Amira S-Works from Specialized
The S-Works Amira road bike by Specialized has an aggressive geometric design and top-shelf spec and is a carbon fiber race bike with a specified size tubing. It is the 2010 new women’s bike by the California Company, Specialized. The bike is specifically created with an integrated S-Works crank and deep-section Royal 45 wheels of Shimano Dura-Ace, weighing 14.7 pounds in a 51cm bike.
The Amira replaces the Ruby, as it is categorized as an endurance road bike; it stays in the line, though. The Ruby has a higher head tube and vibration-damping Zertz inserts in the chainstays and in the fork legs. In comparison, the Amira seat tube tapers from a massive junction at the bottom bracket to a rounder tube at the top tube.
The Amira is available with the new S-Works 52/36 chainrings or with the standard 53/39. It also features the head tube tapers from 1 1/8 in at the top to a 1 3/8in at the lower to allow front-end-stiffness as compared to the Tarmac. The Amira comes with the latest S-Works shallow-drop carbon handlebar, with a flat top that smoothly curved drops.
Since 2008, Specialized has been coming out with women’s bikes with Shimano Dura-Ace. There were Dura-Ace and SRAM Red options released last year. Product manager for women’s bike, Rachel Lambert said, “We believe it’s important to offer the very best spec’ in women’s.” She further added that second-tier parts for women’s bike spec’ could be slighting to most women. The Amira is issued in five different sizes from 44cm to 56cm. MSRP is $7,200.00.