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  1. Pro Cycling - Tour de France
    The frame is a Specialized S-Works Tarmac size 56cm (click to enlarge). With one perfectly timed late-race attack, Peter Sagan reaffirmed his place among cycling's elite, winning the 2015 UCI men's world championship elite road race title. The flamboyant Slovakian will spend at least the next...
  2. General Cycling Discussion
    The 1x gearing is a nod to pure racing performance, where a limited gear range is all you need (click to enlarge). It appears aluminum road bike frames are coming back in vogue. In July, Cannondale rolled out its latest alloy offering, the CAAD 12. Now Specialized has launched a new version of...
  3. General Cycling Discussion
    Cav is using the unique handlebar/stem combo where the a negative 17‐degree stem provides better aerodynamic profile, but the bars have a positive 25mm rise (click to enlarge). Photo by Brakethrough Media It's still not clear why Mark Cavendish was swapping back and forth between his old and...
  4. General Cycling Discussion
    Specialized claims that when paired with the new Roval CLX64 wheels, and its new aero shoes, skinsuit and helmet, this bike can save you over 5 minutes 40km (click to enlarge). Arguably the most talked about bike leading up to this year's Tour de France is Specialized's new S-Works Venge ViAS...
  5. General Cycling Discussion
    Whether you buy in to (or even care about) the claims of time gained, there's no denying the sex appeal of the new Specialized S-Works Venge ViAS with Shimano Dura-Ace Di2 electronic shifting drivetrain (click to enlarge). Photo by Andy Bokanev Bold claims are nothing new in the cycling world...
  6. General Cycling Discussion
    We spent an extended day on this Specialized Diverge with 1x shifting (click to enlarge). If you're in doubt about the viability of 1x drivetrains for road, consider the following list of manufacturers, which SRAM says has committed to spec'ing at least some of its model year 2016 bikes with...
  7. General Cycling Discussion
    Feed that inner narcissistic need with the selfie stem from Specialized (click to enlarge). Introducing the latest innovation in integrated auto-photographic technology for the bike - the Specialized S-Works Selfie Stem, or, the S4. Featuring Specialized's highest modulus FACT 13M carbon weave...
  8. General Cycling Discussion
    Early indications reveal that kids' brains are better prepared for learning when they ride bikes. Specialized announced this week that it's establishing a 501c3 charitable organization that will be dedicated to funding original research and programs to better kid's lives through cycling. The...
  9. General Cycling Discussion
    Patrick "Tree" Miller bucks the stereotype of the grumpy mechanic. He's also one of the most knowledgeable wrenches you'll ever come across. Photo by Andy Bokanev Patrick "Tree" Miller's business card lists him as Specialized R&D Technician, but Miller likes to think of himself as the voice of...
  10. Components, Wrenching
    Pricing ranges from $100 for the comp version to $300 for the S Works model. There are also Expert ($130) and Pro ($200) models. Photo by Andy Bokanev At first glance Specialized's new Power saddle looks designed for the triathlon and TT crowd. But the California-based maker of all things...
  11. General Cycling Discussion
    D'Aluisio (L) riding with Specialized PR man Chris Riekert is a former racer who can still put out some serious watts. Photo by Andy Bokanev Chris D'Aluisio can't really tell you what he does for a living. The longtime Specialized employee's business card reads Creative Specialist, but beyond...
  12. Components, Wrenching
    Testing was done at Specialized's in-house facility in Morgan Hill, California. Granted, Specialized has more than a little skin in the game when it comes to making the "disc brakes for road bikes" argument. Four of California bike maker's most popular models - the Tarmac, Roubaix, Diverge and...
  13. General Cycling Discussion
    The S Build S Works Specialized Tarmac in the Mean colorway. Now you can have your Specialized your way - sort of. 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...
  14. General Cycling Discussion
    The U.S. Trek Factory Racing team's riders will choose from the Madone, Domane and Emonda. 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. Some...
  15. General Cycling Discussion
    The Slovakian (left) is among the world's best bike handlers. After spending the last several years aboard various race steeds from Cannondale, Slovakian superstar Peter Sagan has made the jump to a new team (Tinkoff-Saxo) and new bikes (Specialized). Here we have Specialized's aero roadster...
  16. Cyclocross
    Early in the 'cross season I mounted the Roval Rapide CLX with a set of 33c Challenge Fango tires, and they remained the go-to race day hoops from September to December. Editor's Note: This article is part of our Cyclocross Race Bike Shootout series, which also includes reviews of top...
  17. Components, Wrenching
    No. 1 upgrade for just about any bike? A set of shiny new wheels. Lighter, faster and stronger are all potential gains when you swap out your old hoops. And what better time to do so than around the holidays. So whether you're buying for a significant other - or just sprucing up your own rig...
  18. Components, Wrenching
    If you have kids on your holiday shopping list, there's no reason not to add a bike or bike-related gear to all the toys, games and clothes that they will be receiving this year. We have gathered this list of interesting and new bikes and accessories that you may not have heard of yet...
  19. Cyclocross
    The bike feels comfortable on your shoulder, but the weight is definitely noticeable. Editor's Note: This article is part of our Cyclocross Race Bike Shootout series, which includes reviews of top competition steeds from Jamis, Trek, and Van Dessel, as well as a SRAM Force CX1 and tests of...
  20. Components, Wrenching
    Both online and in person, people always ask us what we're working on next. It's a good question, so starting this week, we'll be giving RoadBikeReview readers a weekly peek at some of the bikes and gear we have on deck for testing. Tops on the list right now is a trifecta of competition-ready...
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