For 2020, Irish Nationwide Champion Sam Bennett has swapped from Bora-Hansgrohe to fellow Specialised-sponsored staff Deceuninck-QuickStep. Despite the fact that the strong of motorcycles to be had to the Irishman hasn’t modified, his first trip for his new staff was once on the Schwalbe Vintage criterium aboard an aluminium Specialised Allez Dash Disc Down Beneath version.
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What is additionally notable about Bennett’s crit experience is the truth that it is produced from aluminium. The body is produced the usage of Specialised’s D’Aluisio Smartweld Era which sees the welds moved clear of the joints to make the body stiffer. The logo says it is the maximum inflexible alloy motorcycle it has ever examined — a declare Bennett is of the same opinion with: “I am simply blown away via how the motorcycle felt. I believed ‘k, aluminium motorcycle, funds motorcycle’, however getting on it, it felt similarly as excellent because the Tarmac, it felt stiffer than the Tarmac.”
When requested if that additional stiffness may just build up fatigue on longer days, Bennett added: “Possibly in a Excursion de France level, however you might be nonetheless driving a greater motorcycle than 60% of the peloton,” ahead of including “I truly wish to win at the motorcycle to end up some degree.”
Shod with a complete Shimano Dura-Ace groupset, on the again, Bennett’s motorcycle sees a right away mount derailleur hanger and an 11-28t cassette. The Irish sprinter is pushing usual 53/39t chainrings, and his cranks function Shimano’s built-in energy meter — despite the fact that there was once no magnet glued to the body that lets see.
Bennett’s rolling inventory was once the Roval CLX 64 aero wheelset, dressed with 26mm S-Works Turbo RapidAir tubeless tyres. Bennett was once the one rider of the six aboard the Specialised Allez to go for tubeless tyres.
The QuickStep rider’s seating preparations come within the type of a Specialised Energy saddle, and he is opted for the ‘Professional’ spec with titanium rails as an alternative of its carbon-railed S-Works cousin. On the entrance, a beefy 130mm Professional Vibe Stem does not sacrifice anything else to flex, and the S-Works Aerofly bars have a deep drop to permit the Irish champ to care for an aero sprinting place.
With the deep wheels, beefy stem, alloy body and discs, it should not come as a marvel that Bennett’s motorcycle is anything else however feathery, tipping our scales at 8.15kg — fortunately it is only right here to be raced round a pan flat criterium route, as Bennett will go back to Specialised’s carbon aero motorcycle, the Venge, for Level 1 of the Excursion Down Beneath.
“The Venge is solely any such fast motorcycle, that you must experience the Venge”, Bennett added.
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Sam Bennett’s Down Beneath Specialised Allez Dash complete motorcycle specs
Frameset: Specialised Specialised Allez Dash TDU version, Dimension 52
Entrance brake: Shimano Dura-Ace R9170 Hydraulic Disc caliper
Rear brake: Shimano Dura-Ace R9170 Hydraulic Disc caliper
Brake/shift levers: Shimano Dura-Ace Di2 R9170 Hydraulic Disc Twin Keep watch over Lever
Entrance derailleur: Shimano Dura-Ace Di2 R9150
Rear derailleur: Shimano Dura-Ace Di2 R9150
Cassette: Shimano Dura-Ace, 11-28t
Chain: Shimano Dura-Ace
Crankset: Shimano Dura-Ace R9100-P w/ Twin sided energy
Backside bracket: CeramicSpeed
Wheelset: Roval CLX 64 Disc
Tyres: S-Works RapidAir Tubeless Able 26mm
Handlebars: S-Works Aerofly
Handlebar tape: Supa-Caz Tremendous Stickey Kush Vintage
Stem: Professional Vibe Dash, 130mm
Pedals: Shimano Dura-Ace PD-R9100
Saddle: Specialised Energy Professional Ti Rails
Seat publish: Specialised Aero
Bottle cages: Tacx Deva
Laptop: Wahoo ELEMNT Roam
Rider top: 1.78m
Seat top (from backside bracket at centre): 740mm
Saddle nostril to handlebars (at stem): 580mm