Specialized Reviews and News


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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In the Queue: What’s next in the RoadBikeReview test lineup

In the Queue: RoadBikeReview’s new weekly look at the gear and bikes we’re testing, starting with products from Garmin and MORSA Design, plus three race-ready cyclocross bikes.

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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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