Specialized comes out with its 2011 apparel for recreational and competitive cycling. Released are the Enduro Shorts, Demo Shorts, Cascade Jersey and Deflect Jacket.
The Enduro short is for cross country enthusiasts. It has a removable liner that’s separate form the shorts. It has adjustable waist straps and a sliding front snap locks to keep you secured. It also features the Body Geometry Comp pad to allow better blood flow and pressure support. With mesh front panels and shell panels for ventilation and better functionality, the Enduro Shorts has a MSRP of $120.00.
The Demo Short is for freeride cycling, it is made from nylon/polyester material with functional Velcro hand and back pockets. It comes just below the knees with functional belt loops and internal waits adjustment. It has a 15.5” inseam and MSRP of $80.00.
The Cascade Top uses a vaporized field sensor fabric that pulls moisture from the skin towards the…
Andy Schleck of Saxo Bank and Alberto Contador are two opposites, but they have one thing in common. Both ride the Specialized Tarmac SL3. As of late, Contador and Schleck have been going at each other, and the tension seems to build with each stage.
Specialized issued a commercial for their contest which started at the beginning of the Tour de France called “In It To Win It”. With the 21 stages of the tour, you have a chance to win 1 of 21 Tarmac SL3 Astana edition or Saxo Bank. All you have to do is pick up a promo code at your local Specialized dealership, and sign up on the website. For the commercial, it is pretty funny, the two are trying to “outdo” each other, and then argue like they are children.
Made to give you an aerodynamic advantage, the Specialized 2011 Shiv TT/Triathlon Bike comes to you in limited production at a retail price of $5,500 for the S-Works frame module alone.
It features rear brakes hidden much like the Transition. Still to keep the aerodynamic advantage, it has horizontal rear dropouts. The 2011 Shiv also has brake barrel adjusters located on the bar ends. Internal cable routing is in place and the frame also features a nose cone which keeps the front brakes out of sight and does the steering as well.
The Specialized Shiv allows for multiple seat post adjustment so you can shift your seat forward or to the rear. It also allows multiple pad adjustment height where you can rest your elbows and arms comfortably based on your desired height.
The frame weighs about 850 grams. For the meantime, UCI deemed the Shiv to be too aerodynamic…
Specialized introduces the Camber, a 120mm travel trail bike that also comes in a 29er model with 100mm travel fork. It has hydroformed M4 alloy frames and an integrated headset. The 2011 Camber is ideal for the minimalist in its simplicity yet functional design.
The 2011 Specialized Camber Elite does not have the Brain shock technology as part of its design. It is also quite similar in geometry with the Specialized Stumpjumper line. They differ on the wheelbase which is a bit longer.
The Camber Pro models have SRAM 2×10 crankset with Shimano XTR 10-speed derailleur. The lower end models will have 3×10 crankset. The Camber models also have pivot locations formed in tubes instead of welded separately.
The 2011 Specialized Camber models will be priced in between range of cheaper Stumpjumper FSR yet the high end models will be more expensive than the Stumpjumper entry models.
For 2011, Specialized comes out with the new Epic S-Works 29er. The new mountain bike uses Specialized’s FSR suspension design. It only weighs 21.27 pounds or 9.66 kilos in S-Works trim and claims the title of being the lightest 29er with full-suspension. The fork is a RockShox Reba 29 with a carbon crown and steerer while the 26″ model uses the E100 fork.
With a one-piece top tube, the new 29er model also has a remote Mini Brain shock and XC geometry for racing. It also has X12 142+ axles. The front and rear triangles are made from carbon. Specialized also employed its own brand of wheels, Roval, on all Epic bicycles. The Epic S-Works 29er uses a 1,400g Roval Control SL whelset with carbon rims.
The cassette body was modified by 2mm outer to give way to a wider spoke bed. Having this, you get a better performance…
The Stumpjumper line for Specialized this 2011 underwent some changes. The Stumpjumper FSR 26” will no longer have the Brain feature and the S-Works models will have Roval Control SL wheels with carbon rims like the Epic line. It will also feature 2×10 drivetrains. The Specialized Stumpjumper S-Works 29er carbon frame weighs 1,055 grams while the 26” model weighs 920 grams.
For middle and high-end models, Specialized incorporates 90mm travel Future Shock with dropouts that are good to go with the OS28 end caps. This results to stiffer wheels and sturdy rides. These wheels can fit RockShox and Specialized forks. 15QR caps are offered for the front wheel while the rear will get standard 135mm choices.
The Stumpjumper S-Works has shaped seatstays with a 27.2mm seatpost. It will also have Press Fit 30 BB’s and dropouts that are hollow. The Stumpjumper hardtails can be a choice of carbon or…