Specialized Dolce Womens Road Bike

  • Frame: Specialized A1 Premium Aluminum,
  • Fork: Specialized carbon fork
  • Stem: Specialized Comp-Set
  • Handlebars: Specialized Zertz Women's Comp
  • Chain: Shimano HG50
  • Crankset: Sugino Comp
  • Rims: Jalco GX460
  • Saddle: Body Geometry Dolce Women's
  • Seat Post: Specialized carbon fiber

User Reviews (2)

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montanaluna   Recreational Rider [Dec 15, 2009]
Strength:

pretty strong frame- I have had a car crash and have crashed into a tree and has not been crushed, except now it has a slight crack in the front above the fork.
Great for beginning road riders, smooth rides, ok shifting. Love the double shifters- gives you different places to put your hands, good for traffic and for regular commuting. Beautiful for short rides, commuting.

Weakness:

The seat is comfortable for short rides, but after long rides, no matter how many times you do them, it cramps your style.
The seatpost is carbon, which I found out to be terrible if you want to put a rack on it, because the rack can't hook onto the wheels on this bike and thus you have to have a floating rack- which I found out can break the seat post in half.
Also, since it is such a compact design, the shifting is very very very touchy, and cross-gearing will grind your chain on your derailers.
Oh yeah, and I hate Womens specific design. After long rides, you feel cramped.

This is a very good bike for commuting and for recreational rides. Be careful if you want to put a rack on it, because it will have to be a floating seatpost rack and if you overload the rack it will break the carbon seatpost. The design is very compact, so tuning it is a tedious activity. Strong aluminum bike, great for beginner road riders. Good bike for the value!!

OVERALL
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3
VALUE
RATING
4
higgypop   Recreational Rider [Mar 16, 2008]
Strength:

Good value, quality components, tight handling, ligthweight.

Weakness:

Little rigid but comparable to other entry level road bikes.

Have been a mountain biker some years ago and more recently having gotten a comfort hybrid (Haro) for tooling around town I wanted something faster when I started to ride with a few people with road bikes. At 47 I was hesitant to try my first road bike - I find the Dolce to be tight and agile and fast enough for my needs. Went clipless for greater power. Switched out to a gel seat.

Similar Products Used: Tested the Specialized Sequoia - found the Dolce tighter and more agile.
OVERALL
RATING
4
VALUE
RATING
4
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