This is the most affordable race-ready rig of 2014. Its geometry is taken from Specialized's top-end Allez, but an aluminum frame and Shimano's revamped Ultegra components keep costs down. A carbon front fork softens the ride, making it the ideal machine for jumping into competition. Specialized hydroforms the bike’s tubes together rather than weld them at the joints, resulting in a stiffer frame. [$2,400; specialized.com]
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