Typically, the product launches that come during the Ironman World Championships in Kona are so triathlete specific that we don’t give them any coverage, but this time it’s different. This year, Specialized took the opportunity to launch their very first aero-road bike tailored to the female rider. The Alias is being offered in two versions: a Tri model that comes equipped with clip-on aerobars and a zero setback seatpost, and a standard road edition.
“Many women come into a bike shop and are looking for an aero bike, but the styling of the Venge just doesn’t appeal to them,” said Specialized’s Chris Riekert. So, Specialized went to work developing a bike that utilized features like an hourglass shaped head tube, airfoil down tube that drops below the fork crown, and cambered seatstays; all designed with aerodynamics in mind, but with smoother lines and refined shapes compared to the Venge.
Similar to what Cervelo has done on the P3, the Alias offers a toptube mounted storage box for gels or an energy bar. The Remora storage box is available aftermarket, and if it’s anything like the P3’s design, we’d imagine that the bike’s aerodynamics are improved with it attached compared to without it.
Pro Tri– Dura-Ace drivetrain, Roval Rapide CL 40 wheels, and C50 carbon clip-on aerobars
Comp Tri- Ultegra drivetrain, Fulcrum S5 wheels, and S50 alloy clip-on aerobars
Sport Tri- 105 drivetrain and S50 alloy clip-on aerobars
Comp- Ultegra drivetrain and Fulcrum S5 wheels
Sport- 105 drivetrain
Triathlon ready, the Alias Comp Tri comes equipped with clip-on aerobars and a seatpost that will allow an ideal time trial position.
Two road models feature the same frame as the Alias Tri, just with a setback seatpost and a lack of aerobars.
Aerodynamic features include seatstays that are oriented to improve airflow in crosswind situations.
With noticeably smoother lines than the Venge, Specialized is banking on the looks and aerodynamics of the Alias being enough to win over the female crowd.
Clip-on aerobars come stock on all three models of the Alias Tri.
An easy access compartment for gels and energy bars is an aftermarket option.