In celebration of 40th anniversary, the California based bicycle manufacturer Specialized has produced a lugged steel Allez frame, in collaboration with Mark DiNucci, one of their original frame builders.
There will be only 74 pieces of the Limited Edition Specialized Allez (the company was founded in 1974), and they will be auctioned on eBay on September 8th for supporting World Bicycle Relief.
The auction will be here: givingworks.ebay.com/specialized/ The eBay page isn’t currently live, though.
Here is the statement from Specialized:
“Specialized Bicycles has been lucky to serve the greater cycling community by striving to produce products that and inspire to improve riders lives for 40 years. In the year of our 40th anniversary we simply want to say ‘thank you’ to the riders and give back to one of the best bicycle charities, World Bicycle Relief (WBR).”
“To celebrate, we are revisiting the Steel Allez and sending 100 percent of the proceeds to the WBR.
“Working with Mark DiNucci, one of our original frame builders at Specialized whose bikes still win global recognition and awards, we wanted to rethink the steel frame from the ground up. The Allez is one of the bikes that started it all for us and in 1981 and stood for the best technology a rider could get. It was part of the very foundation of all of the bikes we have built since.
“For this ONE-TIME-ONLY run of 74 Frames, every tube, lug, and braze-on has been examined through fresh eyes. ‘Every lesson we have learned over the last 40 years has been applied to create a totally new and totally modern steel frame’ said Bryant Bainbridge, R&D manager for Specialized in the 80s, ‘Keeping with the 40th theme, we will build the 40th Anniversary Allez in the very factory that created the first Stumpjumper, a factory that continues to produce some of the finest handmade bikes in the world.’
“To sell the frame set, we have also partnered with Ebay’s Giving Works. This division of Ebay has one of the largest global reaches of any charitable organization and works with the trusted on-line payment solution, Paypal. Through the use of these tools, we will be able to ensure all proceeds go directly to supporting the fantastic work of WBR.
“This is not a commercial product and once the 74 frames have been sold we will not ever produce them again. Once a rider completes payment for the frame, it will be shipped in its presentation box to the Specialized Dealer of their choice and not opened until it reaches the owner’s hands.
Auction starts September 8th on eBay.”
Specialized Allez was first introduced way back in 1981. At that time, steel was still the most widely used frame material choice for bicycle making.