Art’s Employee: Barrett Henson
Position: Service Writer/Master Fit Technician
Bike: Specialized S-Works Allez Limited Edition
About The Build: In this day and age of light equals right, high-end carbon road bikes are flooding the market. Every once in awhile it’s nice to see something a little different, something that challenges the norm and boldly embraces the chance to be unique. The engineers over at Specialized did just that when they decided to create the limited edition S-Works Allez. That’s right, an S-Works Allez. And yes it’s still made of aluminum.
Only 110 limited edition Allez S-Works road bikes were made worldwide. Specialized jumped at this opportunity to showcase their engineering prowess and hydroforming techniques to shave off weight and increase frame stiffness. Specialized also utilized “smart welding” throughout the E5 aluminum frame to create revolutionary strength. These techniques allowed Specialized to create a frame that has all the stiffness of a Tarmac while being the lightest aluminum frame that they have created to date.
Let’s take a quick look at how Barrett Henson, Art’s Cyclery Service Writer, Master Fit Technician and all-around nice guy built up his S-Works Allez to be lighter than most of the carbon bikes we see floating around. A full Sram Red group keeps Barret’s shifting precise and reliable while his Quarq power meter let’s him gauge just how hard he’s hammering his Speedplay Zero pedals into the pavement. Every ounce of that force travels through his meticulously hand-built wheels, which feature DT Swiss 240 hubs and HED Belgium Series C2 Rims, to jettison him forward.
A Specialized S-Works Carbon handlebar and seatpost cut down the road vibration so efficiently that Barret hardly misses his old Tarmac. Barrett added the finishing touches to his cockpit with Lizard Skins 2.5mm DSP bar tape, a K-Edge Garmin mount for his Edge 200, and finally, his own personal shout out to the land of the free, 12 gauge shotgun shell bar plugs made in the US of A.
This bike has almost as much character as the man riding it. Ask anyone around our shop about Barrett and they’ll begin their description with a smile and a chuckle.
Our customers flock to him for his expertise, other employees fear his wrath if they misplace a tool, and the owners wish camouflage wasn’t his favorite color. Whether you need the answer to a terribly obscure bike question or you just need a laugh, Barrett will seldom let you down. This is a man who has been riding carbon bikes for 11 years and yet the aluminum S-Works Allez Limited Edition fits him to a T. The stiffness numbers are on par with his previous Tarmac and he doesn’t sacrifice as much in the comfort and weight departments as you’d think. He went as far as to tell me that the ride quality even surprised him the first time he threw a leg over. The best part, if he goes down in a criterium he won’t have to sell his car to replace his frame.
This veteran cyclist is certainly one of the more interesting members of our staff, never failing to produce a quick witted joke or a story that catches and holds your attention. The S-Works Limited Edition Allez does the exact same thing for Barrett when he’s out on the road. The carefully engineered smartweld E5 aluminum frame makes it a killer ride, the S-Works paint job attracts the lustful gaze of passing cyclists and the smile on Barrett’s face lets everyone know he loves to turn a few heads.
Frame: Specialized S-Works Allez Limited Edition
Fork: Specialized S-Works Tarmac, FACT Full-Carbon
Headset: Specialized Internal Tapered, 1-1/8″ upper and 1-3/8″ lower
Wheels: Hand built with HED Belgium Series C2 Rims laced to white DT Swiss 240 hubs with Phil Wood double butted spokes and gold DT Swiss alloy nipples
Brakes: SRAM Red
Crankset: SRAM Red Quarq BB30 Power Meter
Chainrings: SRAM Red Yaw 53/39
Chain: Sram PC-1091R
Bottom Bracket: BB30 Ceramic
Shift Levers: SRAM Red 2012
Front Derailleur: SRAM Red Yaw 2012
Rear Derailleur: SRAM Red 2012
Pedals: Speedplay Zero Pedal Titanium
Cassette: SRAM Red XG-1090 Powerdome X
Seatpost: Specialized S-Works SL Carbon 2-Bolt Seatpost
Saddle: Specialized Toupe Pro Saddle, 155mm
Stem: Ritchey WCS 4-Axis Stem, 110mm
Handlebars: Specialized S-Works Shallow Bend Carbon Handlebar 44cm
Tires: Specialized Espoir Elite 700 x 25c
Water Bottle Cages: Specialized Rib Cage
Bar Tape: Lizard Skins DSP Bar Tape 2.5mm
Weight: 16.07 lbs