Today’s reader is Aaron from Australia who has added to his ever growing stable of Specialized bikes a Allez Sprint LTD in bright pink, which certainly doesn’t go unnoticed on the roads down under.
Aaron’s understated blue bike….
Name: Aaron Paul
Location: NSW Australia
Bike: 2018 Allez Sprint LTD
Groupset: 9100 Shimano
Wheels: Roval SLX23 / Roval CLX64 / Reynolds Strike
Pedals: 6800 Ultegra
Saddle: 143mm Power Pro
Other: P2M S-Type on Specialized cranks Zipp Bar and Stem Kedge and Exposure mounts
….and his current offensive pink machine.
When did you buy it and what made you choose this bike?
I bought it in February 2018. At the time I had an SL4 Tarmac, Tarmac Disc and a ViAS, a case of upgradeitis led me to pull the trigger on a stock Allez Sprint to scratch the Aluminati itch. The intention was to swap the 9000 groupset off the SL4 onto it and move the SL4 on (12 months later after I got sick of it collecting dust) to create a cheap fun kickr and crit bike, well that snowballed somewhat… This is the 3rd allez frame I’ve had, the original Monster Green bike with 9000 when I got the itch again to go to 9100 which became a Blue LTD frameset mated with 9100 and now this frame to satisfy my love of offensive pink.
What modifications/additions have you done?
Bought as a frameset and built to be reliable and fun, little things like filing the seat post clamping area to stop it pinching the post, aluminum 1mm spacer on top of the headset cap to keep things silent and swapping out the crank tension ring for shims and a wave washer are the only modifications.
What components are you running?
The groupset is all 9100 gear with a P2M spider/Q rings on a Specialized carbon 172.5mm crankset. Simple and easy to source if the worst happens.
How many miles/kilometers do you do a year?
Aim for 10000km + ergo. Reality doesn’t always match though…
What do you love about this bike?
It’s a bag of fun to ride while still being relatively cheap and quite durable, it was built as a crit/Kickr option to not have to always ride my ViAS but has become my favorite way to get out and hurt my legs without that price tag flashing in the back of my head when things get sketchy…
Favorite riding area?
The Victorian High country in Australia is hard to beat but failing that anywhere I can chop off laps and have FUN hurting the legs.
Favorite riding experience on your bike?
Riding with a good mate as he finished an everesting (a crazy ride requiring you to climb the same hill over and over again until your reach 8,848m elevation gain), I’d had 1h sleep in about 36h after working then going straight to pick him up and get things underway, slept on the side of the road in a swag before lighting a fire and getting preparation going to keep him alive for the day.
The endless search for the perfect wheelset…
Thanks to the family at Drift bikes for always having my back and always remember, Find what makes you happy and do it, we all get lost in the cycle that is life but try to remember to stop and take some time out to make yourself smile.
Thanks to Aaron for sharing his ride with us. Got a bike that you’re proud of? Well how about sharing it with fellow PEZ fans and getting it featured in Readers’ Rigs so we can all stare at it! Send a Readers’ Rigs submission direct to [email protected] and your bike could be featured in all its glory here on the pages of PEZ.