Specialized Allez 2010
It seems only yesterday that an aluminium bike weighing 9.8Kg and with Shimano's STI combined shift and gear levers would have cost close to £1,500. Here we are in 2010 and Specialized, who have been resolutely churning out racing bikes all through the bad years when only about ten a year were sold, find themselves in the middle of a veritable firestorm of enthusiasm and they are - as they say - good to go. Big numbers mean efficiencies, they've had years to tweak the details and Shimano have crept the lovely STIness down the range until we have this 8-speed 2300 gear set which, for the life of us, apart from the lack of 9 or 10-speed, we can't work out how it shifts any cheaper than Sora, Tiagra or even 105. Thank goodness seriously revamped 105 is shortly arriving because this 2300 set is so good. We'll see how it does longer-term. Meanhile, this seriously red £500 Allez is turning heads and we're looking forward to riding it.