Specialized Reviews and News


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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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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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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Video: Mark Cavendish’s Specialized S Works McLaren Venge


Ace sprinter Mark Cavendish kicked off his 2013 Giro d’Italia campaign with what else – a win. Here’s a look at the bike the Manx Missile piloted to what was his 37th grand tour stage win.

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