Specialized Reviews and News


Specialized Foundation to auction very special frame


Tom Boonen is the first pro rider to sign a special Tarmac frame that will be autographed by pros throughout the 2017 season before being auctioned off for charity.

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Tom Boonen’s Specialized Tarmac with new Dura Ace Di2


This coming weekend Tom Boonen will race for the last time in front of home country fans in one of the season’s more important one-day races, the Tour of Flanders. This could be the bike he chooses to ride.

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Marcel Kittel’s Specialized Venge ViAS Disc


Marcel Kittel was among the first pro cyclists to win a road race on a disc brake equipped bike, grabbing glory at the Dubai Tour. Here’s closer look at his Specialized Venge ViAS Disc.

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Bike Check: Nate Erickson’s Black Pearl Specialized Tarmac


“Wherever we want to go, we go. That’s what a bike is, you know. It’s not just wheels and a chain and handlebars. That’s what a bike needs, not what a bike is.”

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Specialized Venge ViAS Disc Tom Boonen limited edition


When you race your bike for 15 years, win four Paris-Roubaix titles, three Tour of Flanders crowns, plus a handful of Tour de France stages and a world title, you get special things when you retire.

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Four gorgeous Red Hook Crit Specialized bikes


Ready for some serious bike porn? Click through to get up close with four incredible custom Specialized track bikes.

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Roval CLX 50 carbon wheels first ride review


Blending the low weight of the CLX 32 with the aero advantage of the CLX 64, Roval’s new mid-depth CLX 50 might just be the best all-around wheelset we’ve ridden. Find out more in the RoadBikeReview First Ride Review.

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5 Great Road Cycling Helmets


Looking for a new road cycling helmet? These five 2017 models offer top-tier performance, features, and value.

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Best gravel road tires tested – part 1


As with mountain bike tires, gravel road tires are made for different conditions, different surfaces, and for different preferences. Here is part 1 of our test of the best off-the-beaten-path tires on the market.

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Peter Sagan’s custom Specialized S-Works Venge ViAS


When you’re the two-time defending World Champion, people make special things for you. In the case of Peter Sagan, the latest gift is this custom Specialized S-Works Venge ViAS. This bike looks fast even standing still.

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RoadBikeReview’s top 10 most viewed articles of 2016


The last 12 months have been tough for celebrities, musicians, and democrats, but it’s been an awesome year for bike geeks.

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World Road Champs: 10 pictures tell the story


The 2016 UCI World Road Championships wrapped up Sunday in Doha, Qatar, with Slovakian Peter Sagan pulling off a momentous second straight win. That triumph punctuated a big week for bike maker Specialized, which scored nine podium placings, including six golds.

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2017 Specialized Roubaix first ride review


The newest iteration of the Specialized Roubaix is the lightest frame the California company has ever built, and it features a groundbreaking vibration damping system with 20mm of bump absorbing travel.

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Specialized Prevail II helmet review


The new Specialized Prevail II helmet brings several key improvements to the already iconic traditional road helmet.

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Specialized Power Pro saddle review


Designed for an aggressive riding position, the intriguing short-nosed Specialized Power Pro saddle offers seated comfort during extended tip-of-the-saddle efforts.

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Gallery: Vincenzo Nibali’s pink Specialized Tarmac


Italian Vincenzo Nibali executed a stunning comeback that saw him go from a distant fourth place to the top of the general classification standings. On Sunday, the home country hero rolled triumphantly into Torino as winner of the 99th Giro d’Italia. Underneath the Astana team captain was this stunning pink hued Specialized Tarmac.

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Gallery: Vincenzo Nibali’s Specialized Tarmac


In what was the one of the most dramatic grand tour stages you’ll ever see, Italian Vincenzo Nibali clawed his way back into contention at the Giro d’Italia. See the bike that helped carry him there.

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Specialized S Works Romin EVO saddle quick take


Saving grams is always a good thing — unless it comes at the expense of comfort. Indeed, a lightweight saddle is of little use if it’s a literal pain in the backside. That was the general design philosophy behind the new Specialized S Works Romin EVO.

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Tom Boonen talks Hell of the North


Last year, injury slowed Belgian great Tom Boonen. But the legendary classics specialist is back in fighting form and this weekend will be chasing his fifth Paris-Roubaix title on the rough cobblestones of Northern France. Press play to find out what motivates Boonen.

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Specialized Airnet helmet review


The best reason to buy the mid-level Specialized Airnet helmet is that for roughly $70 less than you’d spend on a higher-tier lid based on current sale prices, you’ll get nearly all of the same performance benefits.

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Being Peter Sagan: World champ talks life, love, classics


In the new documentary web series “I am Specialized”, Big Red S film makers were granted intimate access to the daily routines and lives of some of the world’s top professional road racers while leading up to the most critical races of their 2016 seasons.

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Specialized launching Rider Sizing Station


Kiosk device in bike shops will provide prospective bike buyers frame size and approximate saddle height, helping streamline the bike buying process.

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Specialized and HED announce development partnership


Specialized will also license HED’s patent on rim shape, which describes how to increase stall angles (and thereby reduce drag) via rim width and shape.

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Specialized lowering price on Allez Sprint framesets


Frameset dropping from $1350 to $1100 (including carbon fork, headset, and Venge ViAS aero seatpost). Come July, the Big Red S will roll out three complete Shimano-equipped 2x builds.

