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The new sub-compact and the future of wide-range gearing

The next phase in road cycling presents new challenges. Riders are no longer sticking exclusively to smooth tarmac with their road bikes, and many are starting to expand their riding horizons onto the dirt and gravel paths. That new terrain is demanding more versatile equipment choices to match, and as the terrain gets steeper and …

First-look review: 2017 Specialized Epic Hardtail

For the past 35 years no other mountain bike model name has been more iconic than the Specialized Stumpjumper. So it was big news when Specialized released its new race hardtail and for the first time ever it didn’t carry the legendary name. The Specialized Epic Hardtail follows on from the brand’s long-standing Epic FSR …

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Specialized Allez DSW SL review

It’s a rare occurrence when a new technology truly moves the bar in the cycling industry. Specialized did just that when it first introduced the SmartWeld head tube on the Allez alloy road bike in 2012, and now it’s expanded the concept to a groundbreaking hollow bottom-bracket shell. According to U.S. technical editor James Huang, …

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Video: Little Trail Hunter

I’m not one for re-posting every piece of branded content we come across, but every once in a while something comes along that connects with me so strongly that it gives me chills up my spine and puts a smile on my face. Specialized’s ‘Little Trail Hunter’ did just that. Three years ago before I …

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October 2016 Women’s Product Picks: helmets, shoes and saddles

In this edition of Women’s Product Picks, we take a look at Specialized’s women’s helmets and top-end shoes, Bontrager’s Meraj shoes and race-specific saddle, as well as Prologo’s women’s endurance saddle. Click the links below to skip through to a particular review: Specialized Women’s Airnet helmet review Specialized Women’s Prevail II helmet review Prologo Kappa Dea2 …

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Ridden: the all new 2017 Specialized Ruby, a suspension road bike

It’s the end of July and we’re in a classroom setting in a small town in the south-western suburbs of Paris. Specialized’s Head of Women’s Brand Vanessa Christie is addressing the room of media folk and it’s clear she can hardly contain her excitement. Behind the door to her left awaits a small fleet of …

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First-look review: Specialized Roubaix 2017

The original Specialized Roubaix was arguably one of the first ‘comfort performance’ road bikes on the market, a category that a plethora of manufacturers now build bikes for. For 2017 Specialized hasn’t just updated the Roubaix — rather they’ve revamped it, producing a bike with technical features, and one in particular, that they hope will …

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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 …

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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 …

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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 …

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