Specialized Allez Comp Race: 2014 Gift Guide for Cyclists

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Specialized engineers designed the Allez Comp to ride and feel like a considerably more expensive carbon bike. They achieved that feat with a sleek, shaped aluminum frame which cuts costs for a weight penalty so small you probably couldn’t notice it. Specialized then took those savings and built up the race-ready frame with a full-carbon fork and carbon Roval wheels you’d normally find on the brand’s high-end racers. An 11-speed Shimano 105 drivetrain ensures reliable, lightweight shifting and Specialized’s Turbo Pro tires provide high-speed grip. Carbon may be all the rage, but if you care more about pure performance, this is your next road bike. [$2,900; specialized.com]