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  • Kieran Degan

    That is a damn fine looking bike. I love his reasoning for purchase too: “I needed a commuter that did the job so I bought a custom hand made steel frame and built it up with DA 9000.”


    • Ralph

      Haha, the classic self justification.. “i needed some beer so I went and got a crate of duvel”

  • eatmorelard

    That’s a ripper. I remember when this came out and wonder if the big S considered this as a permanent part of their line-up. I’d love to see one of the big boys produce a quality modern steel rig. Much as I love and support the bespoke frame market, steel should be available to everyone as a serious choice and not only in some generic heavy weight tubing option.

    You do wonder how far you have to commute to be upset by aluminium “harsh ride” ;)

    • Drew

      No harsh ride from my alu Cannondale CAAD 10. Really smooth, not much different from my carbon road bike!

    • Albert

      In 2011 Specialized had a steel Allez in its lineup (http://www.specialized.com/us/en/bikes/archive/2011/allez/)
      It’s a shame they didn’t continue the steel Allez in later years or offer it with a better spec.

      • Just wait!

        • Holby City

          Wade knows too much!
          He’s heading off to France for bike launches and to see a small race.

        • sss

          Just as long as it hasn’t got a sloping top tube and a carbon fork.

        • Albert

          I’ve seen the Specialized Allez Sprint – is that what you were hinting at?

  • Simon

    Yahoo lugs! Good to see eyelets on the dropouts and fork, a sensible, practical touch. (A bell?)

    • Kieran Degan

      Commuting. Comes in handy on shared paths

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  • SeanMcCuen

    nothing rides like Ti or steel.

  • Mark

    Would have been nice for the top tube to be a little bit more horizontal.(But I really love the box!) Not a lot of wheel clearance if you wanted to use those eyelets for mudguards.

    • H M

      If the TT was any more horizontal he wouldn’t need a seatpost

  • Allez Rouleur

    Pardon me if I don’t want anything signed by Sinyard.

    Also, this is a nice bike but I’d rather just go with a local custom builder than the big S.

    And, those King cages. Not sure why they’re the “go-to” on the classic steel bikes, I think their shape is ugly as. The Arundel cages crush em.

    • bleui

      Isis king cages is the one he should be using, btw arundel cages is hideous

    • Neil_Robinson

      they’re light, and they don’t drop or mark bottles.

      the design might not be your cup of tea, but they’re simple and thus appeal to many.

  • ChoateAlum

    These articles would be more useful if they included the total price of the build. I’m going to guess this 18 pounder cost around US$7.5K.

  • kasual

    Dear Specialized, please provide your Reynolds 853 decal to Reynolds, and then send me one for my frame.

  • velocite

    That’s a really interesting bike. Good looking seat, and love the bar end plugs! Adding Dura Ace to a steel frame as a weight saving measure is definitely innovative, or at least unusual. I recently resurrected my old steel bike as a wet bike and when I first got onto it I thought the ride was a revelation – it seemed to me that the ride felt more ‘alive’ than my carbon bike. But now I’m more used to it it just feels different, not better. I’m probably insensitive, but I’m just as happy on carbon.

    Thanks for sharing your bike. Great photos.

  • Wakatel Lu’um

    Sorry has to be said…classic, not ‘plastic’…

  • Richard Smith

    “It’s stiffer than my aluminium Allez”
    No it isn’t.

    • Sean Doyle

      Care to share your anecdote. My steel frame is stiffer than most of my mates bikes.

      • Richard Smith

        Although 853 steel’s material properties are favourable to the aluminium alloys used to build bikes in terms of Young’s Modulus, elongation and fatigue strength, the tube diameters used in the aluminium bike vs the steel bike are much too disparate for the skinny lugged steel bike to remain stiffer. Assuming the same material, and keeping all else the same, by doubling the diameter of a tube (look at the aluminium down tube vs the steel), you double the mass and increase the stiffness by eight times. Modern aluminium bikes are almost always significantly stiffer than their steel counterparts (often seen as a negative), lighter, and less robust. To make a steel bike as stiff and light would require larger diameter tubes and ~0.3mm wall thicknesses, much reducing robustness and longevity and kind of taking away the ‘ride feel’ and comfort that steel is known for (This is what you see on modern, top end TIG welded steel frames). This is why the mainstream bike industry has moved away from steel. Tube diameters go a long way to determining ride qualities!

        • Sean Doyle

          The numbers don’t lie but you’ve taken his statement further than what he said. He didn’t mentioned weight or road feel or anything else. If you pick the right tubes (steel tubes can be had up to 42mm now with most DT either 31.7 or 35mm) with the right wall thickness you can make a steel bike stiffer than an aluminium bike. It will be heavier and depending on the rider it will mostly like beat you up. As you said most aluminium bikes are too stiff and you lose road feel. Same with all the other materials. Make the frames too stiff and they beat you up and you lose the fine road feedback you need for on the limit cornering. The big reason the mainstream bike industry has moved away from steel and Ti is cost of manufacture. It’s way cheaper to make carbon frames despite the what marketing departments tell you about R&D etc. :-)

  • Guest

    80mm stem ? Really ??

    • Winky

      Yeah, I wondered about that. I’d say the frame looks a size or two too large. Not much seatpost showing and a very short stem. Of course, this gives it a more “classic” look if that’s what the owner wanted.

      • Sean Doyle

        80mm looks fine on this frame. You have to look at where the levers are in regards to the front axle. Too far forward and the handling is compromised.

        • Winky

          Fair enough. The geometry might be specifically designed to give a more classic look, rather then the current “pro” look of tiny frames, long stems and enough seatpost showing to make another bike!

          • Sean Doyle

            Possibly. One thing for certain is everyone has a different position on the bike and different requirements. The cookie cutter three or five sizes the big box companies provide can be made to fit most people with a few minor concessions but they won’t fit everyone. Agreed that 80mm is possibly the minimum on this size frame up to maybe 100mm but it all depends on the rider and getting the front center and weight distribution balanced which is done before a frame is made.

  • jon

    I don’t think all of the proceeds went to donation, i think it was like $1000 USD from each frame went towards donation. Given that these frames were made in Taiwan, and the price for each unit was $4000 USD, Specialized still made some money from it.


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