Specialized Allez Elite 105

COVID19 panic buy

First real outdoor ride, original setup.
New Campagnolo Zonda wheels


Bought on
Last mileage
  • Framesize 58
  • Shimano 105 Derailleur
  • Shimano 105 R7000 GS medium cage rear Derailleur
  • Praxis Alba Crank
  • Axis 1.0 caliper brakes
  • Shimano 105 BR-R7000 brakes
  • DT R460 Wheels
  • Campagnolo Zonda C17 Wheels

This bike was a panic buy together with a Tacx smart trainer early 2020, shortly after lockdowns where discussed the first time in Germany after COVID19 outbreak. I was just feeling so wonderful throughout 2019 and the outlook of not being officially able todo my sport was just terrible. So yes, I did do some indoor cycling, mostly on Zwift for a short time during 2020 and 2021. Why a new bike? I didn't have anything that would have fitted on an available trainer without an overhaul on the bike side.

In the end, I figured Zwift is not for me: It takes away all the joy I experience outside. I sold the smart trainer but kept the bike. Funny thing is: The bike was a pre-pandemic bike and the price was fantastic for the value given. One of the reasons I kept it. In 2022 I came across a cheap pair of Campagnolo Zonda wheels: They are absolutely lovely to ride, super smooth and look great. Plus I replaced the horrible Axis breaks with original Shimano 105.

You won't get that that much value for money from Specialized anymore these days. The current Allezs are either way worse or nearly as expensive as an entry-level Tarmac.

I use this ride a lot "in-between" seasons. Pictures at the top left is with the original wheels, on the right you see the Zondas.