The man behind the bike: Specialized industrial designer Brian Szykowny

Industrial designers are the magical bridge between how an engineer makes a product work, and how it ultimately looks to the end user. You’re likely already familiar with the Power saddle, Venge ViAS rim and disc, and CLX-series Roval road wheels from Specialized. If you’ve been paying attention on social media, you have probably also …


What the Specialized Venge ViAS Disc suggests for the future of aero disc road bikes

Specialized recently unveiled a disc brake-equipped version of its Venge ViAS aero road bike. The claims of identical weight and nearly identical aerodynamic performance to the rim brake version are impressive, but the reality is we’re still in the early days of aero disc road bike development. How much more aerodynamic can bikes get, and …


Sun’s out, guns out: women’s spring kits reviewed

It’s finally sunny and temperatures are warming up. This means it’s that fun time of year when we celebrate #NewKitDay and show off our new threads at the weekend group ride. We tried and reviewed a bunch of kit to help inform you before your next purchase.   About the tester: 1,65m and 60ish kg  (all …

Vincenzo Nibali’s Giro Pink Tarmac

Specialized celebrates Vincenzo Nibali taking his second Giro d’Italia maglia rosa by pulling together this beautiful pink Tarmac for him on the final stage concluding in Turan, Italy. Images by BrakeThrough Media.


Adventure, empowerment, change: Videos that will make you want to get in the saddle and ride

  We all need a little bit extra motivation from time to time. Maybe the weather is crappy, maybe you’re tired or maybe you just don’t feel like getting on the bike today. Luckily, the bike industry has really been stepping up their women’s advertising game lately, and there are some really cool videos floating …


Specialized, Giant, Cannondale and Merida to release pro-level disc bikes

Given how quickly the UCI decided to suspend the use of disc brakes in road races, it’s little surprise many brands already had the ball rolling on 2017 disc-equipped race bikes. Providing a clue of what’s to come, the UCI’s approved list of frames and forks was recently updated to include new disc-equipped race bikes from Giant, …


Pro bike: Peter Sagan’s Specialized S-Works Tarmac

Peter Sagan is one of the most colorful world champions in recent memory, entertaining — and occasionally surprising — fans both on and off the bike. In celebration of his year-long reign as arguably the top road racer in the sport, Tinkoff-Saxo bike sponsor Specialized has provided Sagan with a similarly colorful S-Works Tarmac. U.S. …


Daily News Digest

In today’s CT Daily News Digest: Quintana wins Romandie stage, takes lead; Mareczko bests Greipel in Turkey sprint; U23 Costa wins Bretagne stage, takes lead; What does Drapac’s partnership with Cannondale mean for its existing team?; Pooley says British Cycling’s discrimination problem goes beyond Sutton, questions Brailsford; More questions emerge for British Cycling with Sutton departure; …


What I learned from riding 440 miles in 4 days for advocacy

At the beginning of the month, a few dozen riders set out from Asheville, North Carolina, to ride 440 miles over four days in the name of bicycle advocacy.   With a goal to raise funds and awareness, this advocacy effort, called Ride on Atlanta, is led by former professional cyclist and PeopleforBikes advocate Tim Johnson, who …


Specialized S-Works Sub6 shoe review

Laced shoes are coming back in a big way, particularly on the road. US tech editor James Huang checks out Specialized’s latest S-Works Sub6 model and compares them with two key competitors: the Giro Empire SLX and the standard S-Works 6. What once was old is new again — but better Back in 2012, it …


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