Specialized Reviews and News


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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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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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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