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2011 Specialized Allez 16

2011 specialized allez 16   2011 Specialized Allez 16

The Specialized Allez 16 for 2011 brings lightness and speed to long-distance riding. With its A1 Premium aluminum frame, the Allez 16 also has a FACT carbon fork with an aluminum crown and steerer on carbon legs. This setup provides maximum comfort over bumps on the road as speed increases.

The 16-geared road bike comes with Shimano 2300 drivetrain. The 68mm x 113mm bottom bracket has a Cr-Mo axle while a light dual pivot brake system features standard adjustable pads and Teflon pivots.

Specialized uses its Elite 31.8 mm handlebar, alloy stem, alloy two-bolt clamp 27.2mm Sport seatpost and a saddle from Body Geometry Riva Road with steel rails. Black cage pedals with body and toe clips and strap keep feet super secure when pedaling.

The 2011 Allez 16 has Mavic rims, forged aluminum hubs, stainless steel spokes and Specialized All Condition Sport tires. Total weight is approximately 21.94lbs (9.95kg) for the…

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2011 Specialized Big Hit I

2011 specialized big hit   2011 Specialized Big Hit I

The 2011 Big Hit I from Specialized places well within the range of affordability and quality in a mountain bike. Built with M4 alloy FSR frame, full cartridge bearing pivots and ORE tube construction it can give 7.5″ travel. The Big Hit I also features a tapered headtube, ISCG mount and asymmetrical rear triangle.

For excellent control and steering performance, Specialized included X-Fusion 170mm-travel coil-sprung fork and 20mm thru-axle. As with its name, the Big Hit I can take a hits with its low-rise 750mm alloy bars with 8-degree backsweep and 31.8mm clamp. Avid Juicy 3 hydraulic disc brakes and ergo levers with G3 Clean Sweep rotors for precise stopping power.

Specialized supplies the rest of the parts and components like DH stem, lock-on grips, Butcher tires and Demo saddle. MSRP is $2000.

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Specialized Format Saddle

specialized format saddle   Specialized Format Saddle

Specialized designed the Format saddle for downhill riding, making it tough yet comfortable to ride on. It has a wide midsection and a rounded profile that aims to reduce or eliminate pressure on sensitive arteries around the crotch area. The Format saddle underwent rigorous lab testing with the patented Body Geometry design that takes into consideration type of saddle position, preferred discipline and if the rider is male or female.

The Format features EVA padding that is dense and light at the same time, giving a plush ride even during long day rides. Encased in a carbon reinforced shell, it has hollow chromoly rails, which makes the Format durable and longer lasting. It also has a Micromatrix cover that’s water-resistant with anti-slip qualities. MSRP is $70….

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Specialized BG Radiator Glove

specialized bg radiator glove   Specialized BG Radiator Glove

The Specialized BG Radiator Glove is specifically designed to keep the hands of mountain bikers numb-free. It features the Body Geometry Gel Pad that contours your hand, protecting your ulnar nerve from pressure. A specific thickness was incorporated in the Radiator glove with O-Foam knuckle pads that are perforated to keep the heat away from your knuckles.

The BG Radiator glove features a mesh top and an Absorbent Microwipe™ thumb for removing sweat. For better flex on the fingers, the Radiator glove has split flex zones with thermoplastic finger protection welded on them. Making sure that the glove can fit anyone’s wrist without making it too tight or too loose, micro cuff Velcro straps are there for easy adjustment.

The Specialized BG Radiator Glove in black and slate retails for $45…

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2011 Specialized Roubaix SL3

2011 specialized roubaix sl3   2011 Specialized Roubaix SL3

Specialized updated the Roubaix SL3 for 2011, making it one of the smoothest and fastest bike on the market. The goal of the design was to make sure that jarring and vibration over uneven roads and rough roads will not be experienced by the rider.

To make this possible, the Zertz elastomer inserts were placed mechanically in the seatstays unlike before. This damping gives about 6mm degree of flex. The frame becomes more stiff and durable when the inserts were pressed onto it.

There is a new stay molding with one bladder on each leg with a new shape for the stays. The stays are now 3D and it trickles from the dropouts to the seat tube for additional side-to-side stability.

Overall stiffness is made possible with the one-piece top tube/head tube/down tube mold used on the Tarmac SL3. For power transfer, Specialized used Press-In bearings, which in turn no longer requires…

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2011 Specialized Ariel Step Thru

2011 specialized ariel step thru   2011 Specialized Ariel Step Thru

For those riders who prefer more of a transport/fitness bike, the Specialized Ariel Step Thru drops for 2011. With a women’s style step-through A1 Premium aluminum feature frame, the bike delivers easier accessibility and lightweight confidence for a more relaxed and comfortable riding position.

A 75mm travel coil-sprung fork with alloy lowers, the transport bike performs exceptionally well. The Ariel Step Thru also uses durable, double-walled 700c alloy rims covered by a Specialized Infinity Sport 700c tires, to help it cope with all unfit roads.

For better performance, a chainguard is added with a triple crankset that provides the rider the gear needed for a ride. Also offered here is the pain-free Women’s-specific BG Contour MTB grips designed for longer rides.

Specialized’s Ariel Step Thru comes in at $599 for the complete package.

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2011 Specialized Tarmac SL3 Road

2011 specialized tarmac sl3 road   2011 Specialized Tarmac SL3 Road

For 2011, Specialized puts emphasis on its Tarmac SL3, which includes six different models. The six are Enumerated as followed: S-Works Tarmac SL3 SRAM ($7400) in Gloss White/Navy Blue color, S-Works Tarmac SL3 LTD ($9400) in Satin Carbon/Gloss White/Neon Red color, S-Works Tarmac SL3 Dura-Ace ($7700) in the same colors with LTD, Tarmac SL3 Pro SRAM ($4700) in Gloss White/Black/Red finish, Tarmac SL3 Pro Dura-Ace ($5000) in Satin Carbon/Neon Blue/White color, and last but not the least, the Tarmac SL3 Expert Double ($3600) available in Carbon/Gloss White/Red touch.

The first three among the six road bikes carry the same carbon frames known as the “notorious Pro Tour-dominating SL3 FACT IS 11r”, which has a phenomenal stiffness to weight ratio, with a tapered head tube and an OSBB carbon shell. It has been a popular choice for cyclists Fabian Cancellara and Alberto Contador. All six models come ready to race for…

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