Specialized Reviews and News


Photo Gallery: 2014 Boulder Cup Cyclocross Race

Jeremy Powers and Katie Compton dominate at Colorado’s Valmont Bike Park.

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$3k Endurance Bike Shootout: And the winners are…

Find out which bikes our test team anointed Best Gran Fondo Racer, Best Climber, Best Pure Gravel Road Racer, and Best In Test.

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$3k Endurance Bike Shootout: 2014 Specialized Roubaix SL4 Review

The original “comfort” bike continues to deliver a smooth ride thanks in part to a quartet of bump absorbing inserts.

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Mega Tech Gallery: Race bikes for all 22 Tour de France teams

Every member of the pro peloton has access to a dedicated time trial machine, plus at least two or three road bikes. Aero, lightweight, compliant – there’s usually a bike that focuses specifically on one of those coveted characteristics. Here are some – but certainly not all – of those beautiful race machines.

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Tour de France Tech: Froome’s Pinarello F8 and Contador’s Specialized Tarmac

On the first rest day of the 2014 Tour de France, RoadBikeReview pays tribute to two bikes (and their riders) who will be getting more than 24 hours of downtime.

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Tour de France Tech: Vincenzo Nibali’s Specialized S-Works (Shark) Tarmac

Get an up-close look at the bike that’s leading the 2014 Tour de France.

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2014 Tour de France Photo Gallery: Shoes of the pro peloton

While team’s typically mandate riders remain sponsor correct at every turn, footwear is often the exception for reasons of fit and occasionally fashion. Here’s a look at some of the fancy (and plain) footwear that’s turning pedals.

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Tour de France Gallery: Mark Cavendish’s custom painted Specialized S-Works Venge

Take a tour of the bike that just might win stage 1 of the 2014 Tour de France.

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First Look: $20,000 Specialized S-Works McLaren Tarmac

Only 250 are being offered worldwide, including several which will be raced by various Specialized sponsored riders at the upcoming Tour de France.

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$3K Endurance Bike Shootout: Meet the combatants

Endurance bikes are built to be both comfortable — and efficient and powerful. Or put another way, they are the bikes that best suit most of us most of the time. Here we provide a first look at the seven major brand bikes we’ll be testing, and pass on a few initial impressions.

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First Look: Specialized S-Work McLaren TT4 aero helmet

Look for this new wind cheater on top of the heads of riders from Omega Pharma-Quick Step during next month’s Tour de France.

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First Look: New Specialized Tarmac and Tarmac Disc

The Big Red S has revamped its popular race bike platform, employing size specific carbon lay-up and adding a disc-brake model.

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Daily coverage from the 2014 Sea Otter Classic Day 3

Welcome to Day 3 of RoadBikeReview’s daily coverage of the 2014 Sea Otter Classic. We’ll be continually updating this page with photos and beta on all the latest in road bike technology.

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Bikes of the WorldTour: What teams are riding what

Most riders of the 2014 professional peloton will have at least two bikes at their disposal, an aero road bike and a lighter climbing option. Some will also have frames specifically designed for the cobbled classics. Here’s a rundown of who is riding what.

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Tested: 2014 Specialized CruX Elite EVO Rival Disc

If you could have one – and only one – bike, the CruX Elite EVO might just be the choice.

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Bike Profile: 2014 Junior Cyclocross National Champion Peter Goguen’s Specialized CruX Carbon Pro

Goguen, who rides for C.F. Racing, came into the 2014 Cyclocross National Championships as the default favorite in the Junior Men’s 17-18 race.

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Pro Bike: Arley Kemmerer’s Specialized Crux Pro Carbon

Despite Specialized’s top five 2014 Crux cyclocross bikes coming with disc brakes, Arley piloted a new cantilever-equipped 2014 Specialized Crux Pro frameset to victory.

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First Ride: Specialized S-Works Roubaix SL4 Disc

The Specialized Roubaix helped usher in the endurance/sportive category of road bikes nearly a decade ago. Now the Big Red S has a new, disc equipped model. We took it for a test spin.

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Levi Leipheimer Racing Downieville Classic

Multiple-time Tour of California winner Levi Leipheimer is set to become the first cyclist to race both the Tour de France and the Downieville Classic. And Leipheimer isn’t just racing the cross-country. He’s taking on the all-mountain category.

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Pro Bike Gallery: Sylvain Chavanel’s Custom Painted S-Works SL4

Multi-time French national champion Sylvain Chavanel likes three things (that we know of, anyway): riding in breakaways, large tattoos, and driving American muscle cars.

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Tested: Specialized S-Works Evade Aero Road Helmet

If you’ve been watching the Tour de France, you’ve likely seen a new aerodynamic helmet on the heads of riders from Saxo-Tinkoff, Omega Pharma-Quick Step and Astana. It’s the new Specialized S-Works Evade aero road helmet — and we got the chance to test one.

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How To: Go To The Tour de France For Free

Have you ever entered one of those sweepstakes where you’re prompted to write a story, shoot a video, or do something else remotely creative in the name of promoting a brand? We didn’t think so. But this guy did and won a free trip to the Tour de France. He even got to bring his wife.

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Pro Bike: Alberto Contador’s Specialized Tarmac SL4

We won’t know for sure until racing kicks off at the upcoming 100th running of the Tour de France, but top GC contender Alberto Contador will likely be aboard his Specialized Tarmac SL4 with SRAM Red groupset and Zipp 202 wheels as he chases yellow jersey glory. Here’s a look.

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Ride Report: Climbing Pikes Peak (Elevation 14,115 Feet)

One of the longest and toughest climbs in all of Colorado is also one of the most amazing experiences you can have on two wheels. Find out what you need to know — and what you need to bring.

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Specialized Unveils Cycling-Specific Wind Tunnel

California-based bike maker claims custom in-house wind tunnel will allow for unprecedented levels of aerodynamic testing and product development.

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