This week on Ride Review we take a look at our local crit specialist, Mel Beale’s, 2018 Specialized Allez. Mel races professionally for LA Sweat and on the CSU Rams Cycling Team. The 25 year old is getting her Masters in Health and Exercise Science and will most likely get her PhD in Toxicology/Nutrition/Molecular biology at CSU. 

One of the most unique things you’ll notice about this professional cyclist’s bike is that it is make out of aluminum (gasp!).  Both Specialized and Cannondale have been reinvesting in alloy frames, a more affordable alternative to carbon. New technology and welding techniques have supposedly  brought the ride quality on par to carbon. 

Mel is off to the San Rafael Twilight on 07/28 and back for her “hometown” race  in  Littleton on August 4th.

The Build

Frame: 54cm 2018 Specialized Allez Sprint PINK
Fork: specialized FACT full carbon
Front derailleur: shimano ultegra 52-36
Rear derailleur: shimano ultegra
Brake levers: shimano ultegra
Brakes: shimano ultegra
Shifters: shimano ultegra
Cassette: shimano
Cassette gearing: 11-25 #critlife
Cranks: shimano ultegra 170
Chainrings: ultegra 52-36
Power Meter: stages (left crank)
Pedals: issi road pedals carbon- highlighter yellow
Chain: shimano 
Front Hub: dt swiss
Front Rim: dt swiss arc 1100 dicut (clincher)
Front Tire: challenge forte (clincher)
Rear Hub: dt swiss 
Rear Rim: dt swiss arc 1100 dicut (clincher)
Rear Tire: challenge forte (clincher)
Saddle: fizik luce
Stem: s-works 100mm
Bars: s-works aerofly 42cm
Seatpost: specialized venge aero seatpost FACT carbon
Computer: stages DASH