, while the disc version is only £500 more than its frameset counterpart.
In the US and EU markets, riders will have the option of cheaper, non-special edition rim brake framesets too, which are arguably better value. It is worth noting that, in any case, the framesets include the seatpost, bottom bracket and headset as well as the frame and fork.
2019 Specialized CruX
Specialized has also announced its 2019 CruX ‘cross range which includes one alloy model and three carbon ones.
All are kitted out with SRAM hydraulic disc groupsets apart from the top-end S-Works, which gets Shimano Dura-Ace Di2 components along with an MTB XTR rear derailleur and Specialized’s own carbon cranks.
There’s also an S-Works frameset option if you’d prefer to roll your own.
Specialized Allez Sprint and CruX 2019 pricing and availability
The bikes are available from now (depending on precise model and paintjob) with UK, Euro and Australian pricing as follows. We'll add pricing for other territories when we have it:
- Allez Sprint Comp Disc — £1,800 / $2,200 / AU$3,400
- Allez Sprint Comp — £1,600 / $1,800 / €1,799
- Allez Sprint Disc frameset — £1,300 / $1,500 / €1,199 / AU$1,750
- Allez Sprint Red Hook Crit rim brake frameset — £1,300 / $1,500
- Allez Sprint Sagan Collection rim brake frameset — $1,750
- Allez Sprint standard rim brake frameset — $1,200 / €999
- CruX E5 Sport — £1,700 / €1,799
- CruX Elite — £2,800 / €3,099 / AU$4,000
- CruX Expert — £4,000 / €4,599
- S-Works CruX — £8,000 / €8,999
- S-Works CruX frameset — £2,500 / €2,799 / AU$4,000