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Be first to own 2016 Specialized Tarmac with SRAM eTap


EBay auction supporting World Bicycle Relief is first chance to own top-shelf Tarmac race bike spec’d with SRAM’s eTap wireless shifting drivetrain.

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Pro Bike: Michael Rogers Specialized S-Works Tarmac


With the 2016 pro bike racing season about to kick-off with Australia’s Tour Down Under, it’s time to take a look at some of the machines that will be taking to start lines this year.

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Pro Bike: Peter Sagan’s 2016 Specialized S-Works Venge ViAS


Sparkly rainbow paint job and lots of personalized nods, including a Slovakian flag and the names of other past winners of the world title.

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Video: Top 10 road cycling innovations of 2015


With the end of the year fast approaching, it’s time to look back on the best in cycling technology from 2015. Check out this video that counts down the top 10 new road cycling products from the last 365 days.

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Hit List: This week’s best road bikes, components, gear and apparel


Specialized’s Tarmac Di2 Disc road, Michelin 28c Endurance tires, Mavic Cosmic Ultimate II shoes, and the Suunto Ambit GPS watch are among our picks for this week’s best road bikes, components, gear and apparel.

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Pro Bike: Lizzie Armitstead’s Custom Specialized Amira


Lizzie Armitstead wrapped up her 2015 season in style, winning the the UCI World Cup in Plouay, France, and the world championship title in Richmond, Virginia. To celebrate, Specialized designed custom graphics for the Brit’s Amira race bike that she’ll ride throughout the 2016 season. Have a look.

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Hit List: This week’s best road bikes, components, gear and apparel


Knight’s 35mm carbon wheels, Specialized S-Works Turbo tires, Shimano Dura Ace pedals, Bontrager XXX road shoes, and the Polygon Bend CX cyclocross bike are among our picks for this week’s best road bikes, components, gear and apparel.

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Pro Bike: Peter Sagan’s world championship winning Specialized S-Works Tarmac


With one perfectly timed late-race attack, Peter Sagan reaffirmed his place among cycling’s elite, winning the 2015 UCI world championship men’s elite road race title. Here’s the bike that carried him there.

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Specialized Allez Sprint X1 criterium racing bike debuts


It appears aluminum road bike frames are coming back in vogue. Specialized has launched a new version of its popular metal machine dubbed the Allez Sprint, and it’s one speedy looking race machine.

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Tour de France 2015: Mark Cavendish’s stage 7 winning Specialized S-Works Venge ViAS


Manx Missile rides new aero road bike to first Tour triumph since 2013.

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Tour de France 2015: Jakob Fuglsang’s Specialized S-Works Venge ViAS


Arguably the most talked about bike leading up to this year’s Tour de France is Specialized’s new S-Works Venge ViAS aero roadster. Here’s a look at Astana’s Jakob Fuglsang’s race rig.

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Specialized S-Works Venge ViAS launched


Specialized’s new “aerodynamic ecosystem” includes bike, wheels, tires, skinsuit, shoes and helmet. Claims to save rider more than 5 minutes over 40km time trial.

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Industry looks primed to embrace SRAM 1x for road


The list of companies who’ve committed to spec’ing bikes with SRAM’s expanded 1x drivetrain is long, but only time will tell what sort of bikes we’ll see with the new single chainring system.

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News: Specialized launches S-Works S4 Selfie Stem


Posting photos from your ride now easier than ever before.

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Specialized launches foundation to help kids


Early indications are that kids with attention issues who take part in cycling activities, may better prepare their brains for learning. These results have prompted the company to dive deeper.

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Interview: Specialized in-house mechanic Patrick Miller


RoadBikeReview sits down with Miller to talk disc brakes, thru-axles, and find out what his No. 1 tech tip is.

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Specialized unveils aggressive position Power road saddle


New short-nosed perch designed to enhance blood flow while riding in the drops.

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Interview: Specialized creative specialist Chris D’Aluisio


Meet the man who steers road bike innovation for the Big Red S, and find out what drives the company’s creative processes.

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Wind Tunnel Test: Disc brakes versus rim brakes


Can the new road bike braking standard cheat the wind as well a bike with traditional rim brakes? Watch this video to find out more.

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Specialized launches S Build semi-custom bike program


Responding to what it describes as an on-going request from dealers, Specialized has launched S Build, a semi-custom bike program that allows customers to create the bike of their dreams, as long as it fits within a number of parameters.

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Video: Bikes of the 2015 WorldTour pro teams


With the 2015 WorldTour race season well underway, it’s time to take a look at the bikes and gear that will propel the fastest men on two wheels as they roar across the roads of Europe and beyond.

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Pro Bike: Peter Sagan’s Specialized S-Works Venge (Video)


See the bike that just might win a spring classic and the Tour de France green jersey.

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Review: Specialized Roval Rapide CLX 40 Disc Tubulars


Race ready disc-compatible carbon tubular wheels from Specialized deliver top flight performance and durability.

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2014 Holiday Gift Guide: Wheels for every type of cyclist


Our favorite wheels for road, gravel, cyclcocross, cross country, enduro and just about everything in between.

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2014 Holiday Gift Guide: Kid’s bikes and gear


For the junior cyclist on your list, here are some gift options ranging from balance bikes, road bikes and fat bikes to helmets and jerseys from brands like Felt, Louis Garneau, Yuba Bikes, Specialized and more.

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Cyclocross Race Bike Shootout: Specialized Crux Pro Race Ultegra Di2 Review


Race ready rig delivers great handling, sublime shifting, and stop-on-a-dime braking. But price may be too tall a barrier for some.

